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South Sudan seeks Kenya’s approval to deport ex-army chief


February 6, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan has written to the Kenyan government seeking its permission to have former army chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan deported to the capital, Juba.

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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)

The foreign affairs minister, in a 5 January 2018 letter, said Awan was permitted to go for treatment and stay with his family in Nairobi but is allegedly now involved in activities undermining the stability of the young nation.

“The South Sudanese government after a long discussion with the members of the international community and elders from Dinka community decided to release on health grounds. Your Excellency, the decision was to allow the general to visit your country for medication and to visit his family but despite assurance from the general himself in the matter of the state, the national security agency of South Sudan through a letter from General Akol Koor, Director General, has shown that General Malong is engaging in activities undermining security in South Sudan”, partly reads the letter, which bears the signature of the minister, Deng Alor Kuol.

The minister said indisputable evidence provided by national security agents implicated Awan in the recent attacks in Juba and Wau.

“We appeal to your government to revoke his visa and repatriate him back to Juba”. The foreign minister said Awan was placed under the house in Juba on suspicion and planning to stage a coup in 2017 against the coalition government under President Salva Kiir,” further reads the letter.

Awan was sacked in May 2017, but his attempt to relocate to his hometown of Aweil was sabotaged after his convoy was intercepted and stopped at Yirol, the administrative headquarters of Eastern Lakes and he was persuaded by elders to return to Juba.

He was later placed under house arrest but released in November 2017 to seek medical treatment in Kenya after series of negotiations involving community leaders after several days of a standoff.

In January, the government released videotapes carrying his voices talking to some of his associates in the army to attack some areas, including Aweil, Madhol, Wau and Juba, the capital of the country. He denied the authenticity of the tapes despite some of his associates taking to the bush in what many believe was in fulfilment of discussions with them, either through phone calls or other means.

Awan said he would not return to Juba because his safety was not guaranteed without position, citing detention after returning to the national capital from Yirol in May 2017 following removal from office.


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  • 6 February 21:52, by Eastern

    The regime is restless. Let Taban Deng do the needful...

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    • 6 February 23:04, by Games

      Our cousins Dinka are the most backwards community in S. Sudan. Now they are thinking that Taban Deng Gai is giving them a favourite since Taban turned his back to the very people that saved his ass in 2013 in Juba. But they don’t know that Taban Deng rejoined them for one simple reason, only to destroy them. I am glad that the USA sactions them because of Taban that has been violent the

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      • 7 February 16:41, by Jubaa5

        This General called Paul Malong is really very stupid man!!.
        Why cant him clear his name. The war in J1 ,people said he is behind that ,the killing of many civilians people said is his orders. Why he talk now ,if it was not you ,tell to the world that you follows orders from Kiir and then you wash your hands,now you will die with bllod in your hands !!Clear your name now speak all out kiir did

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    • 7 February 02:13, by The Rhino

      Paul Malong must tell South Sudanese the truths about the rotten government in Juba before he dies.The Bantus(Kenyans) love money,they can kidnap him back to Juba,..usher clearance for his detention or led him disappear within hours.This Malong as former chief of general staff of the country knows details about recruitments(matiyang anyors) in Bahr El Gazal and their intensive massacring...

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      • 7 February 02:32, by The Rhino

        ...sprees in Leer,Wonduruba,Yei,Meridi,Pajok,Nimule,Wau and many other parts in Equatoria and Upper Nile.In order for his many wives and children to live in tranquility without haunts,Malong must spit out names of all field commanders and perpetrators who executed Kiir’s and JCE’s deadly plans in those mentioned locations respectively.

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    • 7 February 07:17, by jubaone
  • 6 February 22:15, by garrak1520

    Unstable government or government about to fall behaves this way. Every one is an enemy. Time to go

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  • 6 February 22:18, by lino

    If Kenya did like Peter Gadet, South Sudan will be on fire on a bright day! Malong should relocate in his area! He is wanted by International Community as well! Very bad!!!

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  • 6 February 22:53, by Games

    He (Malong) has no differences from those evil Dinka Elders in Juba. Malong Awan do not want to join IO to fight Dinka leads government because he himself is a Dinka. Malong Awan is making all those negatives campaigns for to get his position back and overthrow Salva Kiir later in the process.

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  • 7 February 00:39, by dinkdong

    So you want him back, huh? Too late, he is a bird out of the cage.

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  • 7 February 04:33, by Uncle J

    Nairobi is a launching ground to rebel against the government of South Sudan, how come those suckers power driven politicians never go to Kampala and declare their rebellion? Is it good right now that Dr. Riek is grounded in South Africa 🇿🇦? It is a right move from the government to deport Malong back to Juba because he can’t use is health to go and preach nonsense in Nairobi

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  • 7 February 06:21, by wau-wau-wau

    Malong deportation does not worried any non Dinka tribes in south sudan because Nuer, Equatoria and Fertit suffered beyond in the hand of Malong.

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  • 7 February 07:59, by William

    Dear all. I think their are officials holding powerful positions in Kiir gov’t and at the same time, they are against Kiir leadership. There is no reason to pursue gen Malong while he is not threat any more but they want to look anything let gov’t collapse. He is not interest in rebelling. So let him talk as other politicians. We need politicians to express their view rather than waxing war.

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  • 7 February 08:07, by William

    Killing him is not the solution instead, it exaggerating problems. I think it is better for gov’t or Kiir to think critically about pursuing gen Malong.

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  • 7 February 08:40, by John Wetjunub

    a very corrupted Gen and spoiler of president Kiir let him be deported back to Juba to enjoy blue house.

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    • 7 February 10:13, by jubaone

      Who cares, if fugitive Malong is deported and later on killed? Not even the jienges from Aweil will protest. It will over and done like the way they killed George Athor and Isaiah Abraham. Just normal purging of unwanted elements. He is trapped like a rat. Sanctioned, travel ban, without a passport, just a few U$ Dollars to Kenya and they will deliver the "parcel" in good shape. Just wait

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  • 7 February 10:13, by Kush Natives

    You idiots found a great topic here uh? Calling king Paul Malong to come home is a part of peace, so what’s so hard about It?

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  • 7 February 10:24, by Na A Lo Yei

    Karma is a BITCH.
    Deport this fugitive back or just burry him alive no time to waste he is not important after all.

    Lujute Lo Nguti

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  • 8 February 00:42, by Nyesi Ta

    Malong is the "Most Wanted Person in Africa". He is wanted by another criminal called Kiir Al Awiir who may be wanted by ICC some day. This fugitive must be deported to Juba with or without a bribe.

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