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Malong is mobilizing for war: South Sudan’s Kiir


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 7, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir said Sunday his ex-army chief of staff whom he released into exile through mediation brokered by elders was now mobilizing for war, citing videotapes in which he was talking to soldiers and officers in the army to cause rebellion and attack towns in Bahr el Ghazal.

“This was what I said no one knows Malong more than me. The way he talked to me in Yirol on phone and the way he talked when he returned from Yirol was a clear proof of the reason he fled. Now listen to this tape, hear it and tell me what you should do if you were in my position,” said President Kiir.

The president was talking to some of the Dinka elders who mediated the release of the ex-army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan following a standoff over presidential orders asking disarmament his guards and return to their units.

South Sudanese leader played a tape recorded with the voice of ex-army chief asking officers in the army to start fighting in Wau and Aweil. One video recorded his voice talking to Major Baak in Wau and asked him to start a fighting immediately to capture Wau airport while another tape featured his voice talking Manut Yel, Kuol Athuai Hal,Chan Garang Lual and several officers who have rebelled from the government in protest of the way Awan was treated after removal.

The recording took place during different dates and time. The communication he had with Lt. Col. Chan Garang Lual took place on 28-12-2017 11:31:04 in Kuda, Equatoria and the other conversation with Manut Yel Lual in Malual-Bai, Aweil East State ccurred on 28-12-2017 18:57:44 .

Kiir relieved Awan on 9 May 2017 after security reports about a coup d’état he was preparing with his supporters across the country. He also stopped the former chief of general staff who was heading to his home area in Bahr el-Ghazal in Yirol after his sack and forced to return to Juba.


In a statement released from Kenya, Awan strongly denied the purported leaked tape recording conversations he had with junior commanders on the ground to rebel and fight government.

He further accused "the enemies of peace" of being behind this alleged tape.

"I would want to make it clear to the people of South Sudan that the tape is fake and doesn’t bear the slightest authenticity in it. The tape record is a clear imitation of my voice minted by my well-known enemies," he said.

He further went to point an accusing finger to "individuals" around President Kiir seeking to undermine their relationship "in order to survive in this collapsing economy".

Awan said he personally purchased a recording machine for the South Sudan security apparatus when he was working there before the independence.

This machine among others "has the ability to record the voice of a victim and this recorded voice can be turned around to cook future voices for the sake of implication," he added.

Awan described this alleged tape as a new provocation to push him to rebel, adding there were other similar fabricated rumours including that he was in Khartoum to meet opposition figures.

" In light of this constant provocations, I would be forced to make a decision because there is a threat to my life and that of my family," he warned without elaborating.


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  • 7 January 2018 22:29, by Malakal county Simon

    Why not Warrap and Lake States??

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    • 7 January 2018 22:56, by Kush Natives

      Malakal county Simon/slave,
      Have your uselessness rebellion ever attacked those places? Do you think King Paul Malong will fight for your brainless war? Why wishing others to back you up? Dinka will remain ruling over you forever! Keeps running naked in the bushes. Failed animals never finish what it started out. Do you think King Paul Malong will fight and handover the seat for you, if he rebels?

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      • 8 January 2018 02:08, by choldit

        It is clearer Dinka are tribalistic south Sudanese than others. They can’t join other movements lead by others and some don’t want to rebel becoz the Govt is lead by a Dinka president. But this time Paul Malong have a choice to make whether to go quietly into darkness or fight for his survival, period!

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      • 8 January 2018 07:14, by jubaone

        Bush Natives,
        Spare us this jienge nonsensicals of you will remain ruling over the rest for ever. Such idiocy is the reason why the country has gone to the dogs. First, get your junk jienge states in order to eternally rule the South, scumbag. Are you sugessting you´re a successful "animal"? Just another failure and loser.

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    • 8 January 2018 05:31, by Paul

      That audio tap is clearly fake.....easily provable in tech savvy countries. In South Sudan, where technological ignorance ranges, it is an ultimate tool to fool everyone. Very sad! Someone other than Kiir and Malong needs to be arrested for premeditating the looming fratricide.

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      • 8 January 2018 07:23, by jubaone

        Equally so, technologically written-off countries like SS are unlikely to fake any audio tapes bcoz it lacks the know-how. The tapes are authentic and clear proof that fugitive Malong is up to something sinister.

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        • 8 January 2018 18:44, by Paul


          Don’t get me wrong. It is not so much of a technological illitracy, but a matter of who works for who and the intention thereof. There are so much lives at stake for a reactionary governance. This matter should be properly investigated while keeping the suffering of people in mind. In other words, the government should not be too conclusive.

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    • 8 January 2018 09:11, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      President Kiir,

      Don’t make decision when you are angry. The way your so called circles advised you, will one day end your life.

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      • 8 January 2018 18:46, by Paul

        Rumbek S. Sudan,

        I agree with you 100%. Kiir should keep an open mind. Not all those around him are angels.

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  • 7 January 2018 23:52, by Majesty

    Gen Malong at some point will has to decide & accept Gogrial forceful calls for division of Dinka or Akol Koor will not sit ’till he’s dead. It’s to happen. Malong or Aweil has nothing to lose in failed regime run by minority sections of Dinka where Aweil is not represented other than fighting their wars, only to be stabbed at back and betrayed. 16 July 2016 was missed opportunity by Malong.

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    • 8 January 2018 00:01, by Majesty

      ... Still, Kiir and backstabbers can be removed.

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  • 8 January 2018 02:50, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    All Aweil’s Sons and daughters have the same vocal sounds voice therefore,any one can pretend like Gen. Malong, I do blame the remote controllers or those who take words from other’s people mouth and manufactured them into reality!Though you are operating behind the sense God is at Watch......What will you gain from this zatu?

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  • 8 January 2018 03:31, by john akeen

    If Malong took over the public office today from president Salva Kiir, I will be happy because Malong will finish those Rebels waiting 2 weeks 100% and he doesn’t mind to receive more sanctions to free South Sudanese people from those Rebels that president Salva Kiir his being afriding to finish because of the sanction that he doesn’t want to receive for SSudnese people

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  • 8 January 2018 03:49, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    It been predict by Ngundeng. They will be fighting among Jaang and Naath. Naath against Naath and Jaang against Jaang after that peace will come. The leadership will be taken by people in the tip of the south Equatorial. Where the headquarter of Country. People with to many teeth up,down took leadership. Jaang, Naath have lost the leadership due to their reckless attitude.

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  • 8 January 2018 06:30, by Lenin Bull

    The management style of President Salva Kiir will blame his lukewarm leadership style which has resulted into the gruesome deaths of several thousands of innocent civilians( women and children included), destruction of the young country, and which may finally result into his undoing as president. If Riek’s recurrent rebellion was handled with iron resolve and stopped once and for all,

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  • 8 January 2018 06:39, by Lenin Bull

    Riek’s recurring menace should have been handled squarely and finished once and for all, but President Salva Kiir was lukewarm as if the death of thousands of civilians and SPLA soldiers was not something that could not make the president’s conscience to worry. Now if rebellion is what make President Kiir’s leadership meaningful than now prepare to handle the next rebellion.

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  • 8 January 2018 06:51, by Sunday Junup

    Ba Duol Jangni Dak (I will make dis unity in Jieng Council of elders). That prophecy will come to pass. Malong is not ready for rebellion but Kiir will push him to do so.

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  • 8 January 2018 07:06, by Lenin Bull

    I’m waiting to see that days when the whole of Bahr El Ghazal region is going to go up in smoke and innocent women, children, elderly, disabled, etc are going to die like it happened in Upper Nile Region. The little wealth accumulated will be looted and burned down( shops, market, homes, and cattle looted and/or burned down).

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    • 8 January 2018 08:05, by Majesty

      Lenin Bull,
      That day is now likely. And an intense war in Bhar Gazal will spell more disastrous in Upper Nile esp in Bor, Malakal. After few months of dog fighting Gogrial will be Gogrial and Aweil will be so, which means towns in Upper Nile including oil will be susceptible to Riek rebels. Hopefully Salva Kiir with his backstabbers and traitors will have achieved their objectives.

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      • 8 January 2018 12:22, by Tim Atiep

        Hi Lenin Bull,

        It’s unfortunate brother and you have knocked the point,this is senseless war with no benefit and only destruction and taking the lives of innocence citizen. I hope God may intervene in this situations.

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      • 8 January 2018 18:15, by Kuch

        What makes you think that your war with Gogrial "will spell more disastrous in Upper Nile sep in Bor"? Do you think, that Bor Dinka would not defend itself? You are dreaming chap. Don’t let yourself be carried away by the likes of Mr. Khent piece of trash that the only people who bombed the Riek Machar so-called white army were you boys from Aweil & Gogrial chap>>>

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        • 8 January 2018 19:03, by Kuch

          The only people who didn’t fight your Mr. Riek Machar so-called white army were Rebecca Nyandeng so-called Twic East hailed from. Even Nyarweng & Hol who had a border with the Nuers bloody nosed the Riek Machar so-called white army. As for the Bor South community, the young boys including the civilians took up their arms, including my own ourselves & some Ugandan troops>>>

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        • 9 January 2018 01:52, by Majesty

          You just asked I don’t see reason to attack Khent, here.That man unlike yourself is not another arrogant who just run his mouth other then saying concrete and things that can be proven. Bor is gateway to Juba and Malakal to oil, these are strategic towns that could be vulnerable without reinforcement from Bhar el Gazal.This is my only reason. Rest is yours, you’ll defend Bor when time comes.

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          • 9 January 2018 02:11, by Majesty

            ... And just to set records straight, my two cousins Bol and Akoon were cutdown in Bortown by White army when they stormed and recaptured it in Jan 2014. Many Aweil sons were wiped out in that battle. Days later hundreds if not thousands (from Aweil) led by Malong helped recapturing it. Another one in commando was later killed in Ayod.

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  • 8 January 2018 10:57, by Eastern

    Good riddance! What did Kiir expect? Malong used dinka youths like firewood to save the butts of Kiir only for the man to do the opposite. Expect nothing but another deadly rebellion led by Malong and cohorts..!

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    • 8 January 2018 12:04, by South South


      Please take stand, you are still all over it. We need peace. There is no single logic in your argument that all Dinkas are bad, even God will not stand with you. We need peace.

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      • 8 January 2018 14:43, by jubaone

        South South,
        You and I urgently need peace in SS, but unruly savages in the jienge army either don’t follow the CoH agreements or are hell bent on disregarding it. Killing unarmed and non combatants is all what these monkeys can do. The Kiirminal has no control over them. They are just wayward criminals.

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    • 8 January 2018 12:07, by South South

      Rebellion is not easy, you know that very well. The only reason you are USA is because you dislike rebellion, but you want others to do it for you. Please support the peace. Dau is a an army commander right now in Aweil. He did try to rebel and joined Riek, did people of Aweil follow him? No.

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      • 8 January 2018 14:41, by Eastern

        South South,

        Comparing the predicaments of Malong with the flip-flipper Dau Aturjong, you must be kidding me! Malong mobilised thousands of dinka youths to defend Kiir and uphold the dinka project and in the process thousands got killed or missing in action. Now parents in malual dinka heartlands are asking questions which ONLY Malong can answer. Maintaining the status quo means more rebellions!

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        • 8 January 2018 15:01, by South South


          Unless you are just throwing out these words to satisfy yourself. Malong did mobilized thousands as a rebel. He did it because he was part of them government, when we talk about rebellion, it is a different game. Dinkas Malual are not kidding to be dragged to something without meaning.

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          • 8 January 2018 15:23, by South South


            Malong did not mobilized thousands as a rebel.

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            • 8 January 2018 16:56, by Majesty

              South South,
              You’re good man but here stacks are higher than many think. Malong will be joined by many not only in Aweil. Malong since 1990s mobilized Dinka Malual for war not just in the name of SPLA but in his personal capacity as consistent leader and a man with ability. I (Kenyang) here was one earlier people to say Dau Aturjong rebellion will fail. Malong will not fail.

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          • 8 January 2018 19:20, by Eastern

            South South,

            I don’t mince words nor do I just throw words, I state and predict the unfolding reality as it is! Maintaining Kiir at the helm is costly to South Sudan and the South Sudanese. Don’t ask me how.

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        • 8 January 2018 17:55, by jubaone

          Even a sharp knife 🔪 once used can be kept away. Fugitive Malong and his nyors have been used by the Kiirminal and the idiot has served his purpose. By the time they make a balance, they will have realized that entirely youth and young adults have been wiped out. This explains the dire destitution and hopelessness in Aweil.

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          • 8 January 2018 21:32, by Majesty

            If such analogy weren’t just demonstration of an inferiority toward Malong, you shouldn’t be mentioning old, loser Riek Machar or Lam Akol as they were overused by Khartoum National Islamic Front.

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          • 8 January 2018 23:30, by Paul

            So you have calculated this scenario? And know it like the back of your hand?

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  • 8 January 2018 20:26, by garrak1520

    It seems all South Sudan want Kiir to go; is it not time for the sake of South Sudan for Kiir to go. He has failed his own set goals, and has failed the country. No need for more blood but Kiir has to go.
    A march in Juba and sitting in front of his office and home would send him out.

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  • 11 January 2018 12:39, by Angelo Achuil

    If kiir truly believes Malong is getting readying for war and Malong truly believes he isn’t, then time will tell. We just need to wait a bit and we will know for sure who spoke the truth. Time will tell.

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