I, Mabior Garang de Mabior, hereby resign from the SPLM/SPLA (IO) effective immediately. I have lost faith in the vision and principle of the party under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny. I joined the movement with the objectives of implementing reforms and transforming South Sudan into the nation my father, the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior, wanted.
I believed that Dr. Riek Machar possessed the leadership and vision to modernize South Sudan and transform it into a great society, but I was sadly mistaken.
- Dr. Riek Machar was a critic of nepotism and favoritism but appointed his wife as the Minister of Defense. This decision was controversial, but Dr. Riek should have consulted the SPLM (IO) leadership. SPLM (IO) are reformers and believe that change must come from good governance and appointing people on merits not because of family relationships.
- SPLM (IO) has failed to control the massive defections happening inside the party. We are a movement and must attract followers and supporters, but now we are losing followers and supporters.
- Dr. Riek Machar champion reform and good governance but appointed incompetent Minister. Hon. Pout Kang Chol, Minister of Petroleum, lacks any experience, skills, and knowledge to lead a Ministry, let alone a critical Ministry like Petroleum. Hon. Pout Kang should have been allowed to work in the Office of Dr. Riek so he may learn and grow within the party leadership and rally South Sudanese youth.
I wrote an article in Paanluelwel on the science of the revolutionary struggle. I said the vision of
the new Sudan – which delineates the principles, goals, and objectives of our historic liberation
movement did not represent a geographical idea, but a philosophical concept. This vision was, in
turn, inspired by the philosophy of African liberation after the great upheaval of the trans-
Atlantic slave trade. This was explained by the great Samora Machel as the “new society,” the
“new man and the new woman.” The principal objective of the Sudanese revolution – the vision
of new Sudan – was the “modernization of our societies and the restoration of the greatness of
Hon. Elizabeth Acuei is incompetent and has failed to manage the health sector during the pandemic. Hon. Elizabeth has done nothing in SPLM (IO) politics.
Dr. Riek Machar should have appointed a competent, intelligent, and knowledgeable Minister to deliver and promote the SPLM (IO) values of good governance and reforms to improve the lives of South Sudanese.
- Dr. Riek Machar has failed to ensure the security protocols are implemented. The abusive National Security Service in South Sudan, a legacy of the Omar Bashir era are holding the illegitimate unity Government in Juba hostage, including the President and now the First Vice President. There is no peace in South Sudan, and the security situation has deteriorated, with all-out inter-communal wars across the country.
Dr. Riek Machar Teny has forgotten about the values and objectives of the movement and now focused on the power to benefit himself and his family. As a result, he has no longer been fighting for security arrangements and reform and instead is focused on maintaining the status quo.
When I resigned from my position as Deputy Minister of Interior, I said that
“I cannot lie to God
and the people of South Sudan by taking the oath of office, that’s why I resigned from assuming
office. This government is not serious about implementing the peace agreement.” I stand by that
decision, and I declare today that I am resigning from the SPLM (IO).
I do not believe Dr. Riek Machar and the leadership of the SPLM (IO) are serious about the
implementation of the security arrangements. They have not played a critical role in extending
the life of the rouge and brutal regime of Salva Kiir Mayardit. I will continue to support the
people of South Sudan and ensure they taste justice, liberty, and prosperity.
Cpt. Mabior Garang de Mabior (Chairman)
Former Deputy Minister of Interior
SPLM/SPLA (IO) National Committee for Information and Public Relatio