July 30, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– South Sudan’s Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the leader of armed Opposition, has appointed a senior general, Lt. Gen. John Jok Gai, to command operations in Central Equatoria.
According to Machar’s presss Secretary, James Gatdet Dak, Machar has appointed Gen. Gai as Sector Commander for Central Equatoria.
“The Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO), Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, has appointed Lt. General John Jok Gai as Sector Commander for Central Equatoria.” Gatdet said.
Machar and many of his generals, who came to Juba between December 2015 and April 2016 to implement the peace deal, have tactically withdrawn to the outskirts of Juba following a heavy fighting between the SPLA-IO and SPLA-IG.
According to president Salva Kiir’s report, 300 soldiers died on July 8th fighting and many others died in subsequent fightings.
The first vice president has declared that he won’t return to Juba unless a third party force has been deployed in Juba to act as a buffer zone between the two forces.
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