June 5, 2009 (JUBA) — The president of South Sudan president and commander in chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army said the army needs to pass many milestones that is still facing.
General Salva Kiir Mayardit told the newly appointed Chief of General Staff that despite many achievements, there are still many milestones facing the SPLA that need to be passed. It will be our collective efforts to do that, the success will be for all of us and will be done by all of us.
The SPLA commander in chief attended today the celebration of Handing and Taking over for the newly appointed SPLA Chief of General Staff, Lt. General James Hoth Mai and outgoing SPLA Chief of General Staff, General Oyai Deng Ajak.
Salva Kiir who attended the celebration at the SPLA headquarters in Juba, said “We will work together for the betterment of this country, we are still one and will surely carry together the task we have been fighting for as one people” he said.
Kiir urged the unity of southern Sudan army saying “We must all work together to achieve our goals and objectives. We must make Unity as a priority for all of us, there is no country that will be built by one person, but by all the people, this land is ours and is for all of us.”
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended a more than two decades makes the SPLA the Sudanese army in southern Sudan during the interim period. By the end of this period south Sudan will decide to establish a new state.
Gen. Oyai thanked the newly appointed SPLA General Chief of staff, Lt. General James Hoth Mai for his new position and wished him success. “As I know you, I am 100% confident and sure that you will do the job better” said Oyai Deng Ajak.
The Minister of SPLA Affairs, Lt. General Nhial Deng Nhial echoed Salva Kiir calls for unity saying “the outgoing SPLA Generals and the newly appointed ones are still one and will remain one and will carry the task together.”
The celebration was attended by the South Sudan Vice-President Dr. Riek Macahar Teny, The GOSS Presidential Advisor on Gender and Human Rights, Madam Rebecca Nyandeng De-Mabior, the Deputy Commander-in-Chief, General Paulino Matip, GOSS Ministers, SPLA Generals and SPLA officers, SPLM Secretaries and many dignitaries.