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South Sudan president orders army to stop attacks on rebel positions


President Kiir (C) shakes hand with his Defence Minister Manyang Juuk at the swearing ceremony of the new chief of staff Gen James Ajong (R) with VP James Wani and Advisor Daniel Awet Akot. on 10 May 2017
May 24, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday directed the army to not attack the position of armed opposition forces after declaring a unilateral ceasefire, saying it was time to proof the world who was looking for peace and who are instead in war.

" I know they will be attacking your positions after learning declaration of the ceasefire. They will be provoking you but do not respond, don’t move out of your positions. This is the message you need to deliver to the division commanders and the brigade commanders. tell this is the message from me and they should comply," President Salva Kiir told the chief of defence staff on Wednesday.

The president congratulated the military officers whom he has given new assignments after restructuring the army, telling it was time to work together as one body and cohesive command.

" When you are one and work together as a team, the work you are doing will not be hard. The challenges will be easy to overcome. I know you have your capabilities and the will to transform and restructure the SPLA so that it represents all the faces of the country. I know this is a challenge but if you work together you will turn these challenges into opportunities," he said.

"You know challenges have always been our strength since. So go and work together with the division commanders, brigade commanders and those under your command," further emphasised president Kiir on Wednesday.

He was talking to some of his military officers who paid him a courtesy call to congratulate him for appointing them on behalf of their family members and to give him assurance of support and loyalty to his leadership.

This comes he issued several orders on Tuesday evening through the state-owned South Sudan broadcasting corporation appointing more than eight high-ranking generals into various positions.

Lt Gen. Malek Reuben Riak was appointed Deputy Chief of Defence Force and Inspector General of the SPLA.

Lt Gen. Dr Malual Ayom Dor was appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Force for Operations, Training and Military Intelligence.

Lt Gen. Mangar Buong Alueng was appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Force for Administration, Personnel and Finance.

Lt Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak was removed from Sector One Command and appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Force for Logistics and Procurement.
Lt Gen. Marial Chinoung Yol was appointed the commandant of the Ground Forces and Lt Gen. Johnson Juma Okot was appointed as the deputy.

Lt Gen. Charles Lam Chol was appointed the commandant of the Air Force and Air Defence Force and LTGEN. James Kong Kong was appointed as the deputy.

Lt Gen. James Gai Yoah was appointed the commandant of Riverine Units.

The reshuffle in the national army command is seen as intending to clear the SPLA of all the generals appointed by the former chief of general staff Paul Malong Awan.


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  • 24 May 2017 22:55, by South South

    I am very happy to see you giving orders to your commanders not to attack rebels. Let’s give peace and National Dialogue a chance.

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    • 24 May 2017 23:12, by Mi diit

      Blah blah orders!
      Mathianganyors have no central command. How many times did you try to order them but in vain?
      Let them shoot to kill in and around Juba as usual. This is the only order they will be effectively implementing as soon as possible.

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      • 25 May 2017 01:50, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

        Do the same thing over and over nothing.

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    • 25 May 2017 06:11, by Malakal county Simon

      South South

      Stop being naïve about unwanted president Kiir constantly wrong doing...... How many times did unwanted Salva Kiir declared ceasefire?? and the next day he break it?? This guy he doesn’t respect his own words, and we all know it only blinds may not know that period!!!!

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      • 25 May 2017 09:43, by South South

        Malakal county Simon,

        Please talk about yourself only. You do not have people with you. If you don’t like Kiir, fine, that’s your position, but when you say this: "We all know it". Who are "we" you are talking about? The blind person here is you who doesn’t see if he is alone or there are people with him.

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    • 25 May 2017 10:03, by Mopedi

      The “Life is a Long Journey between a peace maker and making peace in SS. Let’s take at least one step each day to cover the distance.”the only thing to do that is to see Kiir dissolve all his government disarm those commanders engage in attacking us like today in payinjair. otherwise he is not doing enough.

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  • 25 May 2017 01:44, by dinkdong

    What happen to "self defend" you pronounced the other day?

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  • 25 May 2017 04:08, by Kush Natives

    Mr. President,
    But, you forgot to add self defense on your today’s announcement. What happens, if the government forces are attacked? Is there’s anything can do or run away and leave garrison to the rebels? We need you tomorrow to come out and clarify this! If you leave the way it is, then the rebels will take over Juba tomorrow morning.

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    • 25 May 2017 09:50, by Mopedi

      Mr. Kush Native.

      What Kiir is currently doing make sense in the ears of the world, but can not bring peace in the hearts of SS now, because the roles he play against the life of others make him forget that he is a human.” peace can only come if Kiir step a side , then the memory of horror disappears and melody of peace will come

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  • 25 May 2017 06:13, by Sunday Junup

    Last time you said no existent of rebels in the country, today you said if rebel attack you, Maybe Taban Deng forces which keep attacking you? what kind of this Kiiriminal? I know Paul Malong force will never listen to you ya empty minded dinka. Please Speak to JMEC and Taban to declare cease fire too so that you continue with your Dialogue between You, JMEC and Taban.

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  • 25 May 2017 10:50, by Dengda

    In 1994 SPM convention, Dr John Garang laid down his position and called for challenger, but no one interested, knowing that the job was but tough. in 2004 at the eve of signature of CPA Kiir felt he could lead the country and eventually had that chance. Question if Dr Garan live now, would Salva be interested in that position knowing how tough it is?

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  • 25 May 2017 12:47, by Garang Akeen Tong

    I am watching

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