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President Salva Kiir addresses delegates during the swearing-in ceremony of FVP Taban Deng Gai at the Presidential Palace in Juba, July 26, 2016. (Reuters/Jok Solomun)

May 11, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir said he was tired of the numerous and never-ending reports about Paul Malong, pointing out that his decision to have him removed was to avoid “scapegoat for inefficiencies”.

“I was tired of receiving reports about Malong almost every hour of people telling me things I knew he was not doing. This was becoming a routine talk and it was like I was not listening to the, so I decided to make changes which I informed Malong about, so he should not be surprised when the time comes,” President Kiir told members of the Dinka council of elders who paid him a courtesy call on Wednesday evening.

The President went on to tell the elders that his reasons for the change were to see what those who had been making the reports and claims would do next.

"I made the changes because I wanted to see what the people coming with reports about him will have to say again. I did this because I don’t want him to be a scapegoat for the inefficiencies of those who use to come to me,” added the President.

According to a prominent figure who attended the meeting, President Kiir called Malong to assure him of safety, protection and requested him to play a positive role in finding lasting solutions towards the realisation of peace and stability South Sudan.

“I know Malong and he knows me and this was why I hesitant after receiving numerous reports about him, so I let him return. He will come and stay in his house under the protection of his own guards, people he wants to provide him protection. If that will not be sufficient, I will personally ensure his safety, even if it means him staying with me. So I have spoken to him and he has agreed to come,” said Kiir.

Speaking from Yirol town, Eastern Lakes State on Wednesday, Malong said he had no intention to foment a rebellion against President Kiir.

He further said he wanted to rest in his home region of Bahr El Ghazal.

“If I want to have a problem, that problem should be in Juba. I cannot leave Juba and go and do it somewhere because Juba is where I was working,” Malong told Radio Miraya in Rumbek.

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  • 11 May 23:30, by Runrach

    That mean Malong is the only one of the luckiest sacked officer to have found the reason behind his relieving? It look like Bhar el ghazalian favouring each other?

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    • 12 May 07:41, by Joyuma John

      Dear All,
      what Salva Kiir cited as a reason to why he sacked malong for is not true, if Kiir sack poeple because they are accaused of blocking peace implemetation, then he would be the first to go, because kiir has been accaused by so many rebells group to exit power for peace to prevail but he not, if malong case is not double standard then Kiir must leave his position before he sack malong.

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    • 12 May 07:59, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The numerous rumors argued Mr President to removed Paul Malong.
      if I were a president I wouldn’t to take a immediately action.

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    • 12 May 09:13, by DumoMakuachdit

      Fired Malong to aviod scapegoat for inefficiencies after what, you are such a boob president ever in the world. How could you comment like that idiot, Awan Chan leader.

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    • 12 May 09:43, by Midit Mitot

      This is very obvious in South Sudan, today is big YES and tomorrow is big NO, Malong was given security assurance yesterday, and last night things have changed. We will get you one by one this time.

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      • 12 May 10:28, by DumoMakuachdit

        Mitdit or whatever you are called,

        You are just an old prostitute, go away.

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        • 12 May 10:46, by Midit Mitot

          Dumomakuachdit,
          Did I fuck your mother if Am a prostitute? this is your idiot ideology that has destroying this nation, you don,t want someone to air out your government weakness.

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          • 12 May 14:13, by DumoMakuachdit

            Middit!

            You are very scratchy about Riek being kick out of the country, otherwise am not part of this government as you think. Am just here struggling for my daily bread.

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    • 12 May 10:24, by Mi diit

      Can this be the President’s wrangle?!
      “I was tired of receiving reports about Malong almost every hour of people telling me things I knew he was not doing. This was becoming a routine talk and it was like I was not listening to them, so I decided to make changes which I informed Malong about,so he should not be surprised when the timecomes,”PresidentKiir told members of the Dinka council of elders

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  • 12 May 00:53, by junubi

    salva kiir mayardit i congratulate you on wise speech
    they FDS and group from io put forwards conditions to have him removed so that they can come to juba and signe peac
    ok let see if it will work.

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  • 12 May 00:58, by lino

    No smoke without fire as our Sudanese brothers say, but in South Sudan, I believe there is a fire without smoke. If Malong just escaped at night and left Juba without handing in responsibilities to successor, it means something very was going around than and tell he changed his mind between Juba and Rumbek!!!
    Days will tell us!!!

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  • 12 May 01:32, by Naath

    Fucking or sacking Malong Awan will not bring any change to South Sudan. The problem of South Sudan is not Malong but it is you Salva Kiir. Sacking yourself will make a lot difference and will safe the nation from total collapsing.

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  • 12 May 02:36, by Kush Natives

    Very an interesting Mr. President. Now, what was your own personal analysis based on those who were bringing you those agitation toward? Are those folks really indeed your friends or you just want to taste the allergens? Well, build up yourself with unknown number of an enemies, and we’ll see how that will turned out. We all have seen that you have a culture of turning down your allies. Good luck!

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    • 12 May 09:18, by DumoMakuachdit

      Aweilians will destroy awan chan nyal, believes me it matters of time if Malong protected your ass when you were burning then turn your back on him. FOOL PRESIDENT EVER!!!!!!

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  • 12 May 03:08, by Ajongtar

    What ever smooth intelligence terms you can use about that useless agamluong village military officer is up to you.

    All what I know Poul Kalong MUTINIED against the government.let him remain in Yirol, if he deer decide to return to Juba I Will Pocket him and if he insisted to go to Awiel Motur Chut will KILL Him.

    WHO ARE YOU PAUL MALONG?

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    • 12 May 04:19, by Kush Natives

      Ajongtar,
      Wake up with more info. King Paul Malong is already here in Juba, I bet you’re commenting on village where the network is very poor. No one mutiny his government, when did King Paul Malong becomes out of this government? When people like you drink traditional wine, they just jump into article without reasoning behind their brains. Those who’re still sleeping in cow skins are the ones mes

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      • 12 May 04:20, by Kush Natives

        _messing up this beautiful country called South Sudan __!

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      • 12 May 17:00, by Ajongtar

        Dear Kush, I liberated Alek Aguok in Gogrial 2002 and Akon and Maluankon where I mate Malong Awan in his Tukuls of 75 wives.

        For your Info I know Malong before you were born ya Arian Jenge, Maan Abal.

        Malong sold all children of Mading Awiel just because of power now that he is fired, how is he going to compensate all the children’s of Aweil that he sold and got killed in cold blood?

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        • 12 May 19:35, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Ajongtar

          Have you seen Malual-khon one? Answer is big no, Arab & nyigaat didn,t seen malual-khon, for power men are here in Aweil.

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    • 12 May 07:22, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Ajongtar,
      Who are you, & who is Matur Chut, you are just knowing for cattle raiding, which war have you fought? When you became a men.

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      • 12 May 16:58, by Ajongtar

        Dear Kush, I liberated Alek Aguok in Gogrial 2002 and Akon and Maluankon where I mate Malong Awan in his Tukuls of 75 wives.

        So your Information I know Malong Awan before you were born ya Arian Jenge, Maan Abal.

        Malong sold children of Mading Awiel just because of power now that he is fired, how is he going to compensate all the children’s of Aweil that he sold and got killed in cold blood?

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    • 12 May 10:44, by Liberator

      Dear Ajontar
      If you are a son of Agar don’t write anything about Malang any more .full stop ,it look like you are not a revolutionary

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    • 12 May 14:59, by Liberator

      Dear Ajontar
      Hhahahha don’t confused people ,no Agar son can talked like the way you made your comments, you are a typical enemy of the people ,SPLA-IO pretend himself to be Agar Son ,shut your mouth

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  • 12 May 05:53, by Uncle J

    Mr. President needs to be taught on how to address the Media or have the help of presidential speech writer to make good statements before addressing the Media. The statement he really needs to tell the world was "Gen. Paul Malong is out of touch from the presidency and the publics, therefore the citizens of South Sudan have called for his removal, simple as that."

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  • 12 May 05:59, by Sunday Junup

    Every one is reporting to you in every our that you failed our nation and you should step aside. Why don’t you try that too? Oo? More people say only non Dinka are thirsts of power, what about this? Jieng Council of Evil (JCE) call! Why calling him when you always meet him? Some is behind this article.

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  • 12 May 06:03, by Eastern

    South Sudan has been completely held at ransome by the Dinka; Kiir only meets and accounts to a group of Dinka elders not even the military high command or his rubber stamp parliament. It’s up to you the nondinka South Sudanese to decide for your future in this country!!

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  • 12 May 06:43, by Nairobimitot

    You must know that it is time to get ready for more rebels and defections to the government. The government will be very stronger this time than before because King Paul Malong Awan is out for good. His service is still needed to other areas and Let all give him applause. his legacy is going to remain a long time. He will still serve the government because they need him. You need to give the New General Chief of Staff an excellent welcoming. He will take South Sudan to the promise land, and the government will be very high more than before hand. More defections are pouring in Juba from the rebels’ side in the coming months and weeks. Get ready for South Sudan complete peace to rise again. If you are blind, you will not see what is coming but if you are not blind and seeing, and listening to the things that are happening here in Juba than you will know the time is coming for South Sudan to rise and economically and for the total peace to come to South Sudan. I am sure the new Chief of General Staff is going to be stronger than Malong, which is excellent for the government of South Sudan. Give him 90 to 100 days, and you will see what will happen?

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  • 12 May 07:20, by Theallseeingeye

    look @ this Dignified idiot, now Kiir has revealed to us how he has been running this country into abyss. why on earth would you remove a competent and efficient person because of bunch of fools and losers who are forever complaining. why not kick out all those inefficiencies and remain with Malong?!? if that was the case. unless they are his(Kiir) alliances or relative he won’t get ride of the

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    • 12 May 08:51, by Theallseeingeye

      cont....
      What a logic, to relieve a competent person just to favor bunch of inefficiencies and losers! who are "they" who are coming with the reports against Malong? and why has Kiir feared to the extent he would relieve Malong just to please them? are "they" the ones running the country affairs? could "THEY" be aliens who remotely manipulate and decide for Kiir what to do? WHO ARE THEY?

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  • 12 May 07:46, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Our President Salva Kiir, wake to distance yourself from these red devil of Bashir, they are bunch who theirs aims is to seperates liberators and to jeopardize our mainstream party, your excellency you are surounding by red devil, I appeal to you to relieve Akol Koor Kuc from his position.

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    • 12 May 08:02, by Eastern

      Akeen,

      The moment Kiir touches that dark-skinned and red-eyed Akol Koor Kuc, Kiir will have ended his tenure at J1 "prematurely". That will be the time when Tonj folks can team up with those from Mading Aweil and you know too well how the politics of kinsmeship works in SPLA!

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      • 12 May 09:18, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Eastern

        We only demand President Kiir, to fire Akol Koor Kuc as soon as possible to piority security asurrance for Gen. Awan to return to capital juba .

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        • 12 May 09:46, by Uncle J

          Buddy!!! you playing with a fire calling for Akol Kordit sacking. Did you know where Akol Kordit comes from is the backbone of Salva Kiir regime? President Kiir is somehow smart in making decisions about who to fire because if rebellion starts in Lake regions or Tonj states Kiir will only have to choose resignation

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  • 12 May 08:02, by Mike Mike

    Political leaders always doesn’t tells the truth about their quarrel so if you think you removed him because of the alleged numerous reports that comes with people day and night against the former army chief then you have to protect his life from his enemies not to kills him just. Malong should not be worry alot because of his own dear life because a leader can be kill instead to die alone.

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  • 12 May 08:59, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Your excellency the President Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, we have Gen. Marial Nuor, Gen. Garang Mabil, Gen. Mathew Puljang, etc, these are capable Gens. To replace Akol Koor Kuc.

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    • 12 May 09:22, by Mike Mike

      Garang, I don’t think those whom you had mentioned are capable enough to replace Akol from that position. This intelligence directorate position need someone with Degree and it should be someone who has background about security issues but those people have no knowledge about security precaution. Do you think they can replace Akol from his position while they have no experience in security issues?

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    • 12 May 11:10, by The rock

      Mr. President, if you want this Nation to be in peace remove Akol Kor and things will be fine faster.... Don’t disappoint Aweil in General. that is all I can say to anyone on this forum

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  • 12 May 10:50, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Mike-Mike

    Am proud of them, during strucgle we don,t had Degree holder, except few like Dr. John, dr. lam, dr. Riak, are PHD holders, and we manage to liberate the country we are today

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    • 12 May 11:33, by Mike Mike

      If the leadership of the movement was not given to a PHD holder i think there would have been no SS now my dear.An educated person has a lot of advantages more than the illiterate elite so let’s not compared the situation of b4 with the current situation people are moving upward not down ward.Thanks for mentioning the few that had degrees, their degrees put them ahead anybody they found in SPLM/A

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      • 12 May 11:45, by Mike Mike

        That illiterate militia who is called Puljang was not in the bush with us during the time of struggling. He had just came in 2013 when Dr. Riek was in war with Kiir that is where he came in and joined the gov’t to fight Riek’s rebel elements. He had no capacity at all to replace the official trained security personnel like Akol.

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        • 12 May 21:24, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Mike-Mike

          Dear you are behind the news about Mathew Puljang, him & Gatluak Gai, Peter Gatdet, Kolchar were rebeled against gov,t in 2009 when Angelina Teny lost governorship to Taban Deng Gai, and I do confront them when I was in BDE. 20TH INFANTRY 4 DIV. yes they are militias but they do stand shoulder with us.

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  • 12 May 11:05, by Kat Cok

    Beny Kiir, how come to abandon those who are on your side all the time? Did your time come to leave the seat? Be careful at this time, those are the people who let you stay long in presidency.

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  • 12 May 12:33, by DKOne

    Don’t let yourselves be fooled
    Enemies of peace in South Sudan especially those who consider Dinka as their enemy number one really wishing war to start between General Malong and president Kiir so that the Dinka can kill each other.
    All eyes are now on Dinka, and it’s up to them to decide whether they want to kill each other for a favor of their common enemy.

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    • 12 May 13:36, by General

      Look at Kiir’s usual political disability and bullshit degrees,we recieve alot of you too.

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  • 12 May 12:52, by DKOne

    It might seem wrong to some people that president Kiir gave a reason as to why he fired the former chief of general staff Paul Malong Awan. In fact, he should not have done it at all because the president has constitutional powers to appoint and dismiss without giving any reason and that should be logic enough for anybody to understand.
    What is it people are grumbling about?

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  • 12 May 13:16, by DKOne

    Dinka watch out. The untimely dismissal of general Malong, is seen as golden opportunity by the opportunist to grab what they want in the country. Enemies of South Sudan believe that if Dinka fight among themselves it would give them a winning chance.
    Never allow yourselves to be setup.

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  • 12 May 13:27, by ANEI MANIEU

    Incompetent President open his backside with his two hands and call a capable butcher to stab it with very sharp knife.

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  • 12 May 13:43, by DKOne

    Opportunist are constantly looking for a way to destroy South Sudan. Whatever happens in South Sudan there is a certain peaceful mechanism that can be used for problem solving. And not the way people are reacting every time something happens. I simply consider these people enemies of the people of South Sudan who do not wish seeing peace prevails in the country.
    Work for peaceful coexistence rathe

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    • 12 May 14:27, by DumoMakuachdit

      By the way for those who do not wants to learn from aforementioned experiences will see how things will turn since Aweil had been provoked by Kiir Ayuei already that means South Sudan should prepare for the waste.

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  • 12 May 17:03, by Ajongtar

    Dear Kush,I liberated Alek Aguok in Gogrial 2002 and Akon and Maluankon where I mate Malong Awan in his Tukuls of 75 wives.

    For your Info I knew Malong Awan before you were born ya Arian Jenge, Maan Abal.

    Criminal Malong sold out all achildren of Mading Awiel because of power now that he is fired, how is he going to compensate all the children’s of Aweil that he sold and got killed in cold blood

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  • 12 May 19:15, by Fair Man

    Garang Akeen Tong and Mike Mike
    You rightly point out the red devil in the den. Akol Koor Kuc, through his fake so called National Security Service lied to Kiir that he faced threats from Malong. Kiir stubbornly accepted his advice not knowing that National Security Service never captured any of our IO barracks. Only SPLA. NSS of Akol Akoor Kuch only is a terrorist agency terrorizing civilians....

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  • 12 May 19:19, by Fair Man

    and politicians. The real coup comes from Akoor Kuc but he does not have support of SPLA Combatants. Should he tries with his plain cloth soldiers, SPLA will slaughter them all alive. National Security Soldiers are not SPLA! Their aim is to terrorize citizens in name of office of the President, headed by Mamur, but they are doing contrary. Kiir should have relied on Marial Nuor’s report. For this.

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  • 12 May 19:23, by Fair Man

    General Salva Kiir, the Dinka President must dismiss Akol Akoor Kuc as soon as possible for endangering National Security by lying to Kiir and causing tension among forces of Tiger and all over the Country. Akol seems working for other politicians other than Kiir but he covered himself by his office. Arrest him to explain his stupid acts in G.Court Martial. General Ajongo must support Kiir like...

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  • 12 May 19:27, by Fair Man

    Paul Malong Awan did. Kiir should either rely on SPLA or all SPLA goes with Malong and he remains with his National Security Service. For in the bush, we did not known or have this. We had M.I but the Arabs introduced system of NISS hijacked the M.I in South Sudan unlike how Omar al Bashir had organized his own. Once Kiir abandons SPLA, he will regret. Akoor Kuc must pack and go. Stupid Jienge!

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  • 12 May 19:32, by Fair Man

    Garang Akeen Tong and Mike Mike
    I have wasted my precious time to advise you Luakboys. Your kingdom is soon coming to an end as long as you betray innocent Generals and SPLA General HQs by diving commands and shattering them. Akec Adim is a committed officer of Military Police. I worked with him for long time but now he was forced to retreat by stupid acts of Akol Koordit, Marial Nuor is ok.

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    • 12 May 22:17, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Fair Man

      I can call you now, true Fair Man, for you jugde it smothly, (waar ci wen) today is not before back to genesis of s.sudan criss.
      In respone to Jieng lead gov,t is going to an end, as you call it, not all Dinka are gov,t’s beneficiaries right, yes Am Dinka, (JIENG) God creat me JIENG and I remain and Kiir Jieng. Your call is a politically motivation to moblise s.sudanse tribe to fight J

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