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April 24, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan president’s decision to remove the army’s chief of staff was “normal” and had nothing to do with the way the military was handling the spiraling rebellion in the different parts of the country, a senior official said.

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South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei Lueth attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 5 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmara)

“The removal of the chief of staff general staff by the president is as a normal release and retirement that usually takes place in the army. It has nothing to do with the performance matters or anything linked to politics,” information minister Michael Makuei Lueth told reporters in Juba on Thursday.

“It is purely a normal practice in any army,” the minister added.

He said it was within the president’s constitutional powers to make changes in any institutions of the government when necessary or take actions to benefit of nation.

Rebel spokesperson Brigadier General Lul Koang Ruai said the removal of General Mai and Kuol and their subsequent replacements mark 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,” he said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

President Salva Kiir on Wednesday removed Gen. James Hoth Mai and appointed Paul Malong Awan as the new chief of general staff. Also removed, in a separate presidential decree, was the head of military intelligence, Major Gen. Mac Paul Kuol.

The changes within the military, according to minister Lueth, caused unnecessary confusion and misunderstandings among the public in the new nation.

“These are just normal institutional changes and they should not be politicised,” he added. He dismissed claims that the changes were due to military setbacks witnessed in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states where government troops are struggling to contain opposition forces loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar.

President Kiir on Wednesday accused the rebels of failing to honour the cessation of hostilities agreement, which they signed in January, saying the latter vowed to fight on until he stepped down or was removed from power.

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  • 25 April 2014 07:33, by Ambago

    Mr. MML you don’t need to say it over and over again, for since you dinkocrats started mismanaging South Sudan everything you do has become a normal practice in your eyes. Even if you massacre in cold blood all across the country you have often said,” it is within the president’s constitutional powers to do anything anywhere that is necessary to maintain Dinkocracy".

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    • 25 April 2014 09:38, by moto

      ILLITERATE AMBAGO,
      YOU HAVE LEARN NOTHING AND FORGOT NON.IN GRAMMAR NOTHING CALL DINKOCRATE,WHAT I DO KNOW IS KLEPTOCRACY,TIMOCRACY OLIGARCH ARISTOCRACY.NOW SHOW ME WHERE YOU GOT SUCH WORD.YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN MORE.LITTLE EDUCATION IS A DISEASE.

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      • 25 April 2014 14:45, by Reuben

        motto
        This man is not of little education he can disect you to be alive. By the way Dinkocracy is English word for the Banana republic of South Sudan. You google it.

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