December 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–An advance team belonging to the SPLM/A-IO allied commander, in the capital, Juba, on Tuesday, before being appointed as governor of Upper Nile State.
“Advance team for General Johnson Olony arrived in Juba today, 22 December, 2020, in anticipation of his appointment as the Governor of Upper Nile state,” the Office of the First Vice President announced on Tuesday.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has finally rescinded his decision and agreed to appoint the SPLM-IO nominee, Gen. Johnson Olony Thambo, as Governor of Upper Nile State, ending months-long stalemate between the two Parties.
Since July, there has been a row between the two main signatories to the peace agreement as President Kiir vehemently refused to appoint General Johnson Olony, citing that Olony is not a member of SPLM-IO.
In accordance with the terms of the peace agreement, three states were allocated to the main armed opposition group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – IO, including Upper Nile State, whose appointment of its governor has hit a snag.