General James Hoth Mai has been sacked as the army chief of the SPLA by President Salva Kiir after the defeat of government troops in Bentiu last week.
In a decree, the president announced the removal of General Hoth Mai from his post but did not give details for the sack.
The SPLA lost the oil hub of Bentiu to rebel forces who then unleashed terror on internally displaced persons taking refuge in hospitals, churches, and mosques.
UN Reports that over 200 people were slaughtered by the rebels and 400 others injured or maimed during the ethnic attack.
General James Hoth Mai was replaced by a General Paul Malong.
General Mai replacement, a General Paul Malong is from Kiirs inner circle and a respected war strategist.
However, intelligence reports from the battle fields in South Sudan indicate a change in the war after rebels were armed with better weapons than government soldiers.
The SPLA is aware of these developments. Someone has supplied the rebels with weapons superior to those SPLA soldiers are using.
This is how Bentiu was lost to them. They have better artillery and mortar, and ammunition, an South Sudan intelligence source has confirmed.