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S. Sudan ex-army chief returns to Juba, insists on "going home"

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Paul Malong arrives at Juba Airport 13 May 2017 (ST Photo)

May 13, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese former chief of the army, General Paul Malong Awan, returned to the capital Juba on Saturday to "hear why he was stopped" from reaching his home state.

General Malong was dismissed by President Salva Kiir on Tuesday and left Juba at night causing anxiety among South Sudanese who are sacred by political wrangling turning violent. Gen. Malong’s journey to his home state of Northern Bahr El Ghazal. Where he was a governor for nearly ten years was halted in Yirol at the instruction of President Kiir.

"I wanted to go home after being relieved of my duties to stay with my family. I have a good family but was told to come back. I don’t know why. But I have come and will listen," said Malong, speaking to reporters at Juba Airport flanked by Governor of newly created Eastern Lakes State, Bor Philip and his one of his elders, son Garang Malong.

"I don’t want to stay here because some people may start anything and blame on me. I will go to my family after hearing why I was called," he added.

Thousands of supporters thronged Juba Airport Road to welcome the respected army commander, a former senior rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army officer, who became a prominent national figure after taking the helm of South Sudan chief of staff during the fight against rebels fighting President Kiir government in 2014.

President Kiir appointed General James Ajongo Mawut to replace General Malong as chief of staff. Speaking to reporters on Friday, President Kiir said General was in "fighting mood" during a phone conversation and described his attitude as "rather wild." Kiir accused Malong of "failing to congratulate him for appointing him as chief of SPLA staff for four years" and called it a mistake that he did hand over office "peacefully " before leaving Juba.

Malong insisted his intention was peaceful depicted by facts that he "never insulted anybody or killed anyone on the road" after leaving Juba on Tuesday.

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  • 14 May 00:20, by Kush Natives

    Correct Mr. King Paul, there are those who found themselves in this as their wishful thinking. An enemies of stability are running days and nights making a deals out of this case, but you proof them wrong at this point. Come back to Juba and listen to the president of why he’s worried of you going home. You have been distanced from your beloved family for so long. So,this is the right time for

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    • 14 May 00:31, by Kush Natives

      > you to reunites with your family. Now, you will have a great time to sleep without hearing and nonsense. 4+27 years protecting South Sudanese from all inhuman acts, both Riek and Bashiir’s terrorists activities is an enough and its already paid it off. The hopeless elites groups who have got their own intention are now whining desperately. ONE leader at a time! Therefore, there’s a great needs>

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      • 14 May 00:38, by Kush Natives

        >for you to congratulate your predecessor, the incoming chief of general staff, Mr. James Ajongo Mawut for his new appointment! After you meet with them, the government officials in Juba, please tell them that you need to go home. Awielian are waiting for welcoming you from the bottoms of their hearts, we’re preparing 15 white bulls for your welcoming. Mathiang Anyoor will still performs>

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        • 14 May 00:48, by Kush Natives

          >their duties and live up to the dream of South Sudan as usual. To fellows Dinkas, let not repeats the story of our late brother and father Karbino Kuanyin Bol in Bhar El Ghazal soils. King Paul will not afford to give an enemies of peace a chance. Rebels will never acquires a lion share on this, although their shallow brains always dragged them into something that don’t favor them.

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          • 15 May 08:02, by Theallseeingeye

            Kush Natives
            Gen. Paul Malong did not return Juba on his free will, he was ordered and forced to return. so till when and how is Kiir going to keep him in Juba? unless Kiir keeps him under house arrest nothing going to stops him from going "home".

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  • 14 May 00:45, by john akeen

    NOW REBELS CAN BE QUITE. GENERAL PAUL MALONG HE’S NOT STUPID LIKE OTHER DINKA GENERALS WHO WENT AND JOINED YOU REBELS, WHAT GEN MALONG DID FOR COMING BACK TO JUBA FOR ANY QUESTIONS IS A PROFESSIONAL THING AND GOOD THING TO DO TO LET PEOPLE COMDOWN, HE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED HAS A TRUE LEADER WHO LOVES HIS COUNTRY. AND I’LL SAY THIS AGAIN GEN MALONG WILL NEVER TURN HIS BACK ON SPLA

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    • 14 May 05:56, by Eastern

      John Akeen,

      It’s not a case of being quiet. Paul Malong is a sickly man who cannot manage bush life beyond 24 hours. Do you remember the 40 days and nights Dr. Machar and his commandos endured and how that took its toll on them! Paul Malong is already unfit for COGS office housed in a comfortable air-contioned space in Bilpam!

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      • 14 May 07:15, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Eastern

        How do you compare designate coup of Dr. Riak in J1 with Gen. Paul Malong leaving capital peacefully? Heading to Mading Aweil to reunit with his family.

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        • 14 May 07:51, by Eastern

          John Akeen,

          Paul Malong miscalculated his move; the dinkas are not like the nuer cousins who could have made their feelings known by joining Malong after being agrieved by Malong’s removal. However because of your Kon-koc culture, Aweil folks are only expressing their anger in the social media and it remains online! King Paul had to return to Juba with tail coiled between his legs!!!

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          • 14 May 09:23, by john akeen

            WHY CAN’T YOU REBELS TALK ABOUT Y’ALL PROBLEM? OR BECAUSE Y’ALL DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO TALK ABOUT ANYMORE. I THINK YOU REBELS AS BEEN FINISHED, IF YOU DIDN’T FINISHED, THAN WHY ARE YOU REBELS DON’T TALK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE BUSHES? NOW WHERE IS YOUR BOSS RIEK MACHAR? WE’RE LOOKING FOR HIM SO TELL YOUR BOSS THAT THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHERN SUDAN ARE LOOKING FOR HIM AND TELL HIM IF HE WANT TO COME TO

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            • 14 May 09:30, by john akeen

              BERING HIS CASKET
              WITH HIM. THE WORLDS KNOWS IF RIEK MACHAR COME BACK TO JUBA AGAIN, CITIZENS ARE THE ONE WHO IS GOING TO SHAPE THEIR ANGER IN HIS ASS NOT THE GOV’T

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            • 14 May 09:34, by john akeen

              JUBA, TELL HIM TO

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          • 14 May 12:38, by Khent

            Eastern

            How would sparking yet another unnecessary conflict within a pre-existing conflict help things? It would be a disaster and there is simply no way that the Dinka would opt for something that would only help Riek. The Dinka and Nuer are both fighting for their own selfish interests - nothing more. It’s unfortunate that the most violent and retrogressive tribes are the most powerful.

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            • 14 May 12:40, by Khent

              You also have to consider that Malong and Salva Kiir are actually blood relatives; Salva Kiir’s mother and Paul Malong Awan’s father are from the same family. Malong’s replacement is also Malong’s relative.

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      • 14 May 11:56, by Kush Natives

        Eastern,
        Sorry, King Paul will never and ever acts that way! We (Cap/D) consider ourselves as the mainstreams of this nation. Therefore, Gen. Paul Malong took his stand as the father of the nation. He is 65% contributor of SS 4+27 years.

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    • 14 May 10:54, by Mr. Right

      On a personal level, I must compliment Gen. P. Malong for his decision making prowess. Gen. Malong has demonstrated his leadership acumens beyond doubt. A man of peace!!

      As for Salva Kiir, stop orchestrating crises year-in-year-out, old man?? Your engineered scheme focusing on 2018 elections like you did in 2013 is exposed and we are tired of your inept leadership. Tired?? You must go this time..

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  • 14 May 02:58, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Welcome back General Awan. We, south Sudan supporting you at cause. You are a man of peace and reasonable. Let the enemies of peace shut up. However, we felt your pain. We also president Kiir has betraying and humiliating you. But you’re not creating a new war and let your people suffer. Just found independent party so you can run against president Kiir during election. You will win 95 percent vot

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    • 14 May 03:38, by South South

      Dinka-Defender-General,

      Unity of Dinka is more important than anything for South Sudan to have future. Malong and Kiir should find a way to overcome their differences. I think it starts yesterday when Malong returned to Juba. Rebels who are hopeless and weak thought that Dinka will start fighting themselves to help them. They can do not it alone, but they want Dinka to help them. They are weak.

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      • 14 May 04:30, by Dinka-Defender-General

        South South, you are definitely correct. Our unity is important

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        • 14 May 07:54, by Eastern

          That’s called tribalism and it stunts national democracy......http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-20465752

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          • 14 May 09:39, by South South

            Eastern,

            You will keep singing until you realize that no one is listening to you. Dinka must unite to keep South Sudan going. You can unite your tribe too and show us how good you are. All tribes in South Sudan need to unite first and then bring their community leaders to the level of leadership of the country. What I am seeing in South Sudan is that most of the tribes are not organized.

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    • 14 May 03:42, by Malakal county Simon

      The self proclaimed King Paul has finally surrendered to unwanted president Kiir.... what’s next? Seen he set his feet to the sin city of Juba, he will never see his hometown Aweil very he will be place under house arrest by gokrial son Ako Kor until all his supporters, dismantled for good while Aweinlian sons dying in vain in all front lines protecting unwanted Kiir leadership lol.. What’s a path

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      • 14 May 04:29, by Kush Natives

        Malakal county Simon,
        Are you sad, because king Paul Malong didn’t joined you in the bush? Let’s be honest here! If you rebels failed to achieved your rebellion dreams, then you guys starts acting uglier. We are not interested into rebellion agenda. We’re patiently waiting for the 2018 elections.

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        • 14 May 05:21, by Malakal county Simon

          Kush Natives

          I cant never be sad for why fake King called Paul Malong did not joined Us (IO,S ) in fact I just feel sorry for him how he let’s himself be used by unwanted Kiir by recruiting thousands of Aweilian sons who have died in vain.... Today he surrendered himslef to the hands of Kiir securities services killers led by Akol Kor, let’s just pray for his fate!!!!

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          • 14 May 05:28, by Malakal county Simon

            Cont....

            Let’s me informed you that’s Fake King Malong is right to surrendered and not joined the rebellions, because it’s take a brave man and not coward like Malong to rebell.... Just take notes of that and Malong is the good example.... Four days of rebellion and already surrendered lol!!!!

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            • 14 May 07:45, by Kush Natives

              Malakal,
              King Paul Malong, never left the country to claimed him as surrendered. You’re holding a wrong briefs case of an information! We’re the (government) deadly smarter then any an animals here. Wait when president leave the office in 2018 or so, you rebels will probably turned this country into an Israel or creates a Sodom era!

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              • 14 May 09:41, by Malakal county Simon

                Kush Natives

                2018 election?? Good luck with that dream because it’s will never happen..... Just fake King Paul with his tail coiled between his legs...... remember, to be a rebel, need a brave man not a coward like self proclaimed king Paul.... In fact, is he is not entitled to be called a King anymore hahah!!!!

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  • 14 May 06:04, by Sunday Junup

    Why running without handing over? Anyway game is still on going let wait for next!

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    • 14 May 11:12, by Mr. Right

      Mr. Sunday, you people have been shouting and ranting about the hand-over issue.

      There is no such a transition that can happen overnight given the caliber of the position. Conventionally, a notice should have be given two/three months prior before firing someone to ensure a smooth transition.

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  • 14 May 06:09, by Nairobimitot

    Malakal County Simon. I just feel you do not know what you are up to and talking. Do not be jealous that the King has return to Juba. You want the king to be like Riek Machar and his supporters? NO, he is not Riek Machar. He has fought you rebels very well and he will continue to serve the government stope your rebellion again just like he stopped you near Juba and the whole country. Malong is ve

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  • 14 May 06:10, by Nairobimitot

    Malakal County Simon. I just feel you do not know what you are up to and talking. Do not be jealous that the King has return to Juba. You want the king to be like Riek Machar and his supporters? NO, he is not Riek Machar. He has fought you rebels very well and he will continue to serve the government stope your rebellion again just like he stopped you near Juba and the whole country. Malong is ve

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  • 14 May 06:11, by Nairobimitot

    Malong is very loyal to the SPLA/Splm and so does the New General Chief of Staff who is also very loyal and very calm. General James Ajongo Mawut has never rebel again the land of South Sudan and he deserve to be rewarded because the Land is crying for him to help his people. King Paul Malong Awan has done his job to the perfection and his legacy will remain for long time. Even you the rebels will

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  • 14 May 06:12, by Nairobimitot

    Even you the rebels will be dreaming about him. I call for you all to join your government and return to Juba, otherwise, you are useless and nothing you will achieve in your entire life, Mark my words. The best chances for the rebels is to return to Juba and lay down their weapons and to forget their crazy Ideology. Come and help build the country small heads

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  • 14 May 17:57, by The Truth

    I have always watch South Sudanese make comments on stories like this one. You never cease to amaze me with your level of stupidity. Every one sentence written either carries tribal or what do I say, silly sentiments. This is a time when you should all be thinking of rebuilding your tainted images, dead economy, hopeless political leadership instead of trading nonsense here.

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  • 14 May 18:01, by The Truth

    South Sudan is now in the history books for:
    The newest nation to get independence and turn immediately to ethnic violence, perpetrated by its own government.
    The newest nation with huge oil deposits completely plundered by its government leaving the economy in ruins.
    The newest nation with over one million people running away from it in fear of its government.

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  • 14 May 18:04, by The Truth

    The newest nation with famine created its leaders.
    The newest nation ruled the way cattle herders control a cattle camp.
    Oh my, the list goes on and on, I’m afraid.

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  • 14 May 20:08, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Yes, we appreciated you, Gen. for your return to hear from President, as a great resfect to him

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  • 15 May 18:09, by chingem Moses

    Let the general go home and rest please.

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