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Lol state Governor assaulted at Aweil airport

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MARCH 30, 2016 (JUBA) - The youth leadership in South Sudan’s Lol state has strongly condemned the manner in which one of the supporters of army chief Paul Malong attacked Lol state Governor, Rizik Zachariah Hassan in Aweil town on Tuesday, sparking tension between supporters of the two rival politicians with huge followers in the area.

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Rizik Zachariah Hassan, Governor of Lol state (UN photo)

"The entire Lol state youth leadership condemns in strongest terms possible the assault on our governor by scrupulous, sycophant and a known long time supporter of Paul Malong, on Tuesday in Aweil town, capital of Aweil state, when the governor was going to Juba," party reads the group’s statement.

"This behaviour is unacceptable and any repeat will not be tolerated whatsoever", it adds.

The youth leadership, in the 29 March statement, called for immediate investigation to establish the motives behind the assault and warned such actions "could expose and undermine relations between the two states if no action is taken against the perpetrator" .

"We call on the government of Aweil state to come out to condemn this unbecoming and unacceptable behaviour and take immediate action against the perpetrator", it stressed.

The youth identified the assailant as Robert Majok Kuol, a renowned supporter of Malong.

It remains unclear under what circumstances the governor was verbally attacked and why no immediate intervention was taken by the authorities in the area to establish the motive behind the unusual behaviour towards high profile officials at the state levels.

Hassan, according to eyewitness, was at Aweil airfield waiting to board a flight when Majok appeared from nowhere in the middle of gubernatorial entourage, pretended he was greeting the governor before he began hurling insults at the Lol state governor.

Observers have argued the attack was a politically motivated act to cause tension between supporters in the area so as to attract the attention and intervention of President Salva Kiir in a political dispute between the army chief of staff, who has expressed interest to become the overall head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) branch offices in the three states of Lol, Aweil State and Aweil East.

Malong’s idea has been accepted in Aweil state and his home state of Aweil East, but rejected by Lol state politicians, including their governor, Hassan. Lol was curved out of Aweil West and Aweil North counties and merged with Raja county to form one state.

Analysts say the rejection of Malong’s proposal as the head of the party offices in the three states weakens his political standing at the national level, since it reduces his political support base to his home state of Aweil East and negligible voices in Aweil state.

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  • 31 March 2016 09:06, by Jupiter Maguangdit

    Dear readers,
    This is just a start of criminal as well as terrorist activities by Malong in the area.

    Next time, Malong will mobilize Misseriya and Rizeigat to terrorize Aweil north, west and Raja areas in Lol State.

    Road ambushes will also take place in the above mentioned areas if Rizig and the members of his government are not careful enough.

    Mark my words.

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  • 31 March 2016 09:44, by Kenyang

    Gen. Malong as General staff of South Sudan Army makes big talks of one, local SPLA office meaningless. Dinka Malual is not divided and people of the three states are SPLA and Malong supporters.

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  • 31 March 2016 14:35, by Agutthon

    Malong Awan (fox) Anei (confusion)that is what he is.

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  • 31 March 2016 16:57, by Hardlinner

    Malong is certainly wrong in this case. Lol is not entire made of dinka malual. therefore Malong should respect the right of people of Raja. if he want to be head of SPLM for two Aweil states, then he has right.

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