Kiir appoints Gen. David Reath Malual Luak as the Presidential Advisor for Peace.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has named a new peace advisor, only three months after reaching a peace accord with a dissident section of the armed opposition party (SPLM-IO).
In a presidential order readout on state-owned SSTV, Gen. David Reath Malual Luak was nominated to replace previous SPLA-IO chief of general staff, General Simon Gatwech Dual, who had rejected the role.
The nomination of Luak was made in compliance with a clause in the 2018 renewed peace pact that allows the armed opposition group to designate someone as a presidential advisor for peace and reconciliation.
Gatwech was nominated to the advisory post in June 2021 but declined the appointment in protest over the deal’s sluggish execution.
Dual, who signed a separate peace pact with President Kiir earlier this year, has not been given a new role.
Luak was the Director of Malakal Central Prison prior to the civil conflict in 2013.