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

September 6, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan presidency has rejected a permission to travel abroad by former army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan, who sought to go to the neighbouring Kenya to identify the body of his daughter.

last week, Malong lost his daughter who died in an arson fire at a dormitory of Moi Girls School in Nairobi, Kenya.

“I was hoping I would go and identify my daughter through DNA test because this is what is required. Doctors need my DNA in order to identify the body of my daughter but now I cannot go,” Gen. Awan, a former ally of President Kiir told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday at his residence in Juba.

The former army chief said he spoke to the president on Saturday last week and he was told to wait for feedback.

“So, I was preparing hoping I would go. But yesterday morning (Tuesday) the Minister in the office of President came to me with the information about the decision made by the Presidency. He said the decision was made by the presidency. The President, First Vice President and Vice President met and they made a decision that I should not go to Kenya, which is unfortunate and painful one to the family,” he said

Gen. Awan, whose two daughters Amou and Alakiir were at Moi Girls in Nairobi, said one of the daughters, ’Alakiir is confirmed dead by the school and the other Amou is still admitted in the hospital.

In May 2017, President Kiir relieved General Paul Malong Awan from his position as the army chief of general staff of the South Sudanese army. The security services accused him of plotting to overthrow him. But Awan denied the charge.

Since, he is confined in Juba, following an attempt to move to his home area of Aweil immediately after the announcement of his removal from the position on 9 May. Also, all his close aides and supporters in the army and the government were sacked from their positions.

(ST)

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  • 6 September 2017 22:36, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    My condolences to the family,and may almighty God rest her soul in enternal peace,Kenya is African Continent and Gen.Malong should go and identify her daughter through the DNA
    Test, travel bans doesn’t mean that you should attend such a sorrowful event,If it is a matter of capturing you a life, let them do so so that the world will know that you re prevent from attending your daughter’s funeral

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    • 6 September 2017 22:50, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Even president Kenyatta can’t condemn that, "waiting for feedback from who"?

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      • 6 September 2017 23:08, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Folks your comments here will granted Gen.Malong a leave to Kenya n will prevent him from traveling to
        n by the end of the day it will be a matter of personal choice; n i do suggest he goes to Kenya at this difficult time
        With the rest of the family members

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    • 7 September 2017 02:53, by Agany Malim

      Tactical way of escaping house arrest in Juba. So you will not go yooh oga and even if it is true than you maybe on right side with presidencies for during your time while in leadership you owned every thing as if you are the final man to hold on your shoulder this south sudan to for malong. So now thing failed apart and you must endure it for yourself because politic is a dirty game that it too.

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    • 7 September 2017 09:07, by Midit Mitot

      Shit! if I were a president, I would allow Malong Awan to identify his daughter dead body in Nairobi hospital, family is different from politics or that fake leadership of yours.

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    • 7 September 2017 18:54, by garrak1520

      No need for Malung to go, the correct DNA will be from the mom. Remember those killed by Malong and Kiir were not identified, so no sympathy for Malong but sympathy for the mother, sisters and brothers. God bless her soul.

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  • 7 September 2017 04:45, by Thyinka

    I am not a big fan of Malong but I think he is being treated unfairly. He has not been imprisoned. He has only been relieved of his duties. This is a family tragedy. He should be allowed to attend to it. It is just trying to put yourself in someone’s shoes. This is not hard to imagine.

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    • 7 September 2017 13:14, by Jongo

      Midit & Thynika
      I agreed with both of you I really hate Malong like any other South Sudanese But when come to families we can not count father’s sins on children & punish the whole family because of father’s mistakes he should be allowed to go & identify his Daughter’s dead body

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  • 7 September 2017 04:51, by john locke

    Its funny how karma works. This man killed countless innocent people and felt like he was untouchable, now hes treated as a prisoner. The blood of those he killed are haunting him day and night. Kiir and taban are next

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    • 7 September 2017 06:30, by onekdominic996

      walai bro this is the col blood of the innocent south Sudanese who were killed without any reason in the country working on him.
      any way the president should allow him go,we know Kenya is good in deporting if he change his mind from there Kenyatta will deport him back to juba no worry mr president

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  • 7 September 2017 08:54, by Mike Mike

    President kiir would have released him to go and shared that very sorrowful moment with his family.How long does Kiir will be fearing of him not to be allowed to go and stay with his family in Aweil?. My suggestion is,let him be release and gov’t has to monitored him from his daily activities and when they quoted him trying to talks against the gov’t then he should be held an accountable.

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    • 7 September 2017 09:09, by Malakal county Simon

      A general who once called himself King Paul, has now turned to be queen hahah. A staunch supporter of unwanted president, and now has been betrayed to the level of dog? Maybe the dead innocents Nuers, Equatorias, Shilluks, and Fertits, are calling him to joins them sooner or later ......

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    • 7 September 2017 09:57, by Midit Mitot

      Mike Mike,
      I agreed with you strongly, Malong will be confined at his home for how long! this is fake decision from Kiir, one day Malong will decide something that would even surprising many thugs in Juba.

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  • 7 September 2017 12:10, by Majesty

    Gen. Malong protect Mading Aweil borders and keep Aweil citizens united against common enemy for nearly 3 decades. Some communities like Kiir’s Gogrial which lack men of his caliber are currently killing themselves. No Aweil citizen (in cluding Gen. Ajunga Mawut) should want Malong humiliated/mistreated or hasitate to reject Gogrial division extended to Aweil by Salva Kiir.

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  • 7 September 2017 16:11, by Free at Last Viva!

    He was hoping to go! But does Malong know what is keeping him in Juba? If he knows, He would not even think of requesting permission to leave. He is a suspect, suspected of coup against the president. It is better for Malong to think otherwise of way out, otherwise he will be sent to his death bed by Juba’s unknown gunmen.

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  • 8 September 2017 09:31, by gatkhor Nueri

    Queen Paul Malong Awan you protect the hopeless president and not it was become problem to you.
    you get the consequent.

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    • 8 September 2017 09:47, by jubaone

      Is that Jienge foolishness or just blank idiocy? The fugitive Malong was on his way to Aweil and only got fooled and lured to return to Juba. The fool thought he was "untouchable" now he’s the hunted rat. At least the Kiirminal is the "one-eyed fool" while Malong is the total"blind fool" 😁

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