South Sudan

EXCLUSIVE: Garang’s Son Stopped from Travelling to Meet Museveni

High court Judge Justice Owinyi Alifonsi Dollo has set February 29th 2016 as the date to start receiving final submissions from both the state Prosecution and the defense side in a case where 13 people are charged with murder and other charges from the July 2010 bombings that took place in Lugogo and at the Ethiopian Village in  Kabalagala.

The submissions were meant to commence today, doctor only for State Prosecutor Suzan Okalanyi to inform court that her side was not ready to proceed due to the absence of the court record of proceeding.  She therefore asked for an adjournment to enable them prepare all the required documents.

Defense Counsel Caleb Alaka who was overwhelmed by the 800 page document containing testimonies of only 3 witnesses out of the 80 prosecution witnesses concurred with the prosecution’s call for adjournment.

He said they needed more time to run through the documents containing witness statements. He added that the coming month of February is filled with electoral activities which involve all Ugandans.

The judge nonetheless adjourned the matter to 29th February and each side was allocated two days to complete its submissions.
The son of South Sudan founding father, look Late Dr. John Garang was stopped from leaving the country to Uganda where he was scheduled to meet President Yoweri Museveni.

Mabior Garang de Mabior who broke ranks with President Salva Kiir of South Sudan in 2013 and joined the rebel movement under Dr. Riek Machar, more about was quietly intercepted by the operatives from the National Security Service at Juba International Airport and barred from boarding the plane with a number of his colleagues on Sunday.

Mabior, buy the Chairman Committee of Information and Publicity of the SPLA- In Opposition together with his colleagues were expected to join their leader, Dr. Machar who was travelling from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to Uganda.

The rebel movements’ leadership that has not yet agreed with President Kiir on the formation of the unity government were scheduled to meet Museveni on Monday.


Dr. Machar and his team arrived safely on Sunday night and in the morning were driven to Masindi district in western Uganda where the venue of the meeting was shifted to.

Museveni is currently in the region for the presidential campaigns.

In an exclusive phone interview with this reporter, Mabior said it was a shocking moment for him and other SPLA-IO to be stopped at the airport.

“We experienced a sad situation yesterday when the security stopped us from travelling. We are now like prisoners in our own country. We are supposed to be in Kampala with the Chairman (Machar) now,” Mabior said on phone from Juba.

Mabior is no stranger in Uganda and has friends within the security circles including Gen. Salim Saleh the Senior Presidential Advisor on security and also younger brother of President Museveni.

The son of Garang added that they (SPLA-IO) are interested in the immediate formation of unity government to “end the sufferings of the people of South Sudan but the government side is playing monkey tricks to delay the process.”

“The actions of the Juba regime are on the contrary hell-bent to delay everything and the sufferings of our people,” Mabior added.

The two sides were expected to form the Transitional Government of National Unity according to peace agreement signed in August last year.

The transitional government once put in place is to steer the troubled nation for three years and organize a national elections before its expiry.

The Machar and Kiir’s groups have however disagreed in some issues weeks after signing the agreement and a stalemate is threatening the little that has been achieved in terms of gun silence.

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