Juba, 27 Sept 2023; In a surprising political maneuver, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has issued a decree appointing Mrs. Angelina Teny, the wife of the first Vice President of the Republic, as the new Minister of Interior. This decision comes after her previous role as Minister of Defense, in alignment with the revitalized Khartoum peace agreement was revoked by Kiir.
The dismissal of Angelina from the Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs has nearly backfired and was about to derail the Revitalized Peace Agreement. The misuse of the decree by the Present brought fresh discussion in the public domain and has raised eyebrows and sparked discussions, as it reflects the President's strategy of utilizing decrees in high-level appointments to wield influence and control in the nation's politics.
Many view this as an attempt to appease the Sudan People's Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) and secure their support for his upcoming presidential bid in the planned elections which is due to take place in 2024.
This development is poised to reshape South Sudan's political landscape, and its implications for the upcoming election remain a topic of intense scrutiny and speculation.
Since the return of Riek Machar and his political group of SPLA-IO to Juba, relative calm has returned to most of the part of country, though in Upper Nile fresh fighting related to inter-tribal clashes has been reported whilst in part of Central Equatoria and on and off clashes have been taking place between SSPDF and holdout group of Gen Thomas Cirilo.
Recently the country's former Chief of Staff Gen Oyai Deng Ajak who largely remained outside the politics of the country has threatened to bring the fighting in Juba. Gen Oyai has accused President Kiir of hijacking the original vision of SPLA for personal gain.