Corruption in the Republic of South Sudan is significant andhas one of the most challenging environments in the world; it is however, alsothe birth place of Mabior Garang de Mabior, the former minister of water andirrigation.Mabior Garang de Mabior (hereafter referred to as ‘Mabior’)is the oldest son of former Sudanese leader, Dr John Garang de Mabior and hiswife Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior. He wasborn on 12 April, 1977 and has two brothers and one sister. Their family ispart of the Dinka ethnic group.
He considers Kenya his second home, but alsospends part of his time in Uganda. He shared a close relationship with FidelOdinga, the son of Kenyan Prime Minister Ralia Odinga, prior to Fidel’s death.In 2012 he announced his move to oppose the government ofhis father’s successor, General Salva Kiir Mayadrdit. Before his appointment,Mabior was the spokesperson of the Machar-led rebels, the leader of which DrRiek Machar, was Mabior’s father’s opposition. Mabior joined the opposition in January 2014; a month afterthe war broke out on 15 December 2013 and participated as a delegate to peacetalks in Addis Ababa before he was later appointed to head the information andpublic relations committee.In August 2014, he was caught and arrested for an attempt toassassinate President Salva Kiir Mayadrdit, after he was caught at thepresident’s hotel with a loaded pistol in his possession.
The assassinationattempt was treated as a criminal case as well as an act of terrorism. In 2016,he denied reports that rebels of Dr Riek Machar had been abducting Ugandanbusinessmen and woman for ransom. The United Nations have confirmed that therebel group for which Mabior is the spokesman is also responsible for thekilling of a least 287 civilians who were taking refuge in a mosque. He was appointed as the minister of water affairs and irrigationin 2016 in a cabinet expected to administer the world’s youngest nation,pending elections. The young minister has what many deem a radical politicalview with a controversial personality. He was also one of the youngestministers Sudan had ever seen and this in turn made him a point of interest,along with his rugged and relaxed lifestyle. Media articles have shown that heis a figure known to be linked to drug abuse, this was confirmed after he washospitalised for a drug overdose.
Mabior is also the Director of the John Garang InternationalSchool and openly expresses the challenges regarding education in South Sudan.His idea to help address the education problem is to replicate the CubanLiteracy Campaign.He was dismissed from his position in cabinet by Salva KiirMayadrdit in August 2016; his removal strained the already subtle balance ofethnicities in the Sudanese government.