SPLM – IO press statement on Upper Nile Conference

FILE — South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar talks to reporters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb. 13, 2016. Machar fled from Juba last month shortly after heavy fighting broke out in the capital between Machar's forces and South Sudan army forces.FILE — South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar talks to reporters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb. 13, 2016. Machar fled from Juba last month shortly after heavy fighting broke out in the capital between Machar's forces and South Sudan army forces.

Press Statement
On the proposed Upper Nile Conference.

For Immediate Release
December 31st, 2020

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 states Governments. We don’t know what caused the delay since we have had submitted all the lists.

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

His appointment should come out before the proposed Conference be held as it was agreed by the two principals, so that the governor participated in the process of reconciliation and uniting the people of Upper Nile State.

Gen Johnson Olony is a unified factor who is able to bring all communities together to work for peace and reconciliation in the state.

However, SPLM/SPLA-(IO) reassured its commitment to the Revitalised agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in letter and spirit.

Cde Goanar Gordon Yien
Deputy Press Secretary
Office of the Chairman and Commander in Chief of SPLM/SPLA-(IO), the First Vice President of the Republic, Juba, South Sudan.

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