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Former SPLA chief of staff says he would not respond to provocations


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

June 20, 2017 (JUBA) – The former South Sudanese army chief of general staff, General Paul Malong Awan said on Tuesday that he was aware all the ill-treatments being given to those loyal to him were a ploy to provoke reactions.

“I know the intentions. They are looking for reactions but let’s not do it in their way. If we do so, we will have helped them achieve their objectives,” said Awan during a meeting at his residence in Juba with the family members and friends of the arrested presidential guard officer.

However, he did not cite the names of his supporters who were being mistreated and who was mistreating them.

Last May, South Sudan President Salva Kiir relieved, Awan from his position, among unconfirmed reports that the security service suspects him and his close aides of preparing a coup against Kiir.

Observers in Juba say Malong comments hint to the denied request to return to his area of origin in the Bahr el-Ghazal province and the replacement of all the officers who left with him after his sack. Mor’e recently, the security service arrested a presidential guard officer who is seen as one of his supporters.

Last week, first Lt Lual Akeen Akken Akec was arrested by national security services. The cause of his arrest remains speculative. His whereabouts remains unknown to his relatives since his detention.

Relatives and security sources have been providing conflicting information. Relatives have attributed the cause of his arrest to “a well-designed plan aimed at removing him from the presidency and other key strategic and influential positions in the military office, along with those who have a close connection with Gen Awan.”

Brig Gen Jel Mangok Jel and Yel Deng Nguel, two of the officers who left Juba in May with Gen Awan before to be forced to return to Juba, have reportedly been unable to get permissions to travel home to Aweil or travel abroad to visit their children at school in Uganda, despite having made numerous requests.

Major Gen Akec Adim, who was the overall head of the military police, has been sacked from his position during recent command changes made by the new SPLA chief of general staff, Gen. James Ajonga.

Local politicians previously seen loyal to Gen Awan in the states of what was the former Northern Bahr el Ghazal State - before splitting into two separate administrative units through a 2015 presidential establishment order - have also been removed from their positions.

Aweil State Governor, Ranald Ruay Deng, the Speaker of Aweil East, Akoon Diing Angok, Security Advisor, Bona Makuac Mawien and Political Advisor James Jok Lual, all were in the government of Aweil East State have also been removed from their positions.

Other low-level military officers and officials loyal to Awan also appear affected by the changes.


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  • 21 June 2017 04:30, by Eyez

    Hahahaha, now Malong Awan is feeling the pressure of the dictator, the King of Doom is now a lame duck. You used to kill at will and you’ve destroyed the livelihoods of so many innocent citizens through your infamous Mathiang Anyoors, but soon you people will start eating yourselves like fish in the sea.

    Shit has turned back to you like a boomerang, and it’s called KARMA....period.

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    • 21 June 2017 05:43, by Kush Natives

      This is the hill thinking comment and desperately hope we are talking about. King Paul Malong is really patriot, You can see by the way discovering things that are made up by the enemies of peace. You the rebels are unable to topple the government through your damn and sick brains, so now you’re running like dogs with drainage bone. Why mobilizing king Paul Malong? Do you think King Paul is

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      • 21 June 2017 05:44, by Kush Natives

        >con_stupid animal like the rest of you?

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        • 21 June 2017 10:57, by Trust Teller

          Kush Native,

          It is such a shame to remain calling this idiot a king. However the fact is nobody ever wish the worse to anyone.But to let you know, Malong and Kiir will fight and this is not a wishful thinking, it is a fact, and nobody is dancing because of that, simply the poeple who will die are yet South Sudanese.

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      • 21 June 2017 08:08, by Resolution

        Akol Kur is hunting for Malong that is why he started with Malong loyalist to see whether Malong will comment for him to get chance to arrest Malong. I supported his silence as for his security is concern.

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    • 21 June 2017 05:51, by Kuch

      Eyez, this are usual SUDAN TRIBUNE lies chap. Do you fellows think, Paul Malongdit is an idiot to utter those nonsense to the lowlifes of SUDAN TRIBUNE creeps? South Sudanese with brains respect Paul Malongdit. He is a true South Sudan’s patriot who know what he is doing. And not like some of you internet warriors & lazies who have never ever smell the stench of gun powder>>>

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      • 21 June 2017 06:42, by Eyez

        Kus Native
        I have said it again and again and again that, I don’t have time for your useless ranting, it’s utter nonsense which I don’t have time to entertain. So go grab a knife and kill yourself, because, until you learn how to write properly and comment maturely, to me you are just like an angry illiterate kid who is crying out for attention, full stop.

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        • 21 June 2017 08:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

          Celebration is on and on.

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        • 21 June 2017 08:43, by Kush Natives

          Get out of here! When your devil hill intention is discovered, you starts looking for another unfound subject in order to avert commentators from dealing with real issues that are facing us in our daily lives. Why not protecting yourself as a mature enough man? Why do you want to abandon wishful thinking? Why mobilizing king Paul Malong to finish up your stupid leftover war? >>>

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          • 21 June 2017 08:53, by Kush Natives

            >>> con_Eyez,
            Seek an asylum if the senseless violence or the war that you caused is no longer favor. We already warned to abandon wishful thinking of an insisting with your desperate thinking that your thugs will take this historic country called South Sudan militarily! Stop that uselessness thought before responding to my comment period. I don’t a time to exchange ideas with looters.

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      • 21 June 2017 06:54, by Kuch

        all their lives, but all they do is to call the veterans like Paul Malongdit, Salva Kiir, Michael MaKuei, Jieng council of elders (JCE), Manthiang Anyoors, Dinkas/Jenges this & Dinkas/Jenges that. Fools, we are going to bomb your sponsors out of our country by force & we will not want any rubbish to come to South Sudan back again & claimed to be a South Sudanese>>>

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    • 21 June 2017 06:41, by Eastern


      Excellent comment; let him lick his wounds...You have made my day.

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      • 21 June 2017 13:10, by jubaone

        Malong was shitting on those below while he frantically climbed the tree to get to the top. He forgot that he was naked and those below could see his dirty a**. We below gave endured the smell of your shit, but we’ve been able to see you naked and dirty a**. Wow!

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    • 21 June 2017 07:27, by Mi diit

      So that he (Paul Malong) is secured well. He wants his deteriorated security under incompetent Kiir to improve.

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    • 21 June 2017 08:21, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      There is a day of everyone
      Today is Kiir and Ajonga and tomorrow will be others with Paul Malong Awan as be a team.

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    • 21 June 2017 15:41, by King of Nyamlel

      |The good thing is that a son of Aweil, Agany Ayii Akol is going to make Awan, the area of Dictator kiir as his rebel HQRS, no wonder!

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  • 21 June 2017 06:31, by Tilo

    When you had the power you act like King and what ever u want, while forgetting that your turn is at the verge. A dictator will always be a dictator. Once your loyalty ends he has nothing todo with you.
    Now p’ple should learn from malong’s Incident, those who are in the office today there time will end also and they will be treated the same like malong including "KUR" [presidential Adviser].

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    • 21 June 2017 07:53, by Kuch

      Watch your language fellows, I AM the one who is going to bomb
      you fools, the might US, English people, their evil Juus, part of the so-called ethioppia, the mighty US in *Djoubit* half of ethiopia; we are going to bomb the mighty US OUT OF MAP. War is here fellow. People who can challenge us are the US, Jieng/Dinka of the Sudan. We are the ethiopians, we are Ancient Egyptians>>>

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      • 21 June 2017 08:13, by Tilo

        The truth hurts but it must be said, Malong was the king back then when on power, but today they treat him like piece of Sh**t, a prisoner. Ordinary citizen are much free and have all the liberty than Malong.
        You have been talking of bomb UN, US, Brits NGO and the alike but yet you still ask for their support openly. My friend stop making noise & act. we are tired of reading these every day

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        • 21 June 2017 15:17, by Theallseeingeye

          in fact when I read comments here on ST I always skip this Kus comments therefore I encourage all of u guys to act accordingly Just don’t burden ur selves with his comments the Guy seems to be a psychopath, has nothing to write just an airhead (typical Jienge) just like his uncle Kiir. I am quit certain he must be among those who were enjoying the fruit of corruption in the Gov back then.

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      • 21 June 2017 13:55, by Landlord

        This guy who only knows the language of bombing should keep quiet. south Sudan independent was not acquired through bombing. is that the only English you know?

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  • 21 June 2017 07:41, by Newsudan

    nothing to exaggerate here,everything is going on well in Juba,Io in bush should not dance for no good reason

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  • 21 June 2017 07:51, by Chief Odili

    I sometime wonder whether you guys went to school or taken to school? Why Would you synthesize the concise, clear and simple article into a big tribal blaze. Respect does not fall from above even the foreigners will know how disintegrated our society has become. As a learnt friend, your words and action are often very different from those who were taken to school.CHANGE!

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    • 21 June 2017 09:35, by Eastern

      Chief Odili,

      I never had the opportunity to go to school. I spent my formative years in the cattle camp splitting cow dung. As a learned [NOT LEARNT] person, be our guide...

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      • 21 June 2017 10:24, by Eyez

        I don’t think anything can be gained by engaging people like Chief Odili and Kuach in an argument, because they are the regime’s illiterate mouthpieces being spoon-fed by Kiir’s propaganda machine which is fuelled by the notorious JCE culprits.

        Yom arubeyin tomon bi timu gerid de, nas indu nayalama del.

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  • 21 June 2017 07:59, by Kat Cok

    Those idiot are playing with fire, did Kiir Mayardit don’t know who is Malong Awan, if not General Malong was not there, he would have run away since 2013. Let him think twice.

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  • 21 June 2017 08:08, by Lenin Bull

    Dear King Paul,
    Please, keep up this good posture and positive attitude for your long suffering South Sudanese people. We are tired of violent war tendency from our leaders.We admire the way you are handling some of the issues facing you and your brother President Salva Kiir Mayardit after your reshuffling from the helm of the army. Please keep up being peaceful and avoid violent confrontation.

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  • 21 June 2017 08:21, by Sunday Junup

    There will be a time when you will never continue to sit one fire because of a name Dinka.

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  • 21 June 2017 08:22, by Lenin Bull

    Solving some personal or political issues by violence is not the best way. In fact educated and learned leaders employ their communication skills and leadership qualities to iron them out and spare the people they love and cherish most from ugly repercussions of war. Imagine the images of our people in refugee camps being shamelessly broadcast on CNN, BBC, and Aljezira. How do you our leaders feel

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    • 21 June 2017 09:22, by Dengda

      @ lien, first pick shameful indeed, but do our leader think about it? I absolutely not. Another chapter of war is now opening, Akol Kur is being Malong like dog and bone, peaceful greater bar el ghazal is now experience turbulence couple with famine and hunger. Solution remove Akol koor and salva later resigned and give power to Dr Wani Igga full stop. and we Dinka go and reflect what went wrong.

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      • 21 June 2017 09:55, by Tilo


        Very good Idea Bro, But to implement it can never happen, Our country is already in disaster and yet "KUR" is ready to destroy more. He should be out of the presidency for calmness to come so that Gov’t can focus on how to solve the current devastating political & Economic issue

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      • 21 June 2017 12:27, by Mopedi

        leave Wani Igga alone he is a fox and a Dinka in Bari(Equatoria) land, he is not a leader rather a follower, if Kiir resign he will resign too. the question of weighing better option of taking the country in a positive way need both Nuers and Dinka to redefine their identity and fix the spirit of togetherness in diversities.

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  • 21 June 2017 09:04, by Lenin Bull

    If Riek Machar and his Ngundeng followers had taken his removal in July 2013 from the post of Vice President as a normal presidential system and prerogatives in any civilized nation, our innocent civilians across the whole country would have been spared from the current humiliating predicaments they are in now. No school, famine, diseases, killings on roads in the day and in cities at nights,etc.

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    • 21 June 2017 11:44, by Trust Teller

      it was unimaginable that Dr. Riek can instigate war against his rival Kiir when he knows in fact all his military hardware weren’t allows to comes to Juba and even if allows, he only comes in with 1,300 foots soldiers against thousands militias in Juba. Readers you can judge now who can be the aggressor? So Dr. Riek is always a victims of change!

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  • 21 June 2017 09:04, by Garang Akeen Tong

    National security services.

    You are fueling the currency situation, why are you targeting innocent?

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  • 21 June 2017 09:12, by deng

    Those who provoke Malong and his supporters are trouble makers and they don’t know or care the security of their people, no one care for people, they kill people in different ways, wars, huger, disease and looting their properties

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  • 21 June 2017 09:37, by john akeen


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  • 21 June 2017 11:30, by real Dinka

    Dear all
    it was with great shame to see Gen Awan in that mood who eventually help stupid president Kiir to be on this position today, otherwise we demand for free movement of Malong back to his home land.

    Kiir must go to give peace a chance

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    • 21 June 2017 13:01, by Eastern

      Talk to JCE not this forum of Sudantribune....!

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      • 21 June 2017 16:46, by Wise Fox

        you are 100% right, the complainers should go and rise their issue to JCE about the release of King Malong and not here in the forum.

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        • 21 June 2017 16:54, by Kuar Junub

          Is good Let him get locked down he’s the mastermind of 2013 Nuer massacre in Juba

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  • 22 June 2017 18:24, by Akeen Mangarthon

    Eastern and likes,

    Is this forum for rebels? I surprised when reading your message referring someone to JCE and not expressing his view on this forum.

    Have you been defeated on your internet war? Hey, we got you clearly!! Just remnants of war and being used up. Your ideas and washed out in your mind and you are only remain with one word called Dinka in your mind. Sorry, Blame Riek Machar.

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