South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has announced the dismissal of the army chief, Gen Johnson Juma Okot, and reassigned him as the country’s ambassador to Belgium.
Okot who was the head of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF), was replaced with Gen Santino Deng Wol.
However, the president did not give the reason for the move.
Gen Ruben Malek Riak was also dismissed from his position as deputy minister of defence and replaced with Lt-Gen Chol Thon Balok.
President Kiir 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.
However, the president promoted Akol Khor Kuc, the head of the internal security wing of the NSS to the rank of first lieutenant-general while maintaining his position.