President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit addressing the nation. Photo credit: Reuters.
The president of South Sudan this week has made it clear that working with the SPLA-IO military general Lt. Gen. Johnson Olony posed insecurity in the country. in what ways the appointment of Olony posed insecurity, he did not clarify.
He made the latest remarks while addressing the guests in an event-state dinner-organized by the First Lady of the republic, Mary Ayendit, and Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, the minister of the Presidential Affairs.
The event which was to make the president appear to the general public to dispel the rumours circulating in the social media about his health turned into political wrangling.
President Kiir categorically stated he “does not fear anyone”, but when it comes to the choice of the states government’s appointments, he does not want to work with someone who poses a security threat to the government. This means Lt. Gen. Johnson Olony is a serious threat.
He publicly urged his rival, First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar to appoints a different person because working with Gen. Olony poses a security threat to the civilians (Dinka) living in the Upper Nile.
Since last month, Kiir rejected Machar’s decision to appoints Olony as the legitimate governor of the said disputed Upper Nile state. A request the president turned down instantly.
Olony is seen as the IO strongman in the Upper Nile. A call made several times by the IO supporters.
Machar may appoint a different person. However, a choice that is not representing Olony’s interest may complicate the already loose relations between the IO chairman and his military generals.
With the army, generals continue to defect leaving the movement.
Hon. Duer Tut Duir, a strong political leader within the IO staged himself as an alternative to Machar. He insisted Machar should resign since he is destroying the IO.
He believe he had the agenda to reform what he termed as “too deformed” rebels movement.