JUBA – South Sudan army on Tuesday downplayed the defection – on Monday – of former army commander General Stephen Buay Rolnyang who defected to join General Paul Malong’s South Sudan United Front.
Buay made the declaration after more than one year since his release from jail and dismissal from the army service. He was charged in February 2019 with treason on grounds that he plotted a rebellion against President Salva Kiir’s government.
He was also charged with defying military orders allegedly refusing to surrender and report to the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces headquarters in Juba before his arrest.
In November 2019, the South Sudan People Defense Force strips General Buay of his rank, dismissed him from the army after being secretly sentenced to one year in prison by a Military Court in Juba.
Speaking to Sudans Post this morning, General Santo Domic Chol, the acting army spokesman, said General Stephen Buay’s defection is an individual decision which he said will not have impact on the implementation of the peace agreement and the security of the country.
“I don’t think the defection of General Stephen Buay Rolnyang has any impact on the implementation of the security arrangement. Defection of Gen. Buay is an individual decision which will not have any negative impact on the peace deal,” he told Sudans post.