August 30, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The leadership of the armed opposition, SPLM/SPLA, has appointed a new military spokesman, Colonel William Gatjiath Deng.
The new acting spokesman, Mr. Gatjiath, replaces Col Long T. Ngundeng, who has served since February this year when the then spokesman, Brigadier Lul Ruai, deserted his assignment in favor of returning to Juba.
According to Dr. Machar’s Press Secretary, James Gatdet Dak, the new acting spokesman will now cover the military issues as Gatdet will concentrate mostly on political issues.
“I want to take this opportunity to introduce to you my colleague, Colonel William Gatjiath Deng, who has become our acting military spokesperson.” Gatdet briefed the media.
Although Gatdet did not provide any details on the changes in the Military spokesman office, he has been covering both military and political issues for the past few weeks.
Brief Portfolio of Col. William Gatjiath Deng
Col. Gatjiath is a journalist by profession. He served as a journalist and the Director of Jonglei Radio in Jonglei state before the current war broke out on Dec 15, 2013.
He defected to the SPLA-IO in December 2013. Since then, he led military operations to contain government troops in Ayod town.
Gatjiath and other officers, fighting on Machar’s side, have been based at Gorwai military base, a suburb of less than 30 minutes walk from the contested Ayod town center.