SPLA Deputy C-in-C Returns Home

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JUBA - The Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA), Gen Paulino Matip yesterday returned to Juba after medical treatment in Nairobi.
SPLA soldiers, MPs and relatives were among those who accorded a warm welcome to him.Addressing the press at Juba International Airport, Matip, said he has been for long receiving treatment in Nairobi when independence was declared.“We died during the war, but the cow has given birth to twins called South Sudan,” he said.
Matip said the biggest task which lies ahead of the people of South Sudan is rebuilding and that all people should contribute.
He stated that peace has not yet been achieved with the contested oil rich region of Abyei.
The Abyei is among the outstanding unresolved issues which could not be addressed before the split of Sudan.
The Deputy Commander-in-chief said President Kiir stood firm when the CPA was signed till the independence was achieved. “We paid a lot of price for the independence,” he added.
While in his residence, the deputy commander in chief walked over a bull slaughtered for the reception.
General Paulino Matip became SPLA Deputy Commander-in-Chief after signing the famous 2006 Juba peace agreement with the SPLA.
His forces formerly fighting in Upper Nile State were absorbed into the National Army as being a key prerequisite of the agreement.


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