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South Sudan army denies rift with allied ex-rebel leader

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July 24, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army on Thursday dismissed allegations of emerging differences between its chief of staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, and former rebel leader Lt. Gen. Bapiny Monytuil.

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SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer (ST)

“I am not aware of any differences between the chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan and Lt. Gen. Bapiny. I don’t know anything about these unfounded allegations, definitely they are baseless rumours,” said army spokesperson Col. Phillip Aguer.

It is unclear what caused the alleged dispute between the top security officers, although reports circulated on various social media forums attributed it to the fighting which erupted last week in Unity state between the government forces and rebel fighters.

Different sources claimed the fight had caused huge losses from both the government forces and rebels, generating blames in which some army officers claimed the government soldiers were misled and ill equipped at the time of the clash.

Fighters, predominantly members of the former rebel group under Monytuil who responded to the 2012 presidential amnesty and now fight alongside pro-government troops, allegedly suffered heavy losses.

However, some of whom were airlifted to the country’s capital, Juba, for better medical care reportedly disappeared along the way, raising anxiety from family members and their commanders.

Their whereabouts were unheard of and in an attempt to find out what happened, Monytuil reportedly approached the army chief of staff, who allegedly threatened to arrest the former if he did not leave his office.

“He left, but on the following day [July 17], Gen. Bapiny attempted to leave for Bentiu, apparently to access the situation of fighters allied to him under the command of Major Gen. Mathews Puljang, but he was blocked from traveling to the area by the national security agents at the airport on the orders of the chief of general staff, directing the government agents to put him under house arrest with immediate effect,” disclosed a military source.

In an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune, Monytuil described the alleged rift between him and the army chief of staff as “rubbish and nonsense”.

“These are all rubbish and nonsense and I would like to correct these allegations now not tomorrow. First, I want to make it clear that I do not have any differences with the chief of general staff and I have not been arrested,” he said on Thursday.

The former rebel leader further clarified that he did not have any problem with Gordon Buay, a member of other armed groups integration committee.

“I also want to make it clear that I do not have any differences with any of the comrades who came with me. I have been with Gordon Buay and even before you called, he was with me,” said Monytuil.

(ST)

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  • 25 July 2014 07:27, by George Bol

    Rebels of Riek machar and allies have very very very scare with Gen. Paul Malong that is why they keep making lies in the media. Haaaa, they are coming to the dying horse!

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  • 25 July 2014 07:46, by Joseph Canada

    AGUER YOU AS ALIER DO YOU THINK ANYONE WILL BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY? YOU ALWAYS LIE TO PROTECT YOUR POSITION AND KEEP THE CHEQUE COMING. SO DON’T TRY TO CVER US AND TOMORROW FRESH NEWS WILL COME EXACTLY THE WAY YOU OPPOSED IT. JUST SHUT UP AND ENJOY THE BIG PAY FOR LIE COZ KIIR LOVE LIERS LIKE YOU AND WILL KEEP THEM TO THE END.

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    • 25 July 2014 10:58, by Mayom County Boy

      this are just nonsense rumor information on our social media with out true ! let us just ignore it simply.

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      • 25 July 2014 14:26, by Bentiu Sudan

        Mayom County Boy,

        Your Bul militia of Kiir, Dinka fuck them in the ass one by one. If their ass hurt and do not want to be fuck anymore by Dinka, then the Dinka will kill you. You Mayom County Boy, Bapiny Manytuil, and Nguen Manytuil you better find yourselves good Dinka boyfriends that will not fuck your ass every single day so your ass will get rest.

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  • 25 July 2014 07:48, by Madina Tonj

    James Dak and others journalist of the SPLA/SPLM in opposition, please your propaganda is going to bring Riek Machar Teny to lead South Sudan. I think you guys must advice your uncle Riek Machar to leave apart nonsense agandas which may failed the finally peace agreement. Although you have been attached with the Nuers of Gambela to reconnect your movement with Ethiopia government will do nothing.

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  • 25 July 2014 07:48, by Madina Tonj

    James Dak and others journalist of the SPLA/SPLM in opposition, please your propaganda is going to bring Riek Machar Teny to lead South Sudan. I think you guys must advice your uncle Riek Machar to leave apart nonsense agandas which may failed the finally peace agreement. Although you have been attached with the Nuers of Gambela to reconnect your movement with Ethiopia government will do nothing.

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    • 25 July 2014 08:03, by Madina Tonj

      I am real apologize to all Readers on the above mention, one word is partially correct, but for correction if you don’t mine then, I would like to say what I real mean was the propaganda which most of the journalists in the SPLA/SPLM in opposition use is not going to bring their uncle Riek Machar to lead South Sudan period.

      Thanks

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  • 25 July 2014 07:48, by Madina Tonj

    James Dak and others journalist of the SPLA/SPLM in opposition, please your propaganda is going to bring Riek Machar Teny to lead South Sudan. I think you guys must advice your uncle Riek Machar to leave apart nonsense agandas which may failed the finally peace agreement. Although you have been attached with the Nuers of Gambela to reconnect your movement with Ethiopia government will do nothing.

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