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South Sudan presidency denies change of army name


May 16, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan said Monday’s decree issued by President Salva Kiir merely restructured South Sudan Army (SPLA), but did not change its name.

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South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny (AFP)

“The acronym of SPLA still stands as the name of the South Sudanese Arms,” reads a statement released by the presidency spokesperson.

President Salva Kiir, also the Commander-in-Chief of the SPLA issued three decrees in respect of the SPLA. One of the decrees was made to restructure the SPLA to comprise of three commands, namely the Ground Force, Air Force and Air Defense and the Riverine Unit.

According to the decree, the Ground Force shall be headed by the Commander of Ground Forces, the Air Force and Air Defence, shall be headed by the Commander of Air Force and Air Defence while the Riverine Unit shall be headed by a Commander of Riverine Unit.

A separate decree was restructuring of the leadership of the SPLA General Staff to consist of the Commander-in-Chief of the SPLA, the Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs, the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) known previously as Chief of General Staff, the Deputy of Defence Force/ Inspector General, the Assistant Chief of Defence Force for Administration, Personnel and Finance, among others.

The presidential decrees are in line with the resolutions of the fifth SPLA Command Council Conference in June 2016, which authorised the establishment of a Defense Structural Review Committee. The body was tasked with the review of the structures of the Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs to be in line with the SPLA white paper of 2008.


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  • 17 May 2017 08:08, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    From SPLA to SSDF is also right to be named by the president.
    I think there is no wrong in application.

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    • 17 May 2017 12:58, by Mi diit

      Ateny Wek again changes it back to SPLA 😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅
      Banana Republic of South Sudan.

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  • 17 May 2017 08:19, by Eastern

    This squinty-eyed man is being used by Kiir to always tell lies....

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    • 17 May 2017 09:50, by South South


      Personal attack is always associated with weakness, confusion, unable to do anything, poor, desperate and all of that.

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      • 17 May 2017 12:33, by Eastern

        SQUINTY-EYED is a fitting description of Ateny Wek Ateny; he claimed that both Kiir and Dr. Machar "authored" the opED about delaying justice for crimes committed during the 2013-2015 war. Should I not "poke" him?

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      • 17 May 2017 14:20, by Muordit


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        • 17 May 2017 14:23, by Eastern

          Just stop at your name; don’t even mention my name.....!

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    • 17 May 2017 13:30, by jubaone

      What else can these jienge do other than lying? As a dropout (didn’t finish law school in England) he lived on social welfare benefits then came to Junub. Later survived by writing articles in the Juba daily - The Monitor with Bol Nhial. The Kiirminal picked him for his articles claiming the jienges sole role in SS liberation. He is NOT a professional journalist.

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  • 17 May 2017 08:59, by Sunday Junup

    the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) known previously as Chief of General Staff, the Deputy of Defence Force/ Inspector General, the Assistant Chief of Defence Force for Administration. From here still you have defence force (DF) may be you are not comfortable with SS to be added there. Continue to lie, you will come to acknowledge this later on.

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  • 17 May 2017 09:27, by Mr Point

    A statement is needed from Sudan Tribune to explain this:-
    "May 15, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan President Salva Kiir has issued several orders restructuring the army, renaming the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) to South Sudan Defence Force (SSDF)."

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  • 17 May 2017 09:56, by DHARCHEP

    Ateny Wek, you and the others in Salva Kiir,s administration office are distorting Salva Kiir legacy. Per decree you summarized and read out, what is the different between the Air Force and Air Defence Force? Why do we have a commander of Air Force and Air Defence Force separate instead of one commander? There is a confusion right there. That mean Salva Kiir is not a problem.

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    • 17 May 2017 12:51, by Liberator

      Dear Dharcep
      You should ask your colleague before writing any comments, there is a very big different between Air defense force and Air forces, anyway I understood you are not a military person and you don’t have a military knowledge.

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      • 17 May 2017 13:01, by DHARCHEP

        Dear Liberator or wicked minded, I am veteran and I am sure that I am senior than you. In fact, I am not going to waste my time with you since you are a son of bitch born on a rubbish pool. Can you explained to me the different between Air defence and Air Force? Son of bustard asshole born without advise from parents.

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        • 17 May 2017 16:38, by Liberator

          Hhahahah, this is a mentality of uncivilized person, when you tell him/her good things he/she turned it bad, let me show you the different between Air-defense force and Air –force
          Air-forces defense, it’s a national army responsible for aerial warfare
          Air –Defense force, it’s a national army, responsible for protecting the country airspace against any hostile Air attack.stop

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          • 17 May 2017 23:05, by DHARCHEP

            Liberator or wicked minded, I see a big dilemma in you because if you confounded the reality with guessing, then it really weakening the people. Also I see that you are learning from dictionary than attending the classes in college. You say that Air Force is responsible for Aerial warfare. That mean we shoot anything hostile in air. Than again you say Air defense protect airspace.

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            • 17 May 2017 23:17, by DHARCHEP

              Continued........than again you say Air defense protect airspace. Its still mean that if we protect the airspace, it mean we are also shooting anything that come from the airspace and that is the mean job for the Airforce. Now, what is the different right now in this?.I know you for sure you are dumped in mind, if I keep responding you every since and then, then you will drag in your shoes.

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              • 17 May 2017 23:24, by DHARCHEP

                Continue......... if you compared "Stubborn and Stonehead", they all signaled mental retardation, which result in poor thinking ability. I believe brother Liberator, you are completely riddled with this problem. As per replying your comments, I believe I will stop because "empty barrel make more noise than the barrel with something in side it.
                You do need a deep learning strategy to potentiate you

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                • 18 May 2017 08:12, by Liberator

                  am very sorry indeed, If you wanted to discuss any issue on social media, don’t insult somebody whom you don’t known his background, if you were a footballer, you deserve to be given a red card immediately and this will happen to you wherever you are, if you don’t change your attitudes, see below comment from mature person who has a military background secondly are you a Christian? If yes

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                  • 18 May 2017 08:27, by Liberator

                    then change your behaviors, it make you useless in the eyes of readers.

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    • 17 May 2017 16:19, by Garang Akeen Tong


      There is a great different here.
      Air depend force, it mission is to fight air attack, air force is to attack on air.

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      • 18 May 2017 15:11, by Liberator

        Tel him once again so that he understand the great different between Air force and Air defense,
        He maybe somebody in refugees camp or brought up in East Africa with stolen money of South Sudanese, GOD is doing it parts on stolen money

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  • 17 May 2017 10:05, by Kush Natives

    I wouldn’t worried about all x and Y didn’t or did, as long as all those mistakenly or were intended names are still safe guarding our beloved country. So, Mr. Ateny, take it easy! We the patriots don’t really care much about the name changing or name keeping!

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    • 17 May 2017 12:19, by Kuch

      Many of our seniors are fond of making decisions that often turn out to be too costly in term of human lives and properties. Why do we still call our country’s South Sudan, when there is no opposite of South, but Sudan? Because we have bunch of idiots who thought that our country would some day be re-united with the North Sudan! And that is why they let us still keep the SPLM/A name>>>

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      • 17 May 2017 12:28, by Kuch

        Yes, there are countries like Guinea, Bissau and Guinea Conakry, Congo Brazzaville and Congo Kinshasa (DRC), South Korea and North Korea, the then East Germany and West Germany and so on. But with our foolish political, it was all about keeping the word "SUDAN" in our country and our name. It makes sense if there were North Sudan as a country, then South Sudan as a country would have made sense>>>

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        • 17 May 2017 12:38, by Kuch

          A different name would have been given our country in a single noun and made it known to the whole world on the 9/11/2011. And everything including our arm forces and everything else would have been stream-lined into that name. But our foolish leaders let themselves fooled by loads of shifty advisors from the US, the UK and others who had their different take on what South Sudan was to be>>>

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          • 17 May 2017 12:47, by Kuch

            in their manipulative and calculative supports of our independence. This ambiguity of " South Sudan and Sudan" tacitly being exploited by some of these criminals in the US, the UK and others that our country would be toyed around like their then "West and East Germany" and be re-united with the so-called cloned arab North Sudan, the evils we hate to death>>>

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            • 17 May 2017 12:53, by Kuch

              Mistakes after mistakes are what our idiots keep making. They were advised not to renew the then UNIMIS to UNIMISS even before our independence because there no need for it and because the history behind the so-called peacekeeping force has nothing to do with peacekeeping as a lot people are fooled to believe. But a covert occupation by the US, France and the UK of the third world countries>>>

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              • 17 May 2017 13:01, by Kuch

                The UN humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping and human rights are neo-colonialists disguise and covert ways recolonizing the third world countries with mineral resources---an indirect colonization to be precise. In primary schools, we learned that there were "direct rule and indirect rule" used by both *France, the UK and others* in Africa during their scramble for Africa in>>>

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                • 17 May 2017 13:09, by Kuch

                  the 19th century remember fellows? To day, in the 21s century; UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping and human rights are the Europeans and Americans indirect colonization of the third world countries fellows. What the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy criminals after in our country are only our resources and to use our country like their 1960s Eastern Congo>

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                  • 17 May 2017 13:15, by Kuch

                    their 1970s Angola, 1980s Mozambique, now Ukraine, Yemen, Syria, Libya etc. The current war in our country is a proxy war over our resources and influence. But the US, the UK, the UN, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between are playing their dirty game with the wrong country and the wrong people. The level of anger and hatred they have implanted into>>>

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                    • 17 May 2017 13:19, by Kuch

                      with their regime change through their Riek Machar madman has gone very deep that l think, it will take a very long long time to heal. The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between with their massive corporate America media propaganda machines don’t want to acknowledge that they are the evils behind this war in our country>>>

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                      • 17 May 2017 13:27, by Kuch

                        The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their corporate media propaganda machines, Sudan tribune, Radio Tamazuj and host of other online tabloids have already taken over the narrative of what is happening in South Sudan, a "tribal war" between Salva Kiir, a dinka and his former vice president, Riek Machar, a nuer. And their narrative works pretty well!!>>>

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                        • 17 May 2017 13:33, by Kuch

                          Fellows, some of our leaders gullibility and shortsightedness has cost our people and our people’s dearly. We keep informing the idiots the let us get rid of the damn UNIMISS and everything that is connected to corporate America and English people. They are our really enemies they want to destroy our country like they have done to Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan because they are>>>

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                          • 17 May 2017 13:40, by Kuch

                            simply after our resources and to counter China and nothing to do with their love of Nuers, Fertits, Dinkas and all. Many of our fools are not seeing the real dirty game being toyed around in our country because some are so dumbed that they can’t see beyond their the name Dinka/Jieng/Jenge and the so-called Jieng council of elders (JCE). What community in South Sudan or indeed the whole world>>>

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                            • 17 May 2017 13:49, by Kuch

                              that doesn’t has it elders? Guys, as always l am off the topic again and l know my detractors on this site will blame me for posting all these. But all these posts are the real truths behind what is exactly happening in our country. Careful guys, what the US, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creeps in between are desperately shopping for in our country is not going to end well>>

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  • 17 May 2017 17:27, by lino

    Logically, the name SPLA should be left for the SPLA-North as South Sudan separated already discarding Sudan name. If the name is great, why not named it SSPLA instead of confusing ourselves for no reason.
    It should have been called South Sudan’s People Liberation Army since the day of independent, July 9, 2011!!!
    The real SPLA is still fighting Khartoum in Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile.

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  • 18 May 2017 03:15, by Ajongtar

    SSDF= South Sudan Dinka Forces .

    I better recommends SSAF.

    South Sudan Armed Forces.

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