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Tribal leader says Malong preserved S. Sudan from disintegration


President Salva Kiir tours Juba streets accompanied with SPLA chief of Staff Paul Malong, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth and his Spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny on 12 October 2016 (Photo Jok Solomun Anyang)
May 16, 2017 (JUBA) – A prominent Dinka tribal leader has praised the patriotic role played during the 2013 conflict by the former army chief Paul Malong Awan, claiming he safeguarded the nation from disintegration.

Malong recruited the Dinka youth from Bahr el-Ghazal region to fight the SPLM-IO rebels led by the former Vice-President Riek Machar. With the support of Ugandan troops, he successfully stopped the progress of the opposition troops towards the capital Juba.

"This was the man who saved the country. He saved the lives of millions of people who could have fallen victims of hatred and revenge," said a prominent member of the self-appointed Jieng Council.

"Indeed the patriotic role General Paul Malong played helped the country, it would have collapsed, disintegrated if it were not the efforts he and others made from the region,” he further emphasised in a statement to Sudan Tribune under the cover of anonymity.

This is the first time that a tribal leader voices his support to Awan, braving the unanimous public approval of his dismissal.

The member of the tribal body described Malong as someone who would not be bullied into submission, pointing out that that is a trait of a leader.

“He is bold and you cannot fool him, he is someone you can trust. Malong is very respected in the army and it would be surprising why he would not be respected in the whole country,” the council member added.

After his removal, Awan abruptly left the capital heading to his home region in the northern Bahr el-Ghazal region, but President Salva Kiir forced him to return to Juba.

His return followed reports that he would foment a coup against the President Kiir.

Observers say his sack was a result of several reports by the security services against him.

Infighting in the government has focused on the future of President Salva Kiir, who has faced several scandals and continuous allegations of incompetence from opposition parties during his presidency.


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  • 16 May 2017 23:16, by Mr Point

    This corrupt militia leader created a million refugees with his massacres of civilians. He encouraged the disintegration of South Sudan to what it is now. Most of the country’s oil wealth is spend on arms so that some of the country’s citizens can murder other citizens.

    South Sudan would be a stable country if not for the stupidity and greed of its leaders.

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  • 17 May 2017 05:21, by Freedom Fighter

    This is fake News. What is the name of the alleged tribal leader, what tribe or section he represents, when did he say this, and where was he when he said this. Many people played very significance role in saving South Sudan from Riek Machar including Nuer themselves

    Freedom Fighter

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  • 17 May 2017 05:48, by Kush Natives

    Malong recruited the Dinka youth from Bahr el-Ghazal region to fight the SPLM-IO rebels led by the former Vice-President Riek Machar. With the support of Ugandan troops, he successfully stopped the progress of the opposition troops towards the capital Juba.

    This is a big NO! The recruitment process was done during Panthou war and it wasn’t done on tribal bases.

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    • 17 May 2017 05:51, by Kush Natives

      Therefore, some communities didn’t responded to the national calls, no one knows what was behind of what and they let their son and daughters.

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      • 17 May 2017 06:01, by Kush Natives

        Correct> and why they didn’t let their sons and daughters joined the army by then!

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  • 17 May 2017 06:09, by Eastern

    The [dinka] tribal leader needs to be named and shamed.....

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    • 17 May 2017 09:56, by South South

      You need to ask Sudantribune to tell us who is that Dinka leader. By the way, Dinka is the only tribe in South Sudan you will see people speak up about their identities as Dinka. People like you Eastern or Jubaone will never mention their tribes in public. Why Eastern?

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      • 17 May 2017 12:49, by jubaone

        South South,
        I am too intelligent and developed to think about tribes like you jienges. I am from CES and grew up in Juba together with several Equatorians. We are already a nation as compared to jienges who have never lived and cherished living with others. That is why you DON’T fit in Equatoria or Juba except your stinking luak. Sorry jienge.

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        • 17 May 2017 17:42, by Thiep Mawien Thiep

          Jubaone. You are too stupid to critizes Jieng as whole. But remember this, it will not take us long before liberating our equatoria from Nyamnyam group of your like. It will be a mistake to have included the equatorians of yesteryears to the fight for the liberation of all lands in equatoria.

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  • 17 May 2017 10:25, by Genera Equatoria Elder

    Malong and his JCE have disintegrated the country,all their agenda is all about enriching themselves with the resources that belong to the all the citizens of this country, he recruited Dinka youth to fight against Nuer as their first agenda then proceed to Equatoria,but thank God, the bony hunger stricken miserable youth are no more.All killed the latest was Yesterday in Yei where some were captu

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