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Former South Sudan’s army chief denied access to water: wife

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Malong at Juba airport on to receive the body of his daughter 15 Sept 2014 (ST Photo)
November 5, 2017 (JUBA)- The government troops deployed around the residence of the former South Sudanese army chief of staff Paul Malong have rejected to authorize the delivery of water and food to the besieged general and his guards, increasing the tension between the two rival forces in the capital Juba.

Lucy Ayak, wife of Gen. Paul Malong Awan released a statement to the public on Sunday accusing government troops deployed outside the residence in which her husband and the guards live to have taken 35,000 South Sudanese Pounds from relatives who left the house for shopping.

Ayak said the heavily armed soldiers blocked the main road leading to the residence of her husband and refused to allow any vehicle to move in order to bring food and water to people at home.

“This morning the guards were given some money to go and buy some eatable commodities in the market, upon entering the exit gate, the platoon grabbed the money intended to buy food and water from the market,” said Ayak in a statement released to the public on Sunday

“Every human being is created by God to enjoy the earthly privileges of living. I am bringing this inhumane torture out such that the people know what is happening and in light of the Dark dealings happening now,” she adds.

Ayak wondered why her husband and guards are being denied access to water and food, saying it is not a character of humanity for the leadership to deny someone of food and water.

“It sounds evil and ungodly to pronounce hunger and thirsty to somebody that you perceived as an enemy, never even in the court of law when someone is found guilty of a certain crime, be it felony or misdemeanour, or convicted of the death penalty, before killed. It is undeniable right to be fed when still living”, she pointed out.

Tensions rose after Awan rejected presidential order asking for disarmament and subsequent arrest of his guards, denial of visit, possession of weapons, movement out of the residence, arms and ammunition in possession. Any resistance should be met with reasonable force.

(ST)

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  • 5 November 23:50, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    "💂 guards given some money 💵 to go and buy eatable commodities in the market "?Is this exercise still in practices in South Sudan? 😱 The use of body’s guard 💂 doing all the household work? I thought she could have said, this morning I was going to buy some foods in the market!
    My beloved folks we need to abolished this systems of misused of personal gaurds we are in 21 century,
    We use to inst

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    • 5 November 23:58, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      We use to instruct Body’s gaurds to A,B,C,D,..simply beco3 majority of commencing 👮 officers were not with their wives, but now we are an independent nation state. Where anybody is free and last to do his or her job to earn a living. There’s no such a things in the western world 🌍, even prime minister himself don’t have a driver

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  • 6 November 02:08, by Mayendit

    To Families of former SPLA chief of staff gen, Paul Malong Awan and the whole people of Dinka Malual communities. I would advice you all not supports the violence but be the ambassador of peace because you were not known for violence in years. I am pro Awan but I do not supports conflict to happen so please tell Wan to accept the order from president because he has the power to do what he wanted.

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    • 6 November 07:41, by komriicker

      Mayendit!
      we Aweilians are for peace, but a peaceful community should not be use as an opportunity to tortured us. it is enough. we are not God’s, but as humans we can react to any aggressions and humiliations imposes on us. Kiir do not have right to put Aweil community under his knees, anyway, you are behind the news, reducing the no. of body guards is not a problem, but de Phrase, force"

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    • 6 November 08:14, by William

      You suppose to tell president kiir. He is the one support violence. Aweil community don’t has interest to wag war against Kiir but Kiir is workong hard to make sure Aweil must have war against him.

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  • 6 November 03:56, by Majesty

    Salva Kiir has betrayed Aweil people. How many Gogrial people are now sanctioned? Yet Aweil is paying high price for Gogrial own Kiir war. As if that is not enough thru our own Gen Ajunga Mawut, Kiir is dividing Dinka Malual. Malong kept protected Aweil people for over twenty years. He’s symbol of Malual unity.

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    • 6 November 08:05, by William

      What I know is that president Kiir mislead by Aweil politician who don’t want Malong Awan to be alive, but president doesn’t understand that politicians are different from community and soldiers. Aweil community and sons and daughters of Aweil wear uniform can give him and his government hard time including falling his government. Solve Malong’s case peaceful is more better than worse coming.

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  • 6 November 09:12, by John Wetjunub

    people failed to understand the issue of Gen Malong and Kiir, and instead of getting the main cause they have gone far blaming innocent people of Gogrial meanwhile they know nothing about it.let me tell you the truth, Gen Malong problem with President Kiir was caused by Aweil politicians and not people of Gogrial please note this.and in reality people of Gogrial like Malong more than Kiir.

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    • 6 November 10:28, by Sunday Junup

      Breaking News!
      Dinka Vs Dinka. Let watch the end of this film we have been waiting for.

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    • 6 November 19:33, by Majesty

      John,
      BorJohn Garang, Gogrial Kwanyin Bol and Salva Kiir Mayar backstabbed and killed Aweil Benjamin Bol Akok for made up fear he may one day take power as Dinka Malual is becoming majority. Exactly same is ongoing with Malong who didn’t fail or his duty. If he is fired he can’t kill million cows in celebration. What exactly Gogrial president want from him?

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  • 6 November 10:37, by Peter Mading

    Brothers let’s come together as one but Kiir is doing with his group won’t take this country forward. let’s pray God to end this crisis which Mr. president generated. that is all I have for all South Sudanese whether Nuer,Equatorians and Dinka

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    • 6 November 13:22, by Landlord

      Peter, I like your comment. these are the kind of comments we need on this forum. Not like what someone who claim to be called south Sudan is doing all time on the net. your comment alone tells me that there are some dinkas who can also think very well.

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    • 6 November 13:47, by Sunday Junup

      Peter Mading,
      When it started in Dec 2013, it was only Nuer Vs Government then Shiluk and Fartit Join one year later but Equatoria was still claiming that they are Neutral until 2016 where they Joined now in 2017 Dinka are opening their eyes too. It is very true that Kiir is using name of Dinka to loot country resources but most Dinka could not say no because of ’’Kongkooch’’.

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