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Prioritise Unity, Kiir Tells New South Sudanese Governors

President Salva Kiir has Friday urged newly-appointed governors to work for the good of the people they serve, Chimp Corps report.

Major General Thiey Yar Tut took oath of office as the new Governor of Southern Liech state and Major General Lawrence Mabok Wour as the new Governor of Ruweng state at State House, Juba.

The swearing in ceremony administered by Chief Justice Chan Reech Madut, was witnessed by the First Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai, and attended by the Minister in the Office of the President, Hon. Mayiik Ayii Deng, Minister of Higher education, Yien Oral Lam, and the Inspector General of Police, General Majak Akech Malok.

Speaking during the ceremony, President Kiir urged the newly appointed governors to put the “unity of their people as a priority” while executing their duties.

President Kiir urged South Sudanese holed up at the UN protection sites to return back to their respective areas of residence and carry on with their normal livelihoods.

General Taban stressed that there are “no permanent problems,” urging the two appointed governors to work harder towards uniting the people of Southern Liech and Ruweng State.

The calls for unity come at a time Kiir’s government is struggling to unite a nation divided along tribal lines following a deadly internal conflict that has claimed thousands of innocent lives.

The Minister of Higher Education, Yien Oral Lam, also stressed the need for unity and societies to co-exist.

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The Police chief encouraged the two appointed Governors to work towards supporting the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

On his part, General Majak Akech appealed to the two governors to remove the road blocks to allow humanitarian access to the grassroots.

Speaking on behalf of the governors, Stephen Thiey Yar promised to work with other stakeholders to develop their communities.

The new governors were appointed by a presidential decree on May 14.

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