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South Sudan ex-army chief of staff renews commitment to peaceful dialogue


December 30, 2017 (KAMPALA) - The former chief of army staff, Paul Malong Awan, has renewed his commitment to remaining loyal to President Salva Kiir, his government and the people of South Sudan, saying a peaceful dialogue was the only way to end the conflict in the country.

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Former South Sudan army chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan speaks at the presidential palace in Juba, November 16, 2017 (ST)

Recently, Awan relatives claimed that the former rebel and Malong’s rival General Dao Auterjong who has been appointed recently commander of the SPLA infantry division in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region had ordered a weapons search operation in his house in Malualkhon of Aweil region on Friday.

Awan, talking in thanksgiving prayers in Kampala, assured the people of South Sudan and Aweil community that war was not one of the things he was pursuing as a way to addressing his grievances with the government.

“In this thanksgiving prayer services, some people are following us. They want to know what we are doing. What I want to say is that our main focus now is a peaceful dialogue," Awan said.

"We are asking people to stay together and continue. This is our country and we cannot destroy. If there are issues, we need to sit down and talk. If there are people who are doing which are uniting people, we tell them,” he added.

The former chief of staff is in Uganda visiting his family and will return to Kenya to continue with his treatment and then return to South Sudan when the authorities approved his return, he said.

President Kiir last November authorised the former army chief of general staff to leave to Nairobi for treatment ending his confinement in Juba since last May.

Awan was relived on 9 May 2017, upon secret security reports claiming he had plans to overthrow Kiir, accusations he has denied. However, President Kiir refused his repeated requests to allow him to travel to his home area in Bahr El-Ghazal where he has supporters.


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  • 30 December 2017 23:19, by Eastern

    Paulo MALONGO Awan’s return to South Sudan soon is uncertain; his toolman Manut is already in hiding after Kiir dispatched the NSS to check out what was brewing at Paulo Malongo’s backyard.

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    • 31 December 2017 00:44, by Kush Natives

      That’s how nationalist men sees things in his/her own country. Paul Malong is loved in this country.

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    • 31 December 2017 06:03, by South South

      Peace, peace and peace.

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  • 30 December 2017 23:34, by john akeen

    Good job former chief Malong. We know there is a lot of enemies are after you. They’re after you because you know how to protect your country and it’s people very well and also we do know that your one of the strongest commanders who build SPLA Army to become a national Army like other countries, and we do know you will never turn your back on SPLA because you’re their commander, and>

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    • 30 December 2017 23:53, by john akeen

      you will be remain as a true and hero commander of our country national Army. We are all preparing a thank you gift for you and for the great portaction and gift that you had gave us Southern people. Thank you

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  • 31 December 2017 04:31, by Mayendit

    My best advice to former Chief gen, of staff Paul Malong Awan and your families. Please try not live in Uganda or Kenya because it is not safe for you. I think it is better for him to go back to South Sudan instead of living in the nations that, are always taking bribe for something.

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  • 31 December 2017 05:21, by Matooldit

    Articulated words indeed from ex chief of the army. South South needs peace not war, so many war lords in the country and our youth the future of this country are dying or wounded,there is a time for everything, it’s time for peace.

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    • 31 December 2017 09:22, by Kuch

      Take a rest Mr. Paul Malongdit. However, we don’t need to be complacent uncle, We all want peace in our country. But country has been set up by our enemies (we often call allies) uncle. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their allies in between are desperately shopping for a war in our country. Their regime change business in our country didn’t get their required results>>>

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      • 31 December 2017 09:27, by Kuch

        as they (the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies even here in our own region) had failed to toppled the current government & to replace it with their sold out idiots like Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo & some of their other traitors>>>

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        • 31 December 2017 09:33, by Kuch

          But don’t you worry Mr. Paul Malongdit, just take care when you travel in countries like Kenya, ethiopia or North Sudan. ethiopia & North Sudan are being used these days by our enemies as their staging countries to play game with our country & our people. But the evils are going to get what the criminals are desperately shopping for with a bucket full of it>>>

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          • 31 December 2017 09:37, by Kuch

            in our country>>> We are not part of British or their so-called Anglo-American empire.

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  • 31 December 2017 15:37, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Gen. Awan is my and South Sudan hero. He cannot throw that away. Somedays, he will be a president of South Sudan and future president acts reasonably. Thank you Gen. Awan. Keep preaching for peace and let evils preach for a war.

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    • 31 December 2017 16:21, by jubaone

      Is that how low you have gone, almost to the level of a bootlicker? You should have told fugitive Malong that his attempts to militarily resolve the SS problems was fatal. If he were only intelligent and learned, he would have circumvented all this shit. Anyway, dummies often learn the hard way. Now he thinks like Riak, great!

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    • 31 December 2017 20:45, by Nyesi Ta

      Fugitive Malong is buying time by saying those good statements for stupid Kiir Al Awiir to buy, but idiot Malong is under rating Kiir Al Awiir. Kiir Al Awiir knows what fugitive Malong is trying to do. Stupid enough, Malong said his return is conditioned to approval by the same Kiir Al Awiir whom he claims he pay loyalty to. How can a citizen like Malong be subjected to such a condition? Jengeeeee

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