Kiir asks governors to be ready to step down for SPLM-IO
President Salva Kiir has asked some of the new governors to be ready to step down for SPLM IO members.
The leaders were sworn-in this morning.
“You have to step down if you’re asked to, because without [doing so], we cannot implement the agreement,” President Kiir told the governors during the swearing in ceremony.
The governors who will be affected by the return of SPLM-IO include Eastern Nile, Western Nile, Ruweng, Northern Liech, Southern Liech, Western Bieh, Eastern Bieh, and Latjoor.
Meanwhile, President Kiir has said the appointment of the 28 governors is not a violation of the peace agreement.
Kiir was responding to calls from the opposition to ‘rescind’ the decision.
The president says the states were a popular demand.
“The people have been demanded [these states] for long time and I really have to thank the people of South Sudan for their patience, waiting for the 28 states.”