Upper Nile State Governor appoints Deputy Coordinator

The newly appointed Governor of Upper Nile State, Budhok Ayang Aney Kur, has issued a new gubernatorial decree, appointing Koang Tharjiath Thoch Chuol as Deputy Coordinator of Upper Nile State.

The Gubernatorial Decree

Gubernatorial order No. 08/2021 For the Appointment of Deputy Coordinator of Upper Nile State Coordination office in Juba.

Title and Commencement:—This Order shall be cited as gubernatorial order No.08/2021 For the Appointment of Deputy Coordinator of Upper Nile State Coordination office in Juba and shall come into force on the date of its signature by the Governor.

The Order:—In exercise of the powers conferred upon me under article 99(2) A of the Transitional Constitution of Upper Nile State 2011 and in reference with Presidential Decree No. 05/2021 dated on 05th February 2021.

I, Lt. Gen. Budhok Ayang Aney Kur, Governor of Upper Nile State do hereby issue this Gubernatorial Order for the appointment of Mr. Koang Tharjiath Thoch Chuol as Deputy Coordinator of Upper Nile State coordination office in Juba Issued under my hand and the seal of Upper Nile State government on this 22 day of February 2021 AD.

Gen. Olony refuses to take $2m in bribes from Kiir’s delegation

Johnson Olony Thambo |Photo : Via Facebook

A senior opposition official, General Johnson Olony Thambo, has reportedly refused to take a whopping $2 million in bribes from the Kiir administration.

According to a source in the SPLM-IO, the government delegation led by the Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak Manime, tried to bribe Johnson and his team, but their attempts were unsuccessful.


“They tried to offer him $2 million of bribes, unfortunately, the opposition members [referring to Johnson Olony and this group] declined to take that money,” said a reliable source interviewed on Tuesday by the Thessherald.


On Monday, the South Sudanese officials returned to Juba after a short visit to Khartoum, where they met through the back door, with the SPLM-IO members in hopes of persuading them.

Kiir praises Machar for changing warmonger Johnson Olony

President Salva Kiir Mayardit commends FVP Dr. Riek Machar for changing General Johnson Olony |Photo: File

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.

Gen. Olony hints at abandoning SPLM-IO after his replacement

South Sudan's armed forces holding up their guns a sign of victory | Photo: File
South Sudan’s armed forces holding up their guns a sign of victory | Photo: File

A day after the opposition and the government agreed to appoint Abudhok Ayang Kur, the head of Agwelek forces, General Johnson Olony says he might have no options but to form his own party.

“Olony is devising strategies and may drop the SPLM-in-opposition soon after a recent spat over his replacement,” according to a source familiar with the issue.

This comes after President Kiir rejected to appoint him as Governor of Upper Nile State.

Since last year, the Kiir administration had refused Olony’s appointment, accusing him of being a warmonger and could plunge the country into yet another chao.

Breaking: Tensions flare up in Upper Nile as Gen. Olony rejects new Governor

SPLM-IO nominee, General Johnson Olony Thambo picture during a military briefing
SPLM-IO nominee, General Johnson Olony Thambo pictured during a military briefing in Upper Nile State |Photo: Unknown
SPLM-IO nominee, General Johnson Olony Thambo pictured during a military briefing in Upper Nile State |Photo: Unknown

Tensions in the region are reported to have reached boiling point hours following the controversial appointment of Abudhok Ayang Kur as the new governor of Upper Nile State.

On Friday evening, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit appointed Abudhok Ayang Kur as Governor of Upper Nile State and named James Tor Monybuny as his Deputy.

“A few days ago, we wrote to the Chairman Dr. Riek Machar Teny and we made it very clear to him that the leadership of the former Fashoda federal state is not for what he asked for. We haven’t changed that position yet and any change to the initial SPLM-IO nomination is not acceptable to us,” said General Johnson Olony in a statement extended to the media.

When asked if he’s going to steer a new course of action together with his leadership, General Olony asserted that an emergency meeting must be held urgently to chart the way forward.

“Of course this will not be my decision alone. There will be a wider decision and we will bring all the military leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) because if this is a violation, it will not be me alone who will work to say it because it is a collective job and then we will decide the way forward,” he added.

BREAKING: Kiir appoints Abudhok Ayang Kur, Governor of Upper Nile State

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit, in a Republican decree, has appointed, Abudhok Ayang Kur, as Governor of Upper Nile State and picked James Tor Monybuny, as his Deputy.

The Republican Decree Issued By The President

Republican Decree No.05/2021 for the Appointment of the Governor of Upper Nile State, 2021 A.D. 1.

1) Title and Commencement: This Decree shall be cited as “The Republican Decree No.05/2021 for the Appointment of the Governor of Upper Nile State, 2021 A.D.”, and shall come into force on the date of its signature by the President of the Republic.

2) The Decree: In exercise of the powers conferred upon me under Articles 165(1)(b) and 106A(2)(a) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 (as amended) read together with Article 1.9.2.1 of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) 2018.

I, Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, do hereby issue this Republican Decree for the Appointment of Hon. Budhok Ayang Kur as the Governor of Upper Nile State with effect from 29th January 2021.

Breaking: Fierce fighting erupts between SSPDF and SPLA-IO forces in Bankida

Fierce fighting broke out on January 26, 2020 between the SSPDF and SPLA-IO forces in Upper Nile State |Photo: Via Facebook

Fierce fighting broke out this morning between the SSPDF and SPLA-IO forces in Bankida, Upper Nile State, according to Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, SPLA-IO Deputy Military Spokesperson.

“This morning the 26/01/2021 at about 8:00AM, a combined force of National Security forces, Tiger and the SSPDF attacked the SPLA-IO assembly area of Bankida in complete violations of the Permanent ceasefire.”

“The SPLA-IO forces tactically withdrew from Bankida on directives from the SPLA-IO High Command,” he added.

The main opposition group strongly condemned the flagrant violation of the Permanent Ceasefire and called on SSPDF forces to withdraw from the area.

“The SPLA-IO strongly condemn[s] this constant suicidal act of aggression against its forces and positions by forces of the SPLM-IG; and, is therefore, demanding a complete withdrawal of this combined force from Bankida as soon as possible to avoid the escalation of this provocative attack.”

“The SPLA-IO remains committed to the implementation of the Security Arrangements in particular and the R-ARCSS in general but it holds the right to self defence when attacked.”

Jikany, Padang leaders urge calm as ethnic violence rocks Upper Nile State

Former Governor of Upper Nile State, Simon Kun Puoch |Photo: Via Facebook

Leaders of Jikany and Padang communities are calling for peace in the wake of the recent revenge attacks that killed 12 people and left dozens wounded in Upper Nile State.

“The leaders of Jieng Padang and Jikany Nuer in the SPLM convened a briefed meeting at the SPLM House on 19th Jan 2021. Chaired by the former Governor of Upper Nile State Hon Simon Kun Puoch. This meeting was cognizance of the two incidents of attacks in Melut County in Upper Nile State.”

According to a statement extended by the former Speaker of Parliament of the now-defunct Maiwut state, Chuol Dep, the first attack took place on 13th Jan 2021, in Bai Ajak village, and is believed to have been carried out by suspected armed men from Nasir County and Ulang County, Upper Nile State.

“The attack left five innocent civilians dead, including two young men, a child, two women and an elderly person, but wounded more others. The attackers took over 500-700 heads of cattle, though later all cattle were recovered,” the statement further explained.

The second incident took place in Paloch on 14th Jan 2021, of which seven (7) civilians from Gajaak lost their lives and five others critically wounded.

“Due to these two bloody incidents in the State, leaders from the two Communities of Jieng Padang and Eastern Jikany Nuer expressed their sadness and grief for the tragedy in the State.”

The following are the Resolutions reached after the meeting to address the situation in question.

• We the leaders of these two communities are abhorred by violence incidents in Melut County, and condemned these attacks against the civilians in both Bai Ajak and Paloch in the strongest terms possible.

• We conveyed our heartfelt sympathies and Condolences to the bereaved families of Bai Ajak village, and also our Condolences to the family of our beloved Gajaak civilians killed in Paloch.

• Strongly appealed for the calm among the youth on both sides and work to restore peace immediately.

• We send this warning strongly to all anti-peace elements, to cease all forms of provocations and negative propaganda on social media.

• We urged all the youth to ease tensions in the Counties mentioned above, and to engage in dialogue as the only viable means to restore peaceful coexistence and stability in our State.

• Appealed to the Government of National Unity to apprehend these Criminals and bring them to justice. Appealed to all Organized Forces Stationed in area to protect Civilians lives and their property.

Breaking: IGAD wants General Johnson replaced

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has urged the Parties to break the deadlock over the appointment of Upper Nile state’s Governor or replace General Johnson as a last resort.

In an exclusive interview with Thessherald, a senior IGAD official stressed that “since the two main signatories to the peace agreement are left with no choice, there is a need to replace the person in question [General Olony] to break the impasse.”

Since June, President Kiir Mayardit and the First-Vice President Dr. Riek Machar have hit a dead end over the appointment of Upper Nile state’s nominee, General Johnson Olony Thambo. Olony was accused by the Kiir administration of being a warmonger.

The opposition argues that Olony will not set foot in Juba until he is appointed by the President.

Last month, a group of delegates was sent to Juba in preparation for the arrival of General Johnson Olony.

Kiir says he’s pained by the suffering of his people

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir is feeling the pain and suffering of the country’s citizens who have been affected by severe food insecurity, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic, according to his recent remarks on New Year’s Eve.

“My heart goes out to those who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19 as well as those who are living in hardships as a result of the flood. While overcome by sadness, we should all be encouraged by how you, ordinary people, have maintained social harmony during this crisis,” says President Salva Kiir Mayardit in his New Year’s message.

Kiir noted that the past year has been one of the most difficult years ever, exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the prevalence of acute food insecurity, as reported by humanitarian agencies.

“As I mentioned in my Christmas message, 2020 has been a difficult year. We were affected by COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to take human lives and exacted economic toll both in our country and across the globe. Our situation has also been worsened by floods, which have deströyed livelihood of thousands of people in our country.”

After more than six years of conflict, South Sudan remains one of the most food-insecure countries in the world.

10 states of the Republic of South Sudan | Photo: USAID/FFP

According a report issued recently by aid agencies, an estimated 6 million people—representing approximately 51 percent of South Sudan’s total population of 11.7 million—may face Crisis (IPC 3) or worse levels of acute food insecurity and require urgent food assistance between February and April this year.

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