Acting Chief of Defence forces Vow to continue reforming the army
Gabriel Jok Riak addressing mourners at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum on Tuesday (Photo by Morris Dogga):
By Morris Dogga
The acting Chief of the Defence Forces, General Gabriel Jok Riak has pledged to continue implementing policies that have been left hanging following the demise of the late General James Ajongo.
Addressing mourners at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum on Tuesday, General Riak said the policies initiated by the late army chief were necessary in reforming the army.
“We promise to keep his vision and legacy alive,” General Riak said. May his passing give us more strength and courage to carry on his legacy of transforming the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA),” he said.
Late general James Ajongo Mawut died on Friday last week in Cairo, Egypt. His body was flown into the country on Monday this week. By the time of his death, he was the Chief of Defence Forces of the SPLA.
Representatives of the army chiefs from the neighbouring countries also paid their condolences during the last public viewing at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum.
Condolences have been flowing in to the government and the family of the late General Ajongo.
General Riak who had been serving under the late Ajongo described him as a “unifying figure” within the SPLA.
Speaking on the same occasion, the Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs, Kuol Manyang Juuk said the late was a well distinguished officer whose actions would remain in the memories of the army.
Kuol further described the late as a kind hearted and soft spoken man who had a good working relationship with his superiors and subordinates.
Kuol tasked those who would replace him to emulate the same example of what the late had done.
“I hope his predecessor will follow his footsteps,” Kuol said.
The defence minister said during his service as SPLA chief of defence forces, late Ajongo was quick to lay out his vision for the transformation of the army in terms of professionalization and operationalization of the forces to meet the highest standard worldwide.