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Kiir appoints new army Chief of Staff, relieves deputies


June 1, 2009 (JUBA) – Southern Sudan’s President and Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), General Salva Kiir Mayardit, has issued a decree appointing the SPLA’s new Chief of General Staff and relieving a number of his deputies.

The move comes after the appointment yesterday of the former SPLA Chief of Staff, Oyai Deng Ajak, as minister of regional cooperation, the equivalent to foreign minister in the semi-autonomous government.

Major General James Hoth Mai, now promoted to the rank of Lt. General, has been appointed as the SPLA’s Chief of Staff, replacing General Oyai Deng Ajak, with effect from May 31, 2009.

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. He said that the prime areas of concern include lack of discipline among the forces, desertions within the units and delay of salaries.

James Hoth Mai was born in Ulang County, Upper Nile State. He joined the SPLA in June 1983 and participated in various capacities including being the commando commander and chief of operations for Operations Jungle Storm between 1993 and 1995. He also participated in Operations Thunder Bolt. He served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics in 2005.

Before his current promotion and appointment, Lt. General Hoth was the SPLA’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.

He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Fort Hare University, South Africa.

This is first change in the SPLA command since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in January 2005, which recognizes the former rebels as a conventional army of southern Sudan’s government.

Commanders and alternate commanders have taken on more conventional titles: colonels, brigadiers and generals. Also, the regional parliament in Juba authorized last year the establishment of an air force while other corps are being considered by its hierarchy.

However the SPLA, challenged with unsuccessful disarmament and resurgence of tribal fighting, is still facing some problems such as lack of discipline and integration of some thousands of former militiamen. The demobilization and the professionalization of the SPLA troops have been delayed since 2005 due to the lack of funds and fears that relieved soldiers without a profession or a job could create troubles in the south.

General Salva Kiir Mayardit also issued another decree relieving from their positions Major General Salva Mathok Gengdit, Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration and Major General Bior Ajang, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, though the two outgoing deputies were promoted in rank.

No new appointments are yet decreed to fill the positions of the three deputies to the Chief of Staff for Administration, Logistics and Operations.

Kiir also issued other decrees promoting the SPLA Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Lt. General Paulino Matip Nhial to the rank of General (1st Lieutenant General), promoting Lt. General Oyai Deng Ajak, the newly appointed Minister for Regional Cooperation, to the same rank of General, and promoting Major Generals Salva Mathok and Bior Ajang to the rank of Lt. General.

The SPLA Commander-in-Chief also re-appointed Lt. General Salva Mathok Gengdit as Presidential Advisor for SPLA Affairs. No re-appointment is decreed for the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Lt. General Bior Ajang.


(James Gatdet Dak contributed to this report)

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  • 2 June 2009 06:14, by ngwerajak

    Welcome LT. Gen.James Holt,
    You remained to the movement as your brothers joining Khartoum Led by Riak Machar, the betrayer and traitor of the South Sudan fought a lone side Bashir, as resulted misleading Nuer community, leaving alone James with his brothers from other tribes to fought for liberation. Deserve credit for you stand. Dr. Riek Machir who never fought war with Arab north joined people SPLA in DEC. 1987 and back to Khartoum in 1991 when thing get hot women left but men remain. Holt joined movement before Riek and remained with it until CPA arrived.
    Many traitors who support big traitor Riek will not be happy with my praise for Holt. Am asking all Nuer to leave this traitor machar alone and support Holt. Not a man who is running day and night looking for witchcraft to make him leader of the South. by Ngwerajak

    • 2 June 2009 06:37, by Tong-Tong

      Hey Nyrajak

      As long as there has been a change in SPLA structure, Dr Machar has fought for the right move. There is no difference between Yasir Harman and Omar El Bashir. Stupid Garang was the first traitor because he wanted to sale Southern Sudanese to his friends arab (Yasir and Margani). Dr Riek put it straight to Omar that he needed South Sudan as an independent country, but Garang was coward enought and was told by Yasir to look for new sudan. Garang, anyways, with his stupid idea "new sudan" is dead and Dr Machar and selfdetermination is alive. Hell with devil Garang.

      • 2 June 2009 07:00, by ngwerajak

        Tong, how can Riek told Bashir he need south while he eating /setting with Bashir and fought against the movement.

        Riek failed the South Sudan collaborating with Arabs or Islamic regime in Khartoum by Signing Khartoum Fools Agreement Lam and Bashir.

        Garang fought to achieve the CPA all Sudanese that includes South, Nuba, Blue Nile, Eastern and Western Sudan.
        Riek Machar betrayed the South and after misleading the Nuer Community, he abandons them from Khartoum and came back to Garang Joined when he saw CPA is come.
        My friends do not support the traitor who is always after position. If Riek was doing the right things why did came back without achieving anything. What did Riek achieve from his collaborative activities with Bashir and Konyi.

        Riek need to apology to South for stabling their movement at the back. By Ngwerajak

        • 2 June 2009 07:26, by manthok loda

          Dear General James,

          Congratulation to you brother for your new position as a chief of staffs of the SPLA in our holy country. No one will get surprise for at all you have credit for it. You are very patient man and honey in your heart. South Sudan need people like you and it is a not for one tribe or for one person at is for all of us including Ngwaik who had let many people die in 1990s with wrong ideologies believes.

          What we need and want as a nation of Southern Sudan is a freedom that you and others were fighting for, for many years before some of us were born. Please take action now to put all the major power in your hands and Nhiale Deng in order to prevent these mads tribes conflicts at end. Bring control laws to teach these evils people who are trying to take us back to Arabs salves if the would like to be salver again. If anyone would like to go to Arabs peacefully without causing any trouble she/he is more welcome to go and be fucks by hell dogs.

          SPLA/M Oyee… and General James Oyee…

        • 2 June 2009 18:26, by Tong-Tong

          Hey Nywerajak

          There is nothing that Dr Machar can apology for. The killing of stupid Bor can be justified as long as they were thinking the movement was thiers. Secondly, if devil Garang was stapping people from the front, he can be stapped from the ass as well. I have two questions for you: where the hell is new sudan; where is the secular united sudan? Please, be careful. You will die unprepared like Garang because the Southern Sudanese’s God is still angry with Garang supporters, example is Momanic.

          • 3 June 2009 16:04, by kuur Deng

            Hey Tong-Tong,I do mind what soevever you called yourself.
            It is of no suprise to read your comments about machar,simply because you knew nothing much about him and your idiots mindset disqualify you particularly from being a Sudanese.Infact who are you to write a comments on this website,you better go and look for food and your safety somewhere else not south Sudan.Yes I have to tell you right now that you should look for Uganda media to post something concerning Acholi land taken by Museven instead of you talking nonesense about Sudanse,what the hell do you know in Sudan politics? I however would like to remind you that we all know you’re hosted by EQ.because they are so kind to you but one time, one day, we shall take you back to Uganda and make your romourmunggering.
            Useless idiots and coward dong.

          • 4 June 2009 01:24, by Alier Malual Dot

            Tong-Tong, Bor community are not stupid as you simply think, but they make and shape people who have lost direction and hope just like you, to become better and useful again, that is what they were doing in the struggle so that people who compare themselves with LRA like you can be made to become useful again. Dr.Garang was not a devil as you said,you are the devil yourself, i don’t know why you are not constructive in your comments, Garang did not die in the business as usual, the way you were putting it but he made it right so that you can have access to things like these computers you are commenting on, why cann’t we appreciate the good job done, your own mother is no longer under sexual detention with Arabs the way she got used to, i mean, those who are happy with Dr.Garang’s death don’t live longer.

        • 2 June 2009 18:30, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

          Weldone Mr Ngwerajak for your views on the appointment of Gn. James Hoth as you`re a person who`s whom i`m sharing happeniest with though you have fall short to praise president Kiir personally.

      • 2 June 2009 08:09, by wen de kut-ajok

        Hi tong tong or L R A please be infomed that I Dr.Garang have not died invain but rather for your computer that you are sitting behind it,this is it not my stupidity of bringing you this enjoying moment of peace and C P A.

        However, don’tever abuse my work of my hand in my absenture,otherwise am waitting for you to be here with me and that will be as soon as sooner or else come now and enjoy with me in this grave of mine.

        • 2 June 2009 18:59, by Tong-Tong

          Hey wen de kut-ajok

          If you are really Garang, you didn’t die for me. You died from a helicopter doing your own businesses as usual, and that is what our God in the South doesn’t like. Playing with the blood of real freedom fighters is a sin, and it’s what kills you. Your supporters will die soon too because the God of the South is revanging for the southerners that you have wasted.

      • 2 June 2009 10:06, by Sala Gai

        Hi Nyrajak

        Of course Dr Riak machuol was looking toward separation ,but was it the time of making separation?

        Do we make separation going to our enemy ???????????or make an greement?

        this is question to be answer ,I hope some organ will react on this comment i think so because people speak out the true.

        Facing good governce

      • 2 June 2009 15:20, by Mayom Mading Agau

        To Tong-Tong,
        Please have some sense of respect towards your historic leaders both dead and the living...PERIOD

        Well, congratulations Lt Major General James Hoth Mai on your wonderful and successful appointment as new army Chief of Staff. You deserve to be what you are now for your patience and being diligent to the SPLM vision since June,1983 upto today.

        Now you’re being mounted to that position not only as a reward of hardwork and commitment you’ve made in the past, but also as to redouble your effort towards our nation building on peace, love of one’s country, and democracy.

        "The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? Pablo Casal." Thefore, preach love first of all in the army, and then pervasively in our country.

        I wish you good work with your commorades.

        Mayom M. Agau...from Australia.

      • 2 June 2009 21:03, by Wen de Dengagueleny

        Patience pays!!

        Congrats to Lt.Gen. James Hoth Mai. It is not surprising to hear that given his long time patience and commitment in the movement. Having worked as a deputy chief for Logistics from year 2005 to 2007 defines who he is. He has been very successful enough. It is a living testimony to those who donot wait for their golden chances but always wish to grab power by force.
        The same chance can come to Dr. Riek as long as he works faithfully with Mayardit despite his old bad image. He has a possibility of becoming the president of GoSS if he cooperates fully with his brother Salva for the betterment of this nation.

      • 3 June 2009 09:23, by joseph Nhial

        Dear non Sudanese Nyrajak, i think you are not a sudanese or a southerner, what makes me say this is because the way you behave yourself in your articles, it is true that everybody have the right of insulting the other person,

        But not a dead person all the african cultures do have respect for the decay, because they belive that, the decay is resting. Can you fight someone while he is sleeping? i think not and if you do it then you are considered coward or death like the decay.
        please stop playing with the name of your liberator who brougth you out of the darkness. or i consider you to be dead also.

      • 3 June 2009 09:49, by Mabor Adut Mayor Jong

        Hi. mr tong what you are talking all about Riek it seem that you are talking in asense of absenced minded person and who did not know the histoical movement of the SPLA, so please shutup how can you press a collabrator and you abuse afreedom fighter Dr.Garang the great.

      • 4 June 2009 03:23, by ACIEK

        when are you going to step away from tribalism and primitive mind while you claim yourselves as educaters?
        The reason i asks this question is that,some people are still preaching hatred and segergation among our people.In 1991 war who was a winer and who was aloser of the war?.The reason our golden sons took arms wasn’t to teaching you alesson or the wants you to teach me alesson.it was ahoice between me and you whether you wants tobe objects or fight for your right to exist in this world.Other one, you try tobe racist while people of the whole world are careful when come to race.you mention people race which show you are racist.The splm/a was created as multinationalism,it include a lot of tribe of sudan.so don’t make it tobe yours and abuse others everybody have right tobe splm/a.

      • 4 June 2009 15:42, by ACIEK

        blind people ful of hatred and segergation.when are you going to stand up and recognize yourself as human? you alway serve as object of somebody instead of you as leader.blind people you know now how to use computer ,read and write but your knowledge come from few people you said you hate them the most.blind people without consistent of our people I think we won’t be talking about patriotic.blind people the mean of revolution if you don’t know try to learn wherever you are dwelling whether you are in usa ,Europ,russia and china.how do we educate you if don’t know who you are?.Dr.Garang never feel weak to serv people he love the most.Dr.Garang never feel weak to say anythings to the whole world.you show your leadership to the people you love.Those who slaughter civilian and betray their people I don’t see them as good people.In 1991 war i lost my father and rest of our subclan for no reason at all.They were pure civilian.my point is ,never glorify little bite nerdy people.splm/a is not for one tribe as you put it .splm/a represent everybody.

    • 2 June 2009 07:59, by Marnhial


      It is my pleasure to exercise my democratic rights in this website today. ’Dr’ Salva has taken a very strong move this time though it is not that pleasant to most of the Sudanese people with clear vision of Unity for South Sudan communities. Personally, I do agree that in every change there are two things involve: 1st if the opposers of the change are many, riots and hatred do grow higher among citizens. 2nd. If the change agents are smart and just in their decisions, majority will begin realizing slowly how beneficial the new move would be. In my own analysis, General Salva Kiir is totally traumatized and his eyes are folded by corruption ribbon making him not to see things in a logic way. Removing Oyai Deng from his post with no bad records and replaced him with James Gat-hoth(one of the Garang’s orphans)is a way of increasing hatred among minority and Majority tribes in South Sudan. If I were you Kiir, I would build the capacities of Oyai and Matip to over come insecurity threat escalating to all the ten states.

      To answer Ngwerajak,

      I am cock sure that you must be a Dinka Bor fellow, right? Ok, the comments made by Bor writters always are about Dr.Riak Machar even if the topic has nothing to do with him. This indicate that you Bor are mentally sick and need good psychiatrists to help you restructuring your psychics. Who told you Dr.Riak Machar never fought for liberation? If you can not even no whether Riak fought for liberation, than you are just a child of yesterday or ’Gel weng’ being fed with wrong words by some individuals.

      I am tired always hearing nonses from you Bor about Riak Machar. How many mistakes committed by late Garang against Bar El Gazal People, Nuers, Equatoria and other small ethnic groups name them and no one is talking about them now. A man of many words is like a garden full of reeds, if you think Riak committed crim, take short cut, he is in Juba here, take him to court of Law or ICC for that matter but, make sure that day put on a very tight underwears made of strong materials to assist you inn controlling your faeces.

      • 2 June 2009 09:15, by ngwerajak

        Traitor supporter,

        My friend, I remained in the movement and witness all the event within the movement whom you Riek group betrayed. your Traitor never fought for liberation, he was moving between Juba, Khartoum and Nairobi. I was in the liberation struggle and I have very right to rule the country or my child has the right to be come president other Riek, himself, his trators and his children who remained the traitors in records and South Sudan enemies.

        Look at the mess this Traitor Machar brought to South Sudan, these are Bashir policy when he worked against SPLA/SPLM.
        Dr. Garang remained the hero who liberated you from Arabs when you left us and joined Khartoum, we from SPLA remained to fight for freedom you betrayed. Am not really blaming you but I do blame the trator Machar.remember Dr. Garang’s to BBC in Nairobi when asked him forgivenes, he told I personally have problem you but South will never forgive or do the forget that you are the only one who stabled the movement at the back when they were close to victory over Juba. Listen what President Kiir say about Riek when asked, he said "Dr. Riek remained the traitor because betrayed us and he worked against our struggle and he will remained number enmey of our people", Kiir repeated again in 2007, he said in Juba, when we were close to victory over Juba our brother in 1991-1991 was busy killing our people here in Juba and in Bor, those words were all referred to Dr Riek if you are not aware about him, you bettter join James Holt instead of following the traitor Dr. Riek. My friends, Riek is enjoying the freedom he was against it.

        count how long did Machar stay in the movement what did he achieved and when he join Bashir and traitor South why did he came back with shame. please am not against Nuer though major were following poor vision for power, I do blame Riek for causing problem which will remain as scare on him while Garang is alway be remain for heroes. Ngwerajak

        • 2 June 2009 11:09, by mathem jech amer


          First of all, I would like to congratulate the President for appointing James Hoth as SPLA Chief of staff. He is a brave and patriotic Southern Sudanese national. He remained faithful to the movement even when Dr. Riek collected all Nuers high ranking commanders during 1990s split. I still support one Nuer man called Stephen Buoy. He is now the Chief of SPLA Military Police and he bears the same qualities of Hoth. If all Nuers were like them, no one would have talked bad against them.

          Let all Nuers learn from these people and I appeal to all southerners to stop pointing fingers at our Vice-president. I am not from Nuer but I support him. If we can’t forget about the past, then why should we give high positions to former Bashir employees as well as former SAF forces?

          Please let’s learn to forgive and appreciate individual acheivements.

          Mathem Jech Amer

      • 2 June 2009 21:35, by Wen de Dengagueleny

        Dear MarNhial,
        Thank you for your comment. I wish to comment briefly on your misconception againt Boy guys who comment here. Let me be frank to you that nobody is against Dr. Machar. When he came back to the SPLMA in 2001, he was received by Garang, aman from Bor. Did he come with the forces that defected with him? No! He was vunerable enough to be caught and detained and punished for his wrong deeds against the movement, but this was not done simply because he had acknowledged his mistake that was why he decided to come back.
        If you also called James Hoth Mai as Garang’s boy because he didnot defect along with the Nasir faction, then I can not understand you anyway, but that’s automatically tribalism.

        I guess you are a Nuer extremist, who wish the fullfilment of all the prophecies of your ghost prophet Ngundeng, shame on you for your primitivity!!

        If you understand politics, you need to be dynamic enough in order to be successful. I must reveal that Dr. Machar is not a good politician, simply because he doesnot want to open a new page with the people whom his actions affected in the past. If he has not done that, then he will always be suspected of planning another evil against them. It has never happened that he addressed a rally in Bor one time and discuss the past events with the very people he destroyed. Otherwise bygones are bygones but he must do that for his own benefits.

      • 3 June 2009 06:35, by Gatjang


        You are wrong about the fact that only Bor hated Riek, If Dr. Riek was right about the concept of separating South Sudan, the other tribes you mentioned that were mistreated by Garang could have follow Riek to the North and claimed their rights from Bashir. Riek is not a good example of nuer but Gen.James is. Garang had did nothing to Dinka bhar el ghazel, Nuba, or equatorians, but Riek hit the entire SPLA/M from the back and he is not a leader.

        Dr. Riek had achieved nothing except looting cattle for coward nuer and fail in many corners. He is waiting now for ngundeng promises, another son of the bitch that misled nuer

      • 5 June 2009 17:16, by James M. Malou

        Dear Brothers,
        I would like to inform those who still holding to the past rether than to look forward for what you can do better to change the horrible past experiences of our arms struggle. Either Rick Machar or Garang were all working hard to bring change to marginalised Sudaneses but the different was how each one of them approached it. I am geting sick of hearing about Bor , Rick, or Garang whenever anytopic connected to Nuer or Bor Community is in light. Please brothers, it was horrible experience to both Bor and Nuer Community what happened during SPLA struggle and I aspect to be proud on either side because all Southern Sudanese were harm directly or indirectly. Let the dead burried the dead and open new chapter of better relations otherwise you people will be term to be mentally redarded; that’s doing the same things and aspects different results. I think you can do better than this. LT. GEN. James Mai is respected man and should not be praise in terms of comparison of What DR. Machar did right or wrong. It time to start to judge people for own merits not base on tribes or somebody the related to.Thank you.
        By Alias.

    • 2 June 2009 08:47, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Hey Mr Ngwerajak,

      Wherever you are, I always agree with you on point of Dr Riak Machar Teny. It is true that what Feign Dr Riak Machar Teny did in 1992, was an absurd suggestion for him to get leadership. First of all, no one dislike Riak Machar Teny, but he is the one lit the fire underneath to himself. Feign Dr Riak Machar needs an apology to the people of Southern Sudan including his people of Adook county. Riak Machar Teny, is a "pseudo-Intellectual personal who deserve to excerbate the life of the innocents people. Mr Ngwerajak, being a wise person who can lead people doesn’t means that you should have to kill your own people, so therefore, I don’t really understand why Mr Riak Machar Teny deserve to be a leader this time instead of going back to Khartoum and signed another agreement with Omar Bashir and Mohammed Taha. On 9/15/1991, Dr Riak Machar Teny, waged the war in Nasir killing 5000 innocent civilians including the SPLA soldiers. Then, on 11/13/1992, Dr Riak Machar Teny, carried the the war in Poktap county of Jonglei State leaving 4500 people innocent civilian dead. So, what kind of leader is that?

      Second, I wants to tell you that Nuer people are not coward people, but the problem is because there is no what is call perseverance amongst themselves. I can tell you that if Nuer people and Dinkas United themselves, then I hope there will be no what is call CPA and Arabs from the North could have already gone to Libya, Eygpt, Yemen, Turkish, Lebanon, Saudia Arabia and so many other places. In addition, Dinkas people can not capture Southern Sudan without Nuer people and the same thing also, Nuer people can not capture Southern Sudan without Dinkas. So, everytime one of this tribe either Nuer or Dinkas deficted from the Movement, there is a weakness both side. In this point, I can not blame the whole Nuer People, but I can blame Feign Dr Riak Machar Teny for playing this dirty game on us.

      Lastly, the appointment of James Hoth Mai, is one of the best thing in the Movement. I recommanded this person to be our future president in Southern Sudan. He is a great fighter, brave, valor in heart and lack of disunity in his heart. He stands firm without diverting his mind and treating everyone as a VIP to him. I don’t care who should rule me whether Nuer, Dinkas, Shilluk, Azande, Bari, but someone who stand for the right of his Citizens.

      So, Mr Ngwerajak, it is good to speak out the right thing without fear in your heart. No human being on this earth can life without doing mistakes, but if you did mistakes, you should have to be rectify, so why Feign Riak Machar is not rectify and he did mistake? I like Riak Machar Teny, but killing of his own people make him "queer" from his people. Keep up and stand firm Mr Ngwerajak!!!!!!!. Whoever hate you because of telling the truth, is okay. It will not affect you, but keep up with your own judgement.

    • 2 June 2009 09:42, by Deng Francis

      Hey guys,

      Bravo, Bravo Mr. President Kiir for the job well done in reshuffling your government. This has been long over-due probably due to the various consultations that you ’ve undertaken a couple of months from now.

      Kiir is now practising a reall democracy in his govt since he has appointed different people across south sudan not like before when everything was for his sub-tribe in bhar el gazal region. he is now appointing the right people to the right positions which i think contributes alot toward development in country, south sudan. I really advise you to be using right or good advisors who donot look only at tribe but the interest of the whole south.

      Thanks Once again Mr. President and may God bless you and also helps when you are making these hard decisions!

      Congratulations,Congratulations General Hoth Mai and the other newly appointed to the new positions.

      Deng Anderson



    • 3 June 2009 04:11, by Akoon

      James mai would be very incredible person to hold that position. thanks president Kiir.There are many traitors in the SPLM those who are seeking leadership and coperate illegally with NCP of the north.Our leaders should put in their mind that we have a common enemy, the enemy that slights, slain and darely desire to wipe black sudanese out of sudan.they should consider that and let the SPLA/M unite among themselves suport each other help their leader Kiir with good advise in oder to achieve what they have been strungling for all these years and the years a head.

    • 3 June 2009 12:04, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

      Thanks you Lt.General James Hoth May for your new promotion.God is giving any body what he\she has done.i know you were good fighter in SPLA\M during the movement.please keep on doing good things to get an other promotion.now as the head of military you have to do the following.1 disarment can be done to the whole south sudan.
      2.deploy more troops to all borders to protect civilian from killing each others,especially between Jikany and lou,and between lou and murle and even between people in lake states and warrap and between mondare and bari.

  • 2 June 2009 07:24, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Hey Mr James Hoth Mai,

    Weer Thiaam Keen laat keeh chuu jeeh jaah keh hooh bah teke naai thang kieen teh koon bah wii duu nyuun keen!!!!. Raam mii cheeh keh jii hejen raam mii naan goor keh jii naai Junubni kehooh bah lah Kueer naai. Thiil raam meeh looh jii keh ngaai keh jii naai teh nguaan helong keh kuei ngooni teh gooh tehkon chii leel reei SPLA. Weer thiaam keeh laat keeh Kuoth Guaandong baah jii Pooth reei laat du mii naan chaah jii laath thiin naai Junubni.

    • 2 June 2009 08:44, by Angelo Yum

      Mr.President thank you so much for wise decision that you made to appiont LT General James Hoth Mai as a chief of general staff for SPLA. Some people predicted yesterday that you remove general Oyai so that your brother from Awiel will take over now they have seen you are not a tribalism leader.
      Congratulations James Hoth you deserve to get this position.

      I would also like to give a big congratulations to the outgoing generals for wonderful job they have done. They started from zero and manage to organise SPLA soldiers to become a regular army that is not a simple task.
      People shouldn’t think that they are remove because of bad performance they need to get new experiences rather than being in a military for their whole life.

      SPLA oyeeeeeeeee.SOuth Sudan oyeeeeeeeee

    • 2 June 2009 19:48, by Lokang


      Vernacular or Greeks sort of things. I guess by tommorrow I will start asking the netters question in my own dialect in spite of whether they understand or not. Let man-up and arise for civilization. Public domain should not be mingled up with our darling vernacular. "Comprehente amigos?"

      I speak more than five language, what benefit will it be if forian could not comprehent what am jotting?

    • 3 June 2009 11:45, by Dinka Aliap Chawul


  • 2 June 2009 07:42, by Manyang

    I welcome the appointment of James Hoth Mai as new Chief of General Staff of the SPLA.The out going chief of Staff is a true patriot and the successor is his junior staff who has learnt a lot from him. Every southerner has a right to hold any position so long he/she is a true patriot and have a capability to do his/her job. James Hoth Mai is a real man who knows how the aspirations of the southern sudanese can be achieved. He is not like other traitors who walk bothside of politics. James Hoth Mai does not see himself as a Nuer but see himself as a southerner. This true Southerner (James Hoth), overcame the temptations of the 1990s.

    SPLM/A is now facing many challenges. One of the challenges is that new comers and those traitors who rejoined the people’s revolution are looking for top positions. The history will judge these cheap traitors who still have their dog vision of becoming leaders of Southern Sudan. How can traitors lead southern Sudan? You are foregiven to be with your brothers and sisters but the true patriots have never forgotten your weaknesses. The blood of innoccent southern Sudanese you killed and betrayed still hang on your kneck.

    What will the tribalist contributors to this webside say about this patriotic appointment. Nobody should hold position for life, and as such reshuffle is important so long it is done in the right way. Nobody is immune from being reshuffle or remove from his/her position even our president and his deputies can be reshuffle sooner or later. The masses in South Sudan are more powerful than individual politicians.

    By: Manyang Deng

    • 2 June 2009 08:54, by chuol dei

      I welcome the appointment of Major General James Hoth Mai. When Lt.General Oeyai Deng Ajak was anounced yesterday as the current Minister of Reginal Cooperation, I felt shock and disappointed thinking that SPLA is lose. But, I see now that Deng Ajak is not removed. The SPLA strategic Plan that Deng Ajak knows James Hoth knows it too. I believe the newly appointed Chief of General Staffs will work alot in reforming SPLA. I wish him all the best in his new position. He has a capacity in SPLA which will strengthen the new born GoSS force.

      Besides,I welcome the removal of Deputy Chief for Administration Major General Mathok.I hope Lt.Gen. James Hoth will comment a good person from his Major Generals to take over the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration. I also approciate Promotion of Major General Bior Ajong (Nick Named Bior Athuot). I am very much happy for him. He fought alot for SPLA and deserved Promotion. I can give my commitment to GoSS Leadership to get appointment of Lt.Gen.Bior AJang as soon as possible.

      SPLA Oyeeeeeeeee.
      H.E. Deng AJak
      Chief of General Staffs James Hoth
      New Lt.General Bior AJang

  • 2 June 2009 07:53, by Moses Kur Akech

    ’Patience pays’ Mai joined the SPLA with the sole mission of service. He unequivocally, firmly and tirelessly served since he joined the Movement, and thus his sacrifices with the likes deserve to be always recognised and honoured in the history of the South Sudan. May God bless you and keep an eye on you in your new mission!

  • 2 June 2009 08:10, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    President Salva Kiir is good in removing and replacing, what he is doing is copy and paste or in short copy paste. When will he be remove and replace? I wish the parliament use impeachment power against Mr. President.

    • 2 June 2009 08:44, by Achom

      We should not conderation changing or removeed, the point ’s what is the plan for southern sudan peolpe for incoming 2011? Mr. president should know that the planing before time is very important. I don’t care who changed or hasn’t changing, but the still same southern sudan people. could we make southern sudan the better place and leave all thses chellanges behinded, there will be time for all of these chellanges when refredoom coming. stand up southern.

      • 2 June 2009 09:37, by Michael Madit Magot


        Allow me to express my heartfelt thanks to Lt.General Hoth Mai for his tireless support to SPLA/M since 1984 in which he now get promotion.
        If there is anyone i can respect Nuer then it is his excellency James Hoth Mai.
        He is 99.9 percent a man of future.
        The man is honest, committed and qualified to hold that post of SPLA chief of staff.

        Hoth is a man who can make decisions as shown by his excellent work since day one from SPLA Logistics to countless tactics he made when we fought Arabs.

        His excellency James Hoth Mai iam asking you to keep up the good work and almighty God will guide and direct you.
        When the Dr Riek defected from the moment Hoth Mai did not think of following him and in the process God protect him during the war.
        Dear brother Hoth mai good things come to those who wait and are patient.
        You 100 percent deserve that position given your unabated toil where you avail to us the CPA.

        Moreover, iam thanking president Kiir’s advisers for the good job done by making him appoint his excellency Hoth mai.
        Atleast this time Kiir advisers have scored the goal.
        The man is not just a man but a real man among Nuer, he deserve my vote.
        His words during his short visit to melbourne two years ago are still vivid in my mind.
        The man is so fluent and honest in conveying SPLA/M vision.

        I can not begin to express my feelings with words on your appointment dear Jame Hoth mai.

        God will be your guide.

        Thanks Kiir, you choose a man.

    • 2 June 2009 09:42, by John K

      I welcome the appointment of James Hoth as a new chief of staff. However, this will not make any change because arrogant salva will still control his works.

      My message to: marnhial and tong tong who are suppoters of the dead party.If you don’t stop supporting stupid Riek Machar and your arrogant leader salva than you are short signts people, who are taking southern sudan back to 1970 when maram used to raped your mothers. So called Marnhial said that Garang made alot of mistakes to bar-el ghazal and other tribes.The short answer to this is that without garang you wouldn’t be enjoying this freedom you are enjoying now. In fact i am not from dinka bor but i know the facts that Riek machar fought for nothing agianst dinka bor. As we are talking about salva kiir as a leader, he was another triator that was collaborating with Bona malual while he pretended to be member of SPLM. This was evidenced in 2005 when he decided to leave splm and joined his brother Bona in kartoum. Therefore, you can not fool people of southern sudan by telling them that bar-el ghazal are good people. They are weakhearted people among dinkas, they are wellknow of greedness and corruptions in dinka communities, they don’t know how to govern themselves leave alone southern sudan that is why there is now fighting among themselves without respecting the fact that so called salva belong to them. And if you want to argue with me, then see what is happening now in juba under your brother leadership.

  • 2 June 2009 09:10, by marial mach aduot mach

    I appreciated the fact that President Kiir directed the SPLA where it belongs. The new chief of staff fought along side Kiir and others SPLA Generals with his all heart for the total liberation of our people against the oppressors in Northern part of Sudan. Gen. James fought the war free from bias on the bases of tribal and clans. He refuses to joint the like of currant vice president Dr. Riak and many other men of his tribal not only to staying away from the word (Nyangat) or betrayal, but to shows that he has target that could not be tempted by either money or position. The illusiveness of the former defectors has not sway him from his believe that government in Khartoum is the enemy of the people in the south. Dr. Riak broke this creed of our people in south when he Joint the enemy and fought back to his own people, but the present of Lt Gen James Hoith challenge the thinking capability of Dr. Riak and his culprits who had connived with him at that time. Hoith show many characters in the SPLA not only when he stop Riak with his army, but led many SPLA units to victory against Riak’s half brother Bashir.

    SPLA Oyeeeeeee!

    Marial mach aduotdit mach

    • 2 June 2009 10:30, by Deng Atem Mayom

      Dear Lt -General Hoth Mai,
      Thousands of congretulation to Kiir’s appointing you my dear commrade to new position as a chief of SPLA General staff of (GOSS) was not surprise for me. Patient pay back indeed. we are really need you and your inputs for restructure the SPLA forces/Admin and so on, including Army system.
      Kindly cooperate with ranks and file, keep on going until we achieved our goal we fought for. Hoth we made a journey,
      Col-Agriculture Engineer
      Chol Chiman Garang

  • 2 June 2009 11:03, by Lual Garang De Lual

    Bravo, Bravo Mr.President, Lt General, Dr. Salva Kiir Mayardit and congratulations Lt General James Hoth Mai for your new appointment as Army Chief of General Staff for Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army(SPLA). I am mare Sudanese citizens who is very happy with Kiir’s move in appointing Hoth Mai because he is a brave character who has a vision for the cause of the Southern Sudanese. Where are those of Gatwec, Nuer, Rebecca Nyandeng and Tong Tong. I need your comments because you always criticise President Kiir as a man with lose vision for Southern Sudanese. I hope you are now happy because Lt. Gen. Hoth is a Nuer from Ulang County.

    My support for Lt. Gen. James Hoth Mai is highlighted as follows:

    1. He remained loyal in SPLA despise their brothers defeation from the Movement

    2. He is upto the task and never think like the tribal minded people of South Sudan who are tribalize.

    3. He is a perseverance man and hard-working elegant.

    On the otherhand, I wanted to comment on what he said during the gathering of Nuer and I quote, that as a community, we must respect our cultures as South Sudnese and let not others undermine our cause. He also repaired to some individuals who tried their best to stab the movement at the back and have been pardon by the CPA peace with positions NOT to agitate the movement but just eat and keep quiet because the played their best to unravel the peoples’ struggle through their desires for leadership and top post. Wow to them because they failed in their foil defection from the movement. As people we must accept our bad deeds and appologise for the matter. But narrow minded people refused to appologise to the intened people that he claimed to rule.

    God bless the perseverance of Lt. General James Hoth Mai, Congratulation for the post and the tasks ahead

  • 2 June 2009 11:34, by Spla Commando

    Bravo, President Kiir for the appointment of new Army Chief.

    This will inject new blood into SPLA ranks and its activities, because we still have a huge mountain a head.

    keep up the good work

  • 2 June 2009 11:48, by Makol Dhal

    The appointment of general Hoth to rank of Lt gen and new Chief of Staff for SPLA Will push South army on the track.
    I am happy for the news Mr. Hoth you deserve it and let your first plan be the machanism of bringing tribal conflict into zero level.

    • 2 June 2009 12:10, by Lokorai

      Mr. President,

      This is one important move and we want you to behave like that through out. Everyone knows it was coming after several months of army delayed salaries and army has been on the move.

      Dear President, am so excited that you never goes for those names we heard the other night; kindly stick to southerner who is qualified regardless of where he/she comes from.

      These are issues among many more there, we were looking for tough guy such as Gen. Kuol to handle them head on.

      But am reading something and want you to forget it: you will not divide Nuer! Dr. Machar will replace you next year by the support of many other tribes including the tribe of this author; whether you try anything now or not before election, will not help you! You have failed to stir our people together in many respect.

      You are too weak to rule our people General Dr. Salvatore!
      Go home.


      • 2 June 2009 14:08, by Hillary B.M.L,M

        Happy day for NUER, all those who commented today are nuer, unknowingly that DSC (Dinka Secrete Council) in their Manifesto says in one clause: Promote any non-Dinka and kill him afterward, we Dinkas are born to rule not to be rule.

      • 4 June 2009 08:53, by actiongatkuothgat

        hey thok gany.
        daer non.sudanese hillary .b.m .l .m. i think you dont know NAATH NUER ,i bileave your new born that is why you talk mad your really mad.
        are you really stupid (thok gany) dinkas born to rule???
        your not born to rule your born to be rule by other sudanese,

        you dinkas are you forgotten what have been said BY NGudeng prophet?????
        dont proud your self dinkas .
        NAATH NUER will come over power latter.
        less wait.dinkas

        • 4 June 2009 09:11, by actiongatkuothgat

          welcome GAT RAM MI RAAN,JAMES HOTH MAI.
          JAMES HOTH MAI oyeee!!!!

  • 2 June 2009 15:48, by Kur

    Patience and humility work. Mr. Hoth, you’re a humble and patient man. Please, if you can, turn the SPLA around and make it what we expect it to be, the army of the people, the defender of our freedom.

    Riches never last but good name and legacy last forever. May God bless Southern Sudan.


  • 2 June 2009 16:01, by David R Gatkuoth

    Congratulation to both of you Oyai Deng Ajak, as minister of regional cooperation and James Hoth Mai for your appointment to be SPLA’s new Chief of General Staff, I khow both of you have good adminstration.

    Thank, you all
    David R. Gatkuoth

  • 3 June 2009 13:49, by TIM TOSH

    The southern sudan has started to the stablish the good governance that is foreward to the succes.Dear president Salva kiir we thank you for great job you have done to us.

    • 3 June 2009 16:55, by Rem Minyiel Kulangdit

      congratulation!!!mr president Salva kiir for the decrees issues and it’s has show you that on behalf of your people in southern sudan as you are capable leader in your administration works,my special thanks to Generel James Hoth Mei,congratulation to you for the new appointed job. i hope you will do better job among your camrades and people in particular southern sudan as you are usually well known in every field since you are the real fruit of the truly southern sudan. nothing could never blindfold your real dreams of our land, our liberty,our freedom is now on your hand mr General james Hoth.may almighty God give you more wisdom and strengthen.
      thanks you.
      Rem .

  • 3 June 2009 16:45, by RED ARMY INTERNATIONAL

    I welcome the positive move made by Salva Kiir Mayardit, I strongly agree to the appointment of James Hoth as the chief deputy of staff. Bravo Salva, you are on the path to change the destiny of South Sudan, but Hoth should remmeber that he has become the chief of the united army forces for South Sudan(UAFSS). Indeed, we can still remember that a good move is always a change because all living things go under a change. I hailed the formers officers like Oyai to remain vigilant and n true to the faith of liberating the South in other capacities not only in military.
    Red Army

    • 3 June 2009 17:52, by Frak Cho

      That’s very good move made by Kiir this time. South Sudan needs patriotic and experienced people with aim of never again sholud our people be opress by Arabs.

      Please Mr. Kiir, do more, many hopeless people are still there.

      • 4 June 2009 16:14, by Peter Simonson

        Conras Gen.Hoth but be careful not to betray Nuer Community as you did by following stupid garang.

        Paulino, Congras and keep on nurturing the SPLA as you have been doing. Support the President to be-Dr.Riek Machar who stands for the cause of Southerners.

        Let me advice stupid Bor Dinkas to wait your doom patiently for you will not escape as foreseen by Ngundeng.

        • 4 June 2009 22:51, by Pete

          Well Well, you all fellow Southerners. An outstanding reshuffling!! Whether you know economics, accounting and social science or political science or not in the government of Southern Sudan, it doesn’t matter. Whether you are a primary school drop-out or leaver in southern Sudan, it doesn’t matter to be appointed for a minister of commerce or foreign relations.

          If a president himself is a primary school leaver or a primary school drop-out then he has the right to reshuffle his cabinet according to his education credentials. This is because it will not be too hard for him to reason with them.

          Those who had achieve education beyond him can only encounter severe punishment for nothing. Therefore, the president had made a wise choice by making sure he recruit people who are much within his comfort zone in terms of education and reasoning capacity. I see no reason why most of you are arguing here. The man is clever and he knows exactly how to play his cards. You cannot teach him nor can you reverse his decision or thinking.

          God help us all in Southern Sudan. I thought I was going to vote in the next coming election but this time, I will vote for a monkey instead if one dare to run. I say this because I cannot trust any human being running in the government of Southern Sudan. They are all naive and confused. When you are confused and naive, everything, your adversaries will attack you in all fronts without knowing. Once again, God help us all, the future of Southern Sudan and Sudan at large is bleak.

  • 5 June 2009 01:56, by Kuanlualthoun

    General Hoth is a millitary man, his appointment doesn’t need any mention of that fake master degree from the so called Fort hare in South Africa, how could one do a master degree without any formal basic degree? If general Hoth that I respect very much is appointed to this post because of his huge contributions during those bitter days of the war of liberation, that is fair enough, but that shouldn’t be diluted with that false academic achievement. General Hoth is capable of educating himself to even PhD level forget about MSc or MA.

    If that post being occupied by General James Hoth, needs a formal Master degree qualification, please don’t lie to yourself by putting this right man in that wrong place, look for someone who will handle it, no wonder why we always fail to attain our goal, no wonder why we lost 2 million Southern Sudanese during the war, because we don’t appoint people base on their capablities rather than because we know or admire them (nepotism). My people let us learn from our mistakes, tomorrow will become an independent state, how are we going to govern ourselves if we are failing to do this right now, when we are still just an autonomous system!!!! If we really want to succeed, we must get rid of the culture of nepotism or favouritism, or else we will never progress!!

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