Mabior: “I was Not Arrested”, Blames Gurtong Media!
This version was a response to earlier circulation by Gurtong media and SSLA rebel spokesman, Gordon Buay Maleek. According to Buay, Mabior was arrested for attempting to assassinate Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa, a report Mabior denies.
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“What will anyone achieve in endangering President Kiir’s life”? said Mabior Garang de Mabior
“First to tell you; I have always trusted Gurtong but never did I know it a Government propaganda machine until this report emerged or published under the directives of Gordon Buay who in fact was not there to confirm the authenticity of his report”.
“I was going to Ilili International Hotel to visit our delegation some of whom are the resident of Ilili International Hotel. Upon arrival at the entrance; it is a security routine in any international hotel to scan the bag or body of any entering guest. We were scanned and because my bag got some computers, there was a beeping sound and the security checks it and set us and we were allowed”.
“I was called and told that there was a report from the hotel that cited me as owner of the gun which they never specified. As a routine because the alleged report was made; I was called by the security apparatus to explain the situation with another Ethiopian retired officer. They got nothing to support the version of the report and there was no arrest made of whatsoever. I gave my statement which was confirmed to be right”.
“The Hotel calls me later to confirm their mistake on the report and they promised an apology”.
“What puzzled me and made the whole thing suspicious is the media release and that tells me that some agents might have conspired with the hotel staff in order to make this thing up. Our suspicious became apparent also after Gordon Buay report appeared on Gurtong and that gave me a reason or certainty that someone might be behind the deal to create another chaos for the country”.
“Those who are familiar with the security details of any hotel will have to get this correct and any alleged report will be dealt with as per their security situation without any reservation or favor. Hence; I was not arrested but gave my version of the story which was confirmed correct and no such arrest as it goes. On our side; we are also doing our own investigation if some are trying to create that will undermine peace”.