Veteran South Sudanese politician, Oliver Batali Albino died this morning (January 4, 2020) in the city of Augusta, the state of Georgia in the United States.
According to a close relative, the veteran politician died of heart failure and will be remembered as an astute politician.
Oliver Albino, born in 1935 in Yei. He completed secondary school in Rumbek and studied at the University of Khartoum. In the early 1960s, he went into exile and joined the Anya-Nya resistance movement in Kenya. In 1965 Oliver Albino became part of the Sudan African National Union (SANU) in Uganda. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a teacher at a secondary school in Gulu, northern Uganda.
During that period he wrote his first book “The Sudan: a Southern Viewpoint” (Oxford University Press, 1970). Oliver Albino was also a member of the Southern Sudan Liberation Movement’s delegation to the Addis Ababa peace talks of 1972.
From 1975 – 1978 he was the Minister of Housing and Public Utilities in the Southern Sudan Regional Government led by Abel Alier.
For only two months in 1985, April – May, Oliver Albino was the Sudanese Minister of Labour in Khartoum.
In 1996 – 1997 Oliver Albino was a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.
In 2006 Oliver Albino published his second book “Democracy and power in The Sudan: How Decentralization Hurts”. through AuthorHouse UK in Bloomington, USA.
After the Independence of South Sudan in July 2011, Oliver Albino was appointed by President Salva Kiir as a member of the Council of States.