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S. Sudan former head of military intelligence welcomes appointment to foreign ministry


File photo for Gen. Paul Malong Awan (R) with Marial Nuor (Photo Anthony Chimir)
September 16, 2017 (JUBA)- The former head of military intelligence service in the South Sudanese army said he accepts his appointment at the foreign ministry denying reports he was refusing a decision by President Salva Kiir, moving him from the army without his consent.

“Who told you I have declined the new assignment? I did not talk to anybody. These are the creations of people who want cause confusion from nothing so that there could be something. Tell them they will not get what they want”, Gen. Marial Nuor the ex-director of the military intelligence told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

Nuor said he was a soldier and soldiers does not ask explanations but execute orders.

“The commander in chief decides to make changes in the army and deploy people where he sees them fit. So for your information and the general public, I welcomed my assignment the very moment the changes were made and I contacted the office of the president and the ministry of foreign affairs. I have no objection to the decision of the president. I was serving the people in the army and I will continue to serve them in the new assignment. There is no difference. The mission is one, serving our people,” said Nuor.

President Salva Kiir on Wednesday issued a Republican Order removing Gen. Nuor from the directorate of military intelligence and moved him to Foreign Service as third-grade ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. No immediate replacement was announced. Another order appointed Nuor as an ambassador at the foreign ministry.

However, relatives and close family members claimed Nuor did not appreciate the change, citing lack of experience in foreign services. The former top intelligence officer, sources told Sudan Tribune, saw the appointment as third-grade ambassador as a demotion and preferred either a return to police service or assignment in the national security service instead of foreign affairs ministry without prior background.

Observers link the presidential decision to the "purge" in the army and government institutions for military or officials loyal or close to Paul Malong Awan. The former chief army staff recommended the reinstatement of Nuor into active military service and his assignment at the key position.

Nuor and Awan were appointed the same in April 2014 by a presidential order after the sack of the former SPLA chief of general staff, James Hoth Mai, and the head of military intelligence, Major General Mac Paul Kuol.


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  • 17 September 2017 09:20, by Peng Kimang

    Marial Nuor is regarded as BilPam dissident and a threat to Salva Kiir. Where on earth can military man be posted to a diplomatic mission. A person who knows no diplomacy or international relations. This is just a way of phasing him out of the army by caging him there. The notorious general was behind the disappearance of Eng. John Louis of Housing in 2011. God forbids.

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    • 17 September 2017 12:23, by Jubaa5

      The ex-director of the military intelligence Gen. Marial Nuor is a killer and a robber.Many young equatorians and Nuer diappeared in Juba,Yei,Wau,Mundri because of this man.He is demoted from top job to third grade ambassader,he and Malong have things in common.Salva kiir is getting rid of these gangster one by one.Ask any body who lives in Juba will tell you more about this man.

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      • 17 September 2017 15:34, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, why did you take another name? Do you want to confuse people? Jubaa5 is Jubaone guys. You can tell from his writing, expression, and tone. You should change your name to brainless or clueless instead of Jubaa5. I can figure out who you are within 5 seconds.

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        • 18 September 2017 17:00, by jubaone

          Jienge Defender,
          Are you so dumb not to tell the difference between Jubaone and Jubaa5? Read my writings well and open up your dull Jienge brains. Perhaps your case is a hopeless one, MTNS think in one direction and can’t think in 2 or 3 directions at the same time. Sorry, ya jienge awir.

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    • 17 September 2017 12:33, by Jubaa5

      Dont ever try to stop near their headquater head office ,with your car ,pray god that your car never breakdown near their office,you are a death man!! I was driving my car with a friend near their head inteligent office in juba may 2016 and my friend told me dont ever stop here to change car tyre or fuel get finished here you are finished.even IDI Amin of uganda was better.

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  • 17 September 2017 09:20, by Adok son

    Marial Nuoor the relieved commander said;I kill the people of South Sudan in the previous position and again to kill them in another institution of foreign ministry, because I won’t get relieved and put aside by my President Salva Kiir.
    Killing in South Sudan is an essential way of getting job from Salva Kiir’s government.

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  • 17 September 2017 17:26, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    National security is the 🔙 born of thecountry.It is this security organ that country relayupon.who ever is appointed to .

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    • 18 September 2017 03:23, by Jubaa5

      Iam A dinka,but dinka have ditroyed this land.
      A dinka man dont know diplomacy,he is angrey man.They have stollen the oil money.They have killed inocent people
      They have grabed land or plots belongs to other communities
      They have distroyed properties which will not be replaced
      They becomes thieves of cattle in Equatoria land They want things by force.They have occupied all jobs from top to bottom

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      • 18 September 2017 03:39, by Jubaa5

        The truth must be said ,history will juge,Dinka are the majorty in population yes we know ,but their rule has shown no quality at all ,we are ruled by a lion.
        If you argue with any dinka man about what is going on now in S.Sudan,he will tell you blindly that things are running well.People are tired of dika system,we want a change new leader not from Dinka,enough is enough,dinka is like cancer

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        • 18 September 2017 04:10, by Don-Don Malith Rual

          No any leadership that Southerners would appreciate,they only see your achievements when you are totally gone for good,
          This has been a cultural heritage things from generation to the down of 🌍 Earth,
          It will come a time ? that this Sudanese leadership will be denied by those who would love to serve abundantly,

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  • 19 September 2017 18:50, by The rock

    to be honest, Dinka spoiled this Country, could it not have been Dinka with their compromised leadership south sudan would have been in a certain level of development. Yes, agree with the say that, Dinka is the larger community in the Republic of South Sudan yet they the most corrupt community in the government of the Republic of South Sudan, simply because they don’t advise themselves .

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