Clouds of uncertainty emerge as Kiir, Machar differ on Olony’s appointment.
July 3, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his deputy, Dr. Riek Machar have hit a deadlock over the recent nomination of Gen. Johnson Olony as Governor of Upper Nile State, one of the three states recently allocated to the SPLM-IO.
Earlier this week, President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a Republican order on SSBC TV, appointing eight governors for the country’s 8 states including three Administrative Areas, leaving Upper State and Jonglei State – a move seen as a flagrant violation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolutions of the Conflict in South Sudan.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, the press secretary in the President’s office revealed that Kiir was unable to appoint General Johnson Olony because he did not adhere to the provisions of the peace agreement which stipulated that all forces on both sides should be assembled and trained before the unification process.
“We want peace to prevail in the country, so we cannot appoint someone who wants to spoil the peace. Olony is still in the bush and his forces have not yet gone to the cantonment sites,” said Ateny Wek. “Johnson Olony has set some conditions. He wants to come back to Juba with 2,000 forces, which is a violation of the peace agreement.”
According to the recent agreement between the two lenders, The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), was given three states, including Upper Nile state, where the appointment of a governor is still pending.