Salva Kiir the South Sudan President has issued several Presidential Decrees among which is restructuring the army by renaming the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) to South Sudan Defence Force (SSDF).
Appearing on SSBC the state television Monday night the war torn country president issued a Presidential Decree number 85/2017 in which he surprisingly re-instated Major General Dau Aturjong Nyuol into the country’s active military service.
Aturjong switched allegiance from the army in 2014 after the eruption of conflict, but later returned to Juba where he defected from the armed opposition forces (SPLM-IO) in July last year.
In a separate decree, Kiir restructured the SPLA into three institutions; The land, air and navy units to be overseen by a commander.
Kiir also restructured the leadership of the SPLA general staff to hierarchically consist of the Commander in Chief, the Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, the Chief of Defense force, the Deputy Chief of Defense force and Inspector General.
The Decrees are in line with the resolutions of the 5th SPLA Command Council Conference in June 2016, which authorized the establishment of a Defense Structural Review Committee, tasked with the review of the structures of the Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs to be in line with the SPLA white paper of 2008.