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President did not approve my demotion

By: Wek Atak Kacjang

Former army General Stephen Buay Rolnyang who was relieved from army services said the move to demote him from the army was illegal adding it was not the action of the Commander In Chief of the armed forces, President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

He said according to the law, his relieve should have been signed by the President who is the commander of all the organized forces but not any other person.

“Instead of the court saying now the one year I spent is to be my punishment and then the rest should be addressed administratively, the court only said that I should be demoted and dismissed from the army, it is not supposed to be like that because I did not do any crime,” he said.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, Buay said “it is my surprise on the 27 November, I was taken to the army headquarters Bilpam and then told that I have been dismissed from the army, there is no document signed by the President for my demotion, I only saw signature of legal advisor in the Office of the President. It is supposed to be the President to sign the document that can dismiss me from army.

“If the President is the one who signed my document, there is no doubt for me to complain because he knows me very well; he is my commander in chief,” Buay said.

He added that the prison condition was not good but he thanked military police soldiers saying they were very cooperative to him while in jail. “In prison there are many challenges in prison like there is no power, no water,” he said.

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