President Salva Kiir yesterday issued a decree Friday appointing the widow of South Sudan founding father Dr John Garang Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior as vice president.
Kiir dissolved the Transitional Government of National Unity and appointed new officials as part of forming the long awaited government of national unity.
He appointed opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar as the First Vice President.
He then maintained Taban Deng Gai and Dr. James Wani Igga as the other two vice presidents.
Rebecca Nyandeng is also appointed as the other vice president.
One vice president from the South Sudan Opposition Alliance is yet to be appointed.
Kiir prior to the appointments briefed the cabinet on his meeting with SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar.
He did during the regular council of ministers meeting, which is expected to be the last meeting of the sitting government before the formation of a unity government expected Saturday.
Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior has served as the Minister of Roads and Transport for the autonomous government of Southern Sudan, and as an advisor for the President of South Sudan.
She is the widow of Dr. John Garang de Mabior, the late first Vice-President of Sudan and the President of the Government of South Sudan, and the mother of Akuol de Mabior.
She is from the Dinka tribe of Twic East County of South Sudan.
Role in the Government of South Sudan
After the death of Dr. John Garang, General Salva Kiir took over his positions and became the first Vice President of Sudan and the President of the Government of South Sudan and commander in chief of SPLM/A.
General Kiir appointed Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior as the Minister of Roads and Transport for the Government of South Sudan.
She continued to be a strong advocate for the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed by Dr. John Garang before his death on 30 July 2005.
She continued to support the implementation of the peace process until the South attained independence on 9 July 2011.
During that same year when her husband died Madam Rebecca visited the United States of America and met with President George W. Bush.
She offered a message of appreciation for the American involvement in the quest for peace in South Sudan.
In 2009 President Obama continued the efforts with Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Rice to see that the peace agreement is implemented in Sudan.
Madam Rebecca also received an interview by NPR.
She spoke of her commitment to the liberation of South Sudan while she also respects the necessity of a united Sudan under the New Sudan Vision created by Dr John Garang in 1983.
She visited Grinnell College and Iowa State University, the Iowa universities where her late husband completed his education before the Second Sudanese Civil War broke out in 1983.
Late Dr. John Garang and his wife Rebecca have six children who are active supporters of peace and stability in the new Republic of South Sudan.
According to the Sudan Tribune, Nyandeng met with South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayardit on 22 December 2013 to discuss security in the wake of the 2013 South Sudanese political crisis.
Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Rebecca Nyandeng has expressed dissatisfaction with the way the government of Sudan in Khartoum implements the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
During the years of war, she joined the Southern army known today as Sudan People’s Liberation Army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.
She is known for her support for the right of self-determination for South Sudan although she has nothing against the united Sudan under a democratic rule of law. Millions of Southern Sudanese have been affected by the war between the North and South Sudan which has a long history from the time the British left Sudan in 1956.
As a result of war over 2 million lives in South Sudan have been lost and four million South Sudanese are both internally displaced and externally living in other countries as refugees.
After the arrival of peace in South Sudan, repatriation process is making headlines once in a while by the United Nations.