Gen. Jok Riak Assumes the Office of the SPLA Chief of General Staff

Posted: May 5, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Press statement from the presidential press unit, Juba, South Sudan: Gen Gabriel Jok Riak Makol took oath of office at the state house today on Friday, 4 May 2018, at the State House (J-1)

May 4, 2018 (PW) — General Gabriel Jok Riak Makol took oath of office at the state house today on Friday as the new army chief of defense forces of Sudan People’s Liberation Army, before President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Vice president Dr. James Wani Igga, witnessed by National ministers, senior Presidential advisors, army and police generals.

In his remarks after swearing-in, President Salva Kiir Mayardit urged the army generals to cooperate and work with their new army chief of defense forces, General Jok Riak to accomplish his plans and strategies with the late army chief general James Mawut in transforming the army.

President Salva Kiir emphasized to new army chief of defense forces to double efforts in improving the welfare of soldiers by ensuring their salaries get paid on time and monthly.

President Salva Kiir also stressed that, the appointment of General Jok Riak as the New army chief of defense forces was based on his seniority in the Sudan people’s liberation army not on political based and emphasized that the army is not a political ground for a position lobbying.

Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga appreciated President Salva for making a right decision of appointing the new Army CDF from within the system, Vice president Dr. James Wani Igga urges the new CDF to engaged the SPLA soldiers in the self-generating activities of food production for the army to become more self-reliant.

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