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S. Sudan presidency advises ex-army against “going home”

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

May 15, 2017 (JUBA) – The office of South Sudan President Salva Kiir said the country’s former army chief, General Paul Malong Awan should seek medical attention as a “priority” then returning to his home state of Northern Bahr El Ghazal.

The presidential press secretary, in a statement released on Sunday evening, said a meeting between the South Sudanese leader and four delegations representing ex-army chief, that lasted six hours, tried to seek an amicable solution to the standoff.

“It was acknowledged that the attempt by Gen. Paul [Malong] to defy the Presidential Decree was miscalculated act, citing his close friendship with the President, and that he should have first acknowledged the importance of change and hand over the duties to the new army Chief, and then ask the President for permission to leave,” reads the statement.

Family members of the former army chief, who attended the meeting reportedly demanded his freedom of movement to Awiel, the headquarters of former Northern Bahr El Ghazal were Malong served as a governor and remains his strong support base.

But his request, according to the press statement, has been rejected by the government.

“Responding to the request of the family to the President that Gen. Malong should be allowed to go home in Aweil, the President and the delegations held that the medical attention was the priority,” the statement said, citing that “Gen. Malong had suffered serious high blood pressure while he was in Yirol.”

Kiir told reporters last week that Malong was “in fighting mood” and this affected his health.

Sunday’s meeting between President Kiir and four groups led by Eastern Lakes State governor Bor Philip Wutchok Bor, a delegation from Juba, which included Malong’s personal friends headed by South Sudan ambassador to Russia Telar Ring Tekpiny Deng, a delegation from Gogrial State led by Governor Gregory Deng Kuac and a delegation from Greater Aweil States which included Malong’s own family members was meant to iron out the differences that led to the former army chief of staff leaving the capital Juba after being fired as top army officer on Tuesday.

The president agreed to meet Malong and “pardoned those [army] generals and other officers and non-commissioned officers who accompanied Malong when he fled Juba last week.

“That he [President Kiir] will be reflecting on the request by the delegation to allow General Malong to leave the country or to where appropriate seek further medical attention,” the statement added.

The former army chief returned to Juba on Saturday to “listen to those who called him”, but insisted on “going home” in Awiel after being relieved of his duties.

He told reporters it was his “choice to go home.”

“I am somebody who is having a good family. I want to live with my family if I am not asked to do anything for the nation. I should do something for myself,” he told journalists at his thunderous reception at Juba airport on Saturday.

(ST)

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  • 15 May 10:45, by Eastern

    Don’t go home; there’s hunger and rebellion out there says BIG BROTHER!!!!

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    • 15 May 12:24, by South South

      Eastern,

      You will die from anger. Dinka are very well organized people. Just see how they are handling their differences. Four delegates from Bor, Yorl, Gogrial and Aweil are all together. You should go to your home unite those coin rebels.

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      • 15 May 13:00, by Rami Tot

        South South

        Dinka are not problem solvers Malong was just outnumber by the Kiir likes otherwise he would not have been forced back to Juba, i think malong is smarter then Kiir by taking bouncing back to Juba but listen next time Kiir won’t able to humiliate him again for h would fight back vigorously. the contradictions are already in place now that developed int attitudes that will result in B.

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        • 15 May 14:24, by South South

          Rami Tot,

          Where is Peter Gadet man? You need to clean your face before reaching out to point your fingers to others. Nuer tribe has 4 factions, that’s Riek, Gabriel Changson, Thomas Tut Dopa and Peter Gadet. Please go and unite them, then come back to me. ( Ia m smiling a little bit)

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      • 15 May 14:05, by jubaone

        South South,
        Try to explain to our humble readers what could be the problem here www.southsudanliberty.com on the deadly fight between Kiirminal and Malong supporters in Uganda!

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        • 15 May 14:14, by South South

          Jubaone,

          You are very desperate to find anything to report even fake news. Don’t you have shame man!!!! South Sudan Liberty is a rebels website. You need to go to Kaka town in Upper Nile and see by yourself what happened to the rebels. We are master of the masters. See you at Kaka town. Come over there if you are a real person.

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          • 15 May 15:03, by jubaone

            South South,
            Just be a good and learning school boy and answer the question as asked. Capturing Kaka town or village has no relevance to the question. Is that difficult to understand and answer? What is wrong with you jienges?

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            • 15 May 15:27, by South South

              Jubaone

              My answer is there, but you fail to see it or it’s very hard for you to deal with it."You are very desperate to find anything to report even fake news. Don’t you have shame man!!!! South Sudan Liberty is a rebels website." No fighting among Dinka in Uganda, shut up.

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              • 16 May 01:57, by Dinka-Defender-General

                South South, please don’t argue with big mouth called Jubaone. First, he hates Dinkas. Second, he is the master of propaganda like machar.

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    • 15 May 13:27, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      Malong can’t rebel even if he wanted to. This could be a military and political suicide. He and his followers have much to lose and are satisfied with the status quo. How will he feed the hundred of hungry dependants? How will he sustain a prolonged war with Kiirminal on one hand and the IO on the other? Malong the fugitive has no option but coil his tail between his legs. Over!

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    • 15 May 13:43, by General

      Eastern, are you the one feed him during all this time? Malong has made strong foundation more than your Kiirdit, but it is very clear that Malong will carry on wherever in his mind

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      • 15 May 17:27, by Eastern

        Whether or not Malong has established a "firm" foundation is not the issue here. We all know that Warawar market has been the personal property of Malong for a long time. Malong being a junior to Kiir in SPLA army has to take orders from his superior without question. Any objection from Malong amounts to mutiny and Malong becomes a mutineer!!!!

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  • 15 May 11:22, by Dengda

    Completely, I got confused, government say Malong have to go treatment first and malong say he would like to home!!!. Malong decreed out rest of colleague, he also has large farm to farmed this rainy season, Ateny Wek echoe that he should go treatment first, who is the decision maker of personal live/health here? Government or individual?

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    • 15 May 14:27, by AK 47

      Dear wien Awandit dot go for treatment any where because they have trying to kill you but they are fair Aweilan people that is why there are trying plan (B) to pay a big amount of USD to doctor to kill you please don’t go better to come home and look for your own way for treatment (King Paul not a Riak) ,Mading Aweil oyee.

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  • 15 May 12:07, by Eastern

    Are Paul Malong’s "tyres" about to be removed just like they did it for Dr. Machar. Hehehehehe!!!!

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  • 15 May 12:11, by Garang Akeen Tong

    I don,t understand what is going on in Juba, can anyone in juba tell me.

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    • 15 May 12:29, by Mike Mike

      Since he has acknowledged his mistakes of leaving without consulted the President then there is no need to keep him in Juba while he was in fear of being targeted by the director of NIS Mr. Akol Koor. Allow him to go and stay with his family and when that anger reduce in his mind then he will go back to Juba and stay there as a normal citizen. You should not keep him under house arrest in Juba.

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    • 15 May 13:32, by jubaone

      Garang Akeen,
      The Kiirminal will remove Malong very discreetly and smartly and say, he had a sudden cardiac arrest and passed on. After all, he is known to be hypertensive. He is dead and business goes on as usual. That is why the Kiirminal wants him around Juba and have this plan executed. Be alert!

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  • 15 May 12:54, by Sunday Junup

    You are already ban to go to Aweil, Please bind with the rule and law of president. This is what all people are facing but you said Kiir was right. Don’t complain just rebel or leak Kiir ass.

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    • 15 May 13:38, by choldit

      shame on Taban Deng and his shameless Nueri including Lol Gatkuoth who recently vowed to have plan to kill Gaajack for not following him but Gen. Chayot and others gajaack sons. they should see how the Dinka deal with their differences. at last they will be the scapegoats of this problem. Paul Malong is a naïve primitive general. you don’t rebel and come in the name of dinka. he dug his grave.

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  • 15 May 13:25, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Gen. Paul should be allowed to go home for cultivation, as rainy season approaching.

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    • 15 May 18:12, by Lango2010

      All are nonsense. Gen. Paul is normal in Juba and will decide own the agreed principles by the delegation whether to go for his treatment or home. For those who which him to rebel I told you before that it wouldn’t happen, and if they are sad them hung themselves up and leave Malong alone.

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      • 15 May 18:18, by Lango2010

        I know rebels and all anti peace idiots are not happy with returned of Gen. Paul Malong to Juba. Aweil is a peaceful place in South Sudan and Malong will not break that legacy. I must thank the Governor and the entire people of Yirol for standing their ground with Aweil, they too are peace loving citizens may God bless them the most. THANK YOU

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  • 16 May 02:06, by Dinka-Defender-General

    General Awan, please don’t go to any medical that is force on you. These guys are trying to play dirty game on you. Medical check up with reason is suspicion advice to me. Just stay in Juba for now. We support you. These guys are greedy and they might harm you in medical check. Be warn for this medical check by your enemies.

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    • 16 May 05:53, by Malakal county Simon

      One cannot believe such some one called himself King can simply coiled his tail and surrendered at the last minute?? You must apologize to the elected president, for running a way in first place without informing him or else humiliation is not over yet!! ( Let’s King Paul go home he has done his part for he was being used by unwanted presiend Kiir to recruited Aweilian sons whom have died in vain)

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  • 17 May 15:36, by du-guecdit

    "The office of South Sudan President Salva Kiir said the country’s former army chief, General Paul Malong Awan should seek medical attention as a “priority” then returning to his home state of Northern Bahr El Ghazal,that the President and the delegations held that the medical attention was the priority,” The question is, why would u tell me to seek a medical attention when I did not say so? Or is

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  • 17 May 15:38, by du-guecdit

    it another way of sending me to hell in order to accomplish your plan B.

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