South Sudan’s former army chief, Gen. James Hoth Mai has sent his condolences on the tragic and untimely death of the country’s military chief, late Gen. James Ajongo Mawut.
In a message extended to Radio Tamazuj on Sunday, Gen. Hoth said he mourns the passing of Gen. Ajongo who has left an indelible imprint on the history of the South Sudanese army.
Mai notes that the late General Ajongo played a big role during the liberation struggle and during his service as a top army general after independence, describing him as a man of his words.
“It is a great loss to the family and the people of South Sudan. I met Gen. Ajongo for the first time in 1984 when were still young officers. We were sent together with Ajongo to the college of war studies,” Hoth said.
“I also worked with Gen. Ajongo for quite a long period of time,” he added.
Gen. Ajongo died on Friday morning following a short illness in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
The government announced three days of mourning and ordered the flags to be flown at half-mast in the country.
Malong sends condolences
South Sudan’s former military chief turned rebel leader, Gen. Paul Malong sent his condolences to late army chief James Ajongo’s family on Friday.
The South Sudanese army chief died in the Egyptian capital, Cairo on Friday morning after a short illness.
“On behalf of my family, and the wider United Front membership, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family, friends and in-laws and I pray that God give them necessary strength to withstand this serious loss,” Malong said in a statement.
“His passing on this morning has created a vacuum and heartache to the entire nation and to me in particular,” he added.
Late Gen. James Ajonga replaced Paul Malong in May 2017. The former army chief is currently leading a rebel movement calling itself South Sudan United Front.