Kiir praises Machar for changing warmonger Johnson Olony
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed governors, President Salva Kiir Mayardit commends First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar for changing his mind and replacing General Johnson Olony.
On Friday, President Kiir issued a Republican decree appointing Budhok Ayang Kur as Governor of Upper Nile State and picked James Tor Monybuny as his Deputy.
“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit presided over the swearing in ceremony of Hon. Budhok Ayang Kur as the Governor of Upper Nile State, Hon. Aleu Ayieny Aleu as the Governor of Warrap State and Hon. James Tor Monybuny as the Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State,” the Office of the President said in a statement on Saturday.
The oath-taking ceremony was officiated by President Kiir and was administered by Chief Justice Chan Reech Madut at the President’s Office in the capital, Juba.
“In attendance also were, The First Vice President H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Presidential Adviser on National Security Affairs Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime, Minister of Presidential Affairs Nhial Deng Nhial , Minister of National Security, Hon. Obuto Mamur Mete, Minister of General Education and Instruction Hon. Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec.”
“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit said, he was happy when he got the letter from Dr. Riek Machar that he changed General Johnson Olony Thabo as his nominee for the sake of peace and security for the people of Upper Nile State after Johnson Olony Thabo declined the post two weeks ago.”
The President urged the newly appointed Governor and his Deputy to unite the people of Upper Nile State instead of sowing seeds of division.
“H.E. President Salva Kiir urged Hon. Budhok Ayang and Hon. James Tor Monybuny to work together to reconcile and unite the people of Upper Nile State.
H.E. President Salva Kiir said, the people of Upper Nile State are one blood and they should learn to co- exist and not fight with each other.”
President Salva Kiir urged the State Governors to get to work and bring for him their recommendations of States and local Governments officials for him to issue the decrees for appointments.
“H.E. President Salva Kiir urged Hon. Aleu Ayienyi to bring back law and order in Warrap state, H.E. President Salva Kiir said, he is confident that Aleu Ayieny Aleu will do his work to end hostilities in Tonj and Warrap State in General.”
On his part, the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar said he decided to replace General Johnson Olony after declining to be appointed as Governor.