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Aweil community want Kiir and ex-army chief to reconcile


May 28, 2017 (JUBA) - The Aweil community in South Sudan have called for reconciliation between President Salva Kiir and the former chief of staff for South Sudan army (SPLA), 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)

The community, in a statement issued on Saturday, said Awan’s removal from his position should not affect his decade-long relationship with the president simply over divergence in opinion.

“We believe that the near-crisis involving his sacking is a considered matter of your administration and should not be allowed to be exploited by war merchants, or ethno-regional players who, by any statistical measure, are rooting against the stability of the country”, partly reads the community’s statement.

It further called for calm among communities, while urging elders and representatives in different Parliaments to stand behind the reconciliation effort so that this matter is quickly put to rest.

“Gen. Malong deserves a special pat on the back or a medal of honor for having gracefully and caringly handled the delicate situation following his unceremonious discharge. He has already, in our humble view, won the admiration of many South Sudanese for such a rare demonstration of statesmanship,” noted the statement.

“Our position as a community is that of peace and integrity of the country. We call upon you, Mr. President, to allow General Malong to exercise his freedoms, including freedom of movement to any place of his choice as a responsible citizen of this country,” it added.

President Kiir relieved the former army chief from his position, but the decree announced on the state-owned television cited no reasons.

Malong was replaced by Lt. General James Ajonga Mawut, who was the deputy chief of general staff for administration and finance.

The removal of the former army chief of general staff came as the army was repeatedly accused of gross human rights violations, rape, atrocities and war crimes on civilians in conflict-affected areas.

Malong, who also recruited a notorious militia from his home region, had been accused of failing to crack down on abuses by the SPLA.

The conflict in South Sudan had driven over a million children out of the country, the United Nations recently said, warning that the future of a generation is ‘on the brink.’


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  • 29 May 2017 08:54, by quiz

    Yaa, JCE,don,t misled people public you want to reconcile Kiir and Malong.You and your mania(depressesd) Kiir always claims that there was a coup done by Dr.Riek, that 5 days rebellion of Malong was the real cuop if you need coup. He decided for good to rebel again Kiiir Gov,t but feared his life that why he claimed that he was called back by gov,t .

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  • 29 May 2017 08:56, by quiz

    Yaa, JCE,don,t misled people public you want to reconcile Kiir and Malong.You and your mania(depressesd) Kiir always claims that there was a coup done by Dr.Riek, that 5 days rebellion of Malong was the real cuop if you need coup. He decided for good to rebel again Kiiir Gov,t but feared his life that why he claimed that he was called back by gov,t .

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    • 29 May 2017 11:55, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Yaa quiz whatever you call yourselve

      Can you provide me with evidence base on your palse accussiation?
      Did he kill any body? Gen. Paul Malong, couldn,t decide to rebel against gov,t as you thought, he headed to Mading Aweil,
      If he want to fight, he can fight here in Juba, but question is to fight who? And for what reason?

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      • 29 May 2017 12:17, by Garang Akeen Tong


        Cont.......... I think you are a mad dog in between with no reasoning capacity, reread it again, if you sees properely.
        There is great different vs Aweil community & Jieng council of elders.

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  • 29 May 2017 09:21, by komriicker

    we Aweilians are for peace but not afraid of the life threating from Akol Koordit. He must stop his nonsense on the streets and around our homes.

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  • 29 May 2017 10:10, by Sunday Junup

    South South, Kuch and Kuch Native,
    You hired last time that Kiir and Malong reconciled, what happen? Ba duol Jaani dak (i will destroy unity of JCE) said by prophet Ngundeng.
    South South which group are you?
    Malong Militia or Kiir Militia?

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    • 29 May 2017 11:36, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Sunday junup

      Yaa Gatkuel inta, ba liel mor dak,
      Dinka unity will remain as its, Dinka from Upper nile, equatoria and bahr el gazal are more united then ever.
      Your ngundeng propertcy are driving you to hell.

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    • 29 May 2017 12:16, by South South

      Sunday Junup,

      Malong and President Kiir have reconciled and they are working on more details about their reconciliation. This is how Dinka deal with their issues. That Ngundeng is laughable. He is a witch and not prophet. let him safe White Army first before jumping to Dinka tribe.

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      • 29 May 2017 13:25, by Malakal county Simon

        South South/slave

        Am not surprised because lying is part of Dinkas/slaves culture.... Did you just shamelessly said that Fake King or Malong and failed president have already reconciled???? In-fact, Malong has been officially put under house arrest and he will die in there no doubt about!!!
        ! Now is up to Mathiang-Anyoor

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        • 29 May 2017 16:02, by South South

          Malakal county Simon,

          You are very stupid and sometimes I question myself if it worth to reply to you. Malong and Kiir have differences, but look how Dinka are approaching them to find good way to deal with their issues. if this issue happened between two Nuer leaders, blood will flowing everywhere by now. Shut up and try to unite Nuer first which has 5 factions at this moment.

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          • 29 May 2017 23:47, by Malakal county Simon

            I know you’re frustrated with the fact i just presented to you above in regards to two men current relationship status, but please control your emotions because no abusive words in this forum!!!!

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            • 30 May 2017 06:37, by Garang Akeen Tong

              Malakal county simon

              Both of you abuse yourslves with abusive words, Hw can you advise south south, to refrain while you are a bank of abusive words

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