JUBA – General James Koang Chuol Ranley, the former SPLA-IO deputy chief of staff for administration who abandoned Machar’s SPLM-IO earlier this year has been rewarded with a senior army job by President Salva Kiir who is also the commander-in-chief of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF).
General James Koang Chuol said in February that the SPLM-IO was being turned into a family property after Dr. Riek Machar, the now First Vice President, nominated for the appointment of his wife as the minister of defense.
This afternoon, president Kiir appointed him as the deputy army chief for training fulfilling speculations that he was being considered by the South Sudanese head of state for a senior position in the South Sudan army.
Beside General James Koang Chuol appointment, Kiir also restructured the SSPDF command, according to the independent Nyamilepedia website, as follow!
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