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South Sudan army chief dies in Egypt


April 20, 2018 (JUBA/CAIRO) - South Sudan’s army chief of general staff, General James Ajongo Mawut has died, the government said Friday.

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The rank of Lt general is pinned on Lt Gen. James Ajong by President Salva Kir, and Vice President James Wani, during the swearing-in ceremony as SPLA general chief of staff on Wednesday 10 May 2017 (ST Photo)

Mawut, a statement noted, died in Cairo on Friday after a short illness.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the untimely death of General James Ajongo Mawut, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army’s chief of defense force,” partly reads President Salva Kiir’s statement.

The South Sudanese leader described the deceased as a “remarkable” man and committed founder member of the SPLM/A.

“He [Mawut] served this nation with dedication and honour and shall be remembered as [a] hero,” further stressed the statement.

Although it still remains unclear what caused the general’s death, family member said he spent months in Kenya seeking medical attention before he was relocated to Cairo.

The presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said he was shocked on hearing news regarding the death of the army chief of staff.

Meanwhile the government has declared three days of official mourning and ordered that all flags would be flown at half-mast.

Mawut, who joined the southern rebel movement in 1983, became army chief of staff in May 2017 after Gen. Paul Malong was sacked.


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  • 20 April 2018 11:13, by Tilo

    RIP Comrade Ajonga

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    • 20 April 2018 20:43, by Khent

      Rest In Peace Patriot. This is a terrible loss for the country at large. We should all respect our warriors.

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  • 20 April 2018 11:20, by Games

    How that idiot deaths is important than the others citizens he has been killing and displaced them? Hell to tribal Chief of Staff and he doesn’t deserve to be honored.

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    • 20 April 2018 14:11, by wau nar

      James the death of James is a big lose to all of us whether you a rebel or in govrnment why r u celebrate there is no way you can scape the death today is hin and tomooror is you

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      • 20 April 2018 14:29, by Games

        Wau Nar
        I lost almost my entirely family in 2013 in the hands of those tribal idiots in Juba. If my family deaths are not important to them, why that death should be important to me

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        • 21 April 2018 10:51, by Sir Man Aregon

          To those who bit the drum of hate and tit for tat, be aware that###,,, You will reap what you grow, instead of preaching peace, equality, forgiveness and prosperity of our Nation.......You sticks with bullshits you hypocrites.

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      • 20 April 2018 15:13, by Midit Mitot

        RIP James though you have die in vain at the wrong side,

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  • 20 April 2018 11:26, by Lenin Bull

    RIP Comrade James Ajongo Mawut. I give you my last salute and congratulate you for your patriotism, bravery, and love to South Sudan since 1983 todate 2018! Indeed you are a hero mony. You have done your part well. Remain the next idiot!

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  • 20 April 2018 11:32, by Theallseeingeye

    My deepest condolences to the family. RIP.

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    • 20 April 2018 11:43, by Malakal county Simon

      The only mighty God, is calling those selfish leaders of South Sudan one-by-one for turning their guns to their own peoples.... May his soul rest in peace!!

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      • 20 April 2018 15:45, by Nairobimitot

        Malakal County
        Do not forget that there is going to be the time when God will call you too for being the selfish individual who does not like his countrymen and leaders. You have to love your people no matter how badly you hate them or they hate you. If you Malakal county can love the leaders of South Sudan and the people, God will surely love you and make you a great leader of South Sudan. Be warned you are not left out from this struggle for searching for what can unite South Sudan as a country and a superpower. Blaming the leaders of South Sudan is a sign of weakness to you Malakal County. Help them instead with ideas and presentations, the leaders only need improvement, and with you blaming and throwing stones to the leaders, is not going to help you because your heart will fall to the ground. You have to have a healthy heart and try to unite the people by coming up with reasonable proposals for the unity of the country. You need to forget about hating those you opposed.

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        • 21 April 2018 08:16, by Malakal county Simon


          Being a President or army chief, you can simply resign to show your love to your people’s when get out of hand.... unfortunately, your masters has failed to do that instead they just enjoying the killings of their own people’s.... So where is the love here that shown by these selfish leaders??

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      • 20 April 2018 16:20, by South South

        What a big lost to people of South Sudan. James Ajonga will be remembered as a big hero who fought for his country. He gave up the best part of his life to liberate us. We pray for God to keep his soul with him. Live will continue, we have 10000 generals who are lining up to serve their country when they are called to so do. One hawk will poop up soon.

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      • 20 April 2018 20:56, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Great loss to the country. Patriot and bravery. Rest in peace. Malakal. Please be respectful peace to the heroes of the country. Without these generals, you could still be cleaning Arabs restrooms in Khartoum right now.

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        • 20 April 2018 23:38, by Whortti Bor Manza

          Dinka defender, that’s a big lie. South Sudan is worse off than it were during the Arabs.
          People who used to clean the toilet were Dinkas and up to this moment they are still doing it because of being lazy. The SPLA never won the war militarily.

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          • 21 April 2018 01:49, by Dinka-Defender-General

            Bor Manza, I think you was hiding in Khartoum during the civil war so you did not see the worse part. The difference between Civil war and nowadays is that the Civil war was found for cause and nowadays is a war for selfish or greed war. I know. I was born and grew up during civil war.

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  • 20 April 2018 11:44, by Theallseeingeye

    When Malong was very sick and attended at Kenya, God did not want to take him because he had a plan for him, he wanted to call Malong just like when Jesus appeared to Soul on his way to prosecute Christians. I think Malong must have seen a vision, otherwise he would have been the one taken now. I believe God wanted to give him another chance to correct his past, he just showed him a sign .....

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    • 20 April 2018 11:50, by Theallseeingeye

      that no matter how strong you are, one day you will be called, this seat is not forever, you must do the right things, because when you are called there will be no guards,battalion AK-47, PKM, RPG, tanks etc. this life is short you live it and you leave it too, we will all one day leave behind the land we are fighting on. R.I.P Ajonge, you just came to show an example to those left behind

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  • 20 April 2018 14:43, by Nairobimitot

    Why Did he have to die? Why didn’t you save him from the Death? Oh my god. God rest his soul. We all love you General and your people of South Sudan will miss you much, but we will always love you forever because you never rebel even when you did not have any right position. You stayed in the Army of SPLA, and You worked hard and Worked your way up to become a general Chief of Staff of our beloved country. May God put your soul in the right place.

    Oh, my God.

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  • 20 April 2018 14:43, by Nairobimitot

    Why Did he have to die? Why didn’t you save him from the Death? Oh my god. God rest his soul. We all love you General and your people of South Sudan will miss you much, but we will always love you forever because you never rebel even when you did not have any right position. You stayed in the Army of SPLA, and You worked hard and Worked your way up to become a general Chief of Staff of our beloved country. May God put your soul in the right place.

    Oh, my God.

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  • 20 April 2018 15:40, by Sunday Junup

    Leave that position vacant otherwise not only him but every one who went to that position will definitely die. Malong Scape narrowly

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  • 20 April 2018 17:30, by lino

    Rest in Peace Gen. Ajongo...I was hoping SPLA to see in dependency in your assignment, so these nasty politicians who are in power remain behind bars.
    Now is tough who is going to lead the troops! The Army Chief may go to Bor Generals at the moment... Maybe Gen. Ayoum!!!

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  • 20 April 2018 18:37, by Theone

    R.I.P Comrade!

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  • 20 April 2018 21:20, by Kush Natives

    Rest in peace!

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    • 20 April 2018 22:12, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Very great lose to entire people of south sudan, especially patek people.

      R.I.P. Uncle, your strucgle will remain in history.

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    • 20 April 2018 22:36, by Garang Akeen Tong

      We miss you for all brave uncle.

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  • 21 April 2018 04:00, by Uncle J

    The Lord gives and the Lord takes, more heroes are being born every day. Those that are celebrating James Ajonga’s death are celebrating nothing. For his services he did in our nation he deserved respect and he will Rest In Peace in heaven

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  • 21 April 2018 04:58, by garrak1520

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • 21 April 2018 05:55, by Kenyang ll

    Brave soldier, great loss! RIP

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