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Garang is minister as Kiir names new South Sudan cabinet

Mabior Garang briefs Machar (right) soon after he returned to Juba. He is on the new Transitional Government cabinet
Mabior Garang briefs Machar (right) soon after he returned to Juba. Garang Junior is on the new Transitional Government of National Unity cabinet

Mabior Garang de Mabior, son of the founder of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) John Garang, was named on the cabinet as South Sudan President Salva Kiir named a Transitional Government yesterday.

Mabior Garang de Mabior, new South Sudan minsiter of Water Resources and Irrigation, was one of a number of Dinka intellectuals to have supported the rebellion of Riek Machar. He has been serving as spokesman for the SPLM-IO. This is his first senior position in government.

John Garang killed in helicopter crash in 2005
John Garang killed in helicopter crash in 2005

The Sudan Tribune and Radio Tamazuj reported last night that President Salva Kiir dissolved his cabinet and named 30 appointees for the cabinet of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU). Newly re-appointed Vice President Riek Machar nominated 10 from the SPLM-In Opposition.

Announced over state broadcasters, Radio Tamazuj reported that “Kiir’s decree appointed ministers to thirty ministries which are split between SPLM, SPLM-IO, SPLM-G10 Former Detainees group, and other political parties.”

Sudan Tribune reported that “four factions of the South Sudan’s former warring parties and political rivals, turned peace partners, have finally formed the long-awaited transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) to administer the country for the next two and a half years, pending elections.”

The new cabinet has been named as agreed in the peace agreement, two days after the return to Juba of strongman Machar, newly sworn in First Vice President.

It is eight months after a peace agreement was signed in August 2015 to end 21 months of a civil war that started as an internal power struggle on December 15, 2013. It has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions more.

Former rebel leader and new vice-president Riek Machar (Rear C) and President Salva Kiir (2nd R) listen to the national anthem at the Presidential House in Juba after Machar was sworn in as new vice-president, after Machar landed at Juba international airport on April 26, 2016. The return of rebel leader Riek Machar to Juba must pave the way for a genuine transition to end more than two years of brutal civil war in South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping chief said on April 26. / AFP PHOTO / Albert Gonzalez Farran
Former rebel leader and new vice-president Riek Machar (left) and President Salva Kiir (2nd right) listen to the national anthem at the Presidential House in Juba after Machar was sworn in as new vice-president. PHOTO BY AFP

 

According to The Sudan Tribune, “although President Kiir’s faction will continue to dominate the cabinet, Machar on the other hand will have not only the majority of the opposition members in the cabinet, but also the majority in the opposition membership in the national parliament.”

“There are mechanisms put in place for decision making processes in the cabinet in passing its resolutions.”

Kiir loyalists Kuol Manyang remains as defence minister and David Deng Athorbei as finance minster, who must try to rebuild an economy left in ruins by over two years of war, adds AFP.

The key petroleum portfolio was handed to Dak Duop Bichok. The foreign ministry goes to Deng Alor, a post he held under a united Sudan, before South Sudan won its independence in 2011.

Alor was a member of a group called the “former detainees”, influential leaders arrested when war broke out, but later released after regional pressure.

The ministerial appointees are:

Martin Elia Lomoro – Cabinet Affairs

Deng Alor – Foreign Affairs

Kuol Manyang Juuk – Defense and Veteran’s Affairs

Alfred Ladu Gore – Interior

Paulino Wanawille – Justice and Constitutional Affairs

Obutu Mamur Mete – Office of the President for National Security

Peter Bashir Gbandi – Parliamentary Affairs

Michael Makuei Lueth – Information, Communication, Technology, and Postal Service

Richard K Mula – Federal Affairs

Mayiik Ayii Deng – Office of the President

David Deng Athorbei – Finance and Planning

Dak Doth Bishok – Petroleum

Taban Deng Gai – Mining

Lam Akol Ajawin – Agriculture and Food Security

James Janga Duku – Livestock and Fisheries

Stephen Dhieu Dau – Trade and Industry

Dhieu Mathok Deng – Energy and Dams

John Luk Jok – Transport

Rebecca Joshua Okwaci – Roads and Bridges

Josephine Napwon – Environment and Forestry

Mary Alphonse Nadio Lodira – Land, Housing, and Urban Development

Mabior Garang de Mabior – Water Resources and Irrigation

Jemma Nunu Kumba – Wildlife Conservation and Tourism

Peter Adwok Nyaba – Higher Education, Science, and Technology

Deng Deng Hoc – General Education and Instruction

Riek Gai Kok – Health

Peter Marcello Lasir Jealingo – Labor, Public Service, and Human Resource Development

Awut Deng Acuil – Gender, Child, and Social Welfare

Nadia Arop Dudi – Culture, Youth, and Sports

Hussein Mar Nyot – Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management

 

The following new deputy ministers were also appointed:

Cirino Heteng Ofuho – Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

David Yau Yau – Defense and Veteran’s Affairs

Gabriel Duop Lam – Interior

Martinson Oturomoi – Justice and Constitutional Affairs

Akol Paul Kordit – Information, Communication, Technology, and Postal Service

Mary Jervas Yak – Finance and Planning

Kornelio Kon Ngu – Agriculture and Food Security

Elizabeth Deng Achuai – Labor, Public Service, and Resource Development

Kiir also appointed a Grade One Ambassador:

John Andruga Duku

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