SPLM/A-IO Explains Reshuffling of Its Military Command.

Leader of SPLM-IO, RiekMachar with commander of Special Division I, Gen James KoangCholRanley, in Pagak, 8 December 2014 (ST)

Leader of SPLM-IO, RiekMachar with commander of Special Division I, Gen James KoangCholRanley, in Pagak, 8 December 2014 (ST)

July 22, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The SPLM/A leadership under the country’s former vice president, Chairman and commander-in-chief of the armed Opposition assures its supporters and sympathizers that the relief and appointments of its deputy commanders in chief and the commander of Special Division (1) is a normal exercise within the organization.

According to the Chairperson of National Committee for Information and Public Relations, Cde Mabior Garang de Mabior, the leadership of SPLM/A relieves Major General Peter Gatdet Yaka, the Deputy Chief of General Staff for Operations, Major General Gatoath Gatkuoth, the Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics, and Major General James Koang Chuol Ranley, The Special Division (1) Commander of their respective commands.

In a different statement, Major General James Koang Chuol Ranley is promoted to Deputy Chief of General Staff for Operations, while Major General Olony is appointed as Special Division One Commander.

Operations, mostly in Unity and Upper Nile states, where numerous atrocities where committed by the government forces and allied Bul-Nuer militias in the past three months, according to the latest human rights watch report, and the Special Division (1), which asserts pressure on the main oilfields in Upper Nile, are among the top priorities for the opposition.

According to the spokesman, Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet and Maj. Gen. Gatoath Gatkuoth are yet to be assigned to new positions.

“Major General Peter Gadet and Major General Gatoath Gatkuoth are yet to receive new assignments, which shall be done at the appropriate time.” Said capt. Mabior Garang.

Mabior further explains that the reshuffle is “purely an administrative exercise” that should not be distorted by the “enemies of peace”.

“This reshuffle is purely an administrative exercise which is normal in any organization, and should not be a source of trepidation for members of the Movement.” Mabior said.

“The SPLM/SPLA remains committed to the Addis Ababa and Arusha initiatives to bring peace to South Sudan, and urges its members to remain focused; and reject the rumor mongering of the enemies of peace.” he adds.

The chairman assures supporters that the movement remains united and committed to both the Addis Ababa peace talks and Arusha initiatives, however, warns the IO community to remain vigilant, not to be swayed by pro-government “social media rumors”.

“The people’s Movement remains united and focused on bringing about fundamental change in the country through the IGAD Peace Process. The claims attributed to some diplomats of the Salva Kiir Administration are nothing but the wishful thinking of people who want to derail the impending peace agreement.” Mabior clarifies.

“the Movement also wishes to take this opportunity to remind members to remain vigilant and not be swayed by rumors from social media outlets. They are only intended to derail the peace which is upon us. The focus of members should be on peace ” He reiterates.

On his social media page, Mabior explains to his fan that Salva Kiir swapped his then Minister of Defense, Gen. John Kong Nyuon, with Jonglei state governor, Gen. Kuol Manyang  Juuk and went further to dismiss his Chief of General Staff, Gen. James Hoth Mai and replaced him with Governor Paul Malong Awan against the constitution but none of the generals defected.

James Hoth remains with no assignment to this date. This did not cause a split in the Administration of Salva Kiir. ” Mabior said.

Mabior reminds the sympathizers and friends to pay no attention to Gordon Buay, a social media ambassador for the regime to Washington-DC.

“sympathizers and friends not to believe the rumors of Ambassadors Gordon Buay and James Morgan. The Chairman has made a simple reshuffle which should not be cause for alarm” He assures.

The Chairman of National Committee for Information reiterates the commitment of the Opposition to the IGAD-led peace talks as the only civil resolution to end the civil war in the country.

“The SPLM/SPLA takes this opportunity to reiterates its position, that, the only civil resolution to the current conflict is a negotiated settlement. And this can be achieved through the IGAD Plus Mechanism which has reached a very advanced stage.” Mabior concludes.

18 comments

  • Karab

    If the relieved generals defect when they did not see the result of the peace agreement, then they have problem. If they dont agree with the peace agreement, it is good for them to be relieved & allow those of riek to continue with the peace process. But the relieved generals should stay vigilant & when they think that the peace process has failed to achieve its objective, they can defect or form Nuer Independence Movement or anything. That way, they will prove to be a real hero. Otherwise, to create chaos at this moment will only serve those of salva kiir & his dogs(gordon buay & co)

  • That’s non of our business as south Sudanese civilians whom you kill their children and adults because of your own interests.
    May Innocent blood be upon you and children.

  • The Reshuffling is very important and fair indeed .

  • James Turbil

    People who listen to buay Maleek Choul are like Cowards forks who are Looking ram-sum cheques from Murderer Salva Kiir Mayardiit. Buay doesn’t fit to walk with higher ranks in the country because of insufficient intellectuality. unlese you are unthinkable leaders like Kiir who doesn’t have a vision for the nation. His advisories are all corrupted forks and they are unpopular in their constituency to. I wrote this commend because the office of the OI mentioned not to listen to Buay. Forget about him because the more you mentioning Buay; he would think he is important person. People who think of buay doesn’t know him personally. Seeing him walking with salva, people feel like he is a good person. No he isn’t in really life compare to others. Kiir himself is a competent person that is why he is hiring those who insulted him in place. There is evidence in Kiir’s leadership.

  • Lualdit

    The relief of general Gatdet and Gathoth, shouldn’t have come in a wrong time, but it completely not well thought out. This was my fear all a long. I pray that 1991 saga is not repeating itself again. Good leader always know how to win different opinion to his side, especially in critical movement as this. Who in his right mind would want to relieve a powerful figure such as Gatdet like that? My people will perish for lack a visionary leader with wisdom and common sense.

  • Dear, all Nuer wherever you guys lives, I would like to telling you some about Buay Reath or Malek. There is no difference between Buay and the guy who betrayed Jesus for 30 silvers coins. To believe Buay or truth on him it’s waste of your time.one point about our heroes Gens Peter Gatdet Yak and Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang. Why Dr Riek dismissed or relieved them from their positions? If Dr Riek want to buy big problem for himself , those guys are our eyes in this movement. They have right to dislike peace because they wants to bring free and last freedom for all southerners. I know that there are something behind which will destroy our movement if Dr Riek see well in this week
    Regarding Teath Koak Mut Oman.

  • Our president is very well Educated because i like the way he handles everything.

  • Deng II

    ” I pray that 1991 saga is not repeating itself again” you are damb right, you have legitimate fear that 1991 saga will repeate itself. The same people ( Riek and Peter), will never achieve good things but killing. Nuer you need to get rid of them (Peter and Riek) before they reduces your population

    • Lualdit

      Deng II,
      I’m referring to when Dr. Machar, left Nuer people divided to pursue his own path. Instead of winning people mind and heart to his vision, he has an arrogant ways of thinking people should follow him without work of persuasion whatsoever. This war is noble from every angles you look at it, but it objective will not be achieved if you have a weak leader with an aim of ascending to power on an expense of the masses. This war should have brought kir to his knees already if the purpose of it was to correct dinkaism that has divided our country to the core. As long as kir and his village elders remain untouch, the peace we all long for will never happened. Kir and riek back to status quo as president and a vice president is a joke. Absent of both men or UN trustee is the ONLY solution to our problem.

  • Karab

    Nuer, You should be proud that you have hero generals & fighters. But you should be also proud because you have a good leader like riek machar. Riek machar is a mature leader better than most african leaders. He deserves respect. He is a leader of a movement which belongs to all south sudanese. Ya it may be possible to capture juba up to now but what will happen next. That will not solve the problem. The only solution to the problem is peace agreement which guarantees federalism & rule of law which salva kiir refused to implement before. Leader is important & riek machar is a good leader not only for the nuer but also for south sudan. The job of the generals is to fight the enemy. They should admit that they may not have good leadership skills & agree with their leader who is doing so fine so far.

  • chuolkhan

    This reshuffling it free and fair it does not mean that those generals will not be reappointed but their position is also there let me tell you those who are dancing or luluate of this reshuffling do not think dull those two seeds of nuer(Naath) will not smell the weather of Juba unless peace will be in touch if not bullets will talk.talk,talk .It will not bring us problem and it will divide Nuer as long as we are still Nuer so is not new to make reshuffling it is some things common to any government not Spla-iom Gatdet and Gathoth Gatkuoth FOR SURE AND FOR REAL THEY WILL NOT GO BACK TO KIIR IT COULD NOT HAPPEN AND IT WILL NOT HAPPEN BEAR IN YOUR LITTLE MINDED YOU ARE THEY ARE NOT LIKE THOSE FOOD LOVERS WHO GO BACK TO KIIR JUST MATTER OF CHANGING OF THEIR POSITION IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY ARE ALREADY OUT OF THE SPLA-IOM .THINK DEPTH YOU GUYS FOR THEM IS TOO LATE TO JOIN KIIR DO NOT CELEBRATE IT .THEIR GOING BACK TO JUBA IS LIKE TO TAKE OR FORCING DONKEY TO THE RIVER LET ME TELL YOU GUYS.WHAT IS WRONG TO GATDET AND JAMES KOANG IF THEIR POSITION IS GIVEN TO OTHER DO U THINK THEIR REAPPOINTMENT TO OTHER POSITION WILL NOT MAKE SENSE? HOW COULD YOU KNOW THAT FOR THOSE WHO WILL REPLACE THEM WILL NOT DO ANY THINGS ? HOW LONG THEY HAVE BEEN IN THIS POSITION AND WE ARE NOT DEFEAT KIIR IS NOT THEIR MISTAKE AND NOT OTHER GENERALS MISTAKES?????? I CAN NOT TELL YOU WHAT MAKE US NOT TO DEFEATED KIIR WE ARE FAMILIAR ABOUT IT.THIS RESHUFFLING IT IS HOW IN STRUCTURE IS MADE BY ALL SPLA-IOM LEADERS ACCORDING TO THEIR PLAN WAIT WHAT WILL BE FROM THERE NEVER WORRIED FOR THAT HEROES ARE MANY MORE IN NUER FIGHTERS LET THEM TAKE THEIR REST FOR THIS MONTH ONLY THEY HAVE BEEN ON THE FRONT OF THE LINE FOR TWO YEARS . NEW GENERALS ARE COMING WITH THEIR TACTIC MAY BE THEY WILL SCORE THE VERY GOAL IN THE FRONT OF THE FRONT LINE

  • Jay Jidu

    “This reshuffle is purely an administrative exercise which is normal in any organization,” Mabior Garang Mabior, rebels’ chairperson for information and public relations, hear the son of a woman! I swear, if I were to compete for any leadership position, in Greater Bor with this son of a woman, waaaaaaaalaiiiiiii! even though he has the bloody money, i will defeat. Garang Mabior’s has been disowned by the Greater Bor community and they should start changing their names from Mabior to Gatkuoth, Gatdet or whatever.

    I have been telling the Nuer that you are blindly following a man with no vision and an educated illiterate too, but they would not listen. look at what he is now saying when he has had the head of the monkeys leadership in the bush. He has to said that this is a normal political reshuffle! is this guy a monkey? what is smoking in the bush? A wild bang? A monkey who whenever it went to steal maize, would tied the maize around it and would later untied it but when tied around the wisrt by the man he is unable to untied the rope. what was president Kiir doing when he was relieved as the Vice president? was it not normal political relieve? Nuer, Riek is not a leader, he is only doing business with your blood, can You wake up from your chloroformic slumber and see things for what they are really are.

    I would not blame Gatdet because that is what has been taught to his by Riek that whenever you are relieved you have to rebel, or in case you have the alternative party you defect. He is applying the lesson as the fight is on going in Pangak now between his forces and Riek’s forces and he has already declared his defection to GOSS. I pity the Nuer, WAAAAALAIIIII!

  • good news our Naath new movement will be announcing soon in panthoau. H.E commander in chief Dr David De Chand and with his deuputy commander in chief Gatdet yaka and his joint chiefs of staffs Gakuoth Gakuoth. I can not wait to celebrate our newly from movement.

  • chuolkhan

    Who told u that do not fool other plse, plse and do not cook the fight between Riek and Gatdet

  • chuolkhan

    Man we have no disease and for those guys of Prof De Chan how long those people were out side in South Sudan (Young Nation) since from the separation 2011 let me tell Prof De,Chan,Gai Yiay ,Gordon Koang Chol ,Douth Lam,Diet Yiech and other even this Gordon Buay Malek up to now they do nothing in this war have you see what is happened last week from them Gai joint kiir other will go or not but you does not know more about them those guys they run after position but spla-iom is not fight because of position not like that dude at the time Dr.Riek was suck out by Kiir why people were not fight when people were attempted to do so but we are not agreed on that so you are really joking on war and Am not sure that you know how to shoot gun since you was born that is how u talking talking like child who want to imitated things when he start to develop lool!!!!!!!!!!! Let me asking where are those guys whom i have mention below where are they now tell me? is not big deal okay when those will announced them selves to have another movement like what u say do you think that Nuer will be in the side of Kiir Dechan and those guys will take many people from your side meaning government of kiir then tomorrow all Nuer will come in the same channel mark my words Riek gai koak will come ,Nguen minytuel and his brother will come and joint those Prof D Chan, Bol koang will come ,Mabor Dhoal will come, Puol Jang will come And joint Prof D Chan,Gong beliew will come many more will come and joint those Pro,D chan where is the government of Kiir were are the supporter from Nuer who are there now a day ?????????????????????????????????????????? plse ,plse plse don,t be creative person

  • that what I know David De Chand be come another Nuer savior like Riek Machar and many more Nuers failure saviors. even though De Chand will be come another savior he will fail miserable like many more before them.

  • Dr Machar run out of ideas, how can intellectual person like him relieved Generals who are active in the field, if he did not have differences with them, therefore smoke will definitely burst in rebel camp. General Gadet already form his movement called Nuer Movement For Democratic Change (NMDC) So Riek will run to Juba for peace because he had no soldier in the field, those army belong to Field commanders

  • At this particular moment I’m advising whoever commenting whether from another Continent,Africa and South Sudanese in particular in order to promotes Peace culture in South Sudan under all circumstances stricts of applying Peace language always…..Finally congratulation to Dr,Riek Machar the Peace maker so far.