South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir has dismissed Gen. Johnson Juma Okot who was the head of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) He was replaced with Gen Santino Deng Wol while he has been reassigned as the country’s ambassador to Belgium.
President Kiir dismissed Gen Ruben Malek Riak as deputy minister of defense and replaced him with Lt-Gen Chol Thon Balok.
He also replaced Gen Thomas Duoth Guet as the Director-General of the intelligence wing of the National Security Service (NSS) with Maj-Gen Simon Yien Makuac.
The president went further to promote Akol Khor Kuc, the head of the internal security wing of the NSS to the rank of first lieutenant-general, maintaining his position. The deputy minister of defense and Gen Guet have both been reassigned as ambassadors to Eritrea and Kuwait respectively.
The president has not mentioned reasons for reshuffling the intelligence service.