South Sudan

Mrs Garang: No Dialogue Until Kiir Frees Cabinet Ministers

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The high level delegation strategically met the duo separately starting with Kiir at his office and proceeded to the home of Rebecca Garang, the widow of former Southern Sudan leader and SPLA commander, John Garang.

The delegation including Amina Mohamed of Kenya, Mohamed Ali Yousouf of Djibouti, Dr Tedro Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Ugandan state ministers for Foreign Affairs in charge of International relations, Henry Okello Oryem, jetted to the country in an effort to end a one week crisis in the youngest nation whose civil war started yesterday with Dinka soldiers clashing with Neur soldiers in Bentui oil state.

Speaking to Chimpreports on Thursday when they had just landed, Okello Oryem said that they were going to meet with different factions.

“Yes, we landed in Juba this afternoon and now we are trying to see the way of meeting representatives or even leaders themselves from the different factions,” Oryem told Chimpreports on phone.


Kiir on Monday accused Machar, Mrs. Garang and a number of former Cabinet Ministers of being behind the fight that broke out on Sunday which he has described as a failed coup, a charge which both Machar and Mrs. Garang have dismissed and counter-accused Kiir of staging the deadly event to crack down on dissent.

Kiir, Mrs Garang Disagreement

Sources who attended both meetings told Chimpreports that president Kiir welcomed the message of immediate commencement of talks from the delegation which also included the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, but told them he has only with one indispensable condition which is talks without a “single condition” from the side of Machar and Mrs. Garang.

“I am pleased to welcome the AU spirit of dialogue to end this problem. Am for it on one condition that my disagreeing brothers and sisters mean peace and don’t present conditions for these talks,” Kiir reportedly said.

Meanwhile, when the team reached Mrs. Garang’s house, she revealed that the first thing before dialogue commences “is the release of all former Cabinet officials arrested after the coup and currently under detention at national security centre in Jabel and other centers around Juba.

“The first thing is to set free all those arrested colleagues before we speak. Even myself, I’m under house arrest and indeed prisoners doesn`t negotiate. Only free and equal people do so,” Mrs Garang reportedly said.

Efforts to reach Okello Oryem or Amina Mohamed were futile since they did not pick their phone calls.

However, the minister of Foreign Affairs of South Sudan Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin had earlier in the day told reporters in Juba that the government cannot release arrested politicians because a coup is a crime in the country, therefore, the 11 still under detention are to prove themselves guilty or not in court.

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