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S. Sudan’s ex-army chief did not set condition for talks: official

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January 14, 2018 (JUBA) – A member of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders has dismissed reports that former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan set conditions and demands for President Salva Kiir’s government to meet before entering into talks with the Juba regime.

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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)

In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Sunday, the co-chair of the Jieng Council of Elders, Joshua Dau said he was unaware of conditions and demands Awan allegedly placed.

“Gen Paul Malong was receptive and cooperative in our meeting. He raised the issues which are his concern and they do not amount to preconditions or demands. Who told you this?” he asked.

Dau, also a member of upper house of the legislative assembly, said a message assuring Awan about government commitment’s to protect his properties was delivered by the team that visited him.

President Kiir, according to Dau, assured the country’s former army chief of staff that none of his associates in the army and government at all levels would be targeted because of their connections to him.

The South Sudanese leader also pledged readiness to pay attention the various issues, which Awan raised, the official further stated.

Awan reportedly vowed to abandon rebellion, cease from hostile and negative statements, which can be interpreted by the coalition government to mean threats against the Juba establishment.

But despite denials from Dau, social media was awash with reports that Awan unveiled four demands as a condition for entering talks.

Gordon Buay, a South Sudanese diplomat at its embassy in United States, said Awan demanded that the Director General for internal security services, Akol Koor Kuc be removed from his position and replaced before he can enter into talks with the Juba government.

Also said to be on Awan’s list of demands, Buay said, regards the conduct of the ruling party (SPLM) elections using ’secret ballot’ and the elected chairman must not be interim president of South Sudan.

It, however, remains unclear if the ex-army chief indeed set the demands Buay alleges.

On Friday, it emerged that prominent personalities and the Jieng Council of elders in South Sudan had reached a deal with the former army chief of general staff not to rebel against the government under the leadership of President Kiir.

The new deal, according to the mediation team, would allow the government to not treat Awan a rebel as he had been declared. It demands him to cease involving himself in any subversive activities that the government would interpret and equate them to rebellion. The deal further demands that government and Awan cease all sorts of hostilities, including social media and all forms of negative media campaign.

(ST)

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  • 14 January 22:20, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Here are the conditions set up by Gen. Paul Malong.
    1. He want Akol Koor to remove from being a Director General of NSS
    2.He want SPLM party to conduct election of chairman of the party and the elected one will be interim president of South Sudan.
    Oh my God,hear us.

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    • 14 January 22:32, by South South

      Of course, these are social media conditions. No one should pay attention to them.

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      • 15 January 05:58, by Eastern

        South South,

        Even Kiir is wary of the social media front; he pays a great deal of attention to it. Don’t be so pedestrian in your shallow reasoning!

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        • 15 January 07:12, by South South

          Eastern,
          I am surprised for you to come out and support social media because that’s what you are good at. We don’t really pay attention to these keyboard news. You can sit under your computer 24/7 a week, but you will achieve nothing. 5 years and Iam reading your empty threat, we will do this, we will do that.Sorry, it;s wasting of time to us.

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          • 15 January 08:01, by Eastern

            South South,

            You are clearly lost on this. Kiir blocked access to Sudantribune, Radiotamazuj, etc because he was feeling the heat then. Prior to Chan Garang’s attack on the suburbs of Juba, South Sudan Telecom Authority ordered that Internet services be taken down. Kiir is not as ignorant as you are following the events in Tunisia, Egypt, etc.....

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            • 15 January 12:26, by South South

              Eastern,

              You are just weak and big coward, shut up.

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              • 15 January 18:13, by Eastern

                South South,

                Yapping the word SHUT-UP is the easiest thing but getting out of the shithole is quit another!I wish you allotted me the slot of a SMALL COWARD!

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                • 15 January 20:04, by South South

                  Eastern,

                  Just follow Trump words because you live in USA. I said this before I am repeating it now. Peace in the best thing for South Sudan, but wicked people like you would understand one thing only, strong army in their faces and that’s what you are getting now. You talk about dry season, yes, dry season started already in Lasu. I have seen some rebels running naked to DRC.

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                  • 15 January 20:09, by Eastern

                    South South,

                    Which Lasu are you talking about? Do you know what happened in Pieri, Pathai, Payai, Pulchol, etc in Uror and Nyirol. Taban has been sent by his master to expand their territories but things are backfiring. The dinka regime in Juba cannot lord it on every South Sudanese....!

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                    • 15 January 22:16, by South South

                      Eastern,

                      Weak man is jumping up and down. Tell one single town rebel captured from our country in 2017? Yes, you know Lasu very well. Those who ran to DRC to Abba town were rounded up by Congolese government.

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    • 15 January 18:49, by garrak1520

      What a shame!! all south sudan problems revolving around Kiir, Malong. Folks these two are citizens like you all. Tribalism got to stop if not no future for South Sudan. Time to get rid of Salva Kiir, Malong and all others using tribalism. People of South Sudan must get up and ask for Kiir to stand down.

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  • 15 January 01:37, by choldit

    How many times one can be fooled? Many deals were violated by president Kiir on Malong Awan, let alone on Dr Machar. Malong have to say yes JCE to Dau, of course, but he will do his due course of actions in due time. This time Malong will not play fool else it will the end of game for him. Kiir, Akol and others in Juba are rdy to finish him up and go for Taban b4 Taban forges unity with Awan.

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  • 15 January 07:08, by Lenin Bull

    Begging Paul Malong not to rebel is to his best interests both in the short, medium, and long terms. This was what happened to George Athor, Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, etc. People begged them not to rebel against their movement and government but were full of themselves. Finally, people abandoned them to their best desires and they all died and failed to achieve anything leaving behind widows, orphans.

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  • 15 January 07:15, by Lenin Bull

    No Dinka community is ready for rebellion against their own government, country, people, and land whether under current President Salva Kiir or any other president from any tribe or region. Even if Dr.Riek becomes president through democratic means the Dinka community will stand with him and defend his government. Dinka people don’t value anarchy and barbarism. King Paul should harken to this fact

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    • 15 January 08:42, by Joseph Canada

      I wish that was whoDinka really are. Unfortunately they are not and you’re not truthful.

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    • 15 January 09:08, by jubaone

      Lenin,
      This is "herd or cow mentality" where it is like herded cows submissively follow the commands of their herder without any protest. This explains why jienges have NEVER criticized the Kiirminal for all the worthlessness he has displayed. You´re a "yes" people without a free conscience. Did you say jienges dont value "anarchy and barbarism?" that is new!

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      • 15 January 09:30, by Lenin Bull

        jubaone you make me laugh my lungs out. I love your comments not because they are substantive but because they are childish and hinged on outdated old hatred against the Dinka people. "If God is for us who can be against us." Continue to hate the Dinka nation but they don’t hate your people rather they have good hearts for your well being and prosperity. You will win the war against the Dinka by

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        • 15 January 09:33, by Lenin Bull

          Continu—
          I mean you will win against the Dinka people through and by love not war and hatred and killings. Get me right dude.

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        • 15 January 12:29, by jubaone

          Lenin Fool,
          Who cares for jienges as long as they keep to themselves? I have NO Problems whatsoever. However, I have problems when they start spreading everywhere like fecal flies and disturbing peaceful communities. Keep, kill and do whatever you want among yourselves, then I am done. That is not difficult to understand or?

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          • 15 January 14:25, by Lenin Bull

            AHAHAHA, jubaone, you make my day thank you so much my brother or sister which ever. From today onward I have started to love your writings and comments. Keep it up and don’t get tired and opt out. Let us keep it going. Soon I will give you my mobile contacts so that we can become more friends and take it further. I’m just an ordinary citizen. I,m not one of Akol’s sons and daughters.Okay ?

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  • 15 January 09:40, by Lenin Bull

    In fact, if it was our King Paul that was sitting on that damned chair in Juba, rebellions would have ended many years back. You should stop blaming President Salva Kiir who is full of mercy and good heart for all his people regardless of your tribes or personal historical records.We don’t want King Paul to rebel but we equally love him.

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