Kiir doubts General Olony’s affiliation to the SPLM/A-IO

Religious leaders pay courtesy call on President Salva Kiir Mayardit at the State House |Photo : Maal Maker/ PPU

Nov 21, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, during a meeting with religious leaders on Friday, identified three main issues delaying the appointment of the SPLM-IO candidate, General Johnson Olony, as a Governor of Upper Nile state.

“The Church leaders and eminent personalities from the Global Churches held a meeting and prayers with H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit to encourage him to give sincere attention to the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement and encourage his service for the People of South Sudan,” said the Office of the President.

Kiir outlines three major sticking points halting the long-awaited appointment of General Olony as a Governor of Upper Nile State.

General John Olony is not a member of SPLM-IO,

General Johnson Olony refused to come to Juba for his own reasons,

And The people of Upper Nile State do not want General Johnson Olony as their Governor.”

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit told the church leaders who made an appeal for the appointment of the Upper Nile State Governor that the appointment of Johnson Olony as a Governor of Upper Nile State is not an easy task for several reasons that are:

The South Sudanese leader reaffirms his commitment to implementing the peace agreement in letter and spirit and assures the religious leaders that he will not plunge the country into another conflict.

“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit assured the global church leaders and eminent personalities that the country has attained peace and will not go back to war again.”

The President requests Machar to sign an undertaking document before the nominated person is approved and appointed as soon as possible.

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit urged First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar to write an undertaking letter taking full responsibility should General Johnson Olony be appointed as Governor of Upper Nile State and create conflict because he was not initially a member of the SPLM-IO. Dr. Riek Machar has not yet brought the letter of undertaking to me.

I am still waiting for my First Vice President Dr Riek Machar to give me the hand written undertaking letter as we have agreed”

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