Kiir sets one condition for Johnson’s appointment

SPLM-IO nominee, General Johnson Olony Thambo | Photo: File

Nov 17, 2020 (Thessherald)– South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit has agreed to appoint General Johnson Olony – the SPLM-IO’s preferred nominee – but only on the condition that the opposition group guarantees the safety of the Dinka community residing in Upper Nile State.

Nathaniel Oyet Pierino, an SPLM-IO representative to the National Constitution Amendment Committee (NCAC), confirmed on Monday that the two Parties had reached consensus on Johnson’s long-awaited appointment.

“You know Upper Nile is inhabited by the Chollo, Nuer and Dinka Ngok people. So the president was concerned about the security of the Dinka Ngok,” the senior opposition official was quoted as saying.

Oyet noted that all these fears of insecurity would not have occurred if the security arrangements and the permanent ceasefire had been adhered to.

“That fear should not have arisen if all the parties who are now in Juba trying to form a revitalized government of national unity are engaged in implementing security arrangements and permanent ceasefire, the unification of forces and all our forces, be it in the SSPDF or the SPLM/A-IO including those forces in Upper Nile, those fears should not have arisen.”

South Sudan opposition groups and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IG signed an agreement in September 2018 in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to end a protracted conflict that has so far claimed hundreds of lives and displaced millions from neighboring refugee camps across East Africa.

The Parties are under increasing pressure from the international community to expedite the implementation of the peace agreement.

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