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A South Sudanese Army General Stephen Buay Rolnyang has been demoted from the rank of Major-General to Private.
He was subsequently dismissed from the Army without benefits, Nyamile.com reported.
A document showed that General Buay was arrested on May 31 2018 following fighting in Mayom county between his bodyguards and a huge force belonging to militia commander General Matthew Puljang Top.
It was gathered that the humiliated General was initially charged with treason as he was reported to have been trying to ‘rebel against the state’ but a martial court in Juba early this year found him innocent of all the charges.
InfomediaNG also gathered that before the court announced its verdict on October 21, there was disagreement between the court judge and the army chief Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak who – according to several army sources – wanted the innocent Buay demoted and then dismissed from jail.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Commander-in-chief of the armed forces was yet to say anything about the matter.
Buay claimed that his humiliation is politically motivated, saying his dismissal could further threaten the fragile peace of the South Sudan
He was quoted as saying, ““Puljang was acting on his own without being ordered by the SSPDF headquarters do so,” Buay said in the statement.
“But to my surprise, no measures were taken against Matthew Puljang by the SSPDF command and instead I have been arrested and charged with treason and other charges while Puljang was the one who killed my three bodyguards and wounded two others in the attack which I did not fight in self-defence.”