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South Sudan president says reappointing ex-army chief amounts to bad precedent


Kiir addresses a news conference inside his office in the capital Juba September 12, 2013 (Reuters photo)
January 19, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Friday rejected calls to reappoint Paul Malong Awan to his former post as the army chief of staff, saying such move would amount to setting "a bad precedent".

Following the involvement of his aides in rebel attacks outside Juba and the reports about his participation in meetings with other opposition leaders to discuss ways to overthrow the regime of President Salva Kiir, the Presidential spokesperson declared Awan as a rebel marking the position of his boss on the matter.

However, Kiir seemed seeking during the past weeks to gain the full support of the Dinka elders, some of whom argued they want to maintain the unity of the largest ethnic group in the country because others would use any division break their cohesion.

“We are trying to establish a system that everyone should respect and comply whenever changes are made but if we go around the same system we want to create, we will never change this situation and we are setting a bad precedent because everyone will feel untouchable. And every minister and a general in SPLA will do the same thing and we will never move ahead,” said president Kiir on Thursday upon receiving a report from the Committee of the Concerned Citizens who were in Nairobi, Kenya, for consultation with the former chief of staff.

The South Sudanese president asked some of the Dinka elders what has changed after some of them were seeking removal from the office of the former army chief staff.

“Now when some of you come and tell me to reappoint Paul Malong because of peace and harmony of our people, I don’t talk because it is some of you who were telling me and bring reports of what you were saying and what was being done by Malong," he said.

He further recalled the elders that repeatedly told them he knows Awan very well as they worked together during the liberation time adding that some of them said the president refuses to listen to their words.

"And some of you started - by the way of doing things - allowing issues to build up and by the time I take actions, they have already grown that they become difficult to manage," he said adding "And I when act, some of you come back the next day and say something else, now tell me what should be done in this case of Malong,” Kiir wondered.

President Kiir upon to the intervention of the Dinka elders ended Awan’s confinement in Juba and allowed him to leave for Nairobi where he is allegedly working to topple the regime.

Kiir disclosed to the Dinka elders he met with Awan when he was in Nairobi for the inauguration of president Uhuru Kenya on 27 November adding he personally advised his old friend to keep quiet and relax in Nairobi until things get better

“I met Malong and we talked at length. I listened to him and the issues he raised and one thing I told him was to relax. But when I returned, I started hearing and getting reports of the activities he started to do. One of the activities was the record audiotapes I played before you went to meet him,” he said.


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  • 20 January 09:23, by lou nuer

    As you know very well if you will listen to those wrong advisors of yours you drive yourself out of your seat, please. Sometimes you are thinking in a right way but at certain points, you are easily being confused by them. Think wisely you will be overthrow by your admininstrators rather than the rebels itself be care ful enough.JCE take care with them Mr. Prsident they pretend that they know more

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    • 20 January 14:16, by Nairobimitot

      Let Paul Malong relax in Nairobi for a while. Paul Malong will be reappointed when the rebels are five miles away from Juba. Do not worry just rest; you will be reappointed. I am sure about it.

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  • 20 January 09:27, by lou nuer

    If you leave away the external influence and take your own decisions the crisis in our Country will come to an end immediately without delay but those who are telling you this and that are the problem causing confussion. Most particularly Nuer wew are the one delaying peace but you spoil Dinka image with few nuer influence please take wise decission during revitalization of last chance.Malong alon

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    • 20 January 10:02, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Your comments show that you are using fake name, a person from South Sudan’s strongest community(Lou Njuer)can not give up like the way you did.
      Sudan Tribune should stop or terminate account of people who used fake names.

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    • 20 January 21:03, by Nairobimitot

      Low Nuer
      Can yo define the word Nuer Wew. What is it?

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    • 21 January 05:04, by Mayendit

      Lou Nuer or whatever your hiding name maybe.

      First of all, can you explain clearly what are those wises decision that, will make revitalization success? By the way, you have accused Nuer in the government for nothing. Who doesn’t like money? They are the one protected Nuers people, because if the whole Nuers moved away against government then, things would have been gone worst on Nuers people.

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  • 20 January 10:08, by @you

    Malong was your conductor until
    Your bus tyre damaged what now?
    You will remain ther with your,
    Damaged bus till io come to your

    Ajonga was a left side tyre &
    Now become a conductor:

    The best games are coming & start with,
    1 easy
    2 medium
    3 hard

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  • 20 January 10:31, by Eastern

    Kiir should not be allowed to mislead South Sudan. Pile the pressure on him!

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    • 20 January 15:14, by South South


      Support peace, you are very tiny to us, nothing you can do for Kiir other than talking in the net. Peace in 2018.

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      • 20 January 17:18, by Eastern

        South South,

        At least you know that I am not.....

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      • 20 January 18:27, by jubaone

        South South,
        Yes, all need peace but it is not like a cow 🐮 that simply walks your way, it has to be fought for just as a young man would desperately do anything to win the heart of the lady he so admires. Currently, neither the kiirminal, nyagateen nor the opposition are in for peace. Peace in SS will remain an illusion, a wishful thought.

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        • 20 January 19:39, by South South

          Forget about cow. It is a noble thing to have a cow. Peace MUST come in 2018 because there is no other way to have people of South Sudan live together.

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          • 20 January 19:58, by Eastern

            South South,

            Why are ditching your Dinka project of making South Sudan a Dinka only country? Kiir consults from time to time with Dinka only group of people. It’s too late for you to wish for unity among the South Sudanese, the harm has been done starting way back during the two decades plus war....

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            • 20 January 22:47, by South South


              You don’t like Dinka, that’s your own problem, but Dinkas are going nowhere in South Sudan. Please find the way to live with them or you will live very hard live for the rest of your life.

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              • 21 January 16:12, by jubaone

                South South,
                It’s part of our rights as Equatorians to live in an environment devoid of jienges, we mustn’t be having them around. They too, have the rights to live on their own. Equatorians mustn’t be around bothering them. Jienges must understand, we just don’t want them with us. Ok?

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                • 21 January 17:29, by South South


                  You are very wrong. Dinkas have full rights to live anywhere in South Sudan. Equatoria is a part of South Sudan. I hope I help you with my point.

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  • 20 January 10:58, by Tilo

    Kiir you should have understood by now. the same JCE you listen to are the very once that told you to dissolve your gov’t in first place in Jul 2013 which lead to catastrophic disaster in Dec 2013. Now you have confessed they re de very once who asked you to remove Malong, at the same time telling you things have gone out of hand. Avoid ur stooge JCE u can avoid and solve all the current crisis

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    • 20 January 11:09, by Tilo

      South Sudan is not Dinka/Jieng property,
      south Sudan is for all of us [the 64 tribes] therefore jieng should not be the only once to have a say in country political affairs.
      Kiir and JCE will one day leave or retire what will u be proud of; during ur time in the office you have achieve?
      All of you will be death at some point but ur grand kids will forever carry ur burden in the histry of this SS

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      • 20 January 11:45, by jubaone

        As of now, SS is a jienge republic and the rest are simply sppectators who have no roles. The jienges are fully responsible for turning this country into a "shit 💩 hole" country. Only when they acknowledge their failed leadership qualities, we are in deep shit. No solution. The country must break.

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        • 20 January 15:20, by South South

          South Sudan is for all, it’s for 64 tribes. Because of this senseless war, we have a few mistakes here and there, but we will overcome them and make our country great again. Please let’s work for peace in our country. We are talking about strong, united and well organized country, not breaking it up.

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          • 20 January 16:28, by Tilo

            South South
            We all know that SS is for all the 64 tribes, however JCE is running this country as their own, First off you guys need to abandon that mentality & put country interest first, otherwise the vacuum is still accumulating, one day the rest of the community cannot take it & may explore which is gonna be worst on the other side.
            JCE should rather talk sense or enforce jieng people to live i

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            • 20 January 16:35, by Tilo

              To live with other community in harmony and equally respect them

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          • 20 January 18:32, by jubaone

            South South,
            I’m impressed by your gradual transformation and your acknowledgment that SS is for all 64 tribes. Only once we accept each other like building stones, our SS has no foundation and will not stand. Our neighbors are hell bent on seeing us destroy ourselves cos our unity and strength is a serious national and economic threat to them.

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  • 20 January 16:46, by dinkdong

    So now , the country is being run by the JCE. What a fail country?!

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  • 20 January 18:01, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Chance only comes once in people lives, why
    Chief of General staff?if he is given any others positions rather then chief of staff will he not take it?
    The similar incident of others countries like
    Zambawe and what is happening now in
    Congo is indications of fears within others
    Mean.any firmatation is a task and should be treated accordingly

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  • 20 January 19:08, by Binen

    How nice is it that Kir has admitted today that he is tribal leader whom has been misled by Dinka of elders. Thank be to God that the people of South Sudan you have been persecuting just because of the advises of your tribe men are seen in their suffering. You will face the consequences of your mislead to the point of your death. You are curse president. Wish you to die miserably.

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    • 20 January 20:55, by Nairobimitot

      You are wishing the President death, and you want him to die. You are a cursed yourself because you want your brother to dead by natural causes that are set up by you. That curse will run through your blood for many generations and you cannot do anything about because it is going to be permanent. You will never have a good life because you are wishing your house death.

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  • 20 January 23:14, by @you

    I told them many times to take
    Mr kirr for brain CT Scan they
    Say I was wrong until the disease
    Spread to the ather part of his body
    Instead to bring a good doctor they
    Brought TV jouchua
    That s why I say they use thier tail when
    Thinking not their mind:

    Bring the country back to normal
    No body have a problem with you

    Yala amchi num

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  • 21 January 05:30, by Mayendit

    President Salve Kiir Mayardit.

    I have to tell you the truths about what is going on in your government and your leadership style. First and foremost, the people which you trust them are the real your enemies. Second, you seem not to recognized your mistake and this is why you repeated over. Third, your leadership style is poor and the direction of your government is also poor. To repair or fixed.

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  • 21 January 05:46, by Mayendit

    Continue: Few advice to president who sound helpless.

    To repair your legacy or fixed your weakness first thing to do is by acknowledge that, you are part of the problem. Understand any human can make mistake at any zero hour therefore, you must accepted it and make apology to your citizens and asking them forgiveness then,you can also asks for help so that,set up government system and reforms.

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  • 21 January 06:01, by Mayendit

    Continue: Few advice to the president who seem to rejected reappointed gen, Paul Malong Awan while, many gov, Officials went through reinstatement process.

    President, your government is not a communist system, it is not a moderate democracy system, and it is not even known what system are you implemented in South Sudan this is why reforms is needed now. Term limit must be among agenda of reforms.

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  • 21 January 06:14, by Mayendit

    The solution for former army general Chief of staff.

    I am supporting Paul Malong Awan because his removed was done randomly but I don’t think he should be reappointed to his position. The gov, has upper hand positions to hiring Top people so since Defense Minister is not only getting Old but also he had been leading SPLA since he joined SPLA and you. Give Paul Malong Awan Defense Minister.

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  • 21 January 08:12, by Majesty

    "A bad precedent" would be allowing the world class coward President, Salva Kiir to continue. Some uninformed South Sudanese and bigots want rest of us to remain silent on face of crystal clear unnecessary removal, betrayal and mistreatment of Gen. Malong. They are and will eventually hear directly from worthless President that he’s the problem not anyone else.

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    • 21 January 08:35, by Majesty

      Bigots and warmongers can put all bet that they will continue sucking blood of others through this foolish President but their time is up. It’s a matter of time and Malong will be back, this time to replace either useless Kuol Manyang or stupid Kiir himself. Kiir and Kuol were and are still the main architect of current war but these registered cowards can never accept their responsibility.

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