Kiir forms the Unifies Command for army & Security forces

President Salva Kiir Mayardit have unified the command structure for the Army forces, National Police Services, Internal and External Security Bureau, Wildlife, and Civil Defense Services.

In the presidential decrees issued on Tuesday night, Kiir confirmed the opposition’s army commanders’ ranks and appointed them to various positions in the military and other security organs.

The senior officers from Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLA-IO) and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) will now be part of the unified army in the country.

Those appointed include Gen. Santino Deng Wol, who retained his position as Chief of Defense Forces and was deputized by Gen. Gabriel Duop Lam, former SPLA-IO Acting CDF.

President Kiir appointed Gen. Koang Gatkuoth as the Inspector General of the SSPDF, Gen. Thoi Chany, Assistant CDF for Operations, Gen. James Koang, Assistant CDF for Training and Research.

In the national Security, Kiir keep Gen. Akol Koor as the Director-General of the National Security Service, Internal Bureau in national security.

Gen. Yeiy Dak was appointed Deputy Director-General for Intelligence Operation, and Gen. Louis Natale, the Deputy Director-General for Administration and Finance.

Other appointees are Gen. Stephen M. Babanen as Chief of Military Intelligence, Gen. Malual Majok, Assistant CDF for Administration, Personnel, and Finance.

Gen. Wesley Welbe was appointed Assistant CDF for Logistics, Gen. Peter Dor Manjur, Sector 2 commander and Ernest Dut Wol, for Procurement in the Army.

Gen. Benjamin John has been appointed as the Assistant IGP for Social Welfare, Gen. James Duop Assistant IGP for Training.

Last week, President Kiir, First Vice President Riek Machar, and the leaders of SSOA agreed on the unification of the command as stipulated in the 2018 peace agreement.