South Sudan’s Kiir still in murky political waters eight years into power
Saturday October 19 2013
Eight years into his rule, the South Sudan President Salva Kiir has lost a number of his key henchmen. Now it appears he will face a stiff challenge to his rule in the coming General Election. Photo/FILE/TEA Graphic Nation Media Group
Kiir inherited the leadership together with a team that worked with the late Dr Garang, commonly referred to as the “Garang Boys.” Eight years later that team is out in the wilderness.
With the General Election scheduled for next year, Kiir’s ruling party is already divided, with rumours of his deputy Dr Machar’s intention to break away in an effort to oust his boss.
In 1989, Omar al Bashir came to power in a bloodless coup taking over a country that had been at war with itself since Independence in 1956. Twenty-four years later the country is yet to free itself from these protracted internal wars.