23 January 2013

South Sudan President Overhauls Security Sector, Appoints New Chief of Police

Juba — President Salva Kiir of South Sudan on Tuesday appointed Lt. Gen. Pieng Deng Kuol to be the new Inspector General of South Sudan Police. The appointment came after the president relieved Gen. Achuil Tito Madut from the job. One day before those announcements, Mr. Kiir had removed 11 army Lt. Generals from active duty and put them on reserve. One of those was Pieng Deng Kuol, who is now the new chief of police.

On the gubernatorial front, the president made news by replacing Eng. Chol Tong Mayai with Maj. Gen. Matur Chut Dhuol as care-taker governor of Lakes State.

It bears reporting that South Sudan was rocked by spectors of violence in 2012. Aslo, toward the end of last year, there were rumors of coup after coup but those rumors were played down by the goverment.

In the beginning of December, Isaiah Abraham, a prolific political commentator, was assassinated in Juba, and his death became a tipping point where the public demanded swift changes in the goverment.

In just about the same week, security forces massacred civilians in Wau, Western Bar el Ghazal State, who were protesting their state government's decision to relocate the capital city.

Few weeks after the assassination and the massacre in Wau, the Greater Bor Community in North America and The Nuer Community World Wide wroted strongly worded postion pappers on the assassination, security concerns and all the killings of many innocent South Sudanese, and demanded that Mr. Kiir effect urgent reforms in the security sector.

It is not clear if the widespread level of public outrage did influence the president's decision in what now appears to be a comprhensive overhaul of the security sector.

And according to the reporting from the BBC on Tuesday, " South Sudan has denied...that the dismissal of more than 30 top army officers has anything with a rumour about a coup attempt."

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