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Ajongo’s body flown to Awiel for burial


President Kiir pays last respect for the late general at Juba International Airport en route to Aweil for burial. (Photo by Manyuon Mayen Manyuon on 26th April 2018):

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The remains of the Late General James Ajongo Mawut were yesterday flown to Aweil for final rites and burial. The body will later be taken to Bar-Mayen from Aweil where their family grave yards are located. General Ajongo will be laid to rest near his fore fathers including Mawut Ungece grave.

The Casket was escorted under heavy security to Juba International Airport by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly Anthony Lino Makana, Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs Kuol Manyang Juuk, some government ministers, governors, SPLA Soldiers and members of the public where they paid their last tribute and respect to the late army chief.

Speaking to the press, the SPLA spokesperson Brigadier Gen. Lul Ruai Koang said that the flying of the body marked the beginning of the final burial process of the late general.

Lul acknowledged the contributions made by the government of South Sudan as well as Arab Republic of Egypt since the late passed away last Friday.

He affirmed that the contributions made were an indication of solidarity with the family and the country at large.

“I am impressed with the joint efforts from the country and our neighbors. This is a great portrayal of solidarity, togetherness and unity during the time of national mourning.  Such commitment was last witnessed when the late Dr. John Garang De’ Mabior passed away in 2015,” he noticed.

Lul expressed the government’s commitment in ensuring that Late Gen. Ajongo was accorded a befitting sendoff.

Government spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth termed his death as a big blow to the entire country.

“We have lost a great man, a liberator, an icon and a non-tribal leader. It is a great loss to the army since he was doing a lot to reform it into real national army,” he acknowledged.

Makuei said that memories of the late will not be ebbed from the minds of the citizens.

“As he is being taken to rest, we pray for strength for the family members, friends and SPLA forces. He will be forever remembered since he has left a rich legacy. He will never be forgotten since he played an important role in the liberation struggle,” Makuei added.

Presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny said the decision to rest him at Bar-Mayen was a request by the family members.

“The family requested to lay him where his fore fathers were laid to rest and as the government we went as per their will,” he added.

Ateny acknowledged and appreciated the presence of the members of the public to witness the casket of the late being flown to the final rest.

He stated that the late memories will forever be etched in the history of SPLA/M as well as across the nation.

The late army chief of defense forces died last Friday in Cairo, Egypt after a short illness.




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