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Kiir fires army’s chief of general staff amid military setbacks


April 24, 2014 (JUBA) - President Salva Kiir on Wednesday relieved the South Sudanese army’s (SPLA) chief of general staff James Hoth Mai, together with the head of military intelligence, Major General Mac Paul Kuol.

SPLA chief of staff General James Hoth Mai (Photo Larco Lomayat)

The official South Sudan Television and Radio, also separately broadcasted presidential decrees announcing the appointment of Paul Malong Awan, as the new chief of general staff.

Also Police Major General, Marial Nuor Jok, was taped to replace General Kuol as the new head of military intelligence.

The new chief of general staff until his appointment was a sitting of governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. He was replaced with Kuel Aguer Kuel as the new caretaker governor.

No reason was given for the new changes, although several government officials and analysts attributed the cause to the current military setbacks in multiple fronts in the three states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei, where the army is struggling to quell spiraling rebellion.

Many observers say they were not surprised by the decision, because it is a tradition in any country that changes is introduced into any institutions of government where performance had fallen.

Rebel spokesperson, Brigadier General Lul Koang Ruai, said the removal of General Mai and Kuol and their subsequent replacements by Awan and Jok, who are seen as the architects and masterminds of Juba Massacre, marks the beginning of an “imminent bloodbath, escalation and regionalisation of the conflict”.

“By removing Generals Hoth and Kuol, Kiir has finally unplugged the last safety valve and glue that had partially kept together his faltering regime in the last four months,” Ruai said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Thursday.


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  • 24 April 2014 14:49, by Gabriel Ajak

    Change can come in many ways in good or bad whereby all this human being can committed, generation come and generation go u can not stay there for the whole live.

    • 25 April 2014 04:54, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The changes are good for new ideas and stratagem in the battle fronts, but one thing must be clear about the recent successes of the rebels. the soldiers pulled out from Leer, Mayom and even Bentiu due to delay of their salaries, with some telling Santino to go fight with his bodyguards. food and ammunition is also a problem.so what do you expect them to do?, die while supporting a failed gov?

  • 24 April 2014 14:50, by ngadodo

    SPLA chief of staff General James Hoth Mai, was dismissed because his Nuer and Salva Kiir now made Government for Dinka special for his own tribe of warp. his jealous in leadership I his want to be successfully in dictatorship in the ROSS. his reckless leader his doesn’t want to be commitment in peace his want to be remain in leadership for ever doesn’t cares who continues life’s.

    • 24 April 2014 15:15, by Chol A.

      Hey yah nyagat, Is your rebellion mix with other tribes in it? Why it purely Nuer rebel against government and claim to be fighting for democracy while you want leadership n food. You don’t have to blamed Kiir for change please blamed your attitude! Otherwise your foolish ideology government it on dead end!

    • 24 April 2014 15:16, by omoni jr.

      His boy friend M7 advised him not do that ,We Equatorians intellectuals knew what jenge upto long time ago before they implemented the genocide against Nuer ethnic on 15/12/2013.
      The good news is all the communities around the globe are scraps the Dinka made coup and put it side,and they told coup-maker to print it and use it to clean his nasty asshole.

      • 24 April 2014 17:14, by Marco A. Wek

        Kiir had been too slow react, 98.99% of Nuer are not trustworthy and James is one of them. Dinkas are still being patient but Nuer and their husband semi Arabs of North Sudan need an open from Dinka. Enough is enough.

    • 24 April 2014 16:35, by John The President

      Now Riek Rebellion will be histrory. Kuol Manyang, Malong, Marial, all in military, Riek knows this folks very well. let wait and see whether Riek rebellion will survive in the next 1 month.

      • 25 April 2014 09:04, by Bentiu son

        John The President,son of Jeenge/slave,WHO are those Dinka thugs-killer/failure Kuol Manyang Juuk,dictator/failure Malong Awan and coward Marial Nuor Jok to Nuer warriors? Dr Machar know them as failures, dictators and tribal mindsets only Nothing else.If Nuer warriors had managed to defeated Dinkas, Nuer sellouts,62 marginalized tribes,and hired mercenaries from Uganda, M23,Sudan rebels JEM,SRF,

        • 25 April 2014 09:13, by Bentiu son

          What will it be if the current feudal war is between Foolish Dinka Bahr el Ghazal and Nuer warriors without national or foreign support? The war will takes only one month for you to surrender or be crush militarily by Nuer warriors. Hence, removal of Nuer traitor James Hoth Mai and Dinka Bor son Mac Paul Kuol is a bad move for Dinka Bahr el Ghazal special for Dinka Malual Agiernyang,Dinka Agaar,

          • 25 April 2014 09:22, by Bentiu son

            Luach,Atuot and Yirol because Salva Kiir and his Dinka Rek thivery engineers want to use them as shield to defend his cowards Dinka Rek ( Awan Chan Nyal)of warap State from angry Nuer warriors who want to revenge,/compensate their dear ones whom Gelweng militias of Salva Kiir had cowardly murdered in cold blood in Juba 15/12/13.Plz,Malual,Agaar,Atuot,Luach distance yourselves frm this dirty games.

  • 24 April 2014 15:52, by viper

    General Hoth has had his enough time and a wise Nuer should not see it as a tribal oriented change. he was appointed in 2009 and should have gone by the middle or end of 2013 since the SPLA act allows a four years term for the army chief. Lul Ruai is now crying because of those new appointments since they all know how tough Marial Nuor is and king Paul. their appointment means ending that tribal

  • 24 April 2014 15:54, by Eastern

    Breaking News!!!,
    The information I am getting is the four (4) political detainees being tried for treason have all been pardoned. Please verify this news for yourself from your contacts in Juba....

  • 24 April 2014 16:32, by garang kerubino

    Job well done Mr. president you really did what is in the heart of all South Sudanese, the removal of the two figures is being cerebrated nation wide please keep it up we are with you whatever you do and wherever you go,I hope Malong and Marial will do something to provide feed back to our celebration and happiness, please dear your appointment at this time is hope to end the rebellion in SS.

  • 24 April 2014 17:42, by Majongdit

    Dear spokesman for opposition,
    Don’t panic yet; this is just the beginning. and mind you, there is nothing that the rebels have left unplugged in this war. We allowed too much space for peace and unity but it all has been used against the Gov’t. Now we are about to enter the real thing: Arabs + Nuer vs S. Sudan. Na ye thuou ka cum gam (if its death, then we accept death now itself). let’s go!

    • 25 April 2014 04:43, by Wicdail

      Wow, how foolish u are to speculate that, the removal of Upper Nile sons and replaced them with your clansmen will bring success? While the whole world is seeing it as the beginning, and the last thrill of the dying horse LOL!!! What is new here? A part from trying to rewards your engineers’ Malong and Nuor, for tribalism, corruptions, and mass murderers of Nuer in Juba and Bor?

      • 25 April 2014 04:49, by Wicdail

        Coun. Kirr is trying to please his kins, because he knows that it’s imminent for him to go LOL!! By the way, thanks you for removing that fool (Hoth Mai).

  • 24 April 2014 18:28, by Fact Nonsense

    Congratulations to the government for appointing Paul Malong and Marial Nuor. I welcomed this appointment and appealed to all Jieng to seriously be on alert of any other Dinka killed by rebels. The table must turn now because we have given fools enough time to rethink their actions but they turned to nicknamed it bravery. Dinka youth must get armed and get ready for any attack on any Dinka by nuer

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