Family affair: Machar’s wife named defence minister

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Angelina Teny

Angelina Teny, the wife of First Vice President Dr Riek Machar, has been appointed Minister of Defence in the new South Sudan cabinet.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir announced the new transitional cabinet on state television Thursday evening after opposition leaders had submitted the lists of their nominees.

The main opposition SPLM-IO led by Machar took the prominent cabinet dockets of the petroleum as well as the defense ministry while Kiir’s supporters hold the finance and interior ministries.

Kiir nominated 20 ministers, while SPLM-IO’s Riek Machar nominated nine ministers, South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) three ministers, former detainees two ministers and other opposition political parties one minister.

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Riek’s family

(1) Riek Machar — First Vice President

(2) Angelina Teny — Wife — Minister of Defence

(3) Elizabeth Achuei Yol — Mother-in-law to a Riek’s son— Minister for Health

(4) Taban Deng Gai — Cousin to Angelina — Vice President.

Machar and his wife in the bush

Garang’s family

(a) Rebecca Nyandeng — Vice President

(b) Mabior Garang — son — D/Min of Interior

(c) James Hoth Mai — Father-in-law to Mabior’s cousin — Minister for Labour.

Corrupt government from get-go?

Kiir reappointed Kuol Athian Mawien as Minister of Trade and Industry. Mawein was the Minister of Finance around 2010-201.1

He set up a corrupt and fake system for grain purchased in which more than 81 fake companies were given around 4 billion USD to supply dura grains.

The Dura saga as it became known cost 4 billion dollars and no grain was delivered. Nobody was prosecuted.

Ayaa Benjamin Warille, who was appointed Minister of Gender and Social Welfare, is the wife of late Aggrey Idri who was deported from Kenya and later died.

It is a government of Machar and Garang families and dubious allies of Kiir who are very corrupt, critics noted.

There is also fear that Kiir lost control of the petroleum industry which will give Machar a leeway to barter crude oil for weapons and overthrow him.

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