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Standoff with ex-army chief resolved, Kiir tells UN boss


November 7, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir told the head of the United Nations mission in the country Tuesday that the standoff with the country’s ex-army chief has been resolved, downplaying the tensions arising from orders to disarm the latter’s guards.

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S Sudan’s President Salva Kiir is received by former Chief of General Staff of the SPLA Paul Malong Awan at the airport in Juba March 6, 2015 (Reuters)

The cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro, said President Kiir and David Shearer held discussions on the security situation in the country in general and tensions with the former chief of staff in particular.

“Mr. Shearer came to see the president and to discuss with him about the current security situation in Juba and His Excellency the president told him that the situation is normal and the recent reported tension has been resolved peacefully”, he said.

The South Sudanese leader, he stressed, gave assurance to the head of the UN mission that any move to restrict movement of the former chief of army to his residence and deal with him accordingly should he resist the order, will be handled without the use of force.

“The government is asking the former chief of staff, Gen Paul Malong to release some of guards to return to their units. Nobody will arrest. This is the message his Excellency the president of the republic told Mr. Shearer today. So the issue tension has been resolved. The situation as you have been witnessing has been quite normal since Sunday," explained Lomuro, adding "There should no panic”.

The South Sudanese Security Council on Monday endorsed a presidential order directing the chief defence forces to disarm and arrest guards of the ex-army chief.

“The security meeting was convened over the weekend in the light of the current situation and it received reports of the deployment of the security forces around the residence of Gen Paul Malong Awan after he refused to comply with the directives of the president. But this is not a big issue," said defense minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk.

The endorsement of the presidential decision comes after Awan’s rejection of a decision by President Kiir ordering army soldiers protecting his residence to regain their barracks and to arrest and disarm guards who disobey the order.

Awan was sacked by the president in May and replaced with Gen. James Ajonga Mawut.


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  • 8 November 2017 03:48, by Kush Natives

    Let all rebels out there in the Bushes started hanging themselves ASAP! Their wishes didn’t succeed. Starts your own moral support by yourselves. There’s way of lifting a drawn rebels.

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    • 8 November 2017 05:11, by Eastern

      But know that there are rebels out there....Malong was just another sickly man subdued in his own house.

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    • 8 November 2017 05:12, by Eastern

      But know that there are rebels out there....Malong was just another sickly man subdued in his own house.

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    • 8 November 2017 05:30, by Majesty

      Kiir told Malong when he was in Yirol that he would keep his own body guards. Why didn’t Kiir just talk to Malong instead of to army if something has changed. A none garbage president would have worried about unpaid salary for six months, rebels,economy....not worried nation about just 30 guards with recent country top General.

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      • 8 November 2017 05:49, by Majesty

        Failed president miscalculation he would unnecessary hold till he quickly wrap up peace. Big mistake. Now without straight forward people like Malong the foolish president with his stupid can’t bring peace now or tomorrow. The rebels know why compromising with losing fool.

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        • 8 November 2017 06:27, by dinkdong

          You sound frustrated. That’s how we felt four, five years ago. Kiir is nothing but a dictator, a dirty dictator.

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    • 8 November 2017 06:30, by Landlord

      I wish you should put constructive statement on this forum one day. not always negative. By the way, Public talks are different from practical. trust me, you will regret your posting one day. Who doesn’t know this tribal killing which exists among those people since BC. wish your tribes success before south Sudan handed back to AL Bashir.

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    • 8 November 2017 09:01, by Landlord

      I don’t think rebels will hang themselves, it would have happened when Apuok and Agook whatever monkey names given killed themselves in Gogrial last month. Dinkas have never lived in peace and will never live in it for life.

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    • 9 November 2017 00:43, by Malakal county Simon

      Kush Natives

      Lies!!!! This two guys are still on each other throats..... Stop dancing, Marin Elia is lying as usual!!!!

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    • 9 November 2017 00:49, by Malakal county Simon

      Kush Natives

      Lies!!!! This two guys are still on each other throats..... Stop dancing, Marin Elia is lying as usual!!!!


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  • 8 November 2017 08:49, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    The issue of X-chief of general staff have created the un necessary tension among the public and this has to be settle amicably

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  • 8 November 2017 17:27, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Great news. I support peace and stability all over South Sudan. I am a peacemaker general.

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    • 8 November 2017 18:10, by Majesty

      Gen Malong house is still surrounded. Deadly war and revenge killings could happen between Dinka sections if Kiir attack him and his few guards.

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