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South Sudan ex-army chief denies influencing rebellion of associates


Gen Paul Malong Awan (C) speaking to Francis Deng at Juba airport while waiting to board a flight to Kenya on 19 November 2017 (ST photo)

January 4, 2018 (KAMPALA) - The former army chief of staff of South Sudanese army Paul Malong Awan denied on Thursday reports linking him to decisions taken by most of the associates, saying has no contact with them whatsoever.

“I have no contact with those I am told through the media they decided to leave the country. They know why they left and you can speak to them directly. I cannot ask people to rebel against the government”, said Gen Paul Malong Awan, former army chief of staff on Thursday.

The former top military officer in the country said he cannot stop people from talking about his name, saying he is aware of people making unfounded allegations about him.

“I know there are people who are talking. Let them talk but they have evidence about whatever they are saying about me. If they have, let them give you and you give them to the public. That is the work of the media. It is not my work”, he said.

The former army chief of staff was sacked on 9 May on reports by the security services that he had been plotting to overthrow President Kiir. But Awan denied the charges.

Nonetheless, all his close friends or relatives have been removed from their positions at the military and civil administrations

In recent statements to Sudan Tribune, a presidential aide claimed that Awan continues to incite associates to rebel as a way to draw the attention of the president to his grievances and to return him to the government.

He mentioned the former Warawar tax collector Manut Yel Lual and the former Aweil north county commissioner Kuol Athuai Hal. Also, he pointed to Garang Chan and his group saying they rebelled also and currently are around Juba.


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  • 5 January 2018 06:59, by Eastern

    Good riddance! Like I have always said, any AGGRIEVED South Sudanese is free like the bird of the air to take up arms against the tribal regime in Juba.

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  • 5 January 2018 07:18, by doot

    This is another bargain.There is South Sudan.There is also ex-army chief. There is already rebellion and associates. There are South sudanese, and there is South Sudanese.There are ex-army chiefs.There is this ex-army chief.This sudantribune seems to be interested in Malong only.

    If Malong is influencing rebellion then all other ex-army chiefs are influencing the rebellion too?

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    • 5 January 2018 17:03, by Majesty

      Those taking up armed are doing so solely because of failed, rotten Gogrial-Kiir regime. As you saw recently in Juba, coward Kiir & agents are harassing or killing anyone seemed to know Malong name but he (Malong) has never declared war or asked anyone to fight other than wanting to go to Aweil. Kiir and agents are fishing for more division at one hand, they will hate what they’re sowing.

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  • 5 January 2018 09:00, by Tilo

    This is clear that more than 3 quarter of the country population do not support the current government. The current government should accept peace under no circumstance so that reform can take place and the country should go for election otherwise SS will soon break in to small administrative unit in regions/states under different command.
    Gov’t should take this serious or else risk full collapse

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  • 5 January 2018 09:08, by Eastern

    The latest information I have is that the sporadic gunshots last evening to the southwest and the western parts of Juba were between Malong’s loyalists and Kiir’s. This doesn’t bode well for the hapless citizens of Juba as we enter 2018.

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    • 5 January 2018 11:30, by South South


      Juba is very peaceful and their nothing to worry about. Let’s talk about peace. You are very welcomed to come Juba.

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      • 5 January 2018 11:47, by Eastern

        South South,

        I am in Juba coordinating the clandestine activities. Zain and MTN have been ordered to take down their internet facilities but that won’t stop me from reaching out to the world. You don’t know how much Kiir fears the power of the internet. I am right here in Mia Saba, Juba. Welcome for tea if you can!

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        • 5 January 2018 12:06, by South South


          Iam very happy with your comment above. Since it’s a joke, then we are OK with it. Welcome to Juba.

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          • 5 January 2018 12:12, by Eastern

            South South,

            It’s not a joke; I don’t indulge in jokes. I am deadly serious. Are you going to place Kiir’s NSS at every V-Sat internet facility at the UN agencies, NGOs, hotels/brothels in Juba? Most of those who are a real threat to Kiir via the internet are not the common folks in the streets of Juba but high end wannabes!

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            • 5 January 2018 12:17, by South South

              I want you to join peace and have a good life in your country. Peace is the only option which will give everyone in our country what she/he needs.Talking about internet war, is a myth and a big joke.

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              • 5 January 2018 12:45, by Eastern

                South South,

                Get to know the meaning of the word MYTH...

                Paul Malong acted in a zealotry way by enlisting wayward dinka youths to kill Equatorians because the Equatorians were frustrating the dinka southwards move! Joseph Bakasoro and Clement Wani were other high calibre victims!Do you think along those lines? http://aa.com.tr/en/africa/social-media-used-to-fuel-south-sudans-civil-war-/655493

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                • 5 January 2018 13:56, by South South


                  First of all, let’s put aside our past differences and talk about peace now. Second, there never been organized killing of Equatorians in the past. Clement Wani is still in government until today. Joseph Bakasoro messed up his future and people of Western Equatoria rejected him, but he can go back and have a another future if his community want him to lead.

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                  • 5 January 2018 16:38, by Eastern

                    South South,

                    People use the past a reference to decide their future! That’s why there’s history. You shouldn’t take people for granted. Bakasoro wan’t rejected by his people but he was coerced by Kiir’s regime. Those stooges of Kiir now governing the split Western Equatoria state are yet to show what a sustainable state is!

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                    • 5 January 2018 19:07, by Kuch

                      Eastern, snap out of it idiot, you are not even South Sudanese how long are you to be inform. Let South Sudanese people deal with theirs & deal with yours in North Sudan. Mr. Bakasoro had gone & retired Atlanta, USA. And if he wants to come back to South Sudan, then he is free like any other South Sudanese. But coming back to reclaim his old position back with guns & all>>>

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                      • 5 January 2018 19:14, by Kuch

                        like Thomas Cirilo & Riek Machar would not be entertained chap. But hey Eastern! Why do idiots who are foreigners & in foreign countries, who have never ever smell the stench of gun powder & the switccch/sssh of bullets often urge on others to fight for you? South Sudanese people want peace, but you cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan who were weaned off South Sudan’s teats want>>>

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                        • 5 January 2018 19:15, by Kuch

                          others people to fight for you?

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  • 5 January 2018 22:19, by dinkdong

    Now it is Aweil vs Gogrial. Damn Kiir and his good for nothing gov’t!

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