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South Sudan elders in talks with Malong over guards’ disarmament

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File photo for Gen. Paul Malong Awan (R) with Marial Nuor (Photo Anthony Chimir)
November 6, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese elders said on Monday they are in talks with the government and Gen Paul Malong Awan, former chief of general staff of the army to resolve the standoff over the disarmament and arrest of the guards as came out in a presidential order.

Deng Macham, President of the Traditional Leaders in South Sudan and one of Aweil community leaders involved in the negotiations told Sudan Tribune on Monday that meetings have been held separately with President Kiir and Gen Paul Malong to break the standoff over disarmament and arrest of the guards.

“There is no problem. The situation around the residence of Gen Paul Malong is calm and everything is under control. This is what we want. We don’t want war. We do not want the blood to be shed. The elders and the religious leaders have taken a peaceful initiative to break the standoff. These talks have been held with the president and Gen Paul Malong and they are continuing,” said Macham.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny confirmed meetings have taken place between the community leaders with Paul Malong as well as with the president and other high-level officials.

Ateny said Bishop Majok of the Methodist Church, Aweil elder Garang Deng Aguer and the Presidential Envoy Akot Lual met with Malong in order to contain the situation. He did not elaborate on the message the elders were delivering to the former chief of general staff who refused to disarm and arrest.

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  • 6 November 2017 22:52, by Dinka-Defender-General

    President Kiir, please, please don’t make any mistake. Why do you want to disarm peaceful bodyguards so you can lynch General Awan? You already humiliated General Awan. Dinkas Elders, please don’t get involved in General Awan humiliation. Great on containing the situation, but stay out this problem. This is an illegal disarmament and bodyguards have rights to protect themselves. We are against it.

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    • 7 November 2017 03:47, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      If govt fails again to let other rebellions develop, then S. Sudan with current situations will just be like Libya & Somalia. Pres Kiir, Akol Koor & Malong Awan must drop their individuals’ differences to save lives of South Sudanese. It’ll be a great shame if it bursts to violence b’se it fulfills enemies interest!

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      • 7 November 2017 07:09, by choldit

        It is unportunate that the Dinka/Jienge council of elder are talking like the represent South Sudanese elders and are avoiding using their real name to intentionally confuse their foreign audiences. Paul Malong was cheated in the past and brought back to Juba from his way to Awiel only to be arrested. Let see if he will be convened to be disarmed and eventually killed.

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    • 7 November 2017 07:19, by jubaone

      Jienge Defender General

      This confirms my earlier assumption that Malong cant face Kiirminal. He is outgunned, outnumbered and without sustained logistics. Only join Riak as viable Option.
      http://nyamile.com/2017/11/06/breaking-news-army-general-loyal-to-former-chief-of-staff-defects-to-machar-and-calls-on-the-army-to-topple-president-salva-kiir/

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      • 7 November 2017 07:36, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, don’t worry I am sitting here with General Awan as I write to you. Remember, I have over 3,000 S.P.L.A. that can back up General Awan any time if things get out of control. However, we don’t want any problem between P. Kiir and General Awan. We, the conservative Dinkas want peace and stability.

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      • 7 November 2017 11:04, by Khent

        jubaone

        You’re using a website that just peddles empty propaganda, so using it as though it were authoritative is ridiculous. Without impartial third party verification, I dismiss any headline from any Sudanese website.

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          • 7 November 2017 12:53, by jubaone

            Khent,
            I understand your misreadings. But you contend, both you and I are simply recepients of such news from "unverifiable" media outlets like Sudantribune that reported this drama. How else were we to comment, if we had no such information in the first place? Unless you have your on "verifiable sources", then get us hooked on.

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          • 8 November 2017 00:14, by South South

            jubaone,

            Juba is so calm, you see what I say all the time that people like you or Eastern can not fight any real war. You are putting all your eggs on Dinkas to fight themselves. This is a very weak position from your side. If you can’t do it, then surrender. By the way, We keep our cows, goats and sheep in Luak, very nice place, where do you keep your monkeys and rats?

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  • 7 November 2017 01:52, by john akeen

    I like President Kiir and Gen Paul Malong and all of South Sudanese politicians. I meant all of them politicians, Riek Machar - Lam Akol -Gen. Thomas Cirilo and all, but there is something I don’t like about them all. I still like President Kiir more, why? because P. Kiir wants everyone in our country to follow law and order and to respect the law of the land, but there is some politicians>>

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    • 7 November 2017 02:27, by john akeen

      are so crazy about position, but when they get some position in the government, they don’t do anything good for the people, they only do something good for their families at home and for themselves, but when they get fair, they go and look for innocent civilians to get kill for them. We the Citizens of the country, we must stop following this people. Let’s dialogue ourselves on this site>>

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      • 7 November 2017 03:07, by Khent

        John Akeen

        You must be one of those very few people that profits from this sick, corrupt system to assert that Salva Kiir follows the law and encourages others to do so. What world are you living in?

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  • 7 November 2017 02:41, by Sunday Junup

    John Akeen,
    What do you expected Paul Malong could do which he did not done? Anyway it is a prophecy from Ngundeng. Nothing you can do about it. Interesting 2013 Dr.Riak body guards disarmament but no interference from JCE now they came in. Good film Dinka Vs Dinka

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  • 7 November 2017 03:29, by john akeen

    Khent and Sunday Junup
    both of you need to know that there is something that call law and order in any country that anyone must follow, and you need to know that anything that you do in this world it must be your own do, don’t get your families involved in it, I’m from Aweil and I know if I do something wrong, there will be no one will stand for me, because I’m not important in>>

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    • 7 November 2017 03:46, by john akeen

      Aweil and I’m not a general in Aweil, but if I do something wrong, I deal with it by myself, I don’t call my families to come help me out for my mistakes, don’t I sound like I’m strong then this politicians that always get themselves in some mistakes that they can’t even take care of it by themselve? My mother and my father they told me that, if I do any mistake, I must know how to fix it

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      • 7 November 2017 04:07, by john akeen

        without getting them involved in it. I don’t hate Gen Paul Malong, but he need to talk, and need to free himself like strong leader or strong soldier who got captured alone somewhere, he need to keep his family away from this and he need to talk, because he got strong talk for this government, if it wasn’t because of him, than what was going to happen to Kiir government in the past

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  • 7 November 2017 05:15, by Eastern

    Hello JCE,

    Where are you..?

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  • 7 November 2017 06:23, by lou nuer

    John Akeen
    Most of the times you reason like a little child. How can you said that you like Kiir that is respecting the Law while he is the one take the law in his hand from the very beginning up to date. From which law you can make a degree of removing elected MP and Governor this is how you are respecting the law in Awiel as you pretend that you are in Awiel? Please time will come in which law be

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  • 7 November 2017 15:25, by gatkhor Nueri

    Jieng (DINKA)South Sudan elders in talks with Queen Malong Awan over guards’ disarmament.

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