JUBA – South Sudan opposition leader and former military chief of the SPLA, General Paul Malong Awan Anei, has for the first time – since establishment of the group – appointed a deputy for himself.
Malong formed the rebel movement which is not a member to the revitalized peace agreement in April 2018 with aim of fighting to remove the incumbent President Salva Kiir who he had accused of killing the citizens.
In a decree extended to Sudans Post this afternoon, Malong appointed Major-General James Ruai Dual as his deputy, saying the order comes into force upon its immediate signature by the chairman.
“In exercise of power conferred upon me under article 21, together with article 21.1 of the South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) Constitution, 2021 AD, I, General Paul Malong Awan Anei, Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SSUF/A do herby appoints Major-General James Ruach Dual as deputy Chairman of South Sudan United Front/Army,” Malong said in the decree extended to Sudans Post.
“This order shall come into force from the date of its signature by the Chairman and Commander in Chief of South Sudan United Front/Army,” the decree concludes.
Congratulating the newly appointed deputy chairman, Major-General Dickson Gatluak, the group’s deputy chief of general staff for administration and finance welcomed Dual’s appointment and said he is “so impressed and delighted to hear of your appointment as deputy chairman.”
General Gatluak further told Sudans Post that Dual’s appointment came as part of the wider consultation among different sections of the SSUF/A leadership saying the group’s current leadership reflects the diversity of the people of South Sudan.
“This came after a wide consultation of which we have since that there is a need for other tribes to be seen in the picture for diversity,” General Gatluak said.