Resolve the issue of Upper State gubernatorial position
The pulling of rope between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar on the issue of Upper Nile’s Governor needs immediate resolution. According to media reports, President Kiir didn’t agree with the nomination of the candidate in the side of the SPLM-IO. He said if Johnson Olony was a governor of Upper Nile state, it would cause conflict in the area.
The report went on saying that “some communities in Upper Nile did not want Gen. Olony” as nominated by Dr. Machar for governor of Upper Nile State. However, they (communities) didn’t mention out clearly the reason (s) why they did not want Olony apart from the reason given by President Kiir. Based on the above mentioned points, people of South Sudan need peace in the country. All governors appointed in the nine states and the three chief administrators were expected to disseminate message of peace, time for conflict is over since peace was signed last year.
Pulling rope cannot help us, it’s better to come out with amicable solution on the position of the governor in Upper Nile. Too much delay of the appointment will not help; instead it would affect the citizens in terms of peace implementation and development. All the ten states need to have their governors to proceed with the peace implementation. The more the position is vacant people in the area will miss a lot in many developmental projects. The two leaders should revise their decisions and agree to appoint a governor for the sake of the citizens in the area. This is not the end of the deal for peace; there are many opportunities coming if there is peace. Time is limited; the two leaders need to understand themselves. They cannot waste time on the appointment of one state governor and put it as a condition for peace progress.
Let them come out with the way forward and take step to end the matter of Governors in the states. In fact it is a finishing point in the chapter of the states on their sides. Let them take the right decision not for their interest but for the interest of the people in the state and the nation at large.
May God bless us all.