The son of late Sudanese politician and leader John Garang was last Friday forced out of a cabinet meeting chaired by President Salva Kiir over “improper dressing”.
In a post on his Facebook page, Mabior, a member of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by first vice-president, Riek Machar, said he was forced out by President Kiir for “wearing a bow tie”.
Although his black suit was seen as appropriate to meet the “dress code” imposed on the South Sudanese ministers, together with a grey colour as an alternative dress during cabinet meetings, the bow tie was considered “inappropriate”.
After leaving the hall and going home to change the tie, Mairbor says he was again blocked and “harassed” by security who denied him entry into the cabinet meeting hall.
“After coming home and changing my bow tie at the advice of the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-dhuorgon…I returned to the Council of Ministers Meeting…only to be harassed and barred from entry by Salvador Kiir’s bodyguards…they should understand that this TGONU will not be business as usual…change is here,” Mabior wrote on his Facebook on Friday.
Ministers of the newly formed transitional government of national unity on Thursday attended an induction workshop of the council of ministers moderated by the first vice president Riek Machar at which the ministers were informed by the minister of cabinet affairs of protocol for meetings, including dress code, but the type of tie needed was not mentioned.
Mabior is the eldest son of the late founder of the SPLM, John Garang.
He argued that his expulsion from the cabinet, in which he would have presented programs of his ministry, happened because the president dislikes him.