Kiir sacks governor, appoints SPLA top brass

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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir decorates newly appointed army chief General James Ajongo during his swearing

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Tuesday night issued a decree removing Aweil state governor and appointing a new official.

The decree read out on the state-run South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), saw Aweil state governor Ronald Ruay Deng removed and Yournew Wol Kuot appointed.

No reason was cited in the order for the removal of Governor Ruay Deng.

Ruay, who is a staunch supporter of Gen. Paul Malong Awan, former SPLA chief of general staff, was one of the officials from the Aweil community who travelled to Yirol where Malong was blocked from going to Aweil shortly after being removed by President Kiir recently.

Yournew Wol Kuot, the newly appointed governor of Aweil State, welcomed the new assignment while promising to initiate development projects in the state.

“I don’t have anything to say but I am very happy with President Kiir Mayardit. Everybody is rejoicing and I hope that we would work together,’’ said the new governor in a statement to Radio Tamazuj yesterday.

Kuot had served as head of the Northern Bahr al Ghazal land commission and Aweil South commissioner.

Separately, several local residents in Aweil State have welcomed the appointment of Yournew Wol Kuot by President Kiir to lead the state.

Bakheit Garang Akech, a local resident in the state, expressed his happiness about the decree, saying Wol is a capable cadre to lead the state.

“We the citizens of Aweil State, we are happy about the appointment of Wol Kuot as governor of Aweil State. His appointment is good because he is one of the strong cadres of this state,” said Bakheit.

Deng Chan Chan, another citizen in the area, appreciated President Kiir for removing Governor Ronald Ruay and appointing Yournew Wol Kuot as the successor.

Deng also acknowledged the outgoing governor for providing security and exerting efforts to embark on agriculture and other development projects in the state.

Kiir appoints top SPLA chiefs

Kiir also issued another decree appointing deputy chief of defense force, inspector general, assistants to the chief of defense force, commanders and deputy commanders of forces of the SPLA.

The appointed generals are:

Lt. Gen. Malek Ruben Riak – Deputy Chief of Defense Force/ Inspector of the SPLA

Lt. Gen. Malual Ayom Dor – Assistant Chief of Defense force for

Operations, Training and Intelligent

Lt. Gen. Mangar Boung Alueng – Assistant Chief of Defense Force for

Administration, Personnel & Finance

Lt. Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak- Assistant Chief of Defense Force for Logistics

and Procurement

Lt. Gen. Charles Lam Chol – Commander of the Air Force and Air defense Force

Lt. Gen. Marial Chinoung Yol – Commander of the Ground Force

Lt. Gen. James Gai Yoah – Commander of Riverine Unit

Lt. Gen. James Kok Kok – Deputy Commander of Air Force & Air Defense

Lt Gen Johnson Juma Okot – Deputy Commander of Ground Force

In another decree, Kiir appointed two commissioners in the South Sudan Human Rights

Commission.

Source: Radio Tamazuj