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February 8, 2016 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) chief, Gen. Paul Malong Awan has warned of possible unrest in the world’s youngest nation, should he and those serving the cabinet and army be removed from posts as part of the formation of the Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

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S Sudan’s President Salva Kiir is received by former Chief of General Staff of the SPLA Paul Malong Awan at the airport in Juba March 6, 2015 (Reuters)

“We will see how this country will be stable if the only way is to bring peace is to reward people who have brought the country and the people to this level”, Awan told high-level military officers from his Malual Dinka tribe, whom he ferried to Aweil town for reasons yet to be established.

"We will not accept anyone to be victimised for defending the system", he added.

The army chief lefts the South Sudan capital, Juba on Saturday with more than five serving army generals from his home area, who included his deputy in-charge of operations, Lt. Gen. James Ajonga Mawut, head of military police, Major Gen. Akec Adim, head of training, Major Gen. Charles Dut Akol and the Division Two commander, Major Gen. Butrous Bol Bol.

Other notable high-ranking officers present were, Lt. General Akot Deng Akot, who until recently, served as caretaker governor the now defunct former Northern Bahr el Ghazal state after he was appointed last year.

Akot replaced Kuel Aguer Kuel who was in a power struggle with Awan.

While in Aweil town, the army chief of staff reportedly held two high profile meetings with state lawmakers, ex-cabinet ministers and members of the ruling party (SPLM) on Saturday and on Sunday at the SPLM headquarters.

He also held other meetings in Warawar village, during which he reportedly declared himself as chairman of the SPLM branch offices in the new states, vowing not to tolerate anybody who undermines the Mading Aweil people.

“As we are meeting here, there are people calling from Juba to ask why we are here. We did not escape; the president knows we have come here and we are here to discuss things which concern us as people of Aweil. And here I want to say that the creation of the new states does not mean division. We are still one. What has happened is just for administrative purpose. It has not affected our unity and our identity. We are still people of Aweil,” told his audience at the SPLM secretariat Sunday.

He added, “If there are people who think the creation of more states has divided us, they need to know this was not the purpose for creating them”.

According to the senior army official, all nominations of officials for various the positions in the three states must pass through the SPLM branch office in Aweil town, further stressing that he remains a legitimate office bearer until future arrangements for the ruling party in the state were made.

“We will meet with the three governors and we shall discuss with them what we have discussed here and anyone who will refuse to listen then we will go to the president and thereafter we shall see who will not work with the people”, said Gen. Awan.

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  • 8 February 2016 21:40, by Mi diit

    Paul Malong Awan,

    You will soon be out of the top military position. Kiir is preparing to consolidate his strength before he surprises you with a presidential decree. You will soon feel like fish out of the water and your current threats will become meaningless.

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    • 8 February 2016 22:36, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Mi dit
      Gen. Malong, is completely right, please Riek Machar will never be in office in Juba, and others of his notorious Gens.
      Malong, will be supported by Greater Bhar el Ghazel, and other parts of Jonglei, rest of Upper Nile if Kiir, need to be fool by peace to remove saving supper powers generals if that happen, my friend, make sure Kiir and Riek, will never be power. Malong, Oyeee, Dinka’s, Oy

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      • 9 February 2016 11:48, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Gen. Malong is telling the truth. Yes, Igad & Riak Machar must be informed of impossibilities in case of excessive rebellion rewards. It’s now an order of the day in Salva Kiir’s govt to easily get high profile position if u rebel against his govt. What good have Pagan, Riak, Nyandeng, Majak & Taban etc. done pertaining to safety of this young nation. South Sudan now exists due to our all sacrific

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    • 8 February 2016 22:45, by Force 1

      I agreed with general Malong Awan 100%; if people have to rebeled and killed innocent men, women and children in order to be rewarded to get their jobs back in the government in the name of peace; why not Malong and others to do the same thing to get their jobs back if they are removed from their positions in the name of peace!?

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      • 9 February 2016 05:55, by Mi diit

        Ayui and Force O,

        It was Kiir and Malong who killed people in Juba for no reason. They mistakenly thought that this was the beginning of Dinka empire.

        They did not know that they were not going to finish all the Nuer and lose war for two years.

        They planned fake coup!

        Malong promised 30 days to crush all Nuer fighters, but he shamefully failed.

        Now they are blaming each other for failure.

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        • 9 February 2016 06:26, by Force 1

          Midit;

          Who lost the war or shamefully fail as you claimed? The one in control in Juba or the one running around in neighboring countries while afraid of coming to Juba?

          How do you define victory?

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    • 9 February 2016 06:48, by Akuma

      "We will see how this country will be stable if the only way is to bring peace is to reward people who have brought the country and the people to this level”."We will not accept anyone to be victimised for defending the system", Word for those thinking rebellion will earn them positions in the country...I support you Gen. Malong

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    • 9 February 2016 19:46, by Uncle J

      Mi Dit,

      In my dream I want Kiir to sack Malong, and see if Riek is going to enjoy power sharing with Kiir without obstacles, Kiir is the only president in Africa who rewards people with bad record like now too many people in his government are Khartoum returnees that means people who were collaborating with Arabs are being rewarded with positions the same way rebels are being rewarded. If I was in contact with Malong I would encourage him to take over by coup because Kiir is a weakness to all Dinkas

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  • 8 February 2016 22:44, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Riek Machar, is not also working for peace,
    Who seen him yesterday when he was addressing the Nuer community in Cairo? He was insulting Junubin and Kiir Mayardiit, please, him on http/www.aljazeera.com and voss211.com.
    Am going to prepared my gun before implementation of peace agreement signed by Kiir and Riek Machar.

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    • 8 February 2016 23:00, by Force 1

      If general Malong Awan and others are removed today from their positions in the name of peace; they have to rebeled to go and killed innocent men, women and children and the IGAD must called them back and give them their positions back in the name of peace! Because according to IGAD logic, everyone need to be rewarded for bad behaviour!

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      • 9 February 2016 05:58, by Mi diit

        Or they will get killed and NEVER come back. These are a bunch of evil doers who dragged this nation to corruption and war.

        They will one day die a terrible death.

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        • 9 February 2016 06:34, by Force 1

          Who is going to be brave enough to remove the likes of Malong? Is it you? Good luck with that!

          You just heard it loud and clear that no one is going to remove them and you know why? Mathiang-Anyoor battalion is the answer!

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  • 8 February 2016 22:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Hundreds of thousands of Mathiang Anyor battalion killed by Riek Machar, which completely disclosed no peace, if Kiir, honorned rebels to be in power than Dinka’s in SPLA.

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  • 9 February 2016 03:02, by Kenyang

    Sudantribune is on it again- twisting facts while spreading lies. Even from their own quote, nowhere did Gen.Malong talk about his removal but rather those who will be victimized for defending and standing with the SPLA just like Riek 1991 first rebellion for power.

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    • 9 February 2016 06:00, by Mi diit

      Kenyang,

      Read between the lines pig head. Where did that reporter go wrong?

      Those Malong said should not be victimized included himself (Malong).

      Did he name them by their names, NO!

      So he means himself and the rest of notorious generals he is now mobilizing to overthrow Salva Kiir soon.

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      • 9 February 2016 08:15, by Kenyang

        Mii Diit,
        You’re such an emotional pinhead to the point you don’t know what you doing or saying. Are you now Kiir supporter? ...LoL. If you and mouthpiece, SUDANTRIBUNE are this much worry about Malong ability, what make you think he can be easily removed?

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  • 9 February 2016 03:31, by Eyez

    Is that the last kick of a dying cow, because, why is Malong getting paranoid, or has he seen the writing on the wall? If so, then why try stand in the way of the inevitable, as the wind of change is eminant...huh?

    Any dominance of others by a particular tribe will soon be a thing of the past in South Sudan. Malong has to know that mobilising his tribesmen against peace will be doomed.

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    • 9 February 2016 06:16, by Nyesi Ta

      Eyez, you are absolutely right, it is not longer a dying horse as per say, but now it is a dying cow, an animal them savages love so dearly. Therefore, if the cow dies, they, the owners will also perish.

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    • 9 February 2016 15:33, by Force 1

      Eyez;

      You will wait for the dying horse forever until the end of time. Remember talking tough online doesn’t bring change; if that was the case; we would have had it 20 months ago. If you want to depend on foreign powers to bring change; then that would never happen why? Because they learned from history in Iraq,Libya and Afghanistan.

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      • 10 February 2016 06:17, by Joseph Canada

        Seriously speaking do you think you can comprae your self to those Moslems in Iraq, Libyia and Afganistan to those greedy general? hahaha funny. Actually it will be great coz ...... hahahaha. let me just laugh.

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  • 9 February 2016 03:43, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Dear readers, once Sudan Tribune misinterpreted General Mslong Awan. For fact, nowhere did Awan mentioning that president Kiir wants to sack him in office. Can you show us where he mentioned the word sack please. Why would you twist people words? Also Awan is right on this. President Kiir has tendency of rewarding those who killed innocent people. We are waiting for your order Mr. Awan. All affirm

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    • 9 February 2016 03:49, by Dinka-Defender-General

      To understanding, Awan is talking about new states and what people say about them. I am ready with my 2500 soldiers to backup General Awan. We support him 100%.

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  • 9 February 2016 03:48, by Eyez

    This time if anyone spoils the peace that our people are yearning for, just to appease one tribe, then, they will see the wrath of the other Southerners who are being treated like second class citizens in their own land

    Gen. Wani already warned the JCE and Dinka tribalists of the consequences...as all JCE and Dinka areas in Juba will be hit hard and all Nuer in IDP camps will be given arms.

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    • 9 February 2016 05:11, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Be rational Eyez, Dinkas are being abuse, they keep quiet and move on to liberated the country from Arabs. I have news for you. We are ready to create or form our party. However, it’s put on hold right now because of peace and unity. It is call Dinka people Liberation Army and Dinka People Liberation Movement. (DPLA/DPLM) under the leadership of Dinka Defender General. This is another serious bu

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  • 9 February 2016 06:35, by Thondet Manyang

    If Malong rebelled today, that is exactly what I am looking for to follow. I am was metioning this that a real war is coming between Nuer and Dinka I hate Kiir for favoring you stupid guys. Better Malong do it today such that we see. No peace in expense of others. No Kiir! No Riek! but Malong take lead we are behind you no death always silently. Rebel is the market for changes. Same faces always!!

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    • 9 February 2016 07:55, by Joseph Canada

      PLEASE START THIS GAME QUICKLY SO THAT WE THE EQUATORIANS CAN NOW HAVE OUR EQUATORIA AS A NATION. COUNTRY WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE. GREATER EQUATORIA, GREATER BAR EL GAZEL AND GREATER UPPER NILE.

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      • 9 February 2016 08:59, by Force 1

        Joseph;

        Do that dream and division in Canada; but not in South Sudan!

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      • 9 February 2016 09:29, by Akuma

        Joseph Canada,

        Your dream of dividing South Sudan base on tribes or colonial regions will not come true. South Sudanese are united only greedy leaders like Riek Machar whom you duly support are the mess of everything happening in South Sudan. We are all united and don’t infected us with your division dream

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        • 10 February 2016 06:24, by Joseph Canada

          Akuma, thats where you got things wrong. Equatorians from Yambio to Nadapal are not one tribe. I believe you are talking bout the Dinka tribal division of the 28 states right? . Please dont lie to people about UNITY. And dont worry about my name Canada. I am within rich.

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      • 9 February 2016 16:41, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Canada, please don’t celebrate a war you cannot win. I don’t think you guys handle the gorillas or brave warriors of all the times. You should campaign for peace instead of war. Remember Equatoria is too small to hide if we accept your challenge. Therefore, make better choices.

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        • 10 February 2016 06:31, by Joseph Canada

          hahahaha! "Equatoria is too small to hide" Don’t be cheated by our polite view and naive look at this Dinka-Nuel 1991 Revange game for granted. We know clearly the Dinka Kiir started self proclaimed Coup to justify the Revange of 1991. You cant even handle arrow boys without the help of Ugandan gunships and you are blabaring here? hahahaha. Thank Museveni otherwise you would’ve been wiped out.

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          • 10 February 2016 06:38, by Joseph Canada

            You should be making the scupture of Museveni and the Equatorian boys who firht in frontline and bow them every morning of your lives. Also you should thank the Equatorians who are so polite to grant you the land to grace those stollen Nuer, Shilluk and Murle cows that you stall. PLEASE PAUL MALONG, PLEASE GO A HEARD AND START ANOTHER WAR!!! WE NEED THIS ONE SO BAD! WE REALLY DO! PLEASE PLEASE !!

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      • 9 February 2016 16:42, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Canada, please don’t celebrate a war you cannot win. I don’t think you guys handle the gorillas or brave warriors of all the times. You should campaign for peace instead of war. Remember Equatoria is too small to hide if we accept your challenge. Therefore, make better choices.

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  • 9 February 2016 08:34, by Eastern

    Malong wants to drag South Sudan into his personal problems; he’s already having problems with the UN and now he wants to become an enemy of South Sudanese - he’ll become a wanted man like Kony of LRA!

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    • 9 February 2016 09:52, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Eastern and Canada are unprincipled men whose positions are not clear up to this point pertaining to the war and peace in South Sudan.

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      • 9 February 2016 12:12, by Eastern

        Lotodo,

        You think war will end and peace will be ushered into Jonglei state when you are isolated from other non-dinka tribes; wake up and smell the coffee! There is still more child abduction, cattle raiding and famine you have to put up with.

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    • 9 February 2016 12:58, by Mapuor

      Bravo General Malong Awan.We will never accept rewarding rebellions again.We are very ready to fight to the end if 28 states are reversed.Power in Juba will be shared based on 28 states only.The will be fairer than rewarding rebels.

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  • 9 February 2016 12:38, by Dengda

    The previous chief of staffs would have created unrest if the position of General Chief of staff is permanent to person. Beside who told him, a position of chief of is going to IO? The pretext to create coup against Kiir.

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  • 10 February 2016 06:14, by Twin cities

    Are we crazy or getting crazy? It seems like many of us South Sudanese has lost vision due to the decades of war in the country. An individual like Malong can’t pose any threat or hold a whole nation hostage with his illusions. This individual only sway fools in his camp. He can’t lead and he should go home and rest. South Sudan is huge to be tangled on this tribal divisive propaganda

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  • 10 February 2016 10:48, by Yei Top

    Paul Malong should stop brewing inter-communal fighting between Aweilians and Gogrialians before Mr. Kiir reacts to teach him and his grandchildren unforgettable lesson. Gogrialians are always brave and ready to face such idiots from crossing to the mighty land of Gogrial. Gen.Malong has 3 months to serve as chief of general staff from now before Gen.Obuto Mamur takes over. Take care Malong.

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