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CORRECTED: Senior SPLM-IO official quits, joins S. Sudan’s ex-army chief

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May 30, 2018 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese armed opposition official has joined South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) led by ex-army chief of staff, General Paul Malong.

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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)

“ I want to inform all my comrades, men and women to unite our ranks and files under the SSUF/A leadership so that we overthrow this futile regime under deranged leaders in Juba,” said Major General Acuil Lual Acuil.

He appealed to all opposition groups in the country to join the Malong-led movement to effect change in the war-torn nation.

“It is only the SSUF/A that can and has the ability to bring change in South Sudan,” he said in a 26 May letter signed by 12 senior officers.

Relations between Malong and President Salva 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 foment a rebellion.

Malong 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 the former Northern Bahr el-Ghazal State, but he was free to travel to any East Africa country.

In April, however, Malong announced the formation SSUF/A, saying it was a through which he would work with compatriots to overthrow the Juba regime.

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  • 31 May 06:17, by gatkhor Nueri

    My advise to you is that,remember that,you complete all children of Aweil State when you are defending salva kiir, and now you go back to fight with kiir,your life is near to end.the way you are treating Nuer,shilluk and equatoria in all part of south sudan its bad bad way.please better to go to the cattlebyre,because you don’t want peace between Machar and Salva kiir 2016.exactly which peace u wn

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    • 31 May 15:03, by jubaone

      No Equatorians, Nuers. Collos etc should waste time with such criminal outfits like SSUF which militarily, strategically and logistically have NO added value to opposition. They are just "junk jienge rebels" sent purposely by the JCE to scuttle the united opposition. They are just snitches, scumbags and wayward criminals. If seen in Equatoria, gun them down. Period.

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