By Mamer Abraham
Upper Nile State governor, James Odhok Oyai, presided over the swearing-in of new appointees to his government.
Those who took oath include technical advisor for the Ministry of Animal Resources, Fisheries, and Tourism, Aniesa Amum Padiet, and advisor for the Ministry of Peace Building, Talimate Akuan Aduchs.
The governor urged the incoming technical advisors to work hard for the attainment of peace and stability among the communities in Upper Nile State.
“You are now part of the government. Each one of you should go to the people for peace and stability to prevail,” the governor told the newly sworn-in members.
Tallimate appreciated the governor for the trust bestowed upon them and vowed he was ready to work for the peace of the people of Upper Nile State.
He stated that he had been sleeping on a verandah in his house, not fearing anything because peace was there.
On November 11, the governor, Oyai, called upon the people of Upper Nile State to shun tribal issues and embrace peace and unity.
The governor made the remarks during the rally meant to disseminate peace messages in the state capital, Malakal.
In February, President Salva Kiir Mayardit directed the governor to end ethnic violence in Malakal.
“You have a bigger task ahead of you, especially improving the security situation in the state. The peace that Pope Francis emphasized must be maintained to foster stability and development in our country. I will reiterate again that my government will never return the country to war under my watch,” Kiir earlier told Oyai.
Upper Nile State had been subject to rounds of violent ethnic conflict that left many people dead and others displaced.