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Paul Malong arrives at Juba Airport 13 May 2017 (ST Photo)
November 4, 2017 (JUBA)- Gen Paul Malong Awan, former chief of army chief staff has rejected presidential directives ordering to arrest and disarm his guards, sparking tension and fear of another break out of the conflict.

Gen. Awan told community leaders on Saturday that his guards would not leave his residence.

“They (guards) will not leave. What is that they have not done”, asked Awan in response to a plea by the community leaders to comply with directives and let ongoing negotiations be carried out.

The former army chief was reacting to presidential orders directing the SPLA chief of staff Gen James Ajongo Mawut to ensure that visitors were not allowed to the residence in which Awan lives.

The seven-point order also asked the chief of defence forces to ensure that Awan is not allowed to leave his residence day or night and anyone intending to visit him, including his wives and children, needs to obtain a written permission from the chief of defence forces.

Furthermore, His telecommunications, including laptop computers and telephones, are not permitted to be his possession.

The order further directed his successor to ensure that all Awan’s bodyguards must be disarmed and arrested accordingly. All arms and ammunition in his possession are to be removed and any resistance will have to be met with “reasonable force.

The presidential order issued on 30 October 2017, was delivered to the former chief army by the Deputy Chief of Defence Force, Lt. Gen Mangar Buong Aluong who was flanked by military intelligence senior officers.

But Awan said he had no prior communication with President Salva Kiir and would not comply unless the president speaks to him personally on the matter.

Awan’s family members have expressed fear of his safety, saying they were very concerned after the imposition of new presidential measures.

“The government has escalated its move against my father Gen. Paul Malong Awan by removing his privileges,” said Anei Malong Awan in a statement released on Saturday.

“My father was informed he must release his bodyguards to their units, surrender his cellphones, guns and that all visitations of any kind to him including those from family member’s children and wives are not permitted except with approval from the authorities”, the statement reads.

This message, according to Awan’s son Anei, was delivered by Lt. Gen. Mangar Buong Aluong on behalf of the SPLA Commander in Chief and the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. Lt. Gen. Buong was accompanied by the Director General of Military Intelligence.

General Malong was dismissed by President Salva Kiir on 9 May and left Juba immediately but he was forced to return to his residence four days later. Since he is not allowed to leave his house without permission.

The general who is suspected by the security services of fomenting a coup against President Kiir is not charged with any crime. But more and more additional restrictions are imposed to limit his freedom.

(ST)

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  • 4 November 23:28, by Sunday Junup

    Jieng Council of Evil ( JCE) are referee between Queen Malong Awan Vs Kiiriminal Mayardit. It is good news Dinka Vs Dinka this time. A yieeth!!!

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    • 5 November 00:53, by South South

      Sunday Junup,

      I am so happy people like you, jubaone and Eastern know now no one can remove Kiir from power. I thought you will match to Juba in the middle of the day and take power, but now you are just begging Dinka to fight each other to give you power. Dinka are very well organized and they will not do anything to harm president Kiir, drink from any ocean near you.

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      • 5 November 01:10, by Khent

        South South

        Is that a joke? The Dinka are the opposite of organised. It’s one of those societies where virtually everything is backwards or inverted. The culture is regressive and has very few endearing qualities. Dinka men waste tens of thousands of dollars on multiple, senseless marriages while their children starve...

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        • 5 November 01:15, by Khent

          ..They don’t even secure the basics of life before diving head first into these needlessly expensive commitments. Most Dinka men think they’re too good for farming and so there is no food security. Most of them are greedy and self-centered... without even smidgen of empathy - even for family. I want Dinka culture destroyed and replaced.

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    • 5 November 09:40, by padiit gaga

      Swan do not let unwanted president to disarm your body guardunless you are foolish if will let him do that you gone remember he arrested without reason last time he called back in your homeland to arrested you while you did nothing he thought you would rebelled against him he let you not go to hurried your daughter, the second time permanent prison in the pit if you will disarmament of your guard

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      • 5 November 09:50, by padiit gaga

        Do not let him disarm your bodyguard if you do that you gone remember he called from your home to arrested you.secand time if you will let him disarm your bodyguard he will put you in the pit,our president is coward he leads our country in fear he doesn’t believe any one even his wife.

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      • 5 November 16:11, by jubaone

        Padiit gaga,
        Paul Malong is a soldier and he MUST follow oders. If he desists, then the Kiirminal must use force. That is allowed in military hierarchy, otherwise the fugitive must surrender or get killed in the process. That simple!

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  • 4 November 23:31, by Khent

    This is just bizzare. Awan is actually Salva Kiir’s cousin from his mother’s side in Aweil. The new Chief of Staff is also related to both Kiir and Awan. What a dysfunctional group of psychopaths.

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  • 4 November 23:38, by conservative

    I agree with the president agenda no one should hold arms or weapons against our government because it will create insecure to the people so Paul malong you just need lives as normal citizens first then you can preach politics to the people in peaceful way to persuade people if you want to and no one should hold any arms against our country if they have loved for it and including machar

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    • 4 November 23:44, by Khent

      What government? The criminal syndicate in Juba is very far removed from a government. All it does is lie, murder, steal, rape and pillage. It does not respect its own laws and yet you expect others to respect the very laws this regime does not adhere to?

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      • 5 November 06:38, by Eastern

        Khent,

        Thanks. Such is the honesty required of any individual who can be engaged in a meaningful debate. A nefarious South South, typical of Ateny Wek Ateny, is larger repertoire of deception that under-girds Kiir’s rule.

        Problem is, when so sloshed with power, the tendency is to turn a blind eye even if the hour of reckoning is inevitable. Watch out!

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        • 5 November 07:19, by South South

          Khent,

          You are totally very wrong and if you want to know the different between Dinka culture and some tribes in Equatoria, just visit them first. For South Sudan to develop Dinka must be their. Look to the kind of houses Equatorians live and compare them with Dinka houses, huge different.

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          • 5 November 07:21, by South South

            Eastern,

            Leave Dinka alone, you are not one of us.

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            • 5 November 09:17, by Eastern

              South South,

              “We have no any other better choices. The fact that innu South Sudan broke away from the Sudan was not really the most choice of everybody. But innu the majority what they decide in a democratic situation people have to go with it. Again innu whatever problems that…"

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              • 5 November 13:06, by South South

                Eastern,
                You can not debate with me about who fought the war to liberate South Sudan. Dinkas led the war without anyone from Equatoria. Equatorians were fake Arabs militias. The only place I can see you as a hero is in internet, the nice place for our Equatorian warriors. Please leave us alone to run the country we scarified for, do you understand?

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                • 5 November 15:52, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  The jienges and all those non-jienges who contributed significantly to the struggle are in their late 40s to 60s. All what we have now are latecomers, shoeshiners, beggars and nyors. You are among the latecomers priding at the expense of others. You have neither contribued financially, materially nor academically whatsover, rather you were an ordinary sucker. eat, sleep and shit cooly

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                  • 5 November 18:04, by South South

                    jubaone,

                    No, misleading statement from you, non-Dinkas have zero contribution to our struggle. By the way, South Sudan freedom came from our gun points only. There was no nothing called academically during our struggle. Either you were a real man and fought fake Arabs or you are a coward man and ran away from South Sudan to seek education. People like you are nothing to us today.

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  • 5 November 04:39, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What is happening is that those who kill by the sword are about to die by the sword. I do not believe Kiir and Malong will get together well as it used to be. This is a drama that is unfolding that is supposed to be conducted in either Aweil or Gogrial.

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    • 5 November 07:30, by South South

      jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

      You need to come back to Juba and forget about supporting Riek-IO or any other small group in Equatoria. If you are waiting for Dinka to fight each other, then you are weak and nothing like that will happen. React quickly before it is too late.

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      • 5 November 07:59, by Kush Natives

        South South, leave those lost rats digging their heads under the keyboards, faking as knowing the Dinka background will not let any terrorists organizations get away it. Those rebels became wishers, they turned out wishing you a merry Christmas into wishing Dinka elimination in South Sudan, which will never happen till those wishers disappeared.

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        • 5 November 09:13, by Chiir

          Pres. Kiir needs to exercise optimum care in handling Malong issue, if any. Malong is a hero, just like Kiir is. Hence, he deserves to be treated as such.

          There are many people who killed innocent people and are now enjoying oil money and positions in Juba. Malong did nothing of the of the sort.

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      • 5 November 13:51, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South^2,

        Nothing is too late. Like a birth of a child that goes through process, so is the political change that is going to surprise you. The change is going on an it is an evolution.

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        • 5 November 19:15, by South South

          jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

          You are losing everyday, please think about it quickly and give up. Your resistance is very tiny and it will take you nowhere.

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      • 5 November 16:05, by jubaone

        South South
        Only when the death toll of intra-jienge fight exceeds 50, does it make sense to report. Otherwise, fighting is a culture and almost everyday, killings occur in jiengeland and it often senseless to do the reporting. Think of Apuk-Aguok, Pakam (Agar)-Apak Atwot (Gok) etc..infighting. Just a question of time when Jienge Malwal-Gernyang will descend on Apuks (Awan Clan) of the Kiirminal

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        • 5 November 17:59, by South South

          jubaone,

          Dinkas are heroes and very brave men, you know that very well. It’s that reason you escaped and left South Sudan for Dinkas. Any talk from you about this and that is meaningless. Shut up or come back to South Sudan with your tail tucked between your legs.

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  • 5 November 13:30, by gatkhor Nueri

    The Bible Made it clearly that do whatsoever you want to be do you
    Mr.Paul Malong, when James Hoth has been removed in to his position. he was very Excited but now turn to nightmare to him.

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  • 5 November 13:36, by gatkhor Nueri

    It is good that in South Sudan,when you are remove in your position you have to said that government is bad and when you are in position you are not list to any thing and you are not seeing. thanks to you Mr Awan don’t mope this normal reshuffle not something new to you.

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    • 5 November 13:56, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Gatkhor Nueri:This is where the word of God practically revail
      Itself,in the Bible it says why do you remove spack from your brother’s 👀 eye and don’t remove yours so that you could see clearly. When folks are in position including myself we can’t see corruption beco3 our 👀 eyes are covered by 💵 dollars n when dollars are no longers ours we claim the gov. Is like this and that!

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      • 5 November 16:17, by dinkdong

        "When folks are in position including myself we can’t see corruption beco3 our 👀 eyes are covered by 💵 dollars." So you are one of the corrupted bastards, huh? S. Sudan will one time get you.

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        • 5 November 23:35, by Don-Don Malith Rual

          Dinkdong:😂 😂 😂 haha!Was just testing your illiterate small byour illiterate small mind,I will be the last person in the all world 🌍 to exercise useless aimless corruption, looting my beloved country assets, it depends on the way you are brought up by your parents, corruption is the acts of slave heart ? that need to fulfilled the empty stomach of 1980th-2005 yes of disversatation and atonement

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          • 6 November 06:22, by dinkdong

            The first thing you said is what count. If you can’t tell the truths in writing then you are for sure corrupted. ;-)

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  • 5 November 13:48, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Someone once said; (Junubin) Sudanese when they are satisfied and stomach full, they turns to each other killing themselves "But" if they are hungry and stomach empty they units against enemies and fought for their own right equally.
    This curst need to be prayed for collectionively by men of God
    The priest, Bishops and laymen and women

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  • 5 November 20:14, by john locke

    South South, I find it humorous that you really believe that sinks are the most brave. Please explain why close to 90% of South Sudan is under io control. Why kiirs/tabans troops have been chased out of pagan and lodged at jekow bridge where they recently decided to leave because of hunger and disease. Kiir forces are abandoning their post and leaving. Soon kiir will have to resign. Your kiir eve

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    • 5 November 21:57, by Khent

      John

      Where did you get this 90% figure from? Produce a reputable third party source for this laughable assertion. The rebels don’t even control most of Nuer territory - Riek’s home county included.

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  • 5 November 22:07, by lino

    We will be monitoring the situation and see what the role Mathiang Anyor will play in this mess!!! Kiir is putting himself in a bad situation when these troopers returned to Juba from their deployment!!!
    Kiir should take shelter either with his friend M7 or previous master Bashir; maybe was part of the last plan visit to Khartoum!!!

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  • 6 November 03:57, by john locke

    Kent, we just chased kiir soldiers from unity. We took waat airstrip from you’re soldiers. In malakal we have overran you. In Akobo you are nowhere to be seen. In Nasir you remain in the trenches starving. In Pagan we chased you out. Your only strong hold is in June. Or am I wrong.. haha. Oh and warrap. That’s about it. Everywhere else we have a strong standing army. We killed your soldiers and to

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    • 6 November 11:34, by Khent

      john locke

      No source, as expected. Unity State is mostly under the control of Kiir and his criminal ’government’. Malakal remains under ’government’ control. Nasir is under ’government’ control, as is Longechuk, Ulang and most of Maiwut. In Jonglei the ’government’ controls Ayod, Fanjak, Uror, Nyriol, Pochalla, Pibor, Canal Khorfulus, Duk, Twic-east and Bor. Only one County remains...

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      • 6 November 11:39, by Khent

        ..In Unity State the ’government’ controls most of that former State; it controls Abiemnom, Pariang, Rubkona, Mayom, Guit, Koch, Mayendit and Leer. Panyijar is the only area the rebels truly control and the only county in which they are not just resigned to hit and run attacks. The picture is basically the same in Upper Nile State...

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        • 6 November 11:46, by Khent

          ..Kiir’s militia controls Panyikang, Fashoda, Manyo, Baliet, Melut, Renk, Maban and all the Nuer counties except for Maiwut. The rebels don’t control anything in all of Bahr el Ghazal, so there is no need for me to go further. Rebels don’t control much in all of Equatoria and can only resort to hit and run attacks. Kajo-Keji will not remain in rebel hands for long. I give it a week tops.

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