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S. Sudan rejects participation of ex-army chief in peace talks

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South Sudan's former army chief Paul Malong addresses the media after returning to the South Sudan's capital of Juba, on May 13, 2017 (Reuters photo)

April 10, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan wants the regional bloc (IGAD) and the Troika member states (Norway, United States and Britain) to exclude ex-army chief, General Paul Malong from the next round of peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Addressing reporters in the capital, Juba on Tuesday, the Presidential Press Secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny said the participation of Awan, a former ally of President Salva Kiir, would affect the ongoing peace process.

Ateny accused the ex-army chief of being a believer in violence rather than peaceful means.

Awan announced the formation of the South Sudan United Front (SSUF), which he claimed was the only means through which he would work with compatriots to "arrest the carnage" in the country.

“Our movement is a just an urgent call to our compatriots and a struggle to first arrest the carnage that has befell our country and secondly to steer us towards democracy and development, which are the cornerstones of nationhood, an African nationhood of democracy, development, equal citizenry, justice and freedom”, he said in a statement issued on Monday.

He accused Kiir of building a nation where total impunity is the order.

“Our movement seeks to reverse this. We must build our nationhood around strong institutions and not strongmen. Strong institutions will outlive all of us and guarantee the prosperity of our nation. This is what we yearn for in our country”, stressed the ex-army chief.

Malong said his new rebel group would strive towards fighting what he described as "systemic corruption, stop the ongoing carnage, steer the country toward democracy, justice, equality and freedom."

He also vowed to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in December last year by the various warring parties and he urged the regional bloc, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), to allow his new group to be part of the high-level revitalization forum meeting scheduled April 26 in Addis Ababa.

Ateny, however, said the former army chief of staff is a “corrupt” individual already been sanctioned by the international community.

"Malong was sanctioned by the same international community for the role they thought he played as part of the government when he was the Chief of General Staff of the army," Ateny told reporters.

In February this year, the European Union imposed sanctions on Malong and three South Sudanese officials implicated in human rights violations and obstructions of their country’s peace process.

He accused the ex-army chief of destroying the August 2015 peace deal that forced rebel leader Riek Machar out of Juba last year.

"Malong was against the peace agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan. That is why he staged almost three attempted coups against President Kiir between 2015 and 2016,” said Ateny.

Relations between Awan and President Kiir deteriorated after the former was sacked from his post as army chief of staff in May 2017 and placed under house arrest for fear he would start a rebellion.

The ex-army chief was freed in November following mediation led by the Jieng Council of Elders. The agreement refrained him from going to his home-town of Aweil in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state but was allowed to travel to any East Africa country.

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  • 11 April 11:43, by Midit Mitot

    Government of contradiction,

    Today is NO but tomorrow will be YES, You are refusing him to participate in the peace talk today while at the same time you will be the one rushing to call him for the talk in Addis tomorrow, shit!!!!!

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    • 11 April 12:23, by Marco A. Wek

      Midit Mitot, the problem why there is so many rebellion in South Sudan is people who are self-centred like Malong get support from stupid people like you. Did Hoth Mai rebel when he was replaced by Malong? The reason is because James Hoth Mai is not selfish like rest whom you support. Grow
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      • 11 April 13:32, by Midit Mitot

        Marco A,

        Don,t compare idiot call James Hoth Mai who was witness the murdering of his own close relatives and beyond without being react as their son on power, Paul Malong can not watching Malual Agiernyang being kill without react.Though Am not Malong supporter, so I need him to join opposition for the safe of toppling your foolish government.

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        • 11 April 14:56, by Marco A. Wek

          Midit Mitot, people like you do not side with the right side of history. James Hoth Mai New young innocent youth were dragged into what was SPLM feud but because South Sudan is full of people who do not reason like, many lives were lost because of the SPLM power struggle. Compare the death toll when James Hoth was chief of staff and when Malong was and then blame Hoth.

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      • 11 April 17:26, by Uncle J

        Marco A,
        My advice to you, I think it’s not a good idea to start arguments with people that have low education like those of Midit, why? Because will never make constructive arguments with you. You are just wasting your time arguing with bunch of idiots who never achieved anything in their life. The same Malong people are celebrating now for rebelling was whom they referred to monster 2 years ago

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        • 12 April 07:35, by Midit Mitot

          Uncle J,

          Hhahahaa my dear friend, your perception is completely wrong and unfit, this debate does not show any qualification or being educated. To be sincere, you the two nincompoop of Uncle J and Marco A are not more educated than me, I wear. anyway continues supporting your foolish leadership of Juba.

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  • 11 April 12:08, by Eastern

    But the tribal regime was riding on the back of the violence meted by Paul Malong on South Sudanese opposed to the regime. Where is the moral of Ateny Wek Ateny’s argument here?

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    • 11 April 12:44, by Games

      If the JCE is really mean that the Malong Awan should be excluded from the peace talk then I will be supporting them for the first time. Malong Awan is rebellion is meaningless in so many ways. The guy would never get support from any country to sustain his rebellion.

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      • 11 April 14:07, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Games, government is making a huge mistake by excluded Gen Awan from peace talk. Just pauses and conduct a legitimate asurvey bout how many people especially soldiers who are supporting Gen Awan first before you support wrong side.

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        • 11 April 14:27, by Theallseeingeye

          Dinka-Defender-General
          Trust me that Malong doesn’t have balls to fire a single bullet in the bush, because he knows well that bush is governed by Mighty IO and NSF, so if they heard where the sound of that bullet came from, he (Malong) will be in deep shit. these are just Malongs intimidation and ways to persuade Kiir to reinstate him.

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          • 11 April 18:04, by jubaone

            Theallseeingeye,
            Thank you. Just after fugitive Malong’s dismissal, rumors of a rebellion were dismissed by the Kiirminal. Quote.."I’m concerned when a Nuer captain rebels than a Dinka general..". That means a lot. Fugitive Malong and his jienges are cowards, confused, outnumbered, outgunned, without support from Equatorians, Nuers, Collos, Fertit. It’s a dead rebellion.

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      • 11 April 14:18, by Dinka-Defender-General

        I were P. Kiir I will think about this issue for 5 days before I will make wrong decision. Are you aware about a Gen.that ever refuses orders or ignored orders from John Garang? John Garang and Kiir know Gen. Awan very well. I am telling you the truth from the inside. Just be prepare because we are about to witness a great confrontation and this is real.

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  • 11 April 13:46, by Theallseeingeye

    anything that comes out from Ateny’s dirty mouth is worthless, because these are mere personal views being warped as an official gov stands. Ateny is incompetent, idiot, lacks communication skills, language and information, just look at the guy, in fact he not only resembles illiterate from village but also looks like an early human from stone age..

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    • 11 April 13:58, by Theallseeingeye

      cont..
      remember every time Ateny makes silly statement, and think is doing a great jobs defending his JCE kingdom, turn out that its another big awful mistake and had to be corrected by Elia Lamoro. during Kenyan election, Ateny had on Raila to accept defeat way earlier even before the vote finished, a thing which pissed the Kenyan authorities and cast doubts about the validity of the ballot..

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      • 11 April 14:06, by Theallseeingeye

        cont..
        similary when he spoke about exclusion of Riak Machar from HLRF, however in both cases Elia Lamoro had to go publicly and correct him by saying it was Ateny’s personal opinion and I doubt this is another one personal opinion too. My question is, where in a world a presidential advisors doesn’t know how to differentiate between personal opinion expression and official government statements

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        • 11 April 14:18, by Theallseeingeye

          cont...
          So every time he defecate, Lamoro has to clean his shit, up to when is he going to babysit him? I suggest Malong’s supporters should not be bother by this article, I bet its ones of Ateny’s personal veiw being warped by the virtue of being a presidential adviser, to morrow Elia is coming with a dustpan and a brush to clean this Jienge shit.

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  • 11 April 13:49, by komriicker

    Let Ateny Wek and his groups prepare to dance, the drums are beating. this is the war they(Kiir, Akol Koor) have been pushing Gen. Malong for, why surprised then? if you have your manhood btn yr legs, come out! we will soon get you, you son of bitch and your thugs.

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  • 11 April 13:59, by Delta force 1

    All dinkas are the same so there is no need to support either Malong or the government because they performed the killing together. Let them eat themselves like fish. God will always hear prayers of the other targeted tribes of south Sudan by the Jeng Council of Idiots

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  • 11 April 14:23, by lino

    Hahaha!!! Now we started to know the reality of J1 assasination attempt of July, 2016. Dr. Machar has every means now to sue the Konyo Konyo Regime in Juba for the assasination attempt and IGAD Countries for isolating him!!!
    International Laws should answer lot of questions now!!!

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    • 11 April 15:17, by Panda Odhie

      Stupid Ateny has already make mistake by revealing secret.he also celebrate General’s sanction,for your information that will not block him from doing what he supposed to do. You getvprepared yaha awiirin, King is coming on your door

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      • 11 April 16:36, by Eastern

        What secret? The assassination attempt on Dr. Machar was a know thing. The order by Malong to use any weapon within the regime’s arsenal was out in the social media. There’s nothing secret in what Ateny Wek Ateny said.

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    • 11 April 18:10, by jubaone

      Lino,
      What Riak and the IO is to meet Malong so that he can testify a signed affidavit that indeed the Kiirminal wanted to kill Riak. This could be useful for ICC against the Kiirminal. This is attempted murder. The IGAD members must speed up the removal of this worthless drunken jienge idiot.

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  • 11 April 15:42, by Sunday Junup

    JCE Vs JCE game! i will just watch. I would agree malong can open his front before claiming to join Peace talk. Talk peace with who?

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    • 12 April 00:07, by Malakal county Simon

      Let’s the Queen Malong captures Aweil and Kwachok first before talking of entering peace.... A sanctions man is like dead man walking waiting for his hour to collapse hahah.... What’s goes around, comes around!!

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