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

October 29, 2017 (JUBA) - Units of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) led by high-ranking officers have defected following a failed attempt to forcefully free former army chief, General Paul Malong Awan, who has been placed under house arrest since his removal mid this year.

The move, military sources told Sudan Tribune, has sparked tension and fears that the army could be divided and imbued with dissents.

Actual numbers of the troops believed to have defected from the army, however, remains unclear and there are conflicting accounts and information about names of the officers who have defected.

Some of these dissenting officers fled to an unnamed neighbouring country, where they hope to declare their positions on this matter.

But senior officers like Lt. Col. Chan Garang and Major Aguer Atak Ariik have openly made known their decisions and moved out of Juba following the failed attempt to free Awan from house arrest.

Garang told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that he was no longer taking orders from General Ajonga Mawut, the army chief of staff who replaced Awan following his appointment by the president in May.

“This is the moment of change. A new dawn for our country, the direction the country is going is not clear. Instead of recognizing the patriotic role played by Gen. Paul Malong and other officers who came forward to protect the constitution and keep the country united, they smacked him in the face and humiliated to the point of denying him compassion to attend the burial of his daughter. So if this can happen to Gen Paul who then is left?” asked Garang.

He further added, “We can no longer wait that time to come”.

During the interview, Garang confirmed to Sudan Tribune that he and Aguer have left Juba to organize themselves for operations.

Also, multiple military and security forces said in series of interviews over the weekend that the officers attempted to free Awan from the residence where he has been placed under house rest, only for their attempts to be foiled, leading to their defection upon realizing they would be detained and charged with treason before the military court.

“The command has not yet given out orders to pursue them because there are ongoing talks at the highest level. The community leadership and the presidency are in talks. This is the reason the command has not issued clear instructions and orders regarding this defection. So let’s wait. When it is clear, the general command will make a statement about this group”, a military officer said Sunday.

The senior military officers that defected from the South Sudanese army reportedly left with more than six officers and about 200 men.

“The information we have now is that Lt. Chan Garang and Major Aguer Atak have gone with more than 200 men. Some of them are members of the Mathiang Anyor, Dinka affiliated militia, who came to Juba for different reasons from areas of their deployments across the country and particularly those who were deployed in Equatoria and Upper Nile,” a security officer, who asked not to be named, told Sudan Tribune.

“When these officers decided to rebel, they collected them and are the soldiers they have gone with. They are around north of Juba. We know their locations. The local people are telling us their activities and we are also monitoring them,” he further stressed on Sunday.

The security officer, however, denied there were attempts on their side to take Awan to the headquarters of the national security, saying such an allegation was a ploy to have the latter freed.

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  • 29 October 18:28, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    The case of Former chief of general staff doesn’t need everybody’s envolvement, it need amicable dialogue between this individual and the government of the day.
    And if we defects because of my colleague or brother then we are inserting tribalism,nepotism, hatred and discrimination.

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    • 29 October 23:39, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr Don,

      You have failed the country. Just keep quiet in shame. Imagine if external force attacks the country, who would defend it? You made a national army a dinka army. Now they are divided, who is to blame?

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      • 30 October 00:52, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Jur likalang-a-lik..No one like to be treated as such to be confined in one place like a 🐐 goat being tethering to grass at on location whole day! Is very painful, very tiring, isolated, and boring, however;one thing we should know is that, the western influence is playing a great role here if you guys do not know.
        This thing started with self interest personal follow by interested groups now t

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        • 30 October 01:00, by Don-Don Malith Rual

          Follow now by terrible pressure groups!take 🔥 heat guys your country is being destroyed in your own eyes 👀 by unknown dirty politics of division by intruders who will one day called you idiots if you fail completely. Example is the case of Gaddafi of Lybia, do you know how regretfully peopl are now
          I warn you guys take charge and look at future remefication

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    • 30 October 02:14, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      President Kiir, should address this case of Gen. Malong perfectly instead of being misled by anti peace groups.

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    • 30 October 13:45, by Midit Mitot

      Bravo general defectors, let the fools remains alone

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      • 31 October 10:08, by gatkhor Nueri

        Malong Awan remember this blood of people which you killed they will curse you soon.

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  • 29 October 19:48, by padiit gaga

    They are to defected from this failed government who mistreated even those who fought for her especially Awan as it happened to him it will happen to every body better for you to leave this government as you did, you are wise men let your right not be violated by man. Thank you for opening your eyes and see the devil Angel acts S.Sudan must not be the same untill this primitive president is gone.

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  • 29 October 20:19, by Mayendit

    General speaking, I wouldn’t blamed those defectors led by Col, Chan Garang and Major Aguer Atak Ariik, because the president is seem to trade his best friend with the enemy who were the problems to himself. Well, if Gen, former chief of staff were to make coup and did not do it then, there is no point to detaining him while not done it. There is a way to convening your best friend instead of trad

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  • 29 October 20:32, by Mayendit

    Trading best people with the real enemies is became a policy of Juba’s government particular, the current president gen, Salve Kiir Mayardit and I think people have been too patience otherwise, he would have not leading young now a day. Giving the credibility and the situation which was facing Kiir Mayardit in 2013, John Kong and James Hoth Moi were actually helping Riek Machar one way or another.

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  • 29 October 20:32, by Mayendit

    Trading best people with the real enemies is became a policy of Juba’s government particular, the current president gen, Salve Kiir Mayardit and I think people have been too patience otherwise, he would have not leading young now a day. Giving the credibility and the situation which was facing Kiir Mayardit in 2013, John Kong and James Hoth Moi were actually helping Riek Machar one way or another.

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  • 29 October 20:33, by Mayendit

    Trading best people with the real enemies is became a policy of Juba’s government particular, the current president gen, Salve Kiir Mayardit and I think people have been too patience otherwise, he would have not leading young now a day. Giving the credibility and the situation which was facing Kiir Mayardit in 2013, John Kong and James Hoth Moi were actually helping Riek Machar one way or another.

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  • 29 October 20:44, by Mayendit

    Gen,former SPLA chief of staffs Paul Malong Awan stood up that, both gen, former SPLA defense Minister john Kong Nyuon and gen, former SPLA chief of staffs James Hoth Moi were talking in the middle of night to coordinated operation within and out side but president was not aware what was going on and Awan knew exactly what it is. I wouldn’t trade Paul Malong even if he was planning to coup me.

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  • 29 October 21:11, by Mayendit

    Continues talking about former chief of the SPLA staffs, the people who are closer to leader some time driving away the leader and this is what happened to president Salve Kiir Mayardit. The members of Gogrial leaders have driven him while, they never went to front-line but they are saying one thing and tomorrow another. Detaining Paul Malong Awan will not prevent conflict in between his supports

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  • 29 October 21:26, by Mayendit

    90% of all Dinkas are supporting former SPLA chief of staffs Paul Malong Awan and the Gogrial pew to president must understand that, detention will not preventing conflicts between his supporters and the pro president however finding manual dialoging would save the uncertainty when many Southern Sudanese are looking for lasting peace.If he took 10 million dollars then, why not resolved that?.

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  • 29 October 21:26, by Mayendit

    90% of all Dinkas are supporting former SPLA chief of staffs Paul Malong Awan and the Gogrial pew to president must understand that, detention will not preventing conflicts between his supporters and the pro president however finding manual dialoging would save the uncertainty when many Southern Sudanese are looking for lasting peace.If he took 10 million dollars then, why not resolved that?.

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    • 30 October 10:24, by Wutkhor

      Mayendit fool
      Let me adivise u n tell u the facts behind ur king Paul humiliation arrested, u Dinka’s really proves that u re the most idiots pples I SS n on earth why don’t u open ur dumb dirty eyes n see who is fooling ur kiirdit, the one behind all ur house mess is STD. Period if u will put blames on those Gogrial thugs in juba than STD plan will succeed.

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  • 29 October 22:29, by john akeen

    Never turn your back on someone who saved your life from your enemy. General Malong had saved you and saved the constitution of this new nation, because of you and because of the constitution and because of the people of this country, General Malong received sanction. Be very careful with your actions because your actions it’s been creating Rebellions in the country and plus citizens are>>

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    • 29 October 22:45, by john akeen

      watching you and they might find you guilty like they found Riek Machar guilty of doing wrong actions

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    • 30 October 00:02, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      John Akeen

      Indeed Malong defended the constitution that is nothing other than Kiir himself. The constitution is Kiir and Kiir is the constitution. South Sudanese will one day reclaim their country from the brutal, murderous regime and a real people’s constitution will be made.

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  • 30 October 01:12, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Lord God forgive 🙏 them for they do not know what they are doing, the interest groups plus terrible westernisation is
    Playing biggest role in our current conflicts.
    Lord save our nation through bloody stains 👐 heads, somebody say Amen.

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    • 30 October 01:56, by dinkdong

      You’re full of crap. Remember what you said earlier.

      "Follow now by terrible pressure groups!take 🔥 heat guys your country is being destroyed in your own eyes 👀 by unknown dirty politics of division by intruders who will one day called you idiots if you fail completely."

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      • 30 October 02:59, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Dingdong: you smear the ? hot chilly into your 👀 eyes when things get out of your mighty hands 👐.
        Would you still blame President Kiir at this point in time?
        How dare should you allow yourselves to be incastrated by the western bulldozer! Open 🔓 your eyes 👀 if you have conjunctivitis, you need an eye drops first or I will provide you with one, or I give you an eye opener in order for you to

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        • 30 October 03:03, by Don-Don Malith Rual

          In order for you to see things clearly with vision and with prospective, Ohooo my God open their 👀 eyes to see the darkest side of the unknown world they are driving us through
          All food 🍲 lovers are destroying my beloved country. GOD SEE them and do double deals with them I pray Amen

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      • 30 October 06:12, by Kuch

        Dingdong,
        "Follow now by terrible pressure groups!take 🔥 heat guys your country is being destroyed in your own eyes 👀 by unknown dirty politics of division by intruders who will one day called you idiots if you fail completely." This is the first time you have ever told the truth on this SUDAN TRIBUNE propaganda machine chap>>>

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        • 30 October 06:21, by Kuch

          Anyway defection nonsense is just another SUDAN TRIBUNE made up story to divide & control their usual section of South Sudanese who believe in SUDAN TRIBUNE naked propaganda at face value without first fact checking the veracity of what SUDAN TRIBUNE & other foreign online tabloids often let out about South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. You are absolutely right this time Dingdong that our>>>>

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          • 30 October 06:29, by Kuch

            country is being destroyed by some intruders on our own seeing eyes and through our own foolish South Sudanese. And these intruders that want to destroy our country & our people are no one else but the people (countries) some of our idiots call our uncles or our allies----the evil corporate America of old, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between>>>

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            • 30 October 06:38, by Kuch

              But many of our fools would wake up later like spooked birds after their US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their creepy allies have already destroyed our country & our people. Have a look on this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RC1Mepk_Sw
              https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166
              >>>

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              • 30 October 06:45, by Kuch

                The most appalling thing in life is to always continue to worship your enemy when in fact your enemy (enemies) wants to destroy you & your country. Right after our independence in 2011, Mr. Salva Kiir took almost his entire cabinet to Washington to go & solicit the US investors come & invest in our country because the war was over>>>

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                • 30 October 07:03, by Kuch

                  But Mr. Salva Kiir & his ministers were plainly told by the US investors that there were no infrastructures in South Sudan to come & invest in. Mr. Salva Kiir & his cabinet ministers rubbed their noses & came back to South Sudan humiliated. The US investors were given the first priority by the government of South Sudan since the US was considered by the South Sudanese people as their uncle>>>

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                  • 30 October 07:11, by Kuch

                    But when the government of South Sudan came & asked the Chinese investors to come & invest in our country. The Chinese investors said Okay they will invest in our country. And when the evil corporate America hears that the Chinese companies are going to invest in our country. The criminals in the then US Barack Obama & his then bunch of his evil juus went berserk & wanted a regime change>>>

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                    • 30 October 07:22, by Kuch

                      of the government of South Sudan & be replaced with their usual Riek Machar puppet/stooge or their other fools like Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Majak Agoot & some of their other puppets/stooges that the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between staged the 15/12/2013 foiled coup>>>

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                      • 30 October 08:04, by Don-Don Malith Rual

                        Kuch:you 💅 nail it on the head Bro, theses guys doesn’t know how we struggle for this country they talk and take it like cheap cheeps.
                        They will said I wish I knew one day one time. Let’s them do the talking but we will not allow these fellow to mess up with
                        Our beloved country

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                      • 30 October 10:27, by Wutkhor

                        Kuc or kus
                        Don’t run mad n wild ya an insects Dinka’s, too much defecations on sudantribune won’t solve ur jiengs crimes.. STD is doing is work very well in juba, I hate STD but I like what he is doing to animals Dinka’s..

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                      • 30 October 10:48, by Kuch

                        And the same US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their criminals.

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              • 30 October 07:02, by William

                Kush, I think S Sudanese who love S Sudan knows that US,UK, and others western countries are working hard to invade S Sudan for their benefit, but how Kiir treat people who help his leadership, will not prevent foreign countries to invade S Sudan. It is clear Kiir has been supporting foreign countries to conquer S Sudan in a way he doesn’t know.

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          • 30 October 07:06, by jubaone

            Kuch,
            The very SUDAN TRIBUNE you are attacking is the very media outlet you are posting your worthless writings. You are like that very jienge who shits into his own bowl at one time, then washes it up clean to then pour and eat his walwal from. Either you stop sending your nonsensical tirades or you use without critcisms, period.

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            • 30 October 08:02, by Sunday Junup

              jubaone,
              Don’t wast your time on Kuch, every one is not reading his comments because he repeats the same post over a year now.

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            • 30 October 08:58, by South South

              Jubaone,
              This article from Sudan Tribune is a big joke. Can you tell who are the leaders of this new rebellion? By the way, do not be like Easrtern. He is a mess. He talk about every tribe in South Sudan is a stakeholder, what? Where were during the war? Why didn’t join SPLA at the beginning if you are stakeholder?

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              • 30 October 10:32, by Wutkhor

                South South idiots
                I like the Dinka’s insects re crying fools, they re running mad here n there, u trauma will just keep developing.. Since STD is doing is work in juba, I hate STD to death but I like what he told some years back he tell me that Dinka’s re very easy to be break coz they like food so much, he said they re lucky coz they were only dealing with a stupid RMT.. STD will capture power

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                • 30 October 12:34, by jubaone

                  Wutkhor,
                  Dont hate STD, he is doing a very delicate job. On one hand, he thinks he has driven off Riak, on the other he has successfully brough divisions among the jienge. Do you realize that since then, Malong, nyors and jienge Abyei are in tatters? Jienge rebellions are now picking up as most nyors are deserting the frontlines. Just wait, good News coming up soon!

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              • 30 October 21:20, by jubaone

                South South,
                You seem out of touch with the sequence of events. Anyway, like any other jienge fool, just go join your fellow Malong fugitives and rebel. Its up to you, or just shut up.

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  • 30 October 02:19, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Let Kiir Mayardit solve this mathematics whether he will disowned the Nuer group and release Gen. Malong or he will take Malong as they are already friends.

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  • 30 October 03:37, by DO IT

    I will be watching JCE vs JCE here in Upper Nice front line. AND see who’s real JCE is, although I do believe that the Aweil Dinka section are one that keeps Dinka unity 2gether. Without them, Salva Kiir must to bribe more none Dinka for protection

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  • 30 October 06:44, by William

    Very interesting subject. Kiir must think critically. What I know Kiir may think the defectors are few numbers to be crush and that is big mistake. It cause numbers that will never crush so it is better to solve peacefully.

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  • 30 October 07:21, by Sunday Junup

    Jieng Council of Evil (JCE),
    ’’Ba duol jaangni dak (i will dis integrate Jieng Council) by Prophet Ngundeng’’ It is now the beginning of the end. We will be watching how Dinka will start their rebellion without assistant from Nuer. I hope it will not be 5 days rebellion like that of Kiir of 2002 and mal0ng of 2017.

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  • 30 October 07:45, by Eastern

    I love it; let the dinka dialogue or soon it will be dinka eating dinka....

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    • 30 October 08:44, by South South

      Eastern,
      Donnas are not like other small trbe in South Sudan. They are very well organized and they know their enemies. If you are waiting for Dinka to fighter themselves so that you can get powder in South Sudan, then prepare to wait for 2000000 years.

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      • 30 October 08:50, by South South

        Correction: I mean Dinkas.

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        • 30 October 12:38, by jubaone

          South South,
          I am seeing, these events are seriously impacting on you to the point you are making several misspellings in your messages. Getting nervous? Cool down little jienge boy. You aint seen nothing yet!

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          • 30 October 14:22, by Eastern

            jubaone,

            South South has been panicky for the last few weeks if you notice....Panic Mode..!

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  • 30 October 07:54, by Majesty

    "This is the moment for change. A new dawn for our country, the direction the country is going is clear. Instead of recognizing the patriotic role played by Gen Malong and other officers who came forward to protect the constitution and keep the country united, they smacked him in the face and humiliated to the point of denying him of compassion to attend burial of his daughter. So if this can ha

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    • 30 October 07:57, by Majesty

      ...can happen to Gen Paul Malong then who is left?

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  • 30 October 07:57, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    You reap what you sow. Mathiang Anyoor are only loyal to their master i.e. Paul Malong Awan.

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  • 30 October 08:29, by Majesty

    Soldier Malong humiliation was clear another assault on peaceful Aweil people. I stand with full complete soldarirty officer Garang. Hopefully, lion division will join us and frustrated officers with nothing less of full release patriotic King Paul and specific time offer for President Kiir to resign. The rest, Bor & Gogrial will belame when the Sun goes down.

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  • 30 October 10:39, by Wutkhor

    STD is really doing is work in juba thought I hate him to death, I like what he is doing to the entire Dinka’s with their jce evils, STD know how to deal stupid pples very well, let the jce vampire empire face fire.

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  • 30 October 12:32, by Liberator

    Watlion
    You better to go back to school, what is the meaning of STD is doing is work? FYI DINKAs will not fight themselves for ever and ever ,don’t celebrates for nothing, all Dinkas were born with wisdom and vision they are not like Nuers who were born stupid with no wisdom and humanity .DINKAS know how to resolve their internal issues , they have a word called (Kong-Koch) . This War will turn

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  • 30 October 12:34, by Liberator

    to Nuer sons and daughters, mark my words because Nuer don’t known wait and se what is the problem ,they just say (Whanathen) Khoor bent.

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  • 30 October 16:27, by Dinka-Defender-General

    President Kiir, please acts fast and solve this problem before it is too late.

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  • 30 October 16:39, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Dinka defender:I don’t know why folks clink to some of no benefiticial; is unbelievable following the talked from head of UN representative with President Kiir made all these Clues.
    Our people are like 😡 mad man 👨 setting his own 🏡 house on fire beco3 insect or spider inside the house.

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