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Kiir, Machar to meet soon over Olony’s appointment as Upper Nile governor


July 4, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his first deputy Riek Machar will meet soon to discuss the appointment Johnson Olony as the Upper Nile State Governor, stated James Dak, Machar’s spokesman on Saturday.

Rebel commander Johnson Olony speaks to the press upon arrival at Juba international airport on 13 June 2013 (ST)

On 29 June, Kiir appointed the governor of eight states, except the governors of the Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

Asked about when the SPLM-IO leader and First Vice President would nominate the Upper Nile governor, his spokesman told Sudan Tribune that the Machar did submit the nominees for the three states on 24 June.

"Unfortunately, Johnson Olony for Upper Nile state was not appointed. We do not know why he was not appointed," said James Dak.

"I hope His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit and His Excellency, the First Vice President, Dr Riek Machar, will soon resolve the matter as leaders of major parties.

"We submitted names of our three nominees for the gubernatorial positions for the states of Upper Nile, Western Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal. We did it since 24 June 2020," he further said.

In July 2017, Machar appointed Olony who belongs to the Shilluk Kingdom of the Upper Nile state as the governor of the SPLM-IO controlled Fashoda state,

The general and his Shilluk militia defected from President Kiir’s army and joined the SPLM-IO in May 2015 after a three-day attack on the government forces in and around Malakal.

The Shilluk political and tribal leaders are frustrated with their marginalization of the South Sudanese government, after the eruption of the civil war in December 2013.

Olony’s appointment can help remediate this situation, say observers.


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  • 5 July 2020 14:18, by Chiir

    President Kiir sees inadequacies in Olony. Olony would be a disaster if appointed governor because he will not support any peaceful means to settle stark differences that already exist among communities in Upper Nile. Olony cannot unite the people!! Just a few days ago, Olovy has threatened to murder whoever else will be appointed.

    • 6 July 2020 07:27, by Midit Mitot


      That,s wrong thought, Olony is free and Military man who knows he right. it,s his right to rule Upper Nile as Governor.

      • 6 July 2020 12:38, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        You are back again and talk like real Nuer. Who gave Olony rights to rule Upper Nile State? Is Upper Nile State a country inside another country? Peace agreement speaks louder and clear that all amries to be unified under the the leadership of Kiir Mayardit. Olony is still having separate army in the bushes and he wants to be a governor of Upper Nile, what?

        • 6 July 2020 14:54, by Midit Mitot

          South South,

          Yes, Am Nuer and I will remain Nuer forever, Olony is a South Sudanese that hell from Malakal and is entitle to Govern Upper Nile.

          Who told you that Olony has separate army? his forces are in cantonment site at Lely, Tufigee, Dolep etc.

          Make sure that Upper Nile is not for Dinka Apadang alone, other tribes are there.

          • 6 July 2020 16:14, by South South

            Midit Mitot,

            I am not questioning your identity as a Nuer guy, I am talking about the behaiors of Nuer people. There 3 things to remember:
            1- Cantonment means SSDPF and IO forces are united in one unit, not to put your army in your village.
            2- Dinka Padang are found in Malakal, so if you are talking about Upper Nile then you are right, but if you are talking about Malakal, then we have big proble

            • 6 July 2020 16:19, by South South

              Midit Mitot,

              Continue: I mean we will have big problem if you mix Malakal city with Upper Nile State. Upper Nile State belong to all tribes in Upper Nile, but Malakal belongs to Padang Dinka. If Olony wants to come Juba and take oath in front of president Kiir he needs to do 2 things:
              1- Send his army to contonment immediatley.
              2- Come back to Juba like the way Riek came, periop

    • 6 July 2020 08:01, by Joyuma John

      Salva Kiir is contradicting himself for nothing, why did he allow upper Nile state to be taken by IO, while he new Riek was likely to appoint Olony as Upper-Nile governor. cheap politics.

      • 13 July 2020 13:52, by Joseph Canada

        He didn’t think it that way as he was forecussing all his mind on the lucretive gold in EES and to Bring Lobong into the ring to keep their bloody goldmining deals in Ngauro.
        He also cross the line by putting his nose on IO nominations.

  • 5 July 2020 14:26, by Chiir

    Olony’s problem is with Dinka in the Upper Nile state and nothing else. If he is appointed as governor, he will try to subdue and pacify the people of Ngok, Paweny, Luac, Rut, Dongjol, Ageer, Nyiel and Abetlang. But his actions will be met with fierce responses from these communities. Olony’s reckless agenda will paly well with Dr. Riek, which is why he backs Olony.

    • 5 July 2020 14:37, by jubaone

      This jienge Kiirminal must understand that Olony is IOs choice as a RTGoNU partner. To now claim Olony has bad record is jienge idiocy. Who afterall has clean records in SS? This semi literate Kiirminal has bloody hands. He’s a curse to SS and may his children be cursed and never be anything else other than thugs, harlots and losers.

      • 5 July 2020 15:24, by South South


        If someone is too stupid to understand that Kiir is the only president in South Sudan to make final decisions about any appointments, then we are not responsible for your stupudity. Olony still has separate army and what we have according to peace agreement is that we MUST one army with Kiir topping everyone in South Sudan.

        • 5 July 2020 19:51, by jubaone

          South South
          Jienge kaffir, you can lick Olonys shithole. If the IO chooses to have him, who is this jienge kiirminal to say no? This kiirminal is like a donkey that must told the way to go and fetch water. He has become a "Juba Mayor" and not a president, only for jienges.

        • 13 July 2020 14:07, by Joseph Canada

          South Sudan,actually what you are saying contradict the R-C TGONU.Kiir have the right to nominate who he want as well as Dr.Riek.Kiir cannot play adouble std. Kiir isthe one who try to play trible rivalry.Its clear that he want things his way or the highway andd this can easily lead to squire one. Dinka as the tribe in South Sudan shouldnot be treated better than other S.Sudanes citizens.

      • 6 July 2020 13:26, by Chiir

        @ Jubaone,
        Your problem is Jieng. Whenever people discuss something different, your short-sightedness and illiteracy tell you to only focus on Jieng. I told you to marry one beautiful and generous Jieng so that this meant and tribal gene of yours is diluted. You are a badass! Please try to get some good ass for the unity of this country!

        • 7 July 2020 07:34, by jubaone

          Thank you for your advice, but I´m not interested in marrying a nyanjienge cuz then, all her luakjienges will crowd my house like a muraa and we shall never have privacy. See around in Juba, all houses of jienge benydits and bandits are full of luakjiengs not less than 30 people per household. Food is cooked in barrels and looks like a feeding center luakjiengs spitting rest "thaud" allover

  • 5 July 2020 14:29, by Chiir

    OLony wants to steal Padang lands claiming that Padang took Shiluk’s land and he will be aggressive about it.

  • 5 July 2020 16:24, by Mayendit

    Even though I don’t agree with the President Salva Kiir Mayardit for handling the country thus, the issue of general Johnson Olony is absolutely a Redline. Without any doubt in my mind, Johnson Olony is not only a warmonger man but also he is a violator and a person who is fueling wars in Upper Nile Region and President Kiir Mayardit is right. Olony has invaded Dinka lands and giving a his tribe S

  • 5 July 2020 16:32, by Mayendit

    President Kiir Mayardit must understand that, Riek Machar Teny is not coming back to Juba for peaceful coexistence but he is having another plan C because he had been trying all plans A and B but he didn’t sussceful. Just you can make your own assessment special, what kind of peace when you see Riek Machar has some generals planning war in bushes while, some of them are in Juba.

  • 5 July 2020 16:57, by Mayendit

    I will agree with the President Salva Kiir Mayardit statement that, he would need a Nuer politician to take governor of Upper Nile State simple because general Johnson Olony has a bad records in that region and the meaning of peace is no war. Make reconciliation and healing so that, the 4 tribes will lived peaceful in Upper Nile State. The issue of Riek Machar’s rebellion will not be ending until

  • 5 July 2020 17:10, by Mayendit

    Mr. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, this is why you seen many of your supporters are quitting your camp because of not handling the problems of Riek Machar Teny properly. In the world if the politician is supporting violence then, the government will make arrests and it is a lawful punishment but you have allowed Riek Machar to go back and forth in the history why?. Being a leader, you must do what

  • 5 July 2020 17:21, by Mayendit

    President Kiir Mayardit, being a leader of the country, you must do what is right for the country and for the people. I have to tell you that, there will be no peaceful existence in South Sudan until the people like Riek Machar, Johnson Olony, Thomas Cirillo and Lam Akol are dead this is the facts put it in your mind. If you give me your leadership Today, I would collect these bad guys and puts t

  • 5 July 2020 17:25, by Mayendit

    Bad guys must be jailed period..
    If you give me your leadership Today perhaps, I collecting all these bad guys and puts them in jail

  • 5 July 2020 17:57, by Mayendit

    Dinka Apadang or Ngok of Upper Nile State. Why you allowed Shilluk to invaded Atar community?.You must cooperate and United together all Ngok in Upper Nile State and you must defending your territory because it is your rights. Please don’t allow Shilluk to takes the lands even if it is belonging to Atar or Lual Yak community, you defending your own land.

  • 5 July 2020 18:55, by Nueri Dial

    This is the right appointment! Dinka including Kiir Mayar fear Olony physically, leave a lone with gun. Lion is back home

  • 5 July 2020 20:02, by Mayendit

    Nueri Dial
    There is no body fearing about Johnson Olony but what is the meaning of peace?. Johnson Olony is a commander of SPLA IO led by Riek Machar so why he is refusing for his tribal militia to go for process of reunification Army?. Remember this, we are not begging Shilluk tribal militia to reunite with the SSPDF but the President Salva Kiir is following peace agreement that was signed.

    • 6 July 2020 11:57, by Nueri Dial

      All your comments on this post shown that all Dinka are Fearing Him. It is good to have someone Dinka Fear of! All Force are ready in Cantonments, come to Diel (Atar 3). it is full of Agwelek force but even those all ready in sites are almost deserted those sites b/se of lack of Budget. His case is not d/ne from Yaw Yaw and Puljang! For him to be a governor mean that he is no longer Agwe

      • 6 July 2020 12:43, by Nueri Dial

        There is nothing called SSDF yet just a name. 70% SPLA left to IO since 2014 and 30% deserted barracks and join Militia. The one finished in March 2014 Malakal fighting was Mathinag Anyoor in SPLA uniform. In Bor was UPDF and in Bentiu was Torobora. Another batch was trained by Malong but they were roaming in Equatoria since 2015 -16. Abuchiok (Padang) was establish in 2016 but could not fight.

        • 6 July 2020 12:47, by Nueri Dial

          Now Dinka want to call all his tribe men Militia as SSDF and the other tribe to be Militia b/se of power they have? No, Dinka Militia are like the rest of tribe. Nuer have White army (Nyaborjio), Dinka (Abuchiok, Anyoor), Shiluk (Agwelek), Murle (Cobra) and Equatoria (arrow boys) all these Militia needs to be reinstated as national army without exceptional

      • 6 July 2020 12:44, by South South

        Nueri Dial,

        The entire Upper Nile is under full control of SSPDF including Olony’s village. We don’t give damn care about him. Let him remain in the bushes if he wants that, but if he wants ti come to Malakal as a governor. The conditions of peace agreement are clear, he MUST meet then first before he put his dirty feet on the ground in Juba. He needs to stand in front Kiir.

        • 6 July 2020 12:54, by Nueri Dial

          South South,
          It is simple to claim full control but the reality on ground never change. Can you tell me where your soldier are? JMEC is looking to canton them but they are nowhere to be seen. All the Cantonment sites in UNs are all IO. All Torabora and UPDF plus Egyptian has return back home and all Dinka men were either finish or went to Neighboring countries. Please ask them to report themselves

          • 6 July 2020 12:57, by Nueri Dial

            South South,
            Please report where SSDF present so that we will not have problem with next army being dominated by Nuer. No present of Dinka in next army please take it serous

          • 6 July 2020 16:26, by South South

            Nueri Dial,

            You are good of talking only. Action jobs are for us. We are in Malakal, Rent, Naser, Pagak and all towns and cities of Upper Nile, facts. Tell me one town or city under Olony’s control. Kiir refuses to appoint Olony even though Riek wants, then what happens? Nothing, why? Kiir is a power, he is the president, full stop.

            • 6 July 2020 20:56, by The Rhino

              South South,

              Here are among others,only few of your known "action jobs"1).Running away from miseriya arabs,terrified like pissing chickens,2).Looting,raping and murdering vulnerable tribes who can’t defend themselves in this country,3).Squatting all over the place,especially in territories that do not belong to Dinka,4).Backstabbing and betraying those who fought the liberation war,5).Barking....

              • 6 July 2020 21:07, by The Rhino

                South South,

                ..filthily loud with missing Dinka teeth upfront like stinking skunks,not reckoning/taking his/their foolishness or primitivity into accounts,shit!What damn "action jobs" are you talking about here,you worthless savage?None!Listen ya jienge MTN,anybody who knows your rotten Dinka culture and attitude all along history, will never flinch or hesitate to squash the hell out of you,you..

                • 6 July 2020 21:10, by The Rhino

                  South South,

                  ..damned foolish,greedy and incompetent junks!This time no savages in Equatoria,..all of’em.OUT,full stop!

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