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KAMPALA - 18 Aug 2017

Rebecca says intimidation against associates won't affect reconciliation with Kiir

File photo: Rebecca Nyandeng Garang
File photo: Rebecca Nyandeng Garang

Rebecca Nyandeng Garang, the prominent opposition figure and widow of the late SPLM founder John Garang de Mabior, said intimidation and security threats received by her associates in Nairobi from some elements in Juba will not affect the ongoing peace and reconciliation process initiated by President Kiir.

“The ongoing peace process will not be affected by security threats from anti-peace elements. Those elements in government fear that the process could affect their interests. But we are working for the interest of all people in South Sudan, so those people are few in number and they are just afraid because of their positions. Those are selfish people,” Rebecca Radio Tamazuj on Friday.

The former presidential advisor said there are anti-peace elements in the government of South Sudan who don’t want peace in the country, stressing that the resources are enough for all South Sudanese to enjoy.

“Nobody is standing on someone’s head in South Sudan. Everyone is important in South Sudan and even the children who will be born in the future have the right,” he said.

Mrs Garang further said a genuine peace process is very important for the sake of stability in the country. She emphasized the need for an inclusive peace process, saying South Sudan is bigger than personal interest.

“Even the president has accepted. He said that all the people of South Sudan should come together that’s why we working on peace initiatives,” she said.

Nyandeng said she will go to Juba once all processes for peace and reconciliation are worked out in Uganda.” We will go to Juba when we fully agree. We want to make sure that there is security in the country, so we are working on the Arusha agreement and the participation of armed groups,” she said.

Rebecca’s top aide, Michael Mabior, said Friday that he feared he may go missing in Nairobi at any time after receiving security threats from unknown security agents in the past two days.

On Thursday, former politician turned good governance activist Wol Deng Atak expressed fear that security agents in Juba want him deported back to South Sudan or kidnaped from Nairobi.