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SPLM-IO faction back removal of ex-S. Sudan army chief


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 15, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of the country’s First Vice-President, Taban Deng Gai has welcomed President Salva Kiir’s move to sack former army chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan.

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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)

In a brief statement, which Gai’s office in Juba extended to Sudan Tribune, the SPLM faction said it welcomes and honours the executive decision of president Kirr to appoint Lt. General James Ajongo Manwut as the new army chief of general staff.

Last week, President Kiir removed his powerful hardline army chief, in what was described by the presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny as a "routine change of guards and not politically motivated".

Malong, a former military commander, had largely been seen as an ethnic-nationalist of Kiir’s dominantly ethnic-Dinka tribes and further been accused of renewed fighting in July in the capital, Juba.

The office of the country’s First Vice President, said the appointment of the new army chief of general staff would lead to boosting the implementation of the regional bloc (IGAD)-brokered peace agreement signed between the country’s two main rival factions.

"His appointment will create a workable conducive environment between the two stakeholders in the peace agreement,” partly reads the statement from the office of the First Vice President.

It said the appointment of the new army chief will accelerate the establishment of cantonments and transformation of SPLA forces.

"As the former chair of Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC), we are confident that the newly appointed will closely work with regional and international peace partners", it further stressed, while calling on other South Sudanese factions and ethnic groups to join in efforts to bringing about peace, reconciliation and national unity.


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  • 16 May 2017 09:36, by Kush Natives

    We all know this very well, all rebels were behind this decree that president made last week, sacking the chief of general staff King Paul Malong. But, unfortunately, the patriotism rules that Mr. Paul took surprised them the most. Paul and the rest of us read rebel’s intention, therefore, we applied the right and an unbelievable pass toward their intention in less than 24hr time period>

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    • 16 May 2017 09:45, by Kush Natives

      but, Mr. Gai is not done there, he’s still digging for more issues which will exploded this country in no time. And that blown up will drastically starts from the inner circle, president is the target now himself, if he don’t immediately keeps promoting terribly peace an implementation. If all commentators realized it, the way I did, except rebels associates elements. This country is far>

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      • 16 May 2017 09:52, by Kush Natives

        > from stability, as long as Gai and alike don’t stops their hills thinking of implementing the untold peace agreement. At this point, I think personally think that Mr. Gai have achieved 75% of his dreams, although Mr. president still thinking that he’s the president.

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    • 19 May 2017 14:58, by Rami Tot

      Kush Natives

      this people are your likes they are not SPLM IO they don’t have agenda then government agenda so this is a struggle between the government stoogs
      Taban group are just greedy opportunist who desperately for money just nothing do not try blind fool yourself.

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  • 16 May 2017 13:31, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Sir Kush Native

    You said it all, we though that Taban Deng is for peace, and what apprear now is creating political division within Gov,t official. We are all aware, no doubt.

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