April 24, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir Mayardit has ordered the country’s flags be flown at half-mast for three days in honor of the late Dr. Mansour Khaled, a Sudanese high-profile figure who played a key role in South Sudan’s independence.
President Kiir noted that the two countries have lost a statesman who devoted his life to fighting against injustice.
“The departure of Dr. Mansour Khaled is a great loss for our country, as it is for the Republic of Sudan and its people, and if not for the current circumstances, we would have held an official event,” President Kiir said in a statement.
He stated that the late Dr. Mansour Khaled played an important role during the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005, which later paved the way for the independence of South Sudan.
“At the beginning of the year 1985 AD, Dr. Mansour Khaled made great efforts and contributed with all his effort and energy and was one of those who achieved the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in the year 2005 AD in Naivasha, Kenya,” he added.
For her part, South Sudan’s Vice-president Rebecca Nyandeng expressed her grief over the death of Dr. Mansour Khaled. She also praised him for putting his education to good use by writing a comprehensive analysis constantly on issues affecting the continent.
“The passing of the Legendry liberator Dr. Mansour Khalid saddens me. I sincere extend my condolences to the Sudanese people, SPLM/SPLA family, and to the Mansour family. Dr. Mansour is a man of many hats. He was an academician, author of many books, and a diehard liberator. He dedicated his life to serve the people of the two Sudans. Dr. Khalid put his intellect to good use by consistently writing a comprehensive analysis on issues affecting Africa,” she said.
“The two Sudan’s, the SPLM/SPLA family, and the world has lost one of the great intellectual mind in Dr. Khalid. Although we cry his passing, his influent through writings will forever alter the contemporary history of the two Sudan, and will inspire the next generation of our renounced writers.”
“I can still vividly remember how you and Dr. Garang would sit from eight in the evening to eight am the following day discussing strategies regarding the future of the movement, and that of the Sudan.”