General Santino Deng appointed new South Sudan’s army chief by President Kiir

FILE PHOTO: South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) gives a press conference jointly with first vice-president Riek Machar (R) at the State House in Juba, on February 20, 2020, /VCG

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has appointed General Santino Deng Wol as the new head of the army, as part of a wider reshuffle within the government.

General Santino replaces the country’s army chief General Johnson Juma Okot who was sacked on Saturday.

The director general of the security services and the deputy minister of defense were also replaced.

In the decree read out on state-owned South Susan Broadcasting Corporation, Kiir also appointed General Johnson Juma into the foreign service and appointed him as the country’s ambassador to  Belgium.

General Thomas Duoth Guet was appointed South Sudan ambassador to the state of Kuwait.

The South Sudanese head of state further appointed Ruben as the country’s ambassador to the State of Eritrea.