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May 07, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- A senior commander of the SPLM/A in Opposition in Juba, who chose not to be named because he is not permitted to speak on behalf of the Movement, has disclosed to Nyamilepedia, when contacted, that the appointment of 10 Presidential Advisors wholly from the SPLM-IG has clearly obstructed the Transitional Government of National Unity that was formed a few days ago.
On the first week of May, President Salva Kiir released a decree appointing 10 of his advisors purely from his side, totally ignoring to include SPLM/A [IO], FDs or Other Political Parties. President Kiir unilaterally appointed his advisors without consulting his peace partner First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar; something contrary to the agreement.
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Former government chief negotiator Nhial Deng Nhial is appointed senior advisor and presidential envoy while Tut Kew Gatluak maintains his advisory role on security. Legal affairs goes to Laurance Korbandy, Dr. Ann Itto takes agriculture and food security while former minister of education Dr. John Gai Yoh is accommodated as Educational Affairs advisor. Aggrey Tissa Sabuni lands on economic affairs advisory whereas former Governor of Central Equatoria State Clement Wani Konga is made an advisor for special affairs. Lakes State senior politician Daniel Awet Akot is appointed advisor for military affairs and Tor Deng Mawien is given decentralization and intergovernmental linkages.
SPLM/A General spells out his frustration saying Salva has not learned from his past mistakes that have brought the country to its current defective state, but reaffirms that the SPLM/A-IO is committed to peace implementation because peace is what South Sudanese want and must be given priority.