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South Sudan army chief denies death reports

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April 16, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s army chief of staff said he is unwell, dispelling reports claiming he has died in a hospital in neigbouring Kenya where he was admitted.

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The rank of Lt general is pinned on Lt Gen. James Ajong by President Salva Kir, and Vice President James Wani, during the swearing-in ceremony as SPLA general chief of staff on Wednesday 10 May 2017 (ST Photo)

Gen James Ajonga Mawut described the reports circulating on his death as a blessing.

“From onset we would like to state categorically that there is nothing much to worry about and to inform the general public as the members that your son and leader, General James Ajonga. He is responding well and will soon return home to live among his people and continue to discharge his national duties”, a statement released to the public by the family reads in part.

Ajonga reportedly underwent a Kidney operation in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt.

Ubeer Mawut, a brother to the army chief, said they opted for Egypt via Israel after the army chief was denied an entry visa to Germany.

The general was scheduled to fly to Germany for medical attention.

Medical examinations, he said, show that Ajonga has a kidney infection, Ubeer said.

He said the doctors in Cairo successfully carried out the operation.

The military spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang also confirmed the general’s admission in Cairo, but declined to comment on his health.

Ajonga was appointed army chief of staff in May 2017, replacing General Paul Malong.

(ST)

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  • 17 April 2018 09:38, by Sunday Junup

    We would like to know which one is which!

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  • 17 April 2018 09:44, by Midit Mitot

    Always contradicting, the topic is, South Sudanese army chief of staffs dismisses death report,and yet in narrative report down there, Unbeer Mawut is the one talking on behalf of his brother. how will people understand your things @Yahhhhhh forks?

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    • 17 April 2018 12:22, by South South

      Rebels need to shut up and leave our people alone.Talk about Rein who is dying from cancer, he is left with one poor eye and soon he will announced, a blind man. James Among a will get well soon, nothing bad will happen to him.

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      • 17 April 2018 12:44, by Midit Mitot

        South South,’

        your perception and assumption are dooms, it will not happen until He become a President of this nation.

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        • 17 April 2018 14:37, by South South

          Midit Mitot,

          Please accept the truth. Mr. One eye lost everything. He has been defeated in the battle field. He lost his White Army and Taban enjoys Nuer’s support. Mr. One eye has to take care of his cancer first. He has been jailed like a thief in South Africa. Mididt, why do you talk really?

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  • 17 April 2018 10:04, by John Head

    The general has not died as many speculated because the right source is his immediate brother and I don’t know why do our people gets from the death report.If all leaders died, what will you get after them.I like those who wish others to die to get the same expectation that they expect to happen from others.

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