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COUNTRY MOURNS Chief of Defense Force Gen. Ajongo



President Kiir, Commander-in-chief of the armed forces view the body upon arrival at Juba International Airport (photo by Morris dogga):

By Morris Dogga

The body of the Chief of Defence Force arrived in the country yesterday morning.

Thousands of citizens gathered at Juba International Airport (JIA) to receive the body of the late General James Ajongo Mawut who passed on last Friday morning in Cairo, Egypt.

The body arrived at around 11:00AM in the morning. The President of the Republic First Lieutenant General Salva Kiir Mayardit and top government ministers received the body.

Members of the diplomatic corps, United Nations Staff and other officials from the international community were also at the airport to receive the body with family members’ friends and relatives alike.

Businesses came to a standstill as the body was taken through the streets of Juba to St. Theresa Cathedral. People from the residential areas, students and foreigners from all walks of life lined up along the streets to pay their last tribute to the late Gen. Ajongo as the body was taken to the church.

Some women fainted at the airport as his body was received by SPLA officers from the Egyptian Military plane which brought the body.

A requiem mass was held at St. Theresa Cathedral where the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga, the speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, Anthony Lino Makana and other government officials attended.

The body will today be taken to the Army Headquarters in Bilpham for soldiers to pay their last respect to their fallen leader and later to the TNLA and finally to Dr. John Garang Mausoleum for public viewing.

Then tomorrow it would be flown to his home town-Aweil where the late would finally be laid to rest.

Born on the first of January 1961, General James Ajongo Mawut served in the SPLM/A since its formation in 1983. He was appointed the Army Chief of Defence Force of the SPLA in 2017 replacing General Paul Malong.

Late Ajongo suffered a short illness in the last few weeks. He pursued medical treatment in South Africa, Israel and to Egypt where he passed on.

Condolences have been flowing to his family. The Archbishop of the Catholic Church, Paulino Lokudu Loro also sent his condolence to the army and the family of Ajongo at large.

Johnson Juma Okot-the deputy Chief of Defense Forces for Administration, Personnel and Finance said the late was a committed officer of the SPLA who was working towards reforming the national army.


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