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Ex-S. Sudan army chief was a threat to President Kiir: aide


September 27, 2017 (JUBA) – General Paul Malong Awan, the former South Sudanese army chief who was sacked in May, had proved to be a threat to President Salva Kiir, a close aide revealed.

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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)

“The way Gen. Paul Malong was conducting himself was quite astonishing. He had reached a point he could not listen to President Salva Kiir himself. He saw himself as more powerful that he forgot he was appointed into the position by the president and the president has the power to remove him from power the same way he appointed him.”, the presidential aide, familiar to circumstances which led to Awan’s removal, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

Further added the source, “He [the former army chief] was a clear threat to presidency and the life of the president was at stake”.

Awan, an ex-governor, was replaced by the army’s deputy chief of general staff for administration and finance, Lt. General James Ajonga Mawut.

By the time of his removal, Awan was overseeing an army that was in the spotlight, amid accusations of gross human rights violations, rape, atrocities and war crimes on civilians in conflict-affected areas.

The former army chief, who had recruited a notorious militia from his home region, allegedly failed to crack down on abuses by soldiers.

Meanwhile, a prominent Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders (JCE) member separately told Sudan Tribune that the ex-army chief at one point allegedly threatened to arrest Kiir over succession plans sidestepping him in favour of another person.

“I knew relations between President Salva and Gen. Paul Malong would not last. And I knew the two things would occur. And one of these things was that if president decides to remove Malong without assigning him to another position, Malong would not accept and he and his supporters would cause a situation that would put the country at stake,” the JCE member, who preferred anonymity, said.

He added, “Malong himself told us categorically that he did not want to remove president, but he would not accept the president to sidestep him and appoint a successor other than him [Awan]”.

According to the JCE member, Kiir and his allies, mainly from the greater Warrap state did not want Awan to assume the presidency.

“Gen. Malong felt he was being exploited and betrayed, despite all he has done. You could see bitterness and deteriorating relations each there is a meeting between President Kiir and Malong”, he further explained, adding, “When the decree was issued, it did not surprise me. I knew it was one of the scenarios that would happen given the relations that were in existence and evolving situation”.

On Sunday, the former army chief of general staff said he does not have any problems with President Kiir, attributing his sacking and current detention to the pressure being exerted on the South Sudanese leader.

“There is no personal problem between me and president Salva. What happened [was] he [Kiir] was under pressure and so he implemented what others wanted”, he told Sudan Tribune.

The former army chief, who was axed in May, claimed president Kiir was being pushed to treat him in a manner likely to cause reactions.

“They know our relations and so they are not happy and they have been trying all along to cause this situation. I told the president several times about the activities of these people and he told me he was aware. So there was a pressure which we all know”, said Awan.

Awan also vowed never to fight the very government he worked to maintain. He specifically cited the vital role he played in 2004 when late John Garang de Mabior, the founding leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) fell out with Kiir, who was then his immediate deputy.

The ex-army chief was one of the three officials sanctioned by the United States administration for undermining peace, security and stability in the war-torn country.

The sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker said, implied freezing assets they may have in U.S. jurisdictions, banning them from travelling to the U.S and preventing Americans from doing business with them.

The nearly four-year conflict in South Sudan had killed tens of thousands of people and driven more than 2 million children out of the country, the United Nations says.


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  • 28 September 2017 00:07, by Kuch

    "amid accusations of gross human rights violations, rape, atrocities and war crimes on civilians in conflict-affected areas"
    There has never ever been a war fought on this planet earth without civilians being abused. The US, the UK & allies have killed hundred of thousands in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen Pakistan & Afghanistan. So why do these>>>

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    • 28 September 2017 00:17, by Kuch

      creeps keep blaming Paul Malongdit for this? It is simply bullying & intimidation. The white American police have abused African-American since slavery time to date. But these so-called human rights’ criminals who are even in that damn UN building don’t often say any damn thing about white American police murder of African-Americans all the times & got away with murders.

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      • 28 September 2017 13:49, by Eastern

        Two wrongs don’t add to a right...! King Malong was just POSTURING, he lured many dinka youths to their deaths..Kiir is POSTURING as well, the New World Order may not spare him for long given the current outlook...Watch this space.

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    • 28 September 2017 00:35, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Just a negative accusation on Paul Malong Awan against Salva Kiir,
      Senior government officials thought that they weaned Paul through his removal.

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  • 28 September 2017 00:40, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Those who ousted Malong Awan from chief of staff were Jieng council of elders not involved the IO Politicians lobby.

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  • 28 September 2017 03:20, by lino

    😁😂😁😂😁What is the difference between what we have been saying from December 2013 and now? South Sudanese leaders willing keeping breaking so many political codes and secrets in numbers soon. People are hungry now and always the hungry man is an angry man!!!

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    • 28 September 2017 03:42, by Kuch

      Mr. Lino,
      Many of you idiots like Eastern, Jubaone & others often disguised themselves as South Sudanese on this SUDAN TRIBUNE web sites, but you idiots have nothing to do with Sudan & the South Sudanese people but the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan imposters who are paid to post their crude propaganda about South Sudan & the South Sudanese people>>>

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      • 28 September 2017 03:57, by Kuch

        Who is keeping many of the Nuers in these so-called UN POCs in Bentiu & other Nuer villages, Malakal, Anasir, Bor & Juba? Who is preventing these Nuers from getting out of these so-called UN POCs & grow their own damn food? Wasn’t it the US, the UK, the UN & their NGOs who even ordered the Nuers in Leer & Malakal to stay put in these squalid compounds purposely to use these same Nuers>>>

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        • 28 September 2017 04:21, by Kuch

          (the US, the UK, their UN & NGOs) as their blackmails & bargaining chips to the government of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people to crawl their evil selves into our country. On the disguise & pretext of their damn UN, humanitarian aid, donations & peacekeeping business scams. These same US, the UK, their UN & their creepy NGOs were the ones that forced the innocent Equatorians from Yei>>>

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          • 28 September 2017 04:31, by Kuch

            Kej-jeije, Nimule, Parajok & other villages in our former Central Equatoria to run to Northern Uganda just like they (the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between) are currently doing in Myanmar/Burma with their so-called *Rohyinga refugees* in Bangladesh. But some of our South Sudanese fools & even some of our leaders would never ever understand that our country>>

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            • 28 September 2017 05:24, by Kuch

              & our people are being Geo-political toyed around by the greatest evils on earth, that we can just walk over some of these days. Our Riek Machar fools, this is what your US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies are after in our country & our people

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              • 28 September 2017 13:53, by Eastern


                You stupid dinka, what have you learned since the dinka-created war started in 2013? Nothing..! You people can’t eat your cake and have it; you want to continue receiving assistance from America, be ready to dance to their tune.I see no difference between Kiir, JCE and the dinka tribe. The three are one and intertwined and must be FORCED to accept the realities as they unfold..!

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      • 28 September 2017 05:17, by lino

        Stop insulting Ya Kuch. Don’t be a follower like the rest who depleted South Sudan... We are original New Sudan folks who followed our Great Leader won e Mabourdit; don’t joke around with us.
        Just take the few dollars of people that is left and leave please... People are hungry and they need food. What a government you are proud of if more than 1/2 of populations are fed by your whiteman...stop s

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        • 28 September 2017 05:19, by lino

          ...Stop saying, justice, Liberty, and Prosperity. You cannot show it!!!

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          • 28 September 2017 05:35, by Malakal county Simon


            Kuch has been traumatised, and that’s why he talk trash, out of blue all the times.......

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      • 28 September 2017 07:47, by jubaone

        The more you argue with a jienge, the more you turn to being a jienge yourself cos his low thinking tends to pull down all common sense. Our readers will not tell the difference between a reasonable Equatorian and an irate jienge cos it’s demeaning. Sorry. I’m fine to engage in such jienge scum or luakthrash.

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  • 28 September 2017 07:11, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    👂 listening to allegations is too dangerous sometimes,a friend of mind by the name Mapieu Mayom Nyang,reminded me about the struggle of the former preminister of UK Winston, in
    His struggle for leadership folks were against him; and he said "If you ? stop and throws stone at every Barking 🐶 dog on street you will not reach your destinations" Mr Malong was very right to revealed this secret,that

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  • 28 September 2017 07:15, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    If General Away knew this before hand he could have approached
    President Kiir for an open 🔓 Dialogue and the situation could have been settle amicably,People need to talk yes is clearly the best.

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  • 28 September 2017 07:51, by john akeen

    Mr. Kuch
    I agree with you this people are not South Sudanese, they are N Sudanese people, they are portinting to be South Sudanese people because they want us to continue on fighting ourselves, especially JUBAONE and Eastern, I witch to find this two Arab ass people

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    • 28 September 2017 11:00, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      I dont buy to this jienge shit that tries to mudsling others as not being Junubin. You "baby JCE scoundrels" have often accused Equatorians of being Ugandans cos you want to come and grab our lands and takeover what we built. We´re warning you, a day will come when NO JIENGE, again NO JIENGE will be ALOOWED to squat in Equatoria. Be prepared for a MEGA KOKORA

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      • 28 September 2017 11:04, by jubaone

        John Akeen,
        Without Equatorians, you jienges are worthless, this you must understand. Equatorians can live without jienges, but jienges CANT live without Equatorians. OK? You steal, kill, loot but end up as losers cos you feed on ready-made things. You lazy infidels.

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    • 28 September 2017 13:58, by Eastern

      john akeen,

      For your information there’s only South Sudan and the Sudan. Your N. Sudan exists in you dunk-filled head. Just watch as the situation unfolds, we the South Sudanese will reclaim our country form the tribal occupation force disguised as SPLA. Don’t die to find me; I am here in Juba at Mia Saba. Come let’s talk face-to-face...!

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      • 28 September 2017 17:57, by john akeen

        You are arab 10,000%. Junbin people they love themselves in anywhere around the world, and they do know how to fix there mistakes very quickly, but we do know our enemies every well, our enemie is you Arab fucker Eastern - Jubaone, and you JUBAONE y our need to keep our states our people Equatorans people out you Arab mouth

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  • 28 September 2017 08:17, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    Folks ! Avoid hate speech. We are ONE PEOPLE ONE NATION. Malong has been replaced and that is all. Is there anything wrong about it? He was not appointed to head this position indefinitely.

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  • 28 September 2017 09:43, by Landlord

    We have some few colleagues on these forum by mistake. such people need to be denied access to comment on this forum. I don’t see anything significant in their postings since day one. It’s all about killing, insults and all sorts of heat speech. you will gain nothing will all these nonsense.

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  • 28 September 2017 10:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Salva Kiir, and Gen. Malong Awan, should be reconcile simply, because what is going on in just a totally messing by army and Jiang councils of elders politicians.

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  • 28 September 2017 11:53, by Peng Kimang

    Hahaha..He’s not a threat to the president, and neither will be. They’ve been friends all this time and are staunch members of the JCE. They are the architects of JCE policies and designated the Dinka master plan to rule South Sudan for 200 years. He’s the chief implementer/executor of those deadly policies. The plan started last year by massive killings & uprooting Equatorians from their ancestra

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  • 28 September 2017 11:55, by Peng Kimang

    The plan started last year by massive killings & uprooting Equatorians from their ancestral lands. What’s happening between the two men is just a tilt in a tea cup.

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  • 28 September 2017 13:25, by Majesty

    Another allegation. Even if they can’t mention name of the speaker, why can’t they say exactly what he said Malong did or refused to do that’s so "astonishing"? Even Stupid Kiir himself announced publicly he removed Malong on bogus and total allegations. Other people are seeing different thing but Kiir is weak more than ever. An army of traitors didn’t last in 2013, it’ll not last next.

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  • 28 September 2017 22:03, by William

    You guys, the world consider South Sudanese as they are more than stupid people. Western countries especial US and UK are using you to kill yourself for their interest. They have encourage rebellion in indirect. Those who support gov’t and those who support rebel are both don’t know what they are doing. The world is focus on your resources and they will get it through your senseless war.

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  • 28 September 2017 22:16, by William

    Now, Sudan is almost finish Abyei oil and control richest part of South Sudan land. Sudan government has been taking gold and other values resources in South Sudan and you are busy killing each other. Kenya, Uganda, and Congo took part of South Sudan. So, the world is benefit from your war and they don’t want you to stop war since it benefit them.

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