Kiir fires army chief

Salva Kiir with Museveni

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has dismissed army commander Marial Chanuong Yol. The state-owned television announced the sackings yesterday evening, without giving reasons for President Kiir’s decision.

Gen Yol, nicknamed Tiger, was the commander of the presidential guard, before he was appointed the army chief of operations, training and intelligence last year.

He was blacklisted by the UN Security Council in 2015 for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the onset of war in December 2013 against members of the the Nuer ethnic group.

Kiir also sacked Finance minister Stephen Dhieu Dau who was appointed Finance minister in 2016, with the hope of improving South Sudan’s straining economy.


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