Agel Ring Machar, son of South Sudan war hero and influential Twic Mayardit daughter Mama Victoria Adhar Arop has been appointed by the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai as the SPLM-IO information committee chairman and spokesperson.
Agel was previously appointed by exiled rebel leader Riek Machar as an opposition shadow governor for Twic State. He opted to join SPLM-IO faction led by Taban Deng when the opposition split following the fighting in July last year at State House in Juba between Riek Machar forces and government troops.
The youthful politician is now tasked to head the crucial information committee docket and as the official mouthpiece for the Taban-led faction of SPLM-IO which remained in Juba for the implementation of the 2016 peace agreement.
Agel previously held several positions in the government before joining the opposition which was fighting to topple President Kiir’s government in March 2015. He returned to Juba in 2016 after the signing of peace agreement between and government and SPLM-IO.