Inside Story: Kiir suspends army Generals over $1m scandal


Salva Kiir Mayardit (second from left) in military uniform on June 6, 2009, at SPLA General Headquarters at Bilpham, Juba (photo by Larco Lomayat, GOSS)


South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, at the start of May, 2015 suspended two senior SPLA officers working at the ministry of Defence.

Lieutenant General Bior Ajang Duot, under-secretary at the ministry of defense and veteran affairs and Major General, John Lat Zachariah, director for procurement at the ministry of Defence were suspended for corruption.

The report was first publicised by Sudan Tribune which said the officials were prevented from leaving the country without the knowledge and approval of the chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, and the command-in-chief of the regular forces, Gen Kiir.

Documents were discovered by the chief of staff in which the duo asked $1m for services rendered to Bilpham.

The army tried to meet the officials but they shunned the meetings prompting the intervention of the President.

Kiir personally met the two officials at which he communicated to them his decision and asked them to not leave the country until investigation was carried out and completed.

What happened: the dirt inside Bilpham

There are three versions to the story, according to what we gathered from intelligence at SPLA High Command, Bilpham.

Version one: The first version of the story says the SPLA was covering purchase of arms through some channels but didn’t inform the Ministry of Finance.

Lt Gen Bior Ajang and John Lat were handling the matter.

The duo demand for $1m to complete the arms deal which alarmed junior officials prompting them to leak the dirt.

Version two: There are people in the office of the President who want to take over the two posts formerly occupied by Lt Gen Ajang and John Lat.

Intelligence cited a power struggle within SPLA which has leaked to the public.

Lt Gen Bior Ajang is former bodyguard of South Sudan founder, Dr John Garang.

He is close to former powerful SPLM Secretary General, Pagan Amum, SPLA former chief-of-staff, Oyai Deng Ajak, Gier Chuang Aluong, former national minister for interior prior and Maama Rebecca Nyandeng (Garang’s widow).

Senior army officials who preferred not to be named, told us that Lt Gen Ajang is being removed as a wider part of Kiir’s group consolidating power for itself.

John Lat, on the other hand, is close to Chol Tong Mayai, the former governor of Lakes State, Madut Biar Yel.

As such, he is also being hounded for his links to the former political one of the 11 politicians detained for 2013 alleged Juba military coup attempt.

Madut, Oyai, Gier and Amum were among the 11 people detained for supporting rebel chief, Riek Machar.

“I believe there is something that has gone wrong with the arms deal and now some ambitious people have seen their chance to get rid of these,” a reputable military source told us.

Asked what will happen to the officers, the source said “that will depend on how the Army Chief of staff handles it”.

Currently, the two army chiefs are in the capital Juba lounging around.

Millions of soldiers’ salaries stolen

Nation Mirror reports that more millions of South Sudanese Pounds have disappeared at SPLA Bilpham Headquarters in Juba.

The money went missing on Sunday but the incident was only noticed on Monday morning.

An official told the newspaper that about 17 soldiers broke into the administrative block and went straight to office of finance where the money was kept and carried away all the boxes full of money.

The official said the assailants abandoned their uniform on floor in the finance office before they made away with the money.

The stolen money was meant for the Salaries for soldiers in Panjier, Jonglei State.

Eight soldiers who were guarding the block in the day when money went missing, have been arrested and will be charged with negliglence.

Last year, nearly 400,000 went missing from police headquarters in Abuluuk.

In 2012 money was stolen in the office of the President resulting into suspension of senior officials who were later reinstated without explanation made to then curious public.

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