General Olony Refused To Negotiate Side Deals With Government Officials
Sept 2, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– A senior general of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition, Lt. General Johnson Olony, announced that he has been approached to negotiate a side deal with politicians loyal to president Salva Kiir but he declined and urged the politicians to approach the political leadership of SPLM-IO.
Gen. Olony said he told the politicians that he is not a politician to negotiate peace elements and the peace that he needs must be inclusive enough to solve all South Sudanese problems, not just his tribe’s grievances.
“Some Government officials tried to Negotiate with me , I told them I am not a politician , I am a military commander , If they want to Negotiate let them Negotiate with the leadership Not with me because I have no thing to Negotiate with them” Gen. Olony said.
“the kind of peace I want is peace which will solve the problems of all south Sudanese not a problem of particular community” he continued.
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The overall commander of SPLA-IO Special Division One, Olony, assures South Sudanese that he fighting for the country.
“I am General of Sudan Sudan ,I am not fighting only for one community , I am fighting for all south Sudanese .” Olony said.
Gen. Olony has fought Salva Kiir regimes for almost 5 years, since 2010, however, he temporarily joined ranks with the government following many amnesties issued by president Salva Kiir in mid 2013.
Olony defected again after his forces were attacked and his deputy was killed by government troops and militias from the Padang Community in April 2014.
Since April 2014, Gen. Olony’s combined forces have locked down all major routes along the river Nile, cutting off the northern borders leading to Sudan, and all trade routes in Upper Nile.
After Taban Deng Gai broke ranks with Dr. Machar earlier this year and claimed his position in July, Olony and other powerful generals have been the main targets for Taban Deng Gai.
Gen Taban, who commands no forces, has made attempts to reach out to other generals in SPLA-IO strongholds in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity State but so far he has been declined by most of the generals he approached.
Three generals have reportedly defected to Taban from his home county of Guit County in Unity State but the military governor of that state, Lt. Gen. Ruai Kuol Jal, has downplayed their significant, saying that only 58 soldiers have defected in all counties of Unity State.