Thursday, July 7, 2011

Brigadier General Tun Than, commander of Rangoon Command, is dismissed

Thursday, 07 July 2011 18:16 Kyaw Kha

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A source close to the army said that the commander of the Rangoon Command, Brigadier General Tun Than, was relieved of his post on July 5.

Rangoon commander Brigadier General Tun Than attends
the opening ceremony for the Yankin Children's Hospital
in Kanbae in Yankin Township on March 13, 2011.
Photo: Mizzima
If everything was going as planned, the general would have been promoted to Major General within a month.  But he was forced to resign, according to an unofficial source.

During a period of probation he had been earning the salary of a major general although he was still a brigadier general.

Unofficial sources said there are allegations that when he led the Rangoon Command he had accepted bribes and approved farmland to be used for building plots. The information could not be confirmed with other sources. Before he was dismissed, he had been posted in Taungoo, according to the source.

Currently, Brigadier General San Oo, the former commander of the Eastern Command, has replaced him as Rangoon commander, said the source.

The source said that there would be more military reshuffles of commanders in the Southern, Southeastern, Southwestern, Eastern, Western and Central commands.

In August, commanders who are now brigadier generals but work as temporary major generals during a probation period will be promoted to permanent major general. The salary of a major general is 400,000 kyat (US$ 400) a month; the salary of a brigadier general is 300,000 kyat.

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