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Kiir appoints Gen. Koang Chuol as deputy army chief for training

Gen. James Koang Chuol Ranley (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

June 12, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, who doubles as the Commander-in-chief of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces has appointed Gen. Koang Chuol Ranley as the army’s deputy chief of staff for training, according to a document obtained by Nyamilepedia.

General Koang Chuol who served as the deputy SPLA-IO chief of staff for administration and finance defected to the president’s side earlier this year following disagreement with SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar who is now the First Vice President.

In an order issued this afternoon by the chief of defense forces Gen. Johnson Juma Akot per the directives of the president, General Koang Chuol will head the army’s department of training.

Differences between Koang and Machar escalated earlier this year when the later nominated his wife, Angelina Teny, as the country’s minister of defense as per the 2018 revitalized peace agreement.

The order also restructured the army command as follow:

1 – Gen. Johnson Juma Okot – chief of defense forces

2 – Lt. Gen. Chol Thon Balok – Deputy chief of defense forces

3 – Lt. Gen. Charles Madut Akol – Inspector general (IG)

4 – Lt. Gen. Santino Deng Wol – Administration and finance

5 – Lt. Gen. Thoi Chany Reat – Logistics and Procurement

6 – Lt. Gen. Peter Dor – Riverine

7 – Lt. Gen. Rin Tueny Mabor – Chief of military intelligence

8 – Lt. Gen. Marshal Stephen Bababen – Military Operations

9 – Lt. Gen. Malual Majok Chiengkuac Jok – Moral Orientation and Chaplainship

10 – Lt. Gen. Butruce Bol Bol – Ground Forces

11 – Lt. Gen. James Koang Chuol – Training

12 – Maj. Gen. Samson Mabior – Air force

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