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S. Sudan’s Kiir says ex-army chief is "in fighting mood"


The rank of Lt general is pinned on Lt Gen. James Ajong by President Salva Kir, and Vice President James Wani, during the swearing-in ceremony as SPLA general chief of staff on Wednesday 10 May 2017 (ST)

May 12, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Friday accused the former chief of armed forces of failing to hand over office peacefully and being antagonistic in a telephone conversation after his hurried departure from Juba three days ago.

Speaking at a news conference held at the presidency in Juba to dissipate fears of a new armed conflict in the troubled country between him and Malong, President Kiir said citizens should cease from "inciting fear through the spread of unfounded rumours through social media."

"I am aware that this change of command [in the army] and the subsequent departure of the former Chief of General Staff [Gen. Paul Malong] have caused some apprehension across the country. I am here today to assure you that the security situation remains normal and all citizens are urged to continue with their daily routine," said Kiir.

In response to prepared questions from reporters working for the state-owned TV and Radio, Kiir further said Gen. Paul Malong is defying a request to return to Juba from the Lakes State where he has been stopped by local authorities from continuing to his home region of Northern Bahr El Ghazal.

"Personally, I am in communication with the former Chief of Staff, General Paul Malong Awan and I have assured him of his safety," Kiir said adding that the phone conversations were not cordial.

"He (General Malong) was not in a good mood. He was in a fighting mood. I tried to calm down but he was rather wild," he said, referring to a telephone call with former army chief who is in Yirol on Thursday.

He further accused unnamed foreign hands of supporting Paul Malong to turn into unplanned problems.

“It is the concern of everybody and nobody wants Gen. Paul Malong to run into such unplanned problems. There are so many foreign hands that are now seen behind Gen. Paul pushing him,” he said

Kiir said Malong did not hand over the office to his successor Gen. James Ajongo Mawut and failed to congratulate the new army chief and "he did not call me (President Kiir) to thank me for the period he spent as SPLA Chief of Staff."

Kiir added that it was a wrong decision for General Malong to "run away" without handing over the office.

It remains unclear on Friday if Gen. Malong will arrive in Juba after failing to board a plane sent to pick him on Thursday from Yirol to Juba.

However, the President issued a written statement pledging to protect him and to facilitate his return to Juba.

Also, Kiir praised the former SPLA chief of general staff as a liberator and commended his service to the people of South Sudan.


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  • 12 May 2017 21:32, by Mr Point

    The security situation is normal. The army is in revolt and the President has lost control.

    Those who blame disruption on rebellion by Riek can now blame Malong.

    I said last year that Malong would rebel against Kiir’s. Kiir’s has not got much further to walk as President. His journey is almost at an end.

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    • 12 May 2017 23:07, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Mr. Point

      Your night mare dream will never happen as you though, Gen. Malong is a man of peace as he came from peaceful community, Mading Aweil and Mading bor.

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    • 13 May 2017 01:12, by Ajongtar

      Midit, Let that Criminal called Malong Awan start to shoot his first bullet of mutinying against the government in Yirol if he is real son of making Awiel.


      Malong Awan who sold all Sons of Making Awiel to die because hr want to pamanent chief will go no where.
      Let him come and collect the dead body of Baba Africa out from Juba here.

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      • 13 May 2017 11:51, by Garang Akeen Tong


        Your devil wish will never happen, we will not fight ourselves, Gen. Malong will not do that, get it right.

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      • 15 May 2017 15:01, by Midit Mitot

        Malong is the most criminal in this Country, but good enough he had accepted such a security assurance that would let him to be victim after some days in Juba.

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    • 13 May 2017 12:07, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The government under president Kiir accused his ex-army. Mr Paul Malong but fighting mood stated by president will not unite them or country.

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  • 12 May 2017 21:36, by DKOne

    Whistle blowers are tirelessly engaging at best to make something terrible happen in South Sudan. Here is advice from someone who knows more than the majority who are barking around wherever they may be. Their wish to setup Dinka of Greater Bahr el Ghazal to kill each others could only remain a dream without fulfilment. Northern Bahr el Ghazal embrace some of the most intellectuals in entire South

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  • 12 May 2017 21:59, by Eastern

    The chief of Mathiang Anyoors must be combat ready all the time!!!

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    • 13 May 2017 13:51, by South South

      Dinka must work very hard to come out clean from this problem. They need to show other tribes in South Sudan that they are civilized, smarter and clean. It is a test, but we must pass it with high marks.

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      • 13 May 2017 16:17, by anyanya1

        S. Sudan
        Malong Awan feel betrayed this will bring big divisions,this time enemies at home men!!!

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        • 13 May 2017 17:52, by South South


          Malong is back to Juba today to show Dinka unity. It’s over. Dinka must unite for South Sudan to remain as a country. I am very proud of Dinka leaders. South Sudan can not be a country without Dinka. I gave Malong and Kiir high Marks. What say you anyanya1?

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  • 12 May 2017 22:55, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Your excellency the president. Gen. Salva.

    Gen. Paul Malong Awan, will never and never fight gov,t, all s.sudanse knows services he did during strucgle and after independent of s.sudan to free his people, he is a man with reasoning capacity, but if Akol Koor to try to attack him, thing will be different

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    • 13 May 2017 06:11, by Whortti Bor Manza

      When did Dinkas become peaceful? Malong a liberator when he could not liberate Aweil from th Arabs. He thought Kirr would spare him. We live together we die together. This is the disadvantage of appointing an illiterate fool to high ranking position.

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      • 13 May 2017 06:59, by Khent

        You’re clearly an idiot. Aweil was free from SAF control long before the CPA was signed. The sons of Aweil are not people to play with.

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        • 13 May 2017 08:04, by Sunday Junup

          Don’t insult person, let learn to reasonate. If Aweil was librated why there was no SPLA presence in Aweil Town? Big liar

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        • 13 May 2017 08:44, by Garang Akeen Tong


          Thank sir for you educating these thugs, who haven,t knowlegde about strucgle of s.sudan.

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        • 13 May 2017 15:00, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


          You are not a really not a son o this land!! how dare you claim Aweil was liberated before CPA was signed. You are just a liar.

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          • 13 May 2017 20:00, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Jur-likang what ever you call yourself.

            Liberators know ever corner in s.sudan, except militias who were merged with Khartum regime, to jeopardise our movement are n,t know anything about s.sudan.

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    • 13 May 2017 16:31, by anyanya1

      If you felt betrayed what will do? It isn’t about past contribution to the country but it is about now the feeling is so bad, if he rebel against other dinkas it is not bad that his choice, this time your shit is coming home.

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  • 13 May 2017 00:59, by john akeen

    to stay in the Offices for good because they forget that they got hired for that office in the first place I don’t understand where exactly is our country South Sudan it’s going to, it seems like every person in our country wants to rule SPLA and the citizens of South Sudan, and also it looks like citizens wants to divide themselves for individuals politicians, and also an old generals they>>

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    • 13 May 2017 01:04, by john akeen

      sorry let me start that all over again

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    • 13 May 2017 07:10, by Kuch

      John Akeen, SUDAN TRIBUNE, Radia Tamazuj and many corporate America and European online tabloids are not the best sources of what is exactly going on in our country. In fact, Radio Tamazuj was set up as propaganda machine to work for South Sudan and North Sudan unity. But the independence of South Sudan. It became an enemy of South Sudan from day one of our independence>>>

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      • 13 May 2017 07:17, by Kuch

        Radio Tamazuj has no office in South Sudan, but in Khartoum. Same to SUDAN TRIBUNE, it is edited in France and has no office in South Sudan. Most of the people behind Radio Tamzuj and SUDAN TRIBUNE are paid by Saudi Arabia and most of their *troll news* are given out with the blessing of CIA, MI6, North Sudan security agents and others>>>

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        • 13 May 2017 07:22, by Kuch

          I always comment on this SUDAN TRIBUNE propaganda machine raving and ranting about the UN, UNIMISS, corporate America, the UK and some of their creepy criminals in between and how they are deep in the necks in the current war in our country and against our people>>>

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          • 13 May 2017 07:28, by Kuch

            This is not because I am mad to just to hate the criminals just because I am mad to hate them. The US, the UK, their UN, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between want a regime change in our country and govt would be replaced with a puppets/stooges who they will micro-manage in Washington, Wall Street, London, Paris, Elbrus, Dubai or Johannesburg et al>>>

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            • 13 May 2017 07:34, by Kuch

              and then our country would simply be plundered like what the criminals are now doing in Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria. Our country is the only country in Africa with resources left to be plundered and to encircle China. A lot of our usual fools do not know our real enemies---the US, the UK, their UN, their creepy NGOs and some of their criminals in between are>>>

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              • 13 May 2017 07:39, by Kuch

                our real enemies. The fools like Riek Machar and others are being used as puppets/stooges and some of our Nuers, Fertits, Shilluks and Equatorians are being used as foot soldiers/pawns by the US, the UK, the UN, their NGOs and some of their criminals in between---"actul ahbid be ahbid" kill a slave with a slave as our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan used to say to us>>>

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                • 13 May 2017 07:45, by Kuch

                  The US, the UK, their UN, their evil juus, their NGOs and their allies these days used their so-called UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping and their so-called human rights business scams as their neo-colonialism tools to crawl their evil selves into other people’s countries, to occupy, colonize them and then plunder them. They have found the most stupid populace in our country>>>

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                  • 13 May 2017 07:52, by Kuch

                    Why do our people think, all over a sudden, the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creeps in between are so fixated in our country problems and not the problems in Darfur, CAR, Nuba Mountains, Southern Blue Nile, Libya, Dr, Burundi, ethiopia, Eastern North Sudan, Yemen etc It is because we are not chasing>>>

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                    • 13 May 2017 07:57, by Kuch

                      away the Chinese companies like in Libya, CAR, Syria, Yemen, Ukriane, Iraq and Afghanistan and then we let the US, the UK, France, their evil juus and their allies take over the Chinese companies and then loot our country. Good luck to the US, the UK, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and their other creeps. That is not gona happen under the sun>>>>

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                      • 13 May 2017 08:03, by Kuch

                        The US companies were given the first priority right after independence before any country, to come and invest in our country. But the US compasses refused, citing lack of investiture to invest in our country. But when the government of South Sudan asked the Chinese investors to come and invest in our country. The Chinese investors said Okay, they will do what can do to invest in South Sudan>>>

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                        • 13 May 2017 08:07, by Kuch

                          And when the US learned that the Chinese companies are to trade with South Sudan, the US was enraged and wanted a regime change and that was why the US, the UK and the UNIMISS engineered the damn coup that failed on the 15/12/2013. Many our our people do not know that the US, the UK, the UN and their creepy NGOs have taken our country hostage>>>

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                          • 13 May 2017 08:11, by Kuch

                            The US, the UK, the UN and their NGOs and some creepy criminals in between are using the fools like Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng or Thomas Cirillo as their bargaining chips and blackmails of the govt of South Sudan>>>>

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                            • 13 May 2017 08:17, by Kuch

                              The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their evils in between have realized that their horses (Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Rebecca Myandeng or Thomas Cirillo that they put their dirty bet on them to regime the current government of South Sudan are not going to regime change it after all. And so their only game left at their evil sleeves is to Geo-politically>>

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                              • 13 May 2017 08:23, by Kuch

                                chess game play the South Sudanese fools like their 1960th Eastern Congo, their 1980th Angola, Mozambique, their 1970th South American countries including Cuba and hope that may re-unite South Sudan and North Sudan like their then West and East Germany---that the whole game now left for our enemies. But the evils are playing with fire. The reasons as to why the SUDAN TRIBUNE and RADIO TAMZUJ>>>

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                                • 13 May 2017 08:29, by Kuch

                                  often send out lies after lies about the South Sudanese going to Darfur, Central Africa republic (CAR), DRC, Central North Sudan, ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda is about re-unification of North Sudan on stealth. What is there in Darfur and all these other countries? Fellows, sharpen your damn spears. We are going to bomb the damn UNIMISS and everything that is connected to evil corporate America>>>

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                                  • 13 May 2017 08:34, by Kuch

                                    English people, their evil juus, the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan and some of their criminals in between out our country. Who says we want the evil white Americans, English people and their evil juus here in our country, who really says? The US, the UK, their evil juus and some creeps in between are here in our country after our sorcerers and nothing to do with love of some Nuers>>>

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                                  • 13 May 2017 08:38, by Kuch

                                    the UK, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals out of our country.

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            • 13 May 2017 07:59, by john akeen

              Mr. Kuch
              you’re right about what you’re saying, but we got our independent after the world has changed, our people’s should be smart enough to face the world levels in order for them to be closer to this would level. technology is everywhere now devices are everywhere, so that mean we can never get away or to stay away from it, we need to develop ourselves and to challenge the games that is brain

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  • 13 May 2017 01:15, by john akeen

    I don’t understand where exactly is our country South Sudan it’s going to, it seems like every person in our country wants to rule SPLA and the citizens of South Sudan, and also it looks like citizens wants to divide themselves for individuals politicians, and also an old generals they wants to stay in the Offices for good>>

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    • 13 May 2017 01:21, by john akeen

      because they have forgot that they got hired for that offices in the first place, and also they think they own the offices of South Sudanese and they think that they will never get fired, but when they get fired they wants to enforce their staying in the office by using citizens to kill themselves, but what I’m trying to say here is that if>>

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      • 13 May 2017 01:29, by john akeen

        citizens they won’t stop outside of politics or stop following those politicians, then don’t cray or screaming in their ears when they kill you, at the end Dinka peoples knows in any job if you got hired you will get fired. General Paul Malong will never and ever turn his back on SPLA and the citizens of his country South Sudan. Trust me and believe me if we really wants peace in our country>

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        • 13 May 2017 01:32, by john akeen

          that mean we really need to stand up behind our country president, not just president Kiir I mean any president

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      • 13 May 2017 07:56, by Garang Akeen Tong

        John Akeen

        I couldn,t understand your statement here, can you educate me the old General who don,t need to be fired?

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        • 13 May 2017 09:08, by john akeen

          GRANG AKEEN

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          • 13 May 2017 10:48, by Garang Akeen Tong

            John Akeen

            You mean Gen. Paul Malong, if so, he Gen. Malong have no intention to fight right? Therefore after his dismissal, he should go home, why do you block him on his way to home.

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            • 13 May 2017 11:48, by john akeen


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          • 13 May 2017 13:26, by The rock

            John Akeen,
            I totally agree with you two important statements
            1- All the ’’aged’’ Generals must go home then followed by the President because everything has an end you know.

            2- why is Mr. President stopping a fired Gen. not to go to his homeland, where foes he wants him to live??/

            3- Mr. President has already confirmed to the Public that he had taken side of Akol out of the two Sons(Malong/ako

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  • 13 May 2017 01:18, by Ajongtar

    Fighting Mood?????? Fighting who????

    Dear Gen.Marial Nuor I need only the head that stupid General called Malong Awan Anei in a Golden suck if he insisted to come back to Juba and account for the crimes he committed.
    We will not leave any stone unturned for Malong to Die.

    Atteny Wek Atteny what are you waiting?
    Go and beat the drums of lies with your uncle MALONG Awan there in Yirol.

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  • 13 May 2017 02:10, by Sunday Junup

    He was in fighting Mood when I call him why he did not hand over the office to his successor, congratulate him and thanks me for the job I gave to him. That speech itself is not fighting mood? How can you blame some one at a distance and expect him to come where you are. Please accept that you are empty minded and fail to run our Country. Anyway it is Dinka Vs Dinka A YIETH!!!!!

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    • 13 May 2017 07:31, by john akeen

      Sunday Junub
      who are you trying to brainwashing,because in your comment it seem like you want Dinka people to hat president kiir and to fight themselves or to kill themselves for malong like what y’all doing for Riek Machar, why are you repeating president Kiir speech and try to make it seem like you’re smart enough to mass dinka people brain

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  • 13 May 2017 05:29, by Kush Natives

    Mr. President, "his safety is grantee" this short statement is a big piece of contradiction, protecting him from who and what for? The more you keep going to the media talking of Paul Malong issue the more problems you’re creating yourself. Stop being after him, what’s wrong of him going to Awiel? Is Awiel not part of South Sudan? Let him go to Awiel so that he resumed his farms, bc he got no job

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  • 13 May 2017 07:58, by Sunday Junup

    Kush Native,
    You gave good advice to Kiir but he will never listen. Now you open your eye and exactly know farming can take place not the time you advice University students to farm in Juba while schooling which can never make sense. Now you all analysis Kiir hate speech and what is behind the mask. John Akeen can you learn too? Stop the war then captivation advice will work otherwise its dream

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    • 13 May 2017 08:20, by john akeen

      Persistent Kiir has no problem with Maling, in president Kiir speech,he was talking about Malong reaction wishes during the time he was talking to Malong, and yes president Kiir should let the people know about Malong actions to the people because the way Malong left Juba is not professional, and plus you Rebels never quite

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    • 13 May 2017 11:17, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup, There’s nothing wrong telling the truth. Therefore, we must all comments here logically, because of our innocents readers depend on whatever we’re saying here in daily bases. I personally saw a window of the current government so called government of national unity a cluless government, these two partners are competing on who will get what. Therefore, the SS people should back off.

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      • 13 May 2017 11:29, by Sunday Junup

        Kush Native,
        Thanks for your wise words, we will draw tension of those who insult and comments negatively to like Much who post the same long comment blaming western countries for a Month now. Let join our hand to remove Salva Kiir(Dinka) they lead SPLA with wrong vision in the bush and now with JCE wrong ideology. Let try non Dinka president and see. I don’t have problem with Dinka as a tribe.

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        • 13 May 2017 11:33, by Sunday Junup

          I mean like Kuch, who post meaningless long comments contrary to the articles for a Month now blaming western countries for our fault

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        • 13 May 2017 12:04, by Kush Natives

          Sunday Junup,
          "Let join our hand to remove Salva Kiir(Dinka) they lead SPLA with wrong vision in the bush and now with JCE" bravo! Mr. Sunday, my concern is not only about tribes, but South Sudan as a whole. Let’s all give time a chance. South Sudan is bigger then anyone! Let’s all brace peace, coexistent among the tribes, and we will be one.

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  • 13 May 2017 13:08, by The rock

    Mr.President Kiir, Please if you don’t want to put South Sudan into worse civil war, let Gen. Malong Goes to his homeland Aweil.And if you want Gen. Malong to return to Juba, you first remove Akol Kor from his Military post remember we’ve boarders and specially your homeland Akoon.

    Please, remove Akol Kor from his post just like Malong and let them take their beef to the streets....

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    • 13 May 2017 14:49, by Garang Akeen Tong

      The Rock

      Akol Koor Kur should be remove, otherwise we are going to do our business in our home land to caltivate our farm, snake shouldn,t share room with human being, here we go.

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      • 13 May 2017 18:36, by Eastern

        With a coiled tail bewteen his legs, Paul Malong has returned to Juba. A bull lost its life and Akol Kur remains where he is. We are back to the status quo of rumours and the fear of unknown gunmen in Juba!

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        • 13 May 2017 18:46, by South South


          This how Dinka liberated South Sudan. They are willing to sacrifice many people. Unite of Dinka is more important than anything. Malong will get another big fat position in the government. Your dreams of Dinka fighting themselves is not there. Juba is well secured.

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          • 13 May 2017 19:04, by Lango2010

            The man is already in Juba, so what next to those jubilating? King Paul Malong is a real nationalist and can not be easily persuaded to rebel against his own people.

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  • 13 May 2017 20:36, by MD from far East

    If sacked then why running after criminal who can escape in night with government property, begging him to come back to do what ? protected from what,now he need all his own bodyguard on plane, Govt need Only four Guard, who fooling who?

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