Lt. Gen James Hoth Mai,By | Monday, July 9 2012 at 16:19
He was a senior member of the rebel force before peace was signed in 2005. He served in various positions in the army before becoming the Chief of General Staff for the army in 2009. By then, there was spiraling corruption in the army, with soldiers, wounded heroes and heroines staging strikes across the country against delayed payment.
Hoth is widely believed to have restored calm and discipline in the army and has seen the salaries of the army doubled since last year.
In his reign, rebel outfits sprang up, tracing their cause to political dissatisfaction, but the rebel groups were either dismantled militarily to force them to sign peace deals with government or have their leaders arrested. Other rebel leaders have been eliminated.
Across South Sudan, Hoth commands unwavering loyalty and respect from the Armed Forces of South Sudan. He rarely speaks in public but his military strength is widely praised in the army.
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