South Sudan president Salva Kiir has kicked a son to the country’s founding father out of a ministerial meeting for inappropriate dress code.
While appointing the new cabinet of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU), Kiir named Mabior Garang de Mabior minister of Water Resources and Irrigation.
Mabior has been serving as spokesman for the SPLM-IO and was a senior official in the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by the South Sudan’s First Vice President designate, Riek Machar.
The first sitting of the Council of Ministers sat on Friday in the capital Juba.
Mabior showed up in a bow tie as if he was attending a friend’s birthday party.
The unimpressed president Kiir told him to go home and dress like a minister.
“…arriving home after-being kicked out by Salva Kiir from the for Being inappropriately dressed,” Mabior said after being forced to return home and “dress up”.
The First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-dhuorgon advised Mabior to go home and do the needful.
“…after coming home and changing my bow tie at the advice of.I returned to the Council of Ministers Meeting,” Mabior said minutes after returning this time dressed in a full tie.
Worse still, on return, Mabior was reportedly harassed and barred from entry by Kiir’s bodyguards.
“They should understand that this TGONU will not be business as usual…change is here.”
“Meanwhile there is no fuel in Juba … and people are still in UNMISS – POC’s…someone tell Salva Kiir that the days of dictatorship are over,” the dissatisfied minister said.