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South Sudan president says changed SPLA name to represent will of people

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August 4, 2017 (JUBA) - President Salva Kiir said the change of the name acquired by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) during the war of liberation struggle was necessitated by the need to represent the will of the people.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Paul Banks/UNMIS)

The decision to change the name of the SPLA to South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) was reached at the end of the sixth command council conference of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which ended with several resolutions.

“We have come to the time that we have to reorganize and professionalize the army. This call has been here for a long time and nothing has been done. we have to pass resolutions that are on the table today that the army name will have to be changed to respect the will and the desire of South Sudanese," said Kiir in a speech at the military meeting broadcast by the state owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday evening.

"There have been proposals from some commanders that the name should be changed to South Sudan Army (SSA) and others suggesting that it has to be South Sudan People Defence Forces or SSPDF. I think the SSPDF sound better because we are representing the will of the people,” he further said.

President Kiir on Wednesday chaired the closing conference of the Command Council of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army at which several resolutions were passed, including the change of change of the SPLA to a South Sudan People’s Defence force (SSPDF).

However, the change will be effective when the SPLA Act of 2009 is amended.

The SPLA, said President Kiir, will cease to exist as the command “tries to modernize the army to an international standard”. The head of state he received complaints and reports from people saying that the SPLA doesn’t represent South Sudan as an independent country and therefore should be changed.

His views at the closing session of the conference were later passed as a resolution and the commanders unanimously endorsed the change of the name to South Sudan People’s defence force.

Last May, the President Kiir issued a decree restructuring the army, renaming the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) to South Sudan Defence Force (SSDF). However, the presidency very quickly the change of name saying the decision intended only to restructure the national army.

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  • 5 August 03:01, by garrak1520

    There are priorities in life Salva Kiir. People are dying, children and women roaming the country for a safer place, no money in banks, civil servants waiting for salaries and your priority is to change the name of SPLA, and you call it the Will of the People, what an insult. The priority is to stop the war, bring back the lost tribes, and get out of office.

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    • 5 August 04:21, by Newsudan

      Mr president, nobody trust you now,every time you are feeding us with M7 decision. only Lord know what you are doing to our people, you went as far attacking Dr Garang legacy of SPLA/SPLM.your legacy
      1.500000 innocent civilians dead
      2.tribalism at it peak
      3.rapists army
      4.confusion
      5.famine
      6.disintegration
      7.2 millions refugees n idps.

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  • 5 August 05:15, by Tilo

    Kiir; A reasoning S. Sudanese can not agree with this name, SSA or SSDF is a better name than SSPDF. You are now acting like M7’s Wife.
    You need to grow up otherwise you are good for nothing, You have done nothing good other than to bring Shame to SS.

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  • 5 August 06:36, by Agany Malim

    Kiir do thing on his own decision instead of taking to perliament for discussion such that those who oppose that name sspdf will get chance, then he just went to street children who were looking for food and he came out with loundly lough ahahah saying he got a right for professional name of spla shame on you! Ahahahaaheelim

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  • 5 August 06:55, by Agany Malim

    In ss there is no decision from command generals because the movement say right words for being a commander then you can be turn as rebel simple for saying right. So all gen who were at six command council were accepting not because it is good name since they know name of UPDF is what kiir refering them for but no way out; militray decision

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    • 5 August 08:19, by Kuch

      My main concerns is, why don’t we get rid of the name *Sudan* out of our country all together? It would have made sense if the cloned so-called Arab North Sudan was called *North Sudan* and then our love of the damn ’South Sudan’ would have made sense to repeat myself. But as usual most of leaders are always behind the curves of everything>>>

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      • 5 August 08:31, by Kuch

        There has to be North Sudan to opposite South Sudan. There is South Korea & North Korea. There was East Germany & East Germany, Eastern Europe & Western Europe, South America & North America, East Africa & West Africa & so on. So what are doing with the name damn South Sudan when the cloned so-called Arabs of North Sudan have commandeered the name *Sudan?* It is sheer stupidity, simple & plain>>>

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        • 5 August 08:42, by Kuch

          It is this sheer stupidity of ’South Sudan’ and the so-called Sudan that is being exploited by some evils in the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their criminals in between that they can Geopolitically chess game toy around with our country & our people like they did to their then "East & West Germany" during their cold war & then they hope, our country can be reunited their cloned so-called Arab North Sudan like they did to their East & west Germany>>>

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          • 5 August 08:52, by Kuch

            Fellows, the US, the UK, France, their evil juus have never got out their then so-called *cold war* truance-like state. Some South Sudanese with brains will attest to this simple fact. Whenever the evil corporate America, London or Brussels are about to bust, their imaginary enemy (a boogie man) or a proxy to fight to sell their weapons to prop up ailing economies>>>

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            • 5 August 09:04, by Kuch

              And this boogie man or an imaginary enemy the evil corporate America, the UK, their evil juus & some of their criminals in between all want to fight are " Russia, China & other countries with natural resources" that don’t pay homage to their *wall streets, London, Paris, Brussels or gulf Arab States terrorists. This is all about the so-called "king of the South & king of the North" fellows>>>

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              • 5 August 09:15, by Kuch

                Do you fellows notice these days that the evil corporate America, the UK, their evil juus & some of evil allies in between are running out of true allies?!! There true allies these days are the: All Qada, Al Nustra, ISIS/L, Book Haram, and of their other terrorists l failed to mention & even our so-called SPLA-IO. Fellows, the British empire was expanded out through terrorism & was brought down by terrorism. But the evil corporate America, their evil juus, their gulf Arab States’ emir terrorists empire is crumbling>>>

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                • 5 August 09:27, by Kuch

                  But the evils have taken our country & our people hostage as their bargaing cards to crawl their evil selves into our country just like they have done in Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan or Ukraine. But the evils are wasting their damn time & our time. Fellows, do you know the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their criminals in between have taken the likes of Pagan Amuom, Majak Afoot, Rebecca Nyandeng, Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol & I there as their blackmail & bargaining chips>>>

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                  • 5 August 09:42, by Kuch

                    against the government of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. The evil corporate America, the UK, their evil juus & some their criminals have realized that they cannot control our country as they thought it to be. And they failed to solve the *problems* in Darfur, Southern Khodupan & Southeast Blue Nile. And so, the evils think; the then so-called Garang boys can be used as hostage to intrigue the South Sudanese people to reunite South Sudan & their cloned so-called Arab North Sudan>>>

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                    • 5 August 09:50, by Kuch

                      Many of our people do not know the dirty game being toyed around in our country by the most *evilest of the evilest people on earth* but they will eventually understand after we bomb their masters out of our country. Who really says we want the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned Arabs of North Sudan & some evil allies in between? Who really says?>>>

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                      • 5 August 10:00, by Kuch

                        Fellows, the evil corporate America, the English people, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their evils in between love affair with our country & our people has gone too far. The government of South Sudan is the one that will let the evils pee into our throats & our mouths. WW3 is going to start here in our country fellows. We will never ever want the evil white Americans, their evil juus, English people & some of their evils in between in our country like Indians, Paskistinis, Bangalesdeshis, Nepalese>>>

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                        • 5 August 10:20, by Kuch

                          The evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of dirty allies in between want our Nile & our resources. Fellows, the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their criminals in between want a war in our country & they will get with a bucket full of it. The British fought the *Biafrans of Southern Nigeria on behave of their Northern Nigeria terrorists* now, the Boko Haram>>>

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                          • 5 August 10:29, by Kuch

                            The evils tried this dirty intrigue in ’Wau Acholdit and Raja’ but were bloody nosed pretty badly. Fellows, sharpen your damn spears and replenish your damn arrows. What the evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of allies are after in our country & against our people is not going to end very well fellows. We are going to bomb the evils out of our country with evil intrigues fellows>>>

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  • 5 August 08:21, by Lenin Bull

    It is not President Salva Kiir who is the problem. It is warmongers who are the problem to our country. Before 2013, Nuer warming up to an imaginary fight between the Nuer and the Dinka with alot of fake arrogance of Nuer bravery. Now where is it? and why beg President Salva Kiir again to stop war you mindlessly started? Shame on Nuer,shame on FDs, shame on Rebecca Nyandeng for being stupid foxes.

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  • 5 August 08:27, by Lenin Bull

    Leave Pfresident Kiir alone to change anything including the name of SPLM, name of South Sudan, ugly names of some states, names of mountains, rivers, etc if he wishes. It is his time as president. Dr.Garang ruled the SPLM/SPLA alone for 21 years and nobody disturbed except Riek and Lam in 1991. Dr.Garang promoted most Dinka Bor soldiers including boys now Generals and major generals everywhere in

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    • 5 August 09:43, by Newsudan

      Lenin Bull
      Gen.Thomas Cirillo was right, Kiir Mayardit is disgrace to South Sudan, am Dinka but this madness of tribalism is getting out of hand, You know Cirillo is one of respected General, he clearly defined what challenges face South Sudan.

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  • 5 August 08:33, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudan during his time without consulting anybody.He sabotaged some communities and some of his very same SPLA zones because what GOD knows. Why disturb President Salva Kiir now? Every dog has his own day guys. Riek promoted all nuer civilians into generals and who is observing and don’t think that is the surest way of destroying any professional army anywhere in the world leave alone Southda

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    • 5 August 09:19, by Tilo

      Lenin Bull,

      If this war continue SS will have to split in to more countries. The early the better; find solution for the current political crisis in the country.

      Find solution now otherwise it will come to the point where Equatorians can no longer take it and will ask for an independent country that is free from jieng

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  • 5 August 08:38, by Lenin Bull

    Unbiased pure reason and critical thinking tells me that the problem is not President Salva Kiir but lazy clumsy thinkers and strategists like in SPLA-IO who have turned our country into field of tribal killing meaningless killing of anybody, and meaningless rebellion, and meaningless distribution of military ranks to all civilians across the country.

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  • 5 August 08:43, by Lenin Bull

    SPLA, SPLA-IO, White army, Cobra of Murle, Agwelek/NDM/A of Shilluk, NASA of Bari, Anyanya of Acholi, Arrow army of Zande, etc are all made redundant and meaningless by lack of understanding of what is an army.

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  • 5 August 10:31, by Kat Cok

    Why don’t it be named SSAF: SS Armed Forces, like US Armed Forces, or Sudan Armed Forces SAF, because, everything in South Sudan is as well as in Sudan, such as time Zone which is NCP time Zone for Islamic.

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    • 6 August 23:32, by Mr President 2037

      Even Uganda has the same time zone. If it’s about zoning!

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