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Minister of defence promises reform in South Sudanese army

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September 6, 2013 (JUBA) – The new minister of defence and veterans affairs in South Sudan, Kuol Manyang Juuk, told the army at the general headquarters that he would introduce reforms to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and provide them with better services.

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President Salva Kiir (R) in Bor with new defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk (L) when he was Jonglei state governor, during the signing of Jonglei communities peace accord, May 5, 2012 (ST)

Juuk, whose remarks were broadcast on the state-run SSTV on Friday, said he would work to improve the salary of the soldiers.

The new defence minister had been serving as governor of the most troubled state in South Sudan, Jonglei, where rebels of David Yau Yau have been battling the army for a number of years.

While a governor, Juuk was appreciated for working hard to weed out ghost names in the state of Jonglei, although critics said he had also failed to create harmony among various communities in the state as the state remains in turmoil.

There are widespread fears that president Salva Kiir, also the commander-in-chief of the army, recently fell out with the chief of general staff, James Hoth Mai on a number of issues seen politically motivated.

While Mai wants the army to remain neutral on the current political power wrangling in the country, Kiir reportedly sought a guaranteed support from the army in case he takes any actions against his rivals in government and those within the party.

The ruling party political bureau, sources told Sudan Tribune, is likely to convene its meeting soon, which may result into tough measures being taken against some individuals who have been critical of Kiir’s leadership.

The South Sudan leader recently threatened to dissolve the parliament unless lawmakers supported his decision to appoint James Wani Igga, the country’s new vice president.

Disagreements between the president and his army chief reportedly started when the former deployed a seemingly private force at Luri Bridge on the road to Mundri without Mai’s knowledge.

Various anonymous sources told Sudan Tribune that the chief of staff is strongly opposed to the interference of any security forces in the democratic political struggle, clearly stating to the authority a message of strong opposition to any action, which seems to get rid of the officers that are opposed to army involvement.

(ST)

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  • 7 September 2013 08:37, by Dau-network

    Thanks Kuol we need really reforms because from rebels to nation armys is big gaps.

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    • 7 September 2013 08:54, by Dau-network

      Kuol Manyang please sacking of James Hoth is not a good move because he was right to questioned a deployment of "Gelweng battalion" without his knowledge unless he was behind something else including the falses coups attempted. He is honest man who can not follow a wind even though something threating his live .

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      • 7 September 2013 12:53, by Naath

        Dau network,that is good call General Hoth Mai .is the one who prevent war between Dinka and Naath to happen,to be remove from his position is good call.But Dau I want you to have scientific calculator because whenever is too close to call,there will be no time to search all those things,I have been kuanygor war and Dr ngor battlefield war ,the Dinka doctor who have been kiil by Naath.

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        • 7 September 2013 15:57, by Tiger

          If that saying is true about president Kiir sacking chief of stuff General Hoth Mai,then I would say that our president doesn’t wants to let this country live in harmony,that’s why he brought Kuol to be the minister of defense so he can use him to intimidate other tribes,Kiir knows very well that Kuol is the main causitve to our movement fragmentation in 1991.

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    • 7 September 2013 08:59, by Arakataa

      Maybe juuk is going to reform the army but those allegations say that kuol wanted to sack general chief of staff James hoth mai this is political motivate .

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      • 7 September 2013 09:19, by jijury

        Arakataa if you have problem understanding English or the content of this article, that’s up to you. I don’t have time to explain that further. Kuol and Salva already decided to remove James Hoth. They are just searching for a right person to replace him.

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    • 7 September 2013 09:04, by jijury

      It’s widely rumored that Kuol Manyang advised his Dinka cowboy Salva Kiir to sack James Hoth Mai and replace him with a Dinka man named Marial. Kuol did that for one reason which is that, Kuol will be the Defend Minister, Alieu Interior, and Marial chief of General staffs. then after that they own south Sudan. they will create new policies which will protect Dinka domination for years to come.

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    • 7 September 2013 11:03, by Ayuen deng

      One of the main problem with SPLA is roaming in towns in their full gear whether drunk or sober.A national is only when are emergencies,its good if Kuol will do the reforms.

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    • 7 September 2013 12:10, by Mike Mike

      S.Sudan will soon be in political anarchy since the leaders decided to make military interference in civilians affairs.This autocracy system has been abandoned b,se that kind of militarizing politics doesn’t show sense to the nation but only arms guaranteed political right to some individual, but denied democratic institution right access of the pple in the govt.Greediness shall not take us a head

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    • 7 September 2013 12:12, by Mike Mike

      Mike Mike
      S.Sudan will soon be in political anarchy since the leaders decided to make military interference in civilians affairs.This autocracy system has been abandoned b,se that kind of militarizing politics doesn’t show sense to the nation but only arms guaranteed political right to some individual, but denied democratic institution right access of the pple in the govt.Greediness shall not take

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  • 7 September 2013 08:52, by jijury

    Kuol Manyang, well-known as butcher of Equatorians during the bush’s days will not improve anything. It was Kuol who killed 800 young Nuer officers in Juba areas when Dr. Riek split and told John Garang that we must fight for the right of determination. Kuol has been the governor of Jonglei for 8 years, what did we have in those years? Nothing but death after death.

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    • 7 September 2013 09:07, by Arakataa

      jijury
      I hope you understand English well because there is rumors here and there but those allegations are not suppose to be consider because hatred is now practice to challenging the current government so try to know the of source of allegations .

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    • 7 September 2013 17:28, by Mapuor

      JIJURY
      Dinkas and Nuers are brothers.Stop your nonsense.Nuers are now enjoying under Kiir more than Dinkas.Dinkas who fought the war for twenty one years have never received any material reward but instead James Hoth and some commanders have stolen their money and built themselves AMARAAT in Juba.Why are freedom fighters quite and you NYAGAAT is crying?

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      • 7 September 2013 19:06, by jijury

        Mapuor, stop flattering yourself who said Nuer and Dinka are not brothers and sisters? You must be an idiot. Here we are talking about a failed system: Kuol failed to do his job in Jonglei for 8 years. Salva has been tested for 8 years and failed miserly to fulfill his national duty. that’s what we are talking about.

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  • 7 September 2013 08:58, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Mai is remained as a figure of those who wants to overthrow president Kiir, Ok if posible let him take rest.

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  • 7 September 2013 09:02, by Robot

    I am getting too skeptical and suspicious of this so called Sudan Tribune!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 7 September 2013 10:00, by Joseph Canada

    This killer promise these things to the whole nation and yet he was defeated to practice this in Jongolei State. What a shame

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  • 7 September 2013 10:01, by Joseph Canada

    This killer promise these things to the whole nation and yet he was defeated to practice this in Jongolei State. What a shame

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  • 7 September 2013 14:39, by Kikiji longiro

    Dear All Junubiani,
    Salva & Koul are thesame people since the beginning of the Word SPLA/M. These people are always negative over South Sudanese realities. Mai is not like Reik. Many Nuers said if you throw a stone over Reik,s fence it will not fell in an empty place but in the head of another Nuer but all these Things are not in Mai,s fence.
    Take care over your land but not over power struggler

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  • 7 September 2013 14:48, by Kikiji longiro

    All be reminded that Nuer & Dinka can,t stay together so long because no Nuer want to survive in the legs of any Dinka.
    If it,s because of cows they have been fighting centers for it & if it,s liberation, they have been fighting beside all for it.
    TNE NEXT ONE IS WHERE ARE THE SOUTH SUDANESE MONEY GOING BUT NOT B,SE OF MAI OR REIK ?

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    • 7 September 2013 17:14, by Mapuor

      Bravo Kuol Manyang
      We know you very well.During the war you were the most successful commander in both tactics and logistics.You succeeded in feeding thousands of recruits from Bhar El Gazal along with central South Sudan forces.Selling of food plus fuel will surely stop.Fake ranks will disappear,as there are thousands of both fake ranks and ghost names on pay lists.

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      • 7 September 2013 17:20, by Mapuor

        As for Hoth Mai,he failed miserably in commanding the SPLA,SPLA turned into the most corrupt institutions in the South under this semi literate call Hoth.Tribal representation is not necessary in the army.Professional army will surely need educated officers who can understand the modern army context not wanna thin gara officers of the past.Chief of staff must always obey the orders of C-in-C

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        • 7 September 2013 17:58, by Mapuor

          Hoth Mai commanded Yony battalion from Bilfam.The battles that Yony fought against Kong Chol forces were commanded by his deputy.He never shot a single bullet against Jallaba.He does not have military training that qualifies him to be chief of staffs.His removal would therefore be a prerequisite for professionalizing the SPLA.

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        • 7 September 2013 23:22, by Pure Nationalist

          General Mai is not illiterate, he is more literate with master degree.

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          • 7 September 2013 23:30, by Pure Nationalist

            conti..just create Dinka Kingdom that you people have been dreaming about daily. General is preventing current Nuer Dominated SPLA into entering politics, there will be serious disobedient towards Dinka system by Nuer if you don’t advise the emerging king correctly ( the president)

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            • 7 September 2013 23:42, by Pure Nationalist

              The king has already betrayed the army by bringing illegally tribesmen while sending the national army to Jonglei front defending his leadership, yet distrusting them. If James was a tough general he could have told him to be protected by only his tribal militia that has organized and waged a tribal war against the nation that he leads from grass to the last person

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  • 7 September 2013 18:05, by Kenyang

    Pay little attention to what Sudantribune is preaching, they are liars with different agendas. Some of James Hoth colleagues such as Pieng, Mamur were removed and some are now recommissioned, why Hoth can be different? After all Mr. Hoth Mai is a selfless liberator and public servant, I’m sure unlike recorded agitators, Mai would go to his house peacefully if he is removed.

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  • 7 September 2013 18:14, by Bauer

    With the nature of the way the politics of this Country is being run. If your not a dinka, nuer like me then it is so damn disappointing to be a South Sudanese. At times you feel like you should strip yourself off that South Sudanese part and get another nationality but if you really love your Country that much then you just have to put up with any shit that comes with it. R.S.S...Fuck it!!!!!!

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    • 8 September 2013 15:34, by Whortti Bor Manza

      To validate your nationality as South Sudanese, the following conditions apply: 1.Be a Dinka from Warap 2.Be from Kiir’s tribe and 3.Be able to appease Kiir.The demise of RSS is imminent with mad and arrogant guys like Aleu as MOI. Go damn RSS. It would have been better to remain in one Sudan than all these mess.Curse be upon the leadership of Kiir.

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