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Upper Nile Conference has nothing to do with the appointment of Olony

Dec 31, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Sudan People’s Liberation Movement says that the planned Upper Nile conference has nothing to do with the appointment of Lt Gen. Johnson Olony Thabo as the governor of the Upper Nile state.

SPLA-IO commander of sector one Gen. Johnson Olony and SPLM-IO Chairman Dr. Riek Machar in Pagak 2016 (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
SPLA-IO commander of sector one Gen. Johnson Olony and SPLM-IO Chairman Dr. Riek Machar in Pagak 2016 (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

President Kiir has yet to appoint the govervor of the Upper nile State leading to speculations that the Olony will be appointed during the conference.

The office of the first Vice President has released a statement to clear the air on the conference saying that the conference is meant to reconcile and heal the communities living in the state.

Cde Goanar Gordon Yien said that SPLM is waiting for the appointment of Gen Olony as well as the formation of Transitional National Legislative Assembly. 

“SPLM/SPLA-(IO) would like to make it clear to its members, cadres and the people of South Sudan at large that the Conference’s main objective is for reconciliation and healing among the communities of Upper Nile state. The conference however has nothing to do with the appointment of Gen Johnson Olony Thabo. The movement has been waiting for the announcement of Olony on (SSBC) as the Governor of Upper Nile State as well as formation of (TNLA) and the state’s Governments. We don’t know what caused the delay since we had submitted all the lists,” the Statement read in part.

“What has been circulating in the media that the appointment of Gen Olony be done ‘during the upcoming Conference of Upper Nile State’ is untrue and a misleading information,” the statement continues.

According to the statement, President Kiir and the First VP Dr Riek Machar agreed that the appointment of Gen Olony should come out before the proposed Conference.

The governor should be able to participate in the process of reconciliation and uniting the people of Upper Nile State as he is the unifying factor among the Upper Nile communities. 

“Gen Johnson Olony is a unified factor who is able to bring all communities together to work for peace and reconciliation in the state,” Cde Goanar Gordon Yien said.

Cde Gordon reassured of SPLM/SPLA-(IO)’s commitment to the Revitalised agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in letter and spirit.

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