South Sudan President Salva Kiir has moved to calm tension in the country following his decision on Tuesday to fire army chief Paul Malong.
In a letter shared by a local media he said the security situation in the country was normal, and urged citizens to carry on with their daily routines.
Gen Malong reportedly left the capital, Juba, with a group of loyal soldiers, after he was relieved of his duties, creating fear that he was planning a rebellion.
Mr Kiir said he was in touch with the former general, saying that he had assured him of his safety when he returns to the capital.
Gen Malong, who is reportedly in Yirol town, north of the capital, said he was not planning a rebellion but wanted to rest in his home region of Bahr El Ghazal, according to the Sudan Tribune.