JUBA, 14 February 2021 – An opposition commander whose nomination to lead South Sudan’s oil-rich Upper Nile state failed to be approved says he will keep faith with President Salva Kiir.

General Johnson Olony, who was nominated by Kiir to the governorship of the Upper Nile state, was replaced last month after seven long months of waiting in vain for his nomination to be confirmed.

General Johnson Olony on Facebook

General Johnson Olony on Facebook

The army general said he will not break away from the main armed opposition group and will keep faith with his leader, the First Vice-President of South Sudan Dr. Reik Machar Teny.

Critics rejected his nomination, calling him a warmonger, suggesting that he could jeopardize reconciliation efforts among embittered communities.

Last January, Machar replaced Gen. Olony with Abudhok Ayang, who served as a deputy to the army general when he was governor of the now defunct state of Fashoda.

Worker at an Oil Field in South Sudan - Photo Arab News

Worker at an Oil Field in South Sudan – Photo Arab News

The army general initially rejected his replacement.

In an interview with Sudans Post, Gen. Olony said he understood that Machar was under tremendous pressure and pledged to remain in the camp and support implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

“I will keep faith with him (Machar) because we also don’t want war because of the suffering people of Upper Nile,” the opposition commander told Sudans Post.

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