MAGENIS – South Sudan’s controversial opposition commander General Johnson Olony Thabo has threatened to fight First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny saying he will return to the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
General Johnson Olony who is a member of the SPLA-IO Kitgwang faction said he is engaging the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit for possible return to the country’s capital Juba and urged the government to expedite the graduation of the unified forces.
“We are engaging the Juba government to send us a delegation to Khartoum and we sit to resolve issues related to the security arrangements. We need our forces to be graduated and the rest other political demands we will get from President Kiir later on,” Gen. Olony said.
Olony made the remarks in an interview with Radio Tamazuj.
The main armed opposition factional commander said he will divide the power share allocated to the SPLM-IO by the peace agreement which he said will result to fighting between him and Machar if the later refuse.
“We are even ready to divide the share of IO under Riek. If there is any fight, it will be between me and Riek but not Salva,” he said.
“We will tell the government to be in its position and we will also maintain our position and we see where South Sudan is going. We will never engage in another war again. They should also ask themselves why the peace is not being implemented,” he added.
“I have been fighting alongside SPLA since I was 13 up to now. But we support the peace and South Sudanese are waiting to see that implemented.”