SPLA Chief of Staff Not Relieved!

Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, the Chief of Staff of SPLA [IO], celebrating a victory in Duk county, 2014(Photo: file)

Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, the Chief of Staff of SPLA [IO], celebrating a victory in Duk county, 2014(Photo: file)

Oct 31, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Following a report circulated on social media, alleging that the SPLA [in Opposition] Chief of General Staff, 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, has been relieved by the Chairman and Commander-in-chief, Dr. Riek Machar, the office of SPLA-IO military spokesman responses, dusting the report as a “baseless propaganda”.

According to Col. Willaim Gatjiath Deng, the Military Spokesman of SPLA-IO, 1st Lt. Gen. Gatwech has not been relieved.

“I strongly denounced and condemned the fake claim posted by unknown source that our Chief of General Staffs, 1st Lt Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual Hoth has been relived. That is a baseless propaganda made by Juba intentionally to create crack among the movement.” Col. Gatjieth said.

Col. Gatjiath reiterates that Gen. Gatwech is committed to the cause of the people of South Sudan and thus the IO leadership do not see any reason to replace him.

Gatjiath believes that the Chief of Staff is currently leading the Security Delegation team in the ongoing negotiation on the Security Arrangement in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, a report that was confirmed by Nyamilepedia’s editorial team member in Addis Ababa.

“SPLM-IO Chief of Staff Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual is in Addis carrying on with his duties normally as chief of staff without any changes to his work or his position. He’s heading SPLM-IO security team at the IGAD security arrangements talks currently underway in Addis Ababa.” said our visiting editorial staff, Emmanuel Aremo, in Addis Ababa.

According to Gatjiath, the forged document was published today by unidentified source on social media.

Col. Gatjiath calls on members and supporters of SPLM/SPLA [IO] to disregard “those misleading information for they lack credibility and were meant to cause panic within the people’s movement.”

Earlier reports Dr. Eric Reeve, a professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, who speaks for Salva Kiir government indicates that Gen. Gatwech and six other senior generals defected from SPLM/SPLA, however, only two generals were later relieved and confirmed their defection.

Eric Reeve released his reports through his blog earlier this year and later through an interview by the Al Jezeera News.

In other reports, members of South Sudan government delegation on Security arrangement have been prevented from leaving Addis Ababa by the Ethiopian authority.

5 comments

  • GatNor

    Unfortunately the report did not further entailed as to why the team from Juba are prevented by the Ethiopian security from leaving the country.

    Eric Reeves and Jaang Councils of Criminal Elders are of one voice. That weirdo Eric JCE should be monitored by a special team.

    The relieve of the Gen Gatwec is ofcourse a lie.

  • Defeatism is working,Kiir has the power to divide their Egotism. Tie pants and destroy them one by one.

    • Beek,

      Wishful thinking nyanthin! General Gatdual Dual is a true Nuer and a maverick by heart. General Gatdual cannot and will not,under any circumstances, betrays, the strongest, and the bravest-NaathNation(Freedom Fighters’ Movement-SPLA/SPLM-IO) period. Keep crying nyanthin monyjaang!

  • It is true that Simon Gatwech Dual was relieved or demoted to rank of 1st Lt. under the rank of captain. “According to Col. Willaim Gatjiath Deng, the Military Spokesman of SPLA-IO, 1st Lt. Gen. Gatwech has not been relieved.” Who do guys wanted to mislead Lou-Nuer or Nuer in general?