Mourners Receive Late Ajongo’s Body At Juba International Airport

Hundreds of mourners gathered at Juba International Airport on Monday to receive the body of the late Chief of Defense Forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

Mourners Receive Late Ajongo’s Body At Juba International Airport
Presisdent Kiir receiving the body of the late General James Ajoongo at JIA [Gurtong photo|Ojwe Lumara]

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 24 April 2018 [Gurtong]-The body arrived at around 11:00 am President Salva Kiir Mayardit received the body together with some government ministers and army officers.

The body was taken to St. Theresa Cathedral for requiem mass and then to his family home for viewing.

The body will on Wednesday be taken to the Army Headquarters in Bilpham for the soldiers to pay their last tribute and later to the TNLA and finally to Dr. John Garang Mausoleum for public viewing.

On 26th, it will be flown to his home town of Awiel where the late will be buried.

The late General Ajongo died in Cairo, Egypt on Friday morning after a short illness.

The deceased was sworn in as SPLA Chief of Defense Forces in May last year, replacing General Paul Malong Awan. Upon assumption of office, General Ajongo promised to professionalize the army.

President Kiir declared three days of official mourning on Friday, and ordered for all South Sudanese flags to be flown at half-mast to respect the deceased general.

The Weekly Council of Ministers meeting was also cancelled following the sad news.

The Dinka and Nuer chiefs who had been meeting in Juba to revive the Wutlit peace conference in order to build peace and coexistence between the Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups also postponed the final phase of their meeting to mourn the deceased army general.

Tributes poured in from many South Sudanese for the fallen general. President Kiir described General Ajongo as a remarkable man who was committed founding member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Army.

“He served this nation with dedication and honor and shall be remembered as hero,” president Kiir said.

The First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai in his condolence message said General Ajongo left a painful void that will be difficult to fill.

“As we celebrate him, we celebrate a legacy of bringing harmony unity and reconciliation among south Sudanese. We hope that his dedication to the country will serve as a powerful example towards our striving to achieve peace and unity,” the First Vice President said.

General James Ajongo Mawut was born on January 1st 1961in Bar-Mayen, Aweil State.

By the time of his death, he was pursuing Master Degree in International Humanitarian Law at the Great Lakes University of Kisumu of Kenya. He held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Busoga University in Uganda.

James Ajongo joined the army in 1984, when he was among a group of South Sudanese students who abandoned their studies at Rumbek Senior Secondary School to join the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).

Ajonga was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the SPLA in 1984, after passing out of the military training known as shield one, equivalent to a military command course in a conventional army.

Prior to his appointment as Chief of Defense Staff, he was the deputy chief of general staff for finance and administration. He moved into the position from the directorate of military operations, where he was deputy chief of general staff and served as the operational commanding officer at the rank of major-general before being promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general.


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