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South Sudan president relieves senior army officers


January 21, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir on Monday announced new reforms to the national army, dismissing a number of senior army officers from their duty, as well as removing them from active service.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (photo Paul Banks/UNMIS)

In a presidential decree read on the state-owned South Sudan Television, Kiir relieved all the deputies of the Chief of General Staff in the army and replaced them with new promoted officers.

The deputies to the General Chief of Staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) who were dismissed include Lt. Gen. Obuto Mamur, Lt. Gen. Biar Atem Ajang, Lt. Gen. Pieng Deng Kuol, Lt. Gen. Ayuen Alier Jongror, Lt. Gen. Wilson Deng Kuoirot and Lt. Gen. Kuol Deim Kuol.

The generals were also removed from the active membership of the army and put on reserve.

In a separate decree, Kiir also promoted a number of officers from the rank of Major General to the rank of Lieutenant General and appointed them as new deputies to the General Chief-of-Staff, Lt. Gen. James Hoth Mai.

The new deputies include Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirino Swaka, deputy chief of general staff for training Lt. Gen. James Ajongo Mawut, deputy for operations Lt. Gen. Malek Ruben Riak, deputy for logistics Lt. Gen. Malual Ayom Dor, deputy for administration Lt. Gen. Mangar Buong Aluel, deputy for inspection Lt. Gen. Chol Thon Balok and deputy chief of general staff for moral and orientation.

The president also put three senior officers in charge of the army sectors in the three greater regions of Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Equatoria. These include Lt. Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak in charge of Sector One (Wau), Lt. Gen. Johnson Gony Biliu for Sector Two (Malakal) and Lt. Gen. Charles Lam Chol in charge of Sector Three (Torit) respectively.

The SPLA’s commander-in-chief also removed the following major generals from active army service and put them on reserve list, including: Maj. Gen. Faustino Jada, Maj. Gen. Elia Waya Nyipuoch, Maj. Gen. Louis Aliandro Paul, Maj. Gen. Dr. Henry Makeng, Maj. Gen. Dr. Akol Ding Duot, Maj. Gen. Peter Bol Kong, Maj. Gen. Peter Yich Biet, Maj. Gen. James Gatduel Gatluak, Maj. Gen. Salva Chol Ayak, Maj. Gen. Matur Chol Juot, Maj. Gen. John Mayik Jou, Maj. Gen. Andrea Dominic, Maj. Gen. Peter Parnyang, Maj. Gen. Dau Atur Jongnyuon, Maj. Gen. Kout Akot Bol, Maj. Gen. Kichener Mota, Maj. Gen. Gatwech Dual, Maj. Gen. Samuel Mayik Machar, Maj. Gen. James Othou Adong, Maj. Gen. Peter Dor Majur, Maj. Gen. John Bol Then, Maj. Gen. Saddam Chayout Manyang, Maj. Gen. John Macham Atem, Maj. Gen. Thomas Tot Bangoang, Maj. Gen. Elia Ladu Soro, Maj. Gen. Abraham Jok Aring, Maj. Gen. Garang Akok Adut, Maj. Gen. Garang Bol Panger and Maj. Gen. Michael Nhialkot Deng.

The move came as a surprise as the army is in the process of transformation while trying to resolve border disputes with the neighbouring army of Sudan. The changes also came as the south-ruling party (SPLM) prepares for an extraordinary convention towards the end of February.


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  • 22 January 2013 07:33, by Sundayw

    As usual, SUDAN TRIBUNE is trying to twist a simple reshuffling in the SSAF and turn it into a big news. South Sudanese, we should not trust a lame news organization that is trying to sow insecurity in our country. Any army undergoes changes to promote younger officer corps. Nothing unusual about the step the C-in-C Kiir announced today.

  • 22 January 2013 07:34, by Nyakuzuny

    you know brothers President of Head cow is already gone , believe me he will not come gain to be our President of Republic of South Sudan ,secondly who will fight with Arabs ? because I don’t intrust the People of Gogorial for Fighting they are just fighting for eating not for fighting.

  • 22 January 2013 07:38, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Although late. It is in place.
    We need Obuto Mamur back into active service. He is the right man in uniform for our time! I very well understand why you had to because of his colleagues complaints, ranks n period, however, it is important o consider professionalism of some candres in the army! Obuto is one man for his true duty call!

    • 22 January 2013 09:47, by EES Kingmaker

      I absolutely agree with you. Obuto Mamur loves his job as a professional officer. We know his military feats and his dedication to the defense of South Sudan when SPLA went through thick and thin. Yet if the President means real reforms within our armed forces, then there is no any sacred cow that he should leave untouched. We may see some benefits of reforms if done in national interest.

  • 22 January 2013 07:38, by Man alone

    That is a very big move.

    • 22 January 2013 07:47, by Robot

      Thanks for your comments, all the move made by yesterdays’ decree are welcomed.... but Obutu Mamur was a man in the right place. where the president is going to put him is not right place for him, he doesn’t want politics and his right place is army. anyway lets anticipate the reforms.

      • 22 January 2013 08:19, by zulu

        I agree with you. Mamur’s life befits the army. Civilian life is unsuitable because he loves to challenge the jalaba. During the fighting in Panthou, he was so bitter against the withdrawal. I think, the Pr. is consolidating his authoritarian powers to intimidate the young guns. Let’s see. He is grooming John Luk as SG. this guy crafted a clause in the Cns to protect Kiir

        • 22 January 2013 09:05, by Madiak

          We realy need Mr Mamur back to the army’ when I heard his removal yesterday I surprised because he his the man without blame in the army plus he has been working hard in the army specially during Panthou war’Arab was spreaded rumours that he was going to bring 3Jet fihgter F16’ he is not like those of Piang’ Dominic’ they reserve removal because they had bad backround recently.

          • 22 January 2013 09:53, by Ahmed Chol

            How do you hear bad backgrounds of people? Does it come from the rotten tribal security agents operating in Juba? Their intelligence is not trust worthy, because they have been providing false rumors of coup plots and they fail to provide evidence or take those accused of it to court. Indeed, I support the punishment of anyone found plotting coup or those who provide fake coup news

        • 22 January 2013 09:28, by Ahmed Chol

          Those close to John Luk need to tell that South Sudan is in problem if there is no term limit in the constitution.

          • 22 January 2013 13:43, by EES Kingmaker

            Ahmed Chol
            Term limit? Are you kidding? Don’t you know that most African leaders are or have become Presidents-for-life, even with limits enshrined in Constitutions? Look at Kagame, Museveni, Kabila, Aferworki,late Zenawi,Yayha, Gnasingbe,Bashir, ailing Mubarak,Derby, Biya, etc. Tell them about term limits and you ensure either outright elimination or trumped-up charges lending you a prison term.

            • 22 January 2013 18:19, by Ahmed Chol

              EES King Maker,
              There is a difference between S. Sudan and rest of the countries you mentioned. South Sudan is very tribal with arms everywhere. We are doomed if one person rule for live. Is that a kingdom? And why did we wage war against the north? Wasn’t it because we weren’t allow to rule? What will other tribes do if Dinka rule forever? Rebellion? Of course one can rule, but with no peace.

    • 22 January 2013 08:10, by Nuer Empire

      Cowboy:If you put General Gatwech Dual in Reserve list release him.What a cowboy of the new era!!

  • 22 January 2013 07:42, by Nyakuzuny

    you know our President he was making Reshaping of SSAF when he was very drank , what we will do South Sudanese let us remove out this Noncence President , and will be the Gogorial heard of Community.

  • 22 January 2013 07:44, by Ajongtar

    Good move Mr Kiir, now I bilieve Museveni made you to be wise.
    Now you have another task aheade of you, you must reshufuel the national police service too.
    So that peace must privaile in the new nation, our revunues are enough to lay them off.

  • 22 January 2013 07:55, by Nyakuzuny

    I was very happy for this Reshapling of mr Head cow I was believed that those people is the powers people who will leading the South Sudan Armys force again because we are the different people here in South Sudan we know for any tribes who will leading the power of SSAF During the fild war? Gogorial people are still fighting with Shapte and Meats dogs on the Street Roads they don’t any thing about

  • 22 January 2013 08:01, by Juba City

    Excellent My dear president, too many Generals can bring big problem to us. Put them there and let them relax till you get their pension. we welcome the move as the youth. bravo Kiir Mayardit

  • 22 January 2013 08:05, by Nyakuzuny

    Sorry Criminal President Yower for your advice to our Noncence President , he came and maknig ReShapling for Nothing for your advice in Kampala . because you know that our President He don’t any Behaviour to think about the Situation of South Sudan. please removing your advice from our Poor mind President.

    • 22 January 2013 08:32, by Nuer Empire

      I welcome the relieve of General Pieng Deng,Kuol Dim Kuol.
      These Abyei boys have looted a lot and failed to fight for Abyei.Kiir should refrain from his wrong advisor Yewory.This guy is a dictator and he is training Kiir to stay longer in power.A president with no achievements with 8 years in power!

    • 22 January 2013 09:23, by william mawien

      Why didn’t he replace vice president dr risk son of wich doctor;usless vice president but food lover

      • 22 January 2013 14:13, by EES Kingmaker

        William Mawien,
        If President Kiir declared 2013 as the Year of Reform, let’s expect no stone to be left unturned. Watch out his next move and we shall prove what he has in his arsenal for South Sudanese. I have so far reached to a conclusion that nothing tangibly good for all will be done in RSS, unless known devils in our midst are given a hot kick and pushed to sidelines of public responsiblity

  • 22 January 2013 08:15, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    H.E President of Gogorial very good for your decision to Removing the SSAF Officers what are u think now Mr.Big frog ?
    I believe you; you will go to street roads whether you like or not we will leave you untill you will eating with Meats Dogs on the sreets Roads you are really Stupid in your mind.

    • 22 January 2013 08:52, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Please talk on politic line than talking in premitive way against the president of the state.

      • 22 January 2013 09:37, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

        hey Okucu or Ocuthu Son of Salva Kiir please if it’s because Salva was help you and you are not bring back our moneys because I Sort that you are the one of 75 Corruption Opecials Officers Please takecare your problem we are still follow you we will not forgetting brother.

    • 22 January 2013 08:55, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Please talk on politic line than talking in premitive way against the president of the state.

  • 22 January 2013 08:20, by william

    Dear retired Generals, Major Generals and so forth mind you that no permanent positions gauranteed for specific individuals. I know those whom were in the army for money will be reacting negatively. Those who were among the list of embezzlers will resorts to joint rebellion so, Mr. president and the newly appointees have to take caution.

    • 22 January 2013 08:35, by EES Kingmaker

      President has made a good decision, a decisive move so far. But does it clear the air and reform the army from its current debilitating corruption?

  • 22 January 2013 08:27, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    H.E President of Gogorial you was made a very good news of South Sudan for your Relieve of SSAF Officers ; the very strongest officers , I believe that today you will say i am sorry because yesterday you are Smoking Bongo and you are Drunk. today you will think that what was happened for me because you don’t know exactly.

  • 22 January 2013 08:31, by wang

    Great moved Mr. President

    • 22 January 2013 09:14, by Nuer Empire

      Wait for the reactions from these strong Generals,but they usually cut arm salaries.

  • 22 January 2013 08:33, by william

    The misbehaviour will halt immediately following this boldly move you ever have taken. This how you would have had acted as a president since then. You had been a forgiver more than Jesus which makes money looter more notorious. All generals plus yourself must bring children back to south sudan if you needs nation to move away from corruption. retiring alone is not enough.

  • 22 January 2013 08:43, by master

    kiir’s days numbered
    he opened hell doors

    • 22 January 2013 08:54, by wang

      What you on about, we have constitutions here in South and kiir is following what our constitutions stated. Kiir will lives longer than your idiot criminal President so called Homo-AL Bashir.

      • 22 January 2013 09:18, by master

        which constituation u talking about
        sacking elected governor is constituational ?

        • 22 January 2013 09:43, by wang

          Have no; time to lecturing you on how our constitution works and yes sacking elected governor was in our constitutionals if he/her failed on their duties.

          • 22 January 2013 10:11, by master

            who will sack kiir him self for his mesrable failure ?

            • 22 January 2013 10:16, by master

              kiir is the symbol of failure walking on two foots

            • 22 January 2013 10:29, by wang

              No one has above the laws in south and there was a section in our constitution that explained how to sack the head of State. And for your information, the failure leader is your criminal President wanted by ICC not kiir.

              • 22 January 2013 10:42, by master

                no one has above the low in south
                you mocking your self or what
                which low . whi ch country you talking about
                be honest with your self
                your bleak future looming in horizon

        • 22 January 2013 10:14, by EES Kingmaker

          Wang is right. The President acted constitutionally. That is one the functions of the President in Transitional Constitution of South Sudan. In the Transitional constitution art (101) (r),, one of the functions of the President in states that the President shall perform is as follows: “remove a State Governor and/or dissolve a state Legislative Assembly in the event of a crisis in the Sta

    • 22 January 2013 09:15, by Ahmed Chol

      Which hell door did he open? South afair, stay away. Don’t manipulate some dismiss people in the army among us.

  • 22 January 2013 08:49, by Gabriel KK

    This is a good and wise move made by Mr.President. Police and National security should follow the same procedures.

    • 22 January 2013 09:30, by Wiyual

      Wise move. But Obute Mamur and James Gatduel Gatluak deserve not to be removed from active services. James Gatduel Gatluak was the one who luanched Pantou Operation last April with decisive victory.

  • 22 January 2013 09:43, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    You people of South Sudan don’t take to-much let us waitting the result from Officers Generals ,According to New message from you Salva will Mudered like Dog on the Street Loads whether he like or not.not because he was Mudered Asaiah Abram.

  • 22 January 2013 10:07, by Maper

    It may be a good move especially when cutting down the number of generals in the army. Financially, it does not make much difference because there is no pension so they retain their monthly salaries probably with no allowances.I believe there are many deputies. 3 would do.
    I guess the word ’reserve’ means ’retiring’ in Dr Kiir’s political vocabulary. It is a polite way of telling them ’go home’.

    • 22 January 2013 10:22, by Maper

      I urge the retired generals not to overreact, and seek ways of rebellion. Now that you are relieved from your army jobs, anyone of you is free to challenge Dr Kiir or any of our governors in the 2015 national & state elections. No fear of losing a job, so give it a try.
      By the way, was the position of Paulino Matip filled after his death? What is Dr Kiir saying about this?

  • 22 January 2013 10:08, by master

    my advise to these whom became jobless
    go and join to mr yau yau quickly to topple this useless regime

    • 22 January 2013 11:20, by Ajongtar

      Toppling whose government? May be you are dreaming.
      Those commanders are all Food women lovers, they will soon die of HIV/AIDS, BLOOD PRESURE, and others will die silently.
      The next target is the ministry of INTERIO, IF THIS IS DONE then the South Sudanese people will enjoy peace.

  • 22 January 2013 11:24, by Positive Thinker

    I would like to congratulate the president and all the officers who are promoted to new ranks and new assignments and welcoming those who are put in reserve list to engage in other fields of service; please let us all work for the progress of this nation. Let us support our president. Changes are bound to take place and shpuld be taken as such. For God and our Country.

  • 22 January 2013 12:07, by Ajongtar

    @ Maper, for your infomation No time for the position of late Matip he died with his post. Our country is loosing biloins of pounds for security.
    Let them Go, I wonder why are Garang boys still active?
    Dr Do the best they are still many.

  • 22 January 2013 12:36, by Mapuor


  • 22 January 2013 13:02, by Fact Nonsense

    Wonderful Mr. President.Happy are men and women in uniform whose their rights had been dishonored by the company of the sacked generals. Again, the Generals will take little rest and learn how to keep this country in a good way. I believe, one day they shall serve our nation very well. This is a welcome move and I appeal for straigtforward officers who will serve the interest of the nation first.

  • 22 January 2013 13:33, by jwok

    you’re the best Mr. president
    you toke the right decision at the right time
    Kiir Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • 22 January 2013 13:51, by barbayo

    these Senior Officers forgot army and became businese men in the name of army

    • 22 January 2013 14:19, by Ajongtar

      THIS IS TO INFORM THE PUBLIC THAT Lt Kuol Diem pased away of high blood presure this afternoon.
      Condolonces to the Abyei community.
      This is the first result, other Lts is admited at JMC this afternoon but his conditions are unknown.

      • 22 January 2013 15:51, by hellonearth

        thats just an called for Ajongtar

      • 22 January 2013 18:25, by Nuer Empire

        Kuol Diem and Pieng Deng should go homes.

  • 22 January 2013 14:29, by The Dynamics

    Congrats to Lt.Gen Jok Riak for the new appointment.May u live long....Cheers!

  • 22 January 2013 19:02, by Matol

    Folks, we needs to thinks twice instead of supporting president Kiir decision or go on support of generals who are dismissed from their position. There are advantages and disadvantages. Let’s put it this ways, if these Generals are old enough to retire then kiir is old too or if these general are corrupt then kiir is corrupt too. If these generals are not doing their job then kiir is not doing his

  • 22 January 2013 19:03, by Matol

    job too. We citizens know where South Sudan is going but it is our country. This is a wrong time to do this; we all know this decree will come but not this time Mr. President. I don’t see any point as of right now to divide the country while we are awaiting the border war. Let’s finished the border war with Sudan then retire whoever is not doing his job.

  • 22 January 2013 19:04, by Matol


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  • 22 January 2013 19:47, by 821549@gmail.com

    8 years in leadership no improvement in all areas in Kiir leadership. specially security in Juba the capital. citizen are killed every single day by so called security personell.what a leader. 4 billion not yet recovered from thieves he employed expecting UN to keep feeding. God bless the corrupted south sudan!!

  • 22 January 2013 20:26, by Kim Deng

    King Slava,
    Who is next in line to be fired/jailed after all these Generals? Of course, Gen. Tiger Gatdet Yak and the laughing-machine, Dr. Riek Machar.

    • 23 January 2013 07:08, by Nuer Empire

      Kim Deang:You are right,but the dust will reach to 20000m above sea levels if it happens.Mark my word!!
      The Nuer Empire

  • 22 January 2013 23:58, by E. Defense Forces

    Who is Lt. Gen. Charles Lam Chol in charge of Sector Three (Torit)?
    Seem like Equatorians got f**ked again. One day Equatorians gonna demand for self-determination.
    Keep practicing tribalism, Lt. Gen. Obuto Mamur will be the new President of Equatoria.

  • 23 January 2013 06:20, by Ajongtar

    The next target is the ministry of INTERIO, IF THIS IS DONE then the South Sudanese people will enjoy peace.

  • 24 January 2013 00:42, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Promotion amendment was the really decision,the government had decided to decrease the governing posts.It should include some governors as well.The share of opinion will develope the country and brings suspiciously in the stadard of understandable and meanfull constitional.However,SPLM leadership should make inclussive into difference foculties of chance for relieve heroes.You have done great job!

  • 24 January 2013 10:08, by Tong dut

    We know that some of those generals will join David yauyau soon,the first will be RUMBEK governar.

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