August 9, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit, has reiterated his position regarding the rejection of Gen. Johnson Olony, the SPLM-IO nominee for the position of Governor of Upper Nile State.
Speaking during a state lunch organized at State House in Juba, President Kiir asked the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar to urgently nominate an alternative person to avoid an interregnum in Upper Nile State.
“President Salva Kiir hosted senior government officials, religious leaders and constitutional post holders for a luncheon at the Presidential Palace. The luncheon was organized by the First Lady, Mary Ayen Mayardit,” said the Office of the President in a statement.
“President Salva Kiir also urged Dr. Riek Machar to nominate another person besides Johnson Olony for the Governorship of Upper Nile State. President Salva Kiir stated that he does not want conflict again in the country, not because he is scared, but he does not want any innocent lives to be lost again in conflict.”
In the same development, President Kiir briefed members of the public to come to terms with the COVID19 pandemic, underscoring that the disease has already become a global health crisis and may not go away soon.
“President Salva Kiir talked about the need to accept the facts that coronavirus has come to stay with us and the churches will be re-opened across the country for their congregations to attend.”
For his part, the opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar applauded the First Lady, Mary Ayen Mayardit for preparing an official luncheon at the Presidential Palace for government officials.