South Sudan

Mixed Reactions On Axed Chief of Staff, Gen Hoth Mai


page sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Gen Mai, a Nuer was succeeded by Lt Gen Paul Malong Awan, a Dinka and former governor on Northern Bhar el Ghazal state.

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Kuel Aguer was appointed new governor of Northern Bhar el Ghazal state while the former head of CID at the Ministry of Interior, Maj Gen Marial Nuor Jok, was replaced Maj Gen Mach Paul Kuol Awar, the Chief of Military Intelligence.

Rebels speak out on Hoth Mai’s sacking

According to Brig Gen Lul Koang, rebel military spokesperson, Gen Hoth Mai stood in the way of “those who would want to commit massacres and regionalise the conflict”.

“While our forces are making steady military gains with political leadership getting strengthened on daily basis, Kiir’s military leadership is unraveling,” says Gen Koang.

“The removal of Chief of General Staff, Gen. James Hoth Mai and Director of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Mac Paul and their subsequent replacements by Lt. Gen. Paul Malong Awan and Maj. Gen. Marial Nuor, the architects of Salva’s private militia marks the beginning of an imminent bloodbath, escalation and regionalisation of the conflict (perfectly pitting Greater Bahr El Ghazal against Greater Upper Nile State).”

He adds: “By removing Generals James and Mac, Kiir has finally unplugged the last safety valve and glue that had partially kept together his faltering regime in the last four months.”

Cde. Puot Kang Chol, SPLM Youth League Chairperson, alleges that Paul Malong Awan and Marial Nour “are the perpetrators of last year’s Juba massacre and they both have criminal records”.

GOSS denies allegations

The Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, told reporters that the replacement of Hoth Mai was “a normal release and retirement that usually takes place in the army. It has nothing to do with the performance matters or anything linked to politics”.

“These are just normal institutional changes and they should not be politicised,” Makuei is quoted as saying.

He also denied the allegations that Hoth Mai’s replacement had something to do with the fall of Bentiu and other military defeats suffered by SPLA at the hands of Dr Riek Machar’s rebels.


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