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S. Sudan army chief rejects IGAD power-sharing proposal

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July 30, 2015 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan has expressed disapproval of the content of the recent Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) proposal to end over 19 months of conflict in the young nation.

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Former South Sudanese army chief Gen. Paul Malong Awan speaking at a Dinka Malual community meeting in Juba on 1 November, 2012 (ST)

Awan vowed he would never let down members of the ethnic Nuer in the army who helped fight against the armed opposition fighters loyal to Riek Machar.

Any proposal seeking to place the oil rich and producing region of Upper Nile under a control of the armed opposition forces allied to Machar will not be accepted, Awan said.

“We are not going to accept to replace Stephen Buay, who has resisted in division one, and then Nhial, Batong, Pul Jang, and two sector commanders: Gong Biliu and Charles Lam. We will not replace them with those who have rebelled. It will not happen. We will not reward those who have rebelled with positions in the army”, stressed the army chief.

He was speaking as chief guest of the red army day on Wednesday during which he stressed the need to reward those who fought alongside the government forces in three states of the greater Upper Nile region and in the states within the Equatoria region.

The IGAD-Plus peace proposal on security arrangements provides for at least 18 months out of the 30 months of transitional period during which to complete integration of the two rival forces loyal to president Salva Kiir and the armed opposition chairperson.

The two principals, according to the proposal, will separately be the commanders-in-chief of their respective armies, pending completion of the integration process. The two forces will begin to assemble 90 days after signing of a final peace agreement.

South Sudan’s capital, Juba is expected to be demilitarised and its security provided by international and regional forces. A radius of 25kms will be imposed for 30 months until the end of the transitional period. President Kiir will be allowed to have 260 soldiers as bodyguards while the armed opposition leader, Machar, will have 195 bodyguards.

On economic sector the proposal stressed the importance of realising major reforms that will ensure equitable distribution of wealth in the country. The document does not, however, detail how wealth would be shared among the different levels of government.

In the document the power sharing in the national executive would be 53% of ministerial positions for the government, 33% for the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), 7% for former detainees and 7% for other political parties.

In the oil-rich greater Upper Nile region, the SPLM-IO would have 53% in the three states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei, while the government would take 33% and 14% divided between former detainees and other political parties. No power sharing in the seven states of greater Bahr el Ghazal and greater Equatoria regions as government would take 100% in the two regions.

(ST).

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  • 1 August 2015 03:17, by Dengda

    I think this deal is for peace and is not permanent ,temporary for transition period of 30 months. Malong may not understand the importance of peace and tranquillity and win win solution.

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    • 1 August 2015 03:53, by Joseph Canada

      I think this is the problem. The National army shouldn’t be involved with politics. Malong have nothing to do with who should be in or out of the political arena
      This is the clear luck of a well trained national army, but banch of tribal gang. Nothing more nothing less period! !

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      • 1 August 2015 06:34, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        I don’t understand why go for peace talk with people with poor understanding capacity? just give this battlegrounds serenade three more years of backbreaking war, you will see them surrendering like ants free of charges. stop giving a weak enemy a glimpse of hope through fruitless talks. let them fight to win if they are real men.

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    • 1 August 2015 03:53, by Joseph Canada

      I think this is the problem. The National army shouldn’t be involved with politics. Malong have nothing to do with who should be in or out of the political arena
      This is the clear luck of a well trained national army, but banch of tribal gang. Nothing more nothing less period! !

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    • 1 August 2015 06:20, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Nuer, commanders, at the side of Riek should dishonor the IGAD peace plus it will lead them to no where.

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    • 1 August 2015 07:01, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      This war is all about power grab, the rest of democracy and reform bullshits are just added addendum to cover up for the failed dream.The gov has the right to say no to a compromised deal that does not favor her since her soldiers are woopping asses in the fields. the civilians in the war affected zones are already under UNMISS care, so why would war be shelve again?

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  • 1 August 2015 04:22, by Eyez

    Malong and partners in crime are now voicing their fear publicly, because, they know that, the tables will be turned around soon, therefore, the JCE or any scumbags who believes that S.Sudan is their mother’s breasts and they won’t let go, will have to face the wrath of the suffering citizens and the International Community. Your era of terror is coming to an end, you idiots!
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    • 1 August 2015 06:19, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      There is no way to we shall let the defeated hooligans take a lion share like. The laws of the jungle will be deploy to counteract the devious work of IGAD. war will continue as it is,it is already justifying the means. whoever wins it will take all.why would the defeated dogs be given such power, wealth as if they are victorious in the battlefields.

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      • 1 August 2015 09:00, by jubaone

        Lotodo Awino Odug,

        Your less intelligent utterances on the issue reflect your anxiety and frustrations that "your Kind" are gradually loosing political power. Do you know that Garang and Bashir finally conceded on peaceful resolution of the conflict? If you want to fight then come down to the battlefield instead of squealing like some stuck pig in the West.

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        • 1 August 2015 10:02, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          go and reinforce your brothers in Yambio, they had already deserted Yambio after killing some Dinka soldiers. that will be erase to the ground, no single stone will be left on another.your governor and minister of information are on the run.

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        • 1 August 2015 10:26, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          why denounce war all of a sudden, were you not the same dog who cried tears of joy when rebels captured Malakal and on the move to take the oil fields? I hate lairs with double faces.

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  • 1 August 2015 08:34, by marie

    The rest of the innocent people in the army should just let Mathiang Ngor do the fighting and let us see how far they will go. Paul Malong is vocal because he knows other people are fighting for him to stay in power. If the fire is put in his back, he would agree to peace promptly. Let’s record all what he has said and it would be used against him in Hague.

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    • 1 August 2015 15:21, by Akook

      Malong Awan fear peace like nothing! he knows very well with peace he will be the next target as courts prepare itself to kill the big bugs as sacrificial lambs for country to reunite upon their bloods.

      To him why let the war go when it is the big pretext they hide behind given well documented atrocities Malong had been implicated? He is right next going to court period!!!!

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