Mr. Mabior Garang De Mabior; born 12 April 1977, eldest son
of Dr. John Garang de Mabior; the freedom fighter, liberator, founder of Sudan
People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), developmental economist and former
South Sudanese President (July 9-21 2005). Mr. Mabior Garang De Mabior’s father
one of the most, if not the most influential people in South Sudanese history
and died in July 2005 in a helicopter crash in circumstances which left many
unanswered questions, alongside former President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
Mr. Mabior Garang De Mabior, a practicing Christian, who
refers to himself as a “businessman and politician” remained out of the public
domain until August 2012 when he publicly, for the first time, criticized the
entire leadership in the country under his father’s successor, President Gen.
Salva Kiir Mayardit. In his first-ever interview, with McClatchy in Kenya, he
blamed the President of turning his back to Dr. John Garang’s family . Various
reports describe Mr. Mabior Garang De Mabior as an eccentric person who enjoys
drinking alcohol, attending parties, owning luxurious homes, possessions and
clothing; all of which he enjoys flaunting on social media . He has been
referred to in South African press as the “Sudanese Fikile Mbalula” .
He is extremely close to his mother, Rebecca Nyandeng De
– Who has also held
various top positions within South Sudanese politics subsequent to her
husband’s death. The pair lives between Juba, South Sudan and Nairobi, Kenya
since late 2013, when his mother became concerned for her safety at the start
of the civil war.
Appointed Minister of Water and Irrigation in April 2016,
effective April 28 2016. He was appointed as part in fulfillment of a peace
agreement signed in August 2015 to end 21 months of civil war as part of the government of national unity.
President Salva Kiir kicked him out of his first cabinet meeting for
He holds anti-West views, strong supporter of Castro and his
accompanying political ideologies. Militant style, well connected to the South
Sudanese bourgeoisie, uses ‘liberation’ and ‘revolutionary’ style optics and