Editorial 20th April 2018


The country is at a standstill mourning a fallen hero, General James Ajongo Mawut. The announcement yesterday of the death of SPLA chief took many by surprise. He had been flown out of the country for what medics then termed minor ailment and something which was not serious. That has now turned out to be the last breath of the career soldier, James Ajongo. On learning of his death President Salva Kiir announced a three days state mourning and put to hold all major state functions in honour of the suddenly departed “officer and a gentleman “We at Juba Monitor wish to honestly and sincerely join the President, the country, all friends and relatives in mourning the departed hero, James Ajongo and asking our creator God to give courage to all those who knew or interacted with him in one way or the other. Since having been sworn in mid- last year, he had dedicated and declared to make the armed forces one of the disciplined and respected unit but being friendlier to members of the public. He had started this journey and many will attest that he was going to succeed. The signs of success were already emerging until the cruel hand of death took him away amidst his friends and the country he so diligently served. The messages of condolences are being sent out to his family, friends and relatives. President Kiir, the FVP Gen. Taban Deng Gai, vice President Dr.James Wani Igga are leading the country in mourning the departed hero among other government and public servants. The private sector and the common-man, are all caught off balance with James death. He has been described as “a strong liberator, a friend, a brother, a husband and a father “All these qualities befitted the late SPLA chief who will remain remembered now  and in future for his contribution to the country’s liberation struggle and the urge to make this country a better place for all. God rest his soul in eternal peace.     

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