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South Sudan new chief of general staff assumes duties


President Kiir (C) shakes hand with his Defence Minister Manyang Juuk at the swearing ceremony of the new chief of staff Gen James Ajong (R) with VP James Wani and Advisor Daniel Awet Akot. on 10 May 2017
May 10, 2017 (JUBA) – On Tuesday evening, General James Ajongo was appointed the Chief of General Staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

His designation sparked panic and fear as the new changes could cause a rebellion after Ajongo’s predecessor, General Paul Malong Awan, left town in the middle of the night.

The newly appointed army general took oath of office before the President and the Vice-President James Wani Igga at the presidential palace on Wednesday.

During his pledge Gen. Ajongo promised to work hard towards restoring law and order in the country for the return of peace and stability.

“I know it is a difficult task because the country is in conflict within itself, but making use of our good human resource and my colleagues, I believe that they are the right people in the right positions who will be able to manage the situation, getting us out of this conflict,” said the General after he was sworn in.

He went on to put emphasis on the fact that it was the responsibility of the nation’s army to protect the people.

In statements to the United Nation’s Radio Miraya from Rumbek, Malong described the new army Chief as “honest person” and stressed that he is his relative.

“I congratulated him, in fact, he is from my area, and he is my relative. We have blood relations and he is an honest and good guy. He is capable,” he said about the new army chief of staff.


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  • 11 May 2017 09:07, by DumoMakuachdit

    Dear Malong,

    First have your time, stays in Juba for quite numbers of months after there we will see what to do. This Awan chan man and his elite Akol Koor Kuc are playing with Mading Aweil, these are not nuers nor nyamnyams, these are true dinkas combatants. Please you are playing with fire. divides and rule policy will never work.

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    • 11 May 2017 16:27, by deng kual acot

      Congratulation Mr. James for the great achievement. Live to correct the Major mistakes commited by Malong. Rembers that all Sout Sudanese are one with same blood and borns handed over into your hands. Avoid tribal classes as a national leader by almeans. Malong spoiled his. Never send Army to Sloter, boucher and masaker Civilians. Mind mission and not civilians who are victims and looking to you.

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  • 11 May 2017 09:15, by Kush Natives

    Former chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong A said,“I congratulated him, in fact, he is from my area, and he is my relative. We have blood relations and he is an honest and good guy. He is capable,” when rebels and alike anti peace sees this, they starts swishing words around to make it difficult for the readers in order to an understand its context.

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    • 11 May 2017 09:57, by Mr Point

      Who would be worried when a general, who has organised massacres in Juba in 2013 and 2015, leaves town in the middle of the night with 1,600 armed supporters?

      What possible reason is there to fear an outbreak of violence?

      Where is the evidence that peace-loving Gen. Paul Malong has just gone out for an innocent walk with his army?

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  • 11 May 2017 12:42, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Our President Salva Kiir Mayardit to solve this problem, I personally appeal to you relief Akol Koor from his position.

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    • 11 May 2017 14:30, by Awei-ngok

      In addition to removal of Akol Koor Kuc, Chan Reec Madut and Mohammed Tor Deng Mawien must be removed from Justice and Advisory positions. These are the poisonous people destroying our president. Worst of all are Chan and Tor. Remember, they are Bashir’s cohorts who still run his agenda in S. Sudan clandestinely.

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      • 11 May 2017 18:07, by Lango2010

        Thank to those who welcomed my brother James Ajonga Mawut as a new chief of General Staff, he has no achievements or failures yet to be praised or blamed up on him. Paul Malong has gone as a hero but with the blame of evacuating the office without proper hand over to his successor. The rest of his work were smart and objective but hate by the rebels for blocking their ways to success

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        • 11 May 2017 18:16, by Lango2010

          Than for the removal of Akol Koor Kuch Chan Reec Madura, Tor Deng Mawien and other poisonous snakes within the system is not ours but in the hand of leadership to decide upon if he want our Country to restored peace and tranquillity in the region. Mr. President you should leave no stone unturned, or you risk following the same suit. No more amnesty on rebellion. Tooth for tooth, and nail for nail.

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      • 11 May 2017 20:23, by Garang Akeen Tong


        Not forget Akol Koor Kuc is Bashir,s criminal 1 brother.

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  • 11 May 2017 17:59, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Congrats Gen.Ajongo for your new position. I love your statement "restoring laws & order in the country for the return of peace & stability, making use of our good human resources & team work to get us out of the situations,he also emphasis that it is the role of national army to protect his people, well done these are the words we need as citizens of these country Sudd,if there are going to be s

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    • 11 May 2017 18:08, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      If there are going to be some people who are going to back bite you or pull you at the back, don’t ever look back but just keep going a head with your work, You sound like the man of integrity, keep your words and acts upon them.There might be enemies of peace but keep your ears deaf on them,going up is easy but to do the job is tge task!congratulation once more
      n consults your successor if need

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  • 11 May 2017 20:10, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Congratulation uncle Gen. Ajonga Mawutdit, I wish you success in your new asignment, and make sure that our president Salva Kiir is surrounding by evil, thugs who didn,t participate during liberation, and we humble to wellcome them, but now they become enemies no 1.

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  • 15 May 2017 18:15, by Kanayovi

    Awesome article, congrats!!!
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