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Paul Malong arrives at Juba Airport 13 May 2017 (ST Photo)

March 20, 2018 (JUBA) - Former South Sudanese chief of army staff, Paul Malong Awan met and held talks with high ranking Sudanese officials, sparking questions on the purpose of the visit and meetings.

Awan, according to family members and associates who accompanied him, arrived Sudan’s capital, Khartoum on 15 March through the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa from Kenya.

He met the Sudanese first vice president and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh and the country’s head of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), Salah Abdallah Mohamed Saleh on 18 March.

The two officials reportedly agreed to arrange a day on which Awan would meet Sudan’s president, Omar al Bashir for further discussions.

No details about the meetings in Khartoum have, however, been made public.

The acceptance of the visit by an Awan associate dispel reports attributed to members of his family, who earlier claimed the former top military officer did not travel outside Kenya to any other country.

An associate accompanying Awan wondered why their visit to Sudan has become a public matter in South Sudan, questioning why no attention is given to his other predecessors roaming the world.

“What actually is the motive causing public concern? Everyone is asking and members of the press are contacting us and wanting to know the whereabouts of Gen Paul. Yes, we are in Sudan. Is it a crime? Those who were removed from the position of chief of general staff like General James Hoth Mai are roaming the world and no one is talking about him. Why Gen. Paul? There is something sinister and this sinister is what we and the South Sudan in general must nip in the bud”, an associate of Awan told Sudan Tribune from the Sudanese capital on Tuesday.

Several South Sudanese intelligence and diplomat sources also confirmed Awan is in Sudan, challenging those claiming presence in Nairobi, Kenya to produce any proof of his presence in the country.

“We are a government to do whatever possible to establish the facts. So when we talk about something, we say it with certainty and authority. So take from now on Paul Malong is Khartoum. He went to Khartoum on Thursday through Addis Ababa from Nairobi. If there are people who deny, let them prove now. Or you talk to Paul Malong yourself or let someone you know go and find out now,” a government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

He added, “But we know is that they will not give you and evidence. All that we read in the media quoting some people is a political gimmick and public relations thing, which is ethically reprehensible”.

A government minister, however, told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the visit of the ex-army chief was organized by former ambassador to Russia, Telar Riing Deng, who first went to Khartoum in the name of visiting his sick father in law, Andrew Makur before he could die.

“The coordinator of his [Awan] visit was ambassador Telar Deng who went first to Khartoum in the pretext of his visiting his sick father in law Gen Andrew Makur Thou. Telar Deng while in Khartoum met the first vice president and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh of Sudan, NISS [National Intelligence and Security Service] officials and finally met president Omer Hassan Ahmed El Bashir. From there the going of General Paul Malong was blessed and now he is enjoying the state protection of Sudan and more violent activities will be sponsored by Sudan against South Sudan”, said the minister.

The circumstances under which Telar went to Khartoum has remains speculative, but family members and friends attributed the trip to attending preparations to return the body of war veteran Makur, who died last week.

Relations between the former army chief of staff and South Sudan President Salva Kiir deteriorated after the former was sacked from his post at the helm of the military in May 2017 and placed under house arrest for fear he would cause rebellion.

Awan was freed in November 2017 following mediation led by the Jieng Council of Elders. The agreement prevented him from going to his home-town of Aweil in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state, but could travel to any East Africa nation.

(ST)

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  • 21 March 09:59, by Games

    It’s upto Salva Kiir to make peace with Machar or fight both Machar and Awan which is not gonna be easy for Juba Mayor to stay in the Capital.

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    • 21 March 10:10, by Midit Mitot

      Games,
      Kiir and his thugs are now smell a rat, look the away Kiir is arranging the government, these are the indicators that show him to leave Juba. JCE leadership is over.

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      • 21 March 10:30, by Games

        Midit Mitot
        JCE have had exhausted and have nothing left in the tanks to fight for the next war. UN, EU and USA are on their butts plus new training IO boys that just graduated in few weeks ago.

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      • 21 March 11:39, by Kush Natives

        Midit Mitot vs Games,
        Who’s going to fight who? Riek Machar with all his rebels elements failed to topple the government in Juba for good years. Malong will never fight on your behalf, find yourself another good fighter command somewhere else or accept defeat. We will go back to traditional spheres, if we run out ammo, so surrender forget about South Sudan!

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        • 21 March 13:29, by Midit Mitot

          Kuch Native,
          If I were you, I would have fell shame to talk about defeat, JCE soldiers, JEM, SPLA-N, UPDF,M27 of Congo frighting one tribe, the good things is that, you guys don,t fell shame as human being, this country had already collapsed on your leadership an yet supporting that forks regime. IO is still under your tails.

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      • 22 March 10:52, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Midit, please do not celebrate G. Awan visited to Khartoum. He is a wise man and he cannot harm anyone. We, the South Sudan love him as a hero. Also, G. Awan has a right to travel anywhere he wants. He is a free man like anybody who was relied from the government positions. Go my General and hero.

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    • 21 March 10:39, by jubaone

      Games,
      The fugitive Malong is blackmailing the kiirminal and soon he again will be appointed as a General Chief of Staff. Gen Aturjong, Mayen Wol (grand thug now appointed Undersecretary at the Finance Min) are just two examples. SS is just fucked up. The jienges have screwed it up and for 1000 yrs nothing with jienges will ever work out. Only Equatexit or none.

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  • 21 March 10:13, by Lenin Bull

    President Salva Kiir and his cohorts in J1 did not read and neither will they read Niccolo Machiaveli: "The Prince". Otherwise, management style in Juba couldn’t have become clumsy the way it is now. Guys in J1 wake up and rule the country well or else you are lost in looting the country but not controlling it.

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  • 21 March 10:20, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    Should any fool rebel once removed from power?
    Paul Malong Awan has enough misappropriated capital that he can start business with and be a happy business man instead of going to the bush and get killed.

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    • 21 March 10:41, by Midit Mitot

      Kwacha,
      Look at your Boss, he had reappointed the criminals which were looting the government money even in the president office, Kiir has a plan of looting things again and go. Kiir is going ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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      • 21 March 12:13, by Malakal county Simon

        I thought they reconciled hahah!!!!

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        • 21 March 12:54, by Theallseeingeye

          Malakal county Simon

          believe me brother, Jienge have nothing called Reconciliation, the word even does not exist in "thong monjang" vocabulary, hence the apuk-agok, western lake vs eastern lakes champion recursive cycle of revenge killings that never ends, they only have the "withdraw today to fight tomorrow" tactics and maybe that’s what Malong has done.

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  • 21 March 13:48, by Kenyang ll

    Malong is South Sudanese and like everyone else reserved all rights to put his head in the sand or take up armed against minority controlled regime in Juba. Incompetent Kiir doesn’t own South Sudan to be disbanding other South Sudanese like Malong from coming home.

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  • 21 March 14:51, by lino

    I have been saying all along that Dr. Telar is a Khartoum Toy to destabilize SS and SPLM since 1990’s! He knew Kiir’s Regime is in a bad shape and always thought of being a President.
    Bahr el Gazal has a big responsibility to remove Kiir from seat as they installed him in 2005 after Garang passing! Now Telar is trying to use Malong weight to get the throne!!!

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    • 21 March 15:51, by Koryom2

      No wonder many of our South Sudanese idiots who rely on SUDAN TRIBUNE & Radio Tamazuj for their NEWS feed are always called the least informed idiots. They don’t properly ’fact-check’ the dirty game behind these sorts of NEWS? I do sometimes even voluntarily offer my advice that over 90% of the NEWS that are often propagated by SUDAN TRIBUNE & RADIO TAMAZUJ is utter FAKE NEWS or Propaganda>>>

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      • 21 March 16:05, by Koryom2

        I challenged anyone posting about the veracity of this absurd article to first of all check on the ground about the truthfulness of this SUDAN TRIBUNE damn absurd article. My least informed South Sudanese country men/women, our country has been put on the wheels of the NEW COLD WAR by our enemies & our people are hoped to be re-united with our arch enemies, their cloned so-called arab North Sudan>

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        • 21 March 16:25, by Koryom2

          like what they did with their then *East & West Germany* & the evils would go & pat their evil backs on the boardrooms of Adis Ababa, Khartoum, Nairobi, Washington, London et al, & brag---western civilization. The damn dirty game being toyed around our country & our people in foreign capitals meandered around what l have just explained above>>>

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          • 21 March 16:52, by Koryom2

            to invoke this into your silly heads some of my South Sudanese fools. Have you heard the damn so-called "free trade agreement" being signed in Rwanda. It is the same damn thing with the piece of rubbish that signed by our fools over two years ago with their damn East Africa Community (EAC). The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between want>>>>

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            • 21 March 17:12, by Koryom2

              our country to be their so-called Anglo-American thieves & then our country would be looted & plundered through these so-called "East Africa community & Africa free trade agreement (AFA)" All these bullsh*ts are nothing to do with our country & our people---in fact, our country’s resources, lands, our Nile waters & to Geo-politically football played our country & our people like what the evils>>>>

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              • 21 March 18:00, by Koryom2

                did in Eastern Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Cuba & other countries. And this is why the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies like Kenya, ethiopia, North Sudan, & are even using Rwanda as one of their Anglo-American NEW found foolish South Sudanese people>>>>

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                • 21 March 19:33, by lino

                  Ya Big fool and idiot Koryom2/Lion,
                  The first step for Kiir is to remove Bashir’s Boys circling him in J1, and then we will say he is not dancing in Khartoum Palace too! If he can’t do so, then what you are writing here is nonsense; clean the house first before jumping into others.
                  I bit you; Bashir has hold Kiir’s testicles and he will not free himself very soon!

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                  • 21 March 19:39, by lino

                    Fake news are there to stay, but read between the lines as well!!! Did you expected Malong to be removed in May, 2017, but the same Sudan Tribute mentioned it 3 weeks before it happened; then you believed when Malongdit was flied back to the cave-Konyo Konyo Airfield.
                    If nothing correct about the above, you will see something similar soon!!! I hope you have big eyes!!!

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                • 21 March 20:00, by Koryom2

                  As their end game fools, to chess game toy around with our country & our people purposely for the evils to bring their usual long noses back into our country.

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  • 21 March 18:03, by Eastern

    Malong is back in Khartoum where he cut his teeth after running away from Aweil as an adolescence. Now, Meriam, Mayen Abun, Warawar, etc you really have reasons to be jittery....

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  • 21 March 18:30, by Sunday Junup

    Breaking News!
    America sanction 15 oil South Sudan company following the appointments of thieves! Now it is up to Kiir to step down and give chair to the owner or face his fate. Here is the link https://radiotamazuj.org/en/news/article/us-sanctions-south-sudan-oil-related-entities-over-crisis

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    • 21 March 18:35, by Eastern

      I can see whole ministries sanctioned; just wondering where Ezekiel Lol will be hiding!

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  • 21 March 19:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I will commence at last after he meet with Omer Hassen el Bashir, it is just a full destruction which people are making.

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  • 21 March 19:10, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Fifteen oil-companies or sectors are just sanctioned by Trump Administration with effect of 21/3/2018, including all their leaders and their asset.

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    • 21 March 19:33, by Eastern

      Makuac,

      Who from Rumbek has been affected? Warn everybody you know to keep away from these MOVING TARGETS!

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