SPLA deny defection of officers to opposition
Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang (Photo by Morris dogga)
By Koch Nhial Nhial
The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has denied reports that seven of its senior officers had defected to opposition groups.
Brigadier General Lul Ruai Kong said yesterday in a press conference that it was not true that senior officers had defected.
There had been reports from some media outlets last week that the officers who rebelled included Lt. Gen. Bol Akot Bol who was reported as major general and deputy commander of Tiger division and Brig. Gen. Manyang Riing Ariik.
Lul further denied the report that Lt Gen Akot had served as a commander of Tiger division. He said Akot served as the Commander of SPLA commandos prior to his promotion as the Lt General and subsequent transfer to the South Sudan National Police Service.
“The information is not true. It is unconfirmed and unverified information,” Lul said during a press conference at the army headquarters.
All the officers who were reported to have defected hail from Tonj State.
But Lul said there were some wrong elements within the opposition who are making deliberate attempts aimed at tarnishing the image of the people of Tonj State.
He added that all the officers were at their places of deployment at SPLA headquarters with one officer currently deployed in the police service in Warap Sate.
Last week, one of the prominent officials in the government Lewis Anei defected and joined the former Chief of General Staff, General Paul Malong Awan.
Lul stated that some people had wanted to give false credence and support to Anei.