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December 23, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, on Tuesday ordered the army’s chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan, to return to the national capital, Juba, immediately after boycotting reception of the advance team of the armed Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), sources revealed.

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S Sudan’s President Salva Kiir is received by former Chief of General Staff of the SPLA Paul Malong Awan at the airport in Juba March 6, 2015 (Reuters)

The army chief, who deserted the capital on Friday without prior permission from the president and commander-in-chief, left in protest of the return of the opposition group who arrived in Juba on Monday in implementation of the peace agreement Kiir signed in August with his rival and former vice-president, Riek Machar, ending 21 months of deadly conflict since 15 December 2013.

A well-placed source in the presidency confirmed to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that Awan in protest against the return of SPLM-IO officials went to his home village of Malualkon in Aweil East county, Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, without the notice and approval of president Kiir, who had to learn later on about the disappearance of the top army commander.

“Normally the president gets regular security briefings from the different institutions over the weekends. Key figures like chief of general staff, inspector general of police, director generals of security for external and internal bureau attend along with their relevant ministers. The chief of general staff was supposed to attend as usual but General Paul Malong Awan was not there twice on Saturday and Sunday. The president asked and he was told he had travelled to northern Bahr el Ghazal,” a presidential source told Sudan Tribune.

“The president kept quiet and it was thought he [Awan] would return on Monday but when he failed to show up on Monday the president decided to ask him to return immediately to Juba so that he participates in the security meetings with the advance team of the SPLM-IO. His presence in Juba is very important and that was why the president had to ask him to return,” he explained.

Awan returned to Juba on Tuesday evening. The purpose of the visit was not clear. .

His critics claimed his departure ahead of the return of the SPLM-IO advance team and lack of showing up of high level military officers and security personnel to participate in the reception of the group indicated that Awan was not happy with the arrangement.

The opposition’s advance team included their senior military commanders including the deputy chief of general staff for operations, Lt. Gen. James Koang Chuol Ranley, who by normal protocol, would have been received by his counterpart in Juba. None of them showed up due to alleged directive from Awan that nobody should receive them from the top commanders, or else he would dismiss who dared.

However, police chief inspector, Lt. Gen. Pieng Deng Kuol and presidential guards commander, Maj. Gen. Marial Chinuong, were seen at the airport during the reception.

Also the minister of information and broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth, who is the acting chief negotiator on the side of the government, did not show up at the airport to receive his counterpart, Taban Deng Gai, the chief negotiator on the side of the opposition group.

Both Awan and Lueth are perceived by many as hardliners in president Kiir’s administration whose public comments have been equated to anti-peace messages, preferring a military solution to the conflict.

Awan’s aides and allies have however dismissed any rift between him and the president in the direction the country should take in handling the peace process.

(ST)

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  • 24 December 2015 01:25, by Akol Liai Mager

    I have never, and will never wish for bad things to happen however, I could clearly see dark days still coming on the way of South Sudan. These dark days could come on these forms: 1. Military coups and counter military interventions are being planned. 2. Assassinations might be planned by both sides in an armed conflict. May God bless South Sudan and move her above these tribal figures.

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    • 24 December 2015 01:46, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Don’t worry, the transaction is going smooth and no blood. We try to avoid the blood general.

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      • 24 December 2015 03:57, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Media sources will be responsible for inculating tension & stimulation of forgiven grievances. How does it concern Chief of Gen Staff when IG Police was there? Was peace signed by Malong Awan? What’s the reason of the formed reception committee? Look for it & you’ll get it! Nothing good to appreciate b’se of impunity. Never remind people of the past!

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        • 24 December 2015 04:23, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

          I’ll always blame those fond of posting news that tends to hamper the implementation progress. The Army Chief of Gen Staff wasn’t a part of reception committee. U must stop pushing people to use disappointment languages. Who told you it was a comprehensive peace agreement? It’s a compromised peace agreement. U must focus more on appreciating the president than creating holes on the road to peace

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          • 24 December 2015 05:17, by Mi diit

            I can clearly see Malong Awan possessing high levels of indiscipline to his commander in chief and for greed to take power from him by all means.

            Malong should swallow the shame of the fact that he did not end the war militarily for two years. He should embrace peaceful means.

            His deputies should have participated in the reception of SPLA-IO top generals. This is the right protocol!

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          • 24 December 2015 06:50, by Kenyang

            Shadrack,
            What u point out make sense. Sudantribune made up stories with brainless blowing blames on wrong direction. Some of rebel groups are still coming and their reception has nothing to do with army let alone army chief. Their clanmen may, there’s no heroic welcome...bunch of selfish animals.

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    • 24 December 2015 06:58, by jubaone

      Akol Liai Mager,

      Well, it is jaangs choice, if they wish to do such then they must expect the SPLM-IO and other armed groups in South Sudan to act swiftly. The jaang can not run the South like some luak with cows and human shitting, sleeping and eating together. Ther must be some sense of order

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  • 24 December 2015 04:31, by dinkdong

    Kiir should fire Malong.

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  • 24 December 2015 06:37, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad Jinubiin.

    Kiir his a good man sometimes, Paul Malong he made it clear to try to overthrow the President through Bul militia of Mathew Pul Jang, but he fail to reach agreement with Pul that made his way to returned to Juba not because of the President order, a primitive man he is an enemy to himself (Paul Malong)

    Son of Prophet
    Currently within death city Juba.

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  • 24 December 2015 06:38, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad Jinubiin.

    Kiir his a good man sometimes, Paul Malong he made it clear to try to overthrow the President through Bul militia of Mathew Pul Jang, but he fail to reach agreement with Pul that made his way to returned to Juba not because of the President order, a primitive man he is an enemy to himself (Paul Malong)

    Son of Prophet
    Currently within death city Juba.

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  • 24 December 2015 06:38, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad Jinubiin.

    Kiir his a good man sometimes, Paul Malong he made it clear to try to overthrow the President through Bul militia of Mathew Pul Jang, but he fail to reach agreement with Pul that made his way to returned to Juba not because of the President order, a primitive man he is an enemy to himself (Paul Malong)

    Son of Prophet
    Currently within death city Juba.

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  • 24 December 2015 06:39, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad Jinubiin.

    Kiir his a good man sometimes, Paul Malong he made it clear to try to overthrow the President through Bul militia of Mathew Pul Jang, but he fail to reach agreement with Pul that made his way to returned to Juba not because of the President order, a primitive man he is an enemy to himself (Paul Malong)

    Son of Prophet
    Currently within death city Juba.

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  • 24 December 2015 07:04, by Black Africa

    I am writing this article to Mr stupid Malong if it was not muzeveni by now malong was a refugee somewhere. We are happy Uganda armey forces are living out of South Sudan. Me and my group we are coming for revenge inside Juba not peace. So Salva Kiir gangster I would like you guys to prepare for war inside Juba.

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    • 24 December 2015 07:20, by Eastern

      Black Africa,

      Now stop that war rhetoric; it won’t take South Sudan forward! SPLM-Riek is in Juba for peace. There’s no room for war mongers; revenge is for tester years. All agrieved parties should seek redress in courts of law. A hybrid court will be set up soon.

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      • 24 December 2015 07:35, by KEAT BAYAk

        Eastern,

        Man you have put it right. There is need for bloodshed again. This suffering is enough and we all need peace so that we enjoy. Though there are some few spoilers, God will cold their heart and get their senses of peace.

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      • 24 December 2015 09:11, by Ajongtar

        You Dinka and Nuer u should look ur selves deep into ur face, where ever you go, u like to create havoc,why?

        If u want revange better go and dilute ur revange attitute in Awail and Warap states that where Matiang Chor who killed ur people in Juba durirng Dec 15-2013 comes from.

        We dont need more blood of Dinkaz and Nuerz in Juba any more.

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        • 24 December 2015 09:37, by Kenyang

          Ajongtar,
          Unless one is headless, Aweil or Warrap is last place for dogs like Riek Machar to bring their madness.

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    • 24 December 2015 09:21, by Kenyang

      Black Africa,
      You’re typical arrogant who talked tough without substance. I can guarantee you if you’re coming to Juba to avenge not for peace you’ll be wide out. This time, it’d be impossible for UN to provide protection.

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      • 24 December 2015 15:45, by Black Africa

        @Kenyang,
        Do you understand what I wrote if didn’t understood, I will explain to you. It’s because Uganda airforce that’s why Dinka are running their in Juba otherwise by now there supposed to be no Dinka in Juba. Now Uganda army are out of South Sudan. Just wait you are going to see . My group is there for revenge just to kill any Dinka anyywhere.

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        • 24 December 2015 16:32, by Khent

          Black Africa

          Where were the Ugandans when we defeated you in retaliation for the 91 massacres? You idiots keep on whining about the presence of a maximum of 4,000 Ugandan troops and claim that without the Ugandans the Dinka would lose despite the fact that you were defeated in the 90s when you had the SAF, PDF, Murahaleen, LRA, Fertit militias, Equatorial Defence force...

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          • 24 December 2015 16:33, by Khent

            ..Popular Resistance Movement/Army, the Didinga, Toposa, Mundari and Lotuka militias. We defeated Riek’s forces even while fighting the SAF which had 100, 000 fighters. The PDF had around 70, 000 men. Altogether this anti-Dinka alliance was composed of almost a quarter of a million fighters and you fools are complaining about 4, 000 Ugandan troops?

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            • 24 December 2015 16:40, by Khent

              You can’t explain why we were able to burn down all your counties in Jonglei following the Bor massacre when the Ugandans were nowhere to be seen; when the SAF was bombing us and attacking us with an entire army. We also had to grapple with more than a dozen different militia groups. Why didn’t you win at that point? All you do is huff and puff.

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  • 24 December 2015 09:55, by William Atak Garang.

    The more we will unite ourselves is the more we will be strong and be a powerful nation in our Country rather than prioritized discrimination, mistrust and intimidation among ourselves. South Sudan need all of us commence from top military generals & senior politician to forgive each other & joint hands together as brothers to develop our country. Let believe that the war is over and believe in pe

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