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August 5, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan President Salva Kiir has denied arresting Paul Malong Awan, former chief of general staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army whom he ousted out of office last May, despite reports of deteriorating health.

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President Salva Kiir, (L), accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan, (R), waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, on July 9, 2015 (Photo AP)

President Kiir, according to his adviser on military affairs and a leading member of the political bureau of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has not arrested Malong, a former ally who played a key role in the conflict which erupted in 2013.

“There have been reports and people calling me to inquire whether Paul Malong has been arrested and my answers were no, I am not aware. When these calls persisted, I decided to ask the President and he told me no, he had not ordered any arrest for Malong,” Daniel Awet Akot told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

"The President also told me he did not receive any report about his health. If he was sick, the President would have been informed. There are people with him," he added.

While Akot denies the arrest of Awan, Lucy Ayak, wife of Gen. Paul Malong Awan Anei, former Chief of SPLA General Staff, called President Salva Kiir to allow him (Malong) to travel out of the country for a medical attention, saying she was concerned with the health of her husband.

“The last time I spoke to you Mr President, you promised me that my husband would not be harmed, and I took you at your word because I believed that you are a man that stands by your words Mr President. But I should bring to your attention the fact that my husband is not currently in good health, as I am also sure that you well know. He has been having routine checkups and treatment both in Juba and Nairobi over the time he has been working under your command,” wrote Ayak.

She said the condition under which her husband was being held and the tension surrounding the house was becoming a cause of concern to the family. She further underscored that he has no access to his doctors or any other medical personnel.

"I, therefore, appeal to your usual humanity and sense of correctness your Excellency, please allow my husband to seek the medical help he urgently needs because it is the right thing to do to him and the family at the moment,” she called.

The South Sudanese security services kept briefing President Kiir that Malong has been working to evict him and take the lead of the leadership of the country. His role in the military confrontation in Juba in July 2016 and the initiatives he had taken however convinced many in the country that he had no consideration for his hierarchy.

After his removal, the General Malong denied intention to rebel against the government.

In a speech delivered at a public rally held in Yirol town, Eastern Lakes State, where he suspended his travel to his home region of Aweil, he asserted that all that had been said against him were just rumours and that he only wants peace to prevail in the country.

(ST)

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  • 5 August 23:59, by lino

    Was Gen. Malongdiit the Chief Engineer of July, 2016?!!! Now South Sudanese will know the truth without further delay!!!

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  • 6 August 02:07, by Theone

    G . Paul and his family have lost my respect and almost all South Sudanese since youtube video appeared.

    People are starving and his son is expending millions with women without regard starving children.

    Why don’t you bring all Doctors you can buy to Juba?

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    • 6 August 05:53, by Newsudan

      Kiir Mayardit said one thing today and then tomorrow it is different thing, enquiries from M7 is destroying South Sudan.

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  • 6 August 06:28, by Tilo

    Hahaha Malong,

    What goes around comes around, You were the king and today the simple me is better because I have all my freedom, I can move freely in Juba (from Custom to Gudele, Muniki, Juba n konyo2)
    Kiir is killing you silently, you are a dead stock, keeping you away from your doctor is equally killing while kiir and Akol Kur cannot be blame for your dead

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  • 6 August 07:43, by Akeen Mangarthon

    Tilo,theone;

    You need to understand that Gen. Paul Malong has maintained all what it takes to be a patriotic citizen. your bad comments here on ST cannot hold water on his legacy. The failed coup attempted twice in Juba by Riek Machar crowned Gen. Paul Malong’s kingdom.Should he waited for hierarchy by that time, your freedom you are claiming in Juba would have not been there.

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    • 6 August 07:54, by Akeen Mangarthon

      He is a well known loyal officer to SPLM/SPLA movement since day 1 to-date. He stood firm with leadership especially the incumbent president. The bitter 2004 in Rumbek is a reference and worse rebellion led by Kharbino in Gogrial 1995-1998 is another reference. you people just forget easily in Juba about what a native citizen had done and that is your bad part in Juba.

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      • 6 August 08:06, by Akeen Mangarthon

        what are you going to gain when you exaggerate fake wishes that President has bad relation with Malong and he arrested him? My assurance to you is that Gen. Malong is relieved as a government routine but his legacy remain unshake no matter rubbish you are trying to create over the media.

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        • 6 August 08:31, by Tilo

          Akeen Mangarthon

          We did not deny that he was one of the loyal patriotic S. Sudanese, for sure he was but not anymore, Since he started unnecessary killing of the citizen and promoting tribalism in the army by using Mathiang Anyor etc, he totally lost it and he is nothing to the other community as we speak.
          The atrocities committed has buried the good did buddy

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    • 6 August 08:46, by Tilo

      Akeen Mangarthon,

      Most S. Sudanese love this country and were enjoying though with no service since independency but not anymore because the government [SPLA] has instigate war in the country.
      Most of citizen wish the current leaders to vanish so that peace can prevail, Is it really hard to share a peace of cake equally and allow the ordinary citizen to make their living peacefully?

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    • 6 August 11:58, by Agany Malim

      Akeen! what patriotic do you mean for malong? Is’t if a man kill his own people and practing corruption plus looting the common citizens in the country is what you mean? On my understanding of being a patriotic is: 1 to accept the races and work peaceful to unite your people and develops your country

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  • 6 August 09:24, by Eastern

    Daniel Awet Akot is a bloody lair.....typical of SPLA and SPLM!!

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    • 6 August 10:15, by Newsudan

      Eastern
      no Kiir Mayardit is quack captain of ship therefore steering it in wrong direction no any body blame.

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    • 6 August 13:58, by South South

      Eastern,

      You are one of the most people who lie everyday. Just take your claim that you live in Juba, while all of us know you are hiding somewhere in US. How do you call that old man?

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      • 6 August 19:00, by Eastern

        South South,

        With your peace COMING (from where goodness knows), I am in Juba walking with the masses through muddy roads thanks to the afternoon downpour. Kiir recently decreed that no fuel should be sold on the roadside - the same is being sold by elderly women at a price of human limp! I am here witnessing everything firsthand....

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  • 6 August 20:21, by Theone

    Mr. Akeen, did you see the youtube video that shows son of G. Paul Malong throwing money away while children are starving in South Sudan?

    If yes, then tell us what you think about.

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    • 7 August 04:55, by Akeen Mangarthon

      Theone

      The perception that you have will never upgrade you in South Sudan. You find a comedian joking in the bars and posting his comedy acts to social media and you build your believe to be the work of Malong. This is very cheap thinking. That son is uncle son to Malong and what he is doing is a comedy show in his own private life. He has no link with Gen. Paul performances.

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