Gen. Olony pledges work with Kiir to restore peace

General Johnson Olony, senior official of the breakaway SPLM/A-IO/Kitgwang faction and leader of Agwelek forces said upon his arrival on sunday that he has come to Juba to work with president Salva Kiir to restore peace in the country.

Speaking to reporters at Juba International Airport on Sunday, Olony said he has come to juba for the implementation of the peace agreement that he signed with president Kiir.

On January 16, 2022, the SPLM/A-IO breakaway Kit-Gwang faction signed a peace agreement with president Kiir in the Sudanese capital -Khartoum to end armed clashes in the upper Nile region.

The peace deal guarantees the implementation of the security arrangements, a permanent ceasefire, grants the Kit Gwang faction amnesty, containment, and reintegration of the breakaway SPLA-IO forces into the South Sudanese Peoples Defense Forces (SSPDF).

“I have come for peace, we signed peace last time but there were no witnesses. The only witnesses was Tut, myself, Akol Koor and president salva kiir. So i have come for peace, i would have come earlier but i was busy doing something, i finished it and i came today,” Olony said. “We all came, i came with my deputy Thomas Mabor, and other officials and hopefully after five days; we will go back to Malakal and gather the youth of upper Nile, we need to build Malakal like Juba,”

He stated that he came with 200 soldiers which he he will surrender to the leadership of the national army as he join hand with president kiir in achieving everlasting peace.

“I have come with 200 soldiers which will now be under the leadership of South Sudan government….Juba is not for one person, it is for all of us. I have come to join hand with president to do one thing and hopefully,  South Sudan will never return to war again,” Olony stated.

“There are people who have South Sudan government in their mind but there are those who have it in the blood. Just like SPLM/A, there are people who are just wearing but me Johnson; I have it in the blood,”

General Olony returned to Juba after close to ten years since the war broke out in 2013.