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In the heat of the South Sudan heat, forces allied to President Salvar Kiir Mayardit and his former deputy Dr Riek Machar are locked in mortal combat for political power with fears that the world’s youngest nation could disintegrate. But in far off Nairobi and London, noisy battles are boiling in the house of General Kiir with a woman purporting to be his wife hurling ‘missiles’ at his elder daughter, Christina Adut Nardes.

In a stern letter seen exclusively by The Nairobian, Aluel William Nyuon Bany, who claims to be Kiir’s wife sternly warns Adut to steer clear of her marriage and threatens unspecified consequences if she persists. Reminding Adut that “I didn’t choose a relationship with your dad” since “it has been happening for at least 10 years”, Nyuon Bany nostalgically narrates the scene of her traditional wedding. “The Payun clan and a great many happy witnesses attended my wedding. It was so beautiful. The bulls that were sacrificed were of…the highest order,” she recalls. “I was undressed as the daughter of William Nyuon and was clothed and accepted as the wife of Kiir Marial-dit. They took me as a Nuer, as a hero’s daughter; (I became) the love of his life and his wife but I DO NOT (emphasis hers) need to be your stepmother”.

Aluel is the daughter of the late Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) leader William Nyuon Bany who alongside Dr John Garang, Salvar Kiir and Arok Thon Arok were the top four generals of the movement in its early days. He died in 1996, leaving several children, most of who live in the United States today. She made headlines in 2011 after she went missing in Juba where it was later alleged that powerful people with connections in government had kidnapped her. Explaining that she already has a powerful surname, Aluel firmly dictates her position by exhausting events surrounding the president’s family. “Try as you will, if and when I leave your dad, it will because I chose to do so. I’m Ethiopian by birth, South Sudanese by descent and a naturalised Briton. Please feel free to choose the jurisdiction where you seek your legal redress,” Aluel dares Nardes. “Stop meddling with my marriage and deal with your own marital problems…let your dad be with the woman he loves…allow us our choice. Consider this a written warning.”

Talking to The Nairobian on phone from Juba, an official from the South Sudanese government warned that the media should stay clear of matters of the first family. “These are matters that are very sensitive and should not be published,” the source who chose to remain anonymous said. “Whatever is happening between this lady and Nardes should not go to the media at the moment. This is a criminal since the President has only one wife, Mama Mary Ayen Mayardit. She is a criminal who should be arrested,” he warned. Joseph Lual, head of security at the South Sudan Embassy in Nairobi, called the newsroom to echo the same sentiments, saying what he knows is that Aluel lives in London.

This latest scuffle comes in the wake of another incidence last month when President Kiir’s son Manut Salvar Kiir was arrested by police officers from Muthangari Police Station for allegedly assaulting his sister Winnie Aguem while drunk at their Manyani East Road house in Lavington. Although Manut was released later, the South Sudanese leader is said to have convened a family meeting in Juba where he warned members against misbehaving in public. “I have always told you to behave in a way that would not create inconveniences to other people, because the way you conduct yourself would be interpreted to mean different things by different people,” Kiir was quoted by the Sudan Tribune. “You have to understand that you would never be alone wherever you go. So be careful with whatever you do. The real issue would be twisted and politicised.”

The incident led to political critics in Juba drawing the parallels between the incident and the president’s political life. “If you cannot manage your own family, it follows automatically that it won’t be possible managing millions of people with different family members from different ethnic groups,” the same paper quoted an anonymous source saying.

An editor was arrested and the English version of The New Sudan Vision banned after it published an opinion alleging that President Kiir’s daughter Adut had eloped with an Ethiopian immigrant, then considered a symbol of national shame. The said immigrant, Nardes Gebeyehu Alemneh, is now Adut’s husband after a high profile wedding in Juba where the president officially handed her over to her husband.

Aluel notes the fact that the country was generally against the wedding to the son of an Ethiopian elite when she tells Adut “allow us our choice. Just like the whole country grudgingly allowed your choice”.

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South Sudan’s first daughter Adut’s wedding in pictures
New Sudan Vision
(Juba, South Sudan NSV) – President Kiir’s oldest daughter, Adut, was handed over in marriage on Saturday, in a church ceremony attended by almost the entire cabinet for South Sudan. Hundreds of South Sudanese, government ministers and dignitaries


Pres. Kiir walks with Adut inside the Rejaf Cathederal church on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Photos by Mading Ngor/The New Sudan Vision. 


Nardes and Adut at the marriage ceremony…


Nardes and Adut display marriage certifate at the Rejaf Cathederal…


Salva Mathok, Deputy Minister of Interior, Pres. Salva Kiir, and first lady Ayen Mayardit at the church ceremony..


Kiir stands with Nardes and Adut, after the wedding ceremony…


Salva Mathok, Deputy Minister of Interior, Pres. Salva Kiir, and first lady Ayen Mayardit at the church ceremony..


Nardes and Adut at the church…


Adut and Nardes


A girl holds a flower at the wedding ceremony…


Rejaf Catheral receives guests at the church 




Angelina Teny and Vice President Machar at the wedding ceremony in Rejaf


Hon. Riiny Thiik (left) and Gier Chuang, Minister of Roads and Transport (Red tie) at the church 


Group of women dancers outside the Rejaf Saints Catheral…


Choir at the wedding ceremony…


Hon. Aldo Ajou and Molana Abel Alier (Centre) at the wedding ceremony…


Minister of Interior, RSS, Manani Magaya (Centre), and Hon. Awet Akot, Deputy Speaker of National Legislature.


A spectator at the church…


Nhial Deng, Minister of Foreign Affairs, RSS, and Jonglei Gov. Kuol Manyang Juuk at the church ceremony….


Dr. Cirino Hiteng (right) at the wedding ceremony…


Minister of Higher Education, Adwok Nyaba, and Michael Makuei, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs at the ceremony..


Hon. Bari Wanji, Acting Chairperson, Economic and Finance Committee, National Legislature…


Angelina Teny, wife of Vice President and First Lady Ayen Mayardit, shake hands at the State House on Saturday as President looks on…


Gov. Kuol Manyang, and Hilde Johnson, UN special representative for South Sudan at the wedding reception at state house…


Elijah Malok, Former Governor of the Bank of South Sudan, with his wife Asunta, at the wedding ceremony…

Dr. James Okuk Arrested: South Sudan opposition protests “targeted” arrest of its members
Sudan Tribune
By Ngor Arol Garang October 23, 2011 (JUBA) – A major South Sudanese opposition party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) on Sunday protested against the “targeted” arrest of its members. Onyoti Adigo, leader of the

SOUTH SUDAN: New nation’s PS a ‘shambles’

A campaign
to find around 65 per cent of South Sudan’s Public Servants believed to have falsified their educational qualifications and other credentials has begun.
According to the Deputy Minister for Information, Atem Yaak Atem Atem, it appeared that many Public Servants may have won their jobs through family connections, while others had presented forged documents claiming false educational credentials.
Mr Atem said as a result, the public sector in the newly-formed country was in a shambles.
“There are a lot of people with so-called degrees that haven’t even completed high school,” Mr Atem said.
“Some of us will go to extra lengths and send an e-mail to the institutions in question, and if the answer is no, the next thing is to prosecute that person, because this is fraud.”
South Sudan plans to spend about 42 per cent of its almost $2 billion Budget this year on salaries, while President Salva Kiir has vowed to fight corruption and increase transparency.
The Ministry of Labour and Public Service found 21 of its senior staff members held forged academic documents, Mr Atem said.
“I have a feeling that throughout the Departments they could be in the thousands,” he said.
“For this job I think I will need a bodyguard. Some people will be very angry if we take drastic measures.”
Government Ministries received a letter last week ordering them to begin the screening process.
The Government has announced monthly cash limits for spending Agencies and further steps, effective from next month, include controls over payments to vendors and the signing of Government contracts.