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Releasing S. Sudan ex-army chief could spark war: official


Paul Malong arrives at Juba Airport 13 May 2017 (ST Photo)

September 13, 2017 (JUBA) – There is a likelihood war could break out in South Sudan’s Bahr el Ghazal region, if the former army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan is allowed to travel out of the country, an official said.

The presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny was earmarked saying there was no need for Malong to leave the young nation, given the situation created in his house and the denial by the government to attend his daughter’s burial.

“The situation we are in right now is very volatile. Malong’s being in Juba is related to peace in Bahr el Ghazal [region]. Having him in Juba is to keep peace in Bar El Ghazal. You remember and you found it in the last previous meeting. The meeting was very charged and tense and it was only 30 minutes meeting, but it was so charged and tense”, he said private discussions taped and widely circulated.

According to the official, the only way to resolve this impasse was to take a sample from Malong and subject whatever is taken to a test.

“Or if he [Malong] wants, it can be identified through his saliva or spit, and in this case let the sample be drawn and taken to his family in Nairobi to identify her with it. But it has been politicized already and there is not even a need now for the presidency to sit on it and make it as an agenda and as a subject for discussion”, said Ateny.

The presidential spokesperson claimed the former army chief’s situation was being “exaggerated” and “overplayed” by people in diaspora, many of whom he said were agitators of war in the region.

“They [people] are saying [Salva] Kiir’s government is still strong today and giving people trouble because there is no war in Bahr el Ghazal. Look at the situation we are in at the moment. They want to see a war happening in Bar El Ghazal, and if Malong is allowed to go to Nairobi in this kind of situation we are in, what if he decides not to come back? Mading Aweil would fight with Gogrial tomorrow,” Ateny was further quoted saying.

Although Sudan Tribune could not independently verify the authenticity of the leaked conversation, neither the presidential aide nor the office of the South Sudanese presidency issued a statement.

In May this year, Awan, a former governor, was sacked by President Salva Kiir and replaced by the then former deputy chief of general staff for administration and finance, Lt. Gen. James Ajongo Mawut.

The South Sudanese military had, prior to Malong’s removal, been repeatedly been accused of gross human rights violations, rape, atrocities and war crimes on civilians in the conflict-affected areas.

The three-year conflict in South Sudan killed tens of thousands and displaced more than two million people, the United Nations says, amid fears next year’s planned general elections could further plunge the country into chaos.


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  • 13 September 2017 23:01, by Kush Natives

    Now everything become Malong’s topic, while we other things to worry about. Why Malong’s issue became centrally Now? Whoever relived him should deals with now, why Salva Kiir removed him if there was a such predictions? If President Salva Kiir always through out the decree that’s not well calculated, then let him get out.

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    • 13 September 2017 23:06, by Kush Natives

      Rebels now dancing thinking that Dinka will fighting so that they (Rebels) take an advantage over it. This is nonsense, we will not allow such a move, South Sudan will remain United and strong under (one people/one nation/one President) all rebels left the battlefield and are all now under the keyboards in the jungles of South Sudan writing nonsense.

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      • 14 September 2017 06:41, by Newsudan

        when rebels read this news,they started dancing around,wishful thinking, Monyjang will not fight among themselves becos of two men.monyjang pal ku tong baai,tong baai aye puol te ci tong rok Ben,

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    • 14 September 2017 01:00, by Majesty

      Gen. Malong, one of very stable, resourceful Cdr who liberated South Sudan removal is another but his confinement and humiliation to sit in front of cowards like Taban Deng Gai, constant jobseekers who were the heart of 1991 and 2013 Riek Machar Rebellions and violence question every value we think we have or try to protect.

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      • 14 September 2017 02:06, by dinkdong

        You didn’t mention Kiir. Malong also "sit in front" of Kiir.

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      • 14 September 2017 09:51, by Kuch

        SUDAN TRIBUNE is the one that is making a fuse of over this. Mading Awiel community is not a community of idiots like many of our communities we do have in South Sudan. It is a community of cool headed and grown up people. If Mading community were to be throwing tantrums like other communities. Then our country would be in a sh*t to date. In fact Salva Kiir & his bunch of advisers are the ones>>>

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        • 14 September 2017 10:03, by Kuch

          not managing this Paul Malongdit crises well. Any public servant can be relieved from his/her post since these posts are for public, but Paul Malongdit was doing his job superbly as was required of him. But keeping him confined like a criminal on hearsay & rumors isn’t helping the situation. Paul Malongdit would be last person in South Sudan to involve himself in anything that will create more>>>

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          • 14 September 2017 10:10, by Kuch

            problems in our country & so do his Mading Awiel community and Salva Kiir & his bunch of lowly advisers know this fact. There are many losers & anti-peace in our country and their desperately swooning to have the whole of Dinka/Monyjang community go at each other throats & then their lust for the destruction of our country & our people would be fulfilled. Some that is not gonna happen>>>>

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            • 14 September 2017 10:32, by Kuch

              on our seeing eyes. But Mr. Salva Kiir & his bunch of advisers should know this. My own concerns are, that there are some ’anti-peace & anarchists’ in our country & outside our country that want to harm Paul Malongdit & even other senior government officials to set up their greater Dinka/Monyjang community war at each others & then their Somalization of our country & our people would be complete>

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              • 14 September 2017 10:44, by Kuch

                >>>Many South Sudanese with brains know that our country is coveted by the greatest evils on earth that want our country to be on the leagues of failing states. But there are a few South Sudanese who have sold their souls to foreign hyenas that want our country to be like Somali, DRC & Libya. They are our usual South Sudanese *betrayers, losers & our country & people’s sellouts anyway>>>

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    • 14 September 2017 05:39, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Now, Paul is being blocked because to prevent war between Awiel and Gorial.

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      • 14 September 2017 12:11, by Majesty

        War between Aweil and Gogrial is unlikely as you know these Rek people are very close and always in peace with no bad blood. Nothing they can’t solve through dialogue. Aweil loves peace but its true Gen. Malong mistreatment even after being removed disappointed many and could bring unintended consequence.

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        • 14 September 2017 12:17, by Majesty

          Malong didn’t fail to carry out his duties in order to be removed and if he must, there should at least be good explanation not on Juba day to day wild rumors. But then why not allow him to go to his house in Aweil? Why would anyone want to confine him? If Salva Kiir is too afraid of Malong then he needs to step down for him.


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          • 14 September 2017 12:26, by Majesty

            Salva Kiir, an insecure coward is known for making things up like 2004 where out of blue he almost spark unnecessary division by accusing John Garang of wanting to lure him to Ramciel in order to be killed.
            No, our brave people deserve confident, level head leaders like Malong or we’re wasting precious lives of our youth.

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  • 14 September 2017 00:12, by dinkdong

    Oh yeah?! Are we right now lacking war? Now, all of a sudden you are scared of war. What a bunch of crooks!

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  • 14 September 2017 00:34, by john locke

    Everyday dinkas are inching closer to war with eachother.. soon awiel will be a war zone.. its crwzy that kiir fears war in his tribe yet doesnt care for other tribes.. yet says we should all be a united country.. what a man kiir is

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    • 14 September 2017 05:10, by Monyjang

      it never happen at all the way you think every dinka or aweil go to war for malong.

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  • 14 September 2017 05:50, by john locke

    The day all of the tribes in south sudan turn against the jiangs is the day that jiangs will know exactly what payback is. When peoplw begin to see that money means nothing when it comes to savjng the country from corrupt leaders such as jkiir and taban. The jiangs will be finished soon, trust me

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    • 14 September 2017 06:47, by Kush Natives

      john Locke,
      What are you still talking about? Which tribes now in South Sudan is against Dinka? That’s why sometime I hate people who don’t acknowledge the fact, what are you looking for? Nuer in upper Nile rebelled, the whole Equatorian region rebelled, some of Lol state rebelled against Dinka. So what else are you still calling for? Just get yourself a gun and start fighting wherever you are!

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      • 14 September 2017 08:34, by Malakal county Simon

        I like STD internal war.... Soon the Awielians and Warrapis will slit each other throat, after all, it’s will be the work of STD..... The war in waiting, it’s about to be come real....

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        • 14 September 2017 09:04, by Kush Natives

          Malakal county Simon,
          Keeps dreaming about that, you rebels failed to secure hope by toppling the government of South Sudan in the place and now you’re disgraced mobilizing other historical leaders to fulfill your collapse agenda. It’s time now to collect all rebels who refused this ND to ICC

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      • 14 September 2017 11:37, by Tilo

        If other community rebelled against Dinka there could be no single dinka in Equatoria - Most of jieng settles in Juba, Nimule and other part of Equatoria. So Equatorians have not rebelled against Dinka yet bro.
        We should say T. Cirilo formed a rebel group but not all equatorians rebelled buddy

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        • 14 September 2017 12:11, by Mr. Right

          Mr. Tilo,
          That was a thunderous statement, bro. Not all of us are idiots and I am impressed you demonstrated it practically. I believe Kush Natives is not that blind and might come good next time before he blurted out.

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        • 14 September 2017 20:21, by Kush Natives

          Which roads that linking any town in Equatoria region is safe for just an ordinary Dinka civilians to move through? Folks, we need to frankly to the matter, if not then why are we pretending like we’re looking for peace?

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      • 14 September 2017 12:24, by Mr. Right

        Kush Natives,
        It’s not too late for you to grow up, Fella! What are you trying to achieve by saying "the whole Equatorian region rebelled"??

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        • 14 September 2017 20:25, by Kush Natives

          Mr. Right,
          Again tell the public not just me alone, name is a single roads in Equatoria region that is safe for the nnon-Equatorian? Answer us before I come back to you!

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          • 14 September 2017 20:34, by Mr. Right

            @Kush Natives,
            You insisted I reply to you. Ok, the roads are insecure, that’s a reality? Now answer me, have all the Equatorians rebelled?

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  • 14 September 2017 09:13, by John Wetjunub

    Mr Ateny Wek your claim have no meaning at all,Gen Malong issues with Salva Kiir have nothing to do with people of Gogrial State if that is what you have in your mind. Secondly Malong as a person doesn’t have plan to fight innocent people in Gogrial accept kiir Auei with his followers. first go to Gogrial and ask whether they support the removal of Gen Malong from his post as Army Chief.

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  • 14 September 2017 10:21, by conservative

    South Sudan will never be the same because everyday destruction increasing to the Skye and we are poor nation in some many things are those leaders will pay attention to that or just for the power all the time because we never heard someone is fighting corruption or for development but everybody wants fight for regime change I mean how that’s gonna work because it require some much people to that

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  • 14 September 2017 10:32, by conservative

    Everyone is looking at us how dumb is south Sudanese leaders we should have United and take this war back with North or Bashir get out of Africa period he brought all these destruction through our rebels but fighting with North is better than fighting among ourselves because it will keep us more United it seems like just like in previous

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  • 14 September 2017 11:47, by Mr. Right

    Well, Malong resembles a ticking time-bomb but I admire his utmost resilient/professionalism at such a condition. Remember, he has not exclusively released any public statement about his treatment at the hands of tyrants other than retorting to their decisions.

    I think he doesn’t need to travel to trigger inter-communal skirmishes.

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    • 14 September 2017 11:51, by Mr. Right

      All he needs to do, is just to release a damning statement about his condition and the rest is history; which I believe Mr. Cowboy, Malong is restraining from doing….

      To defuse that looming crisis, we just need to accord the guy some respect rather than airing out sanctimonious rhetoric. Look, Sudan Tribune is trying to exploit this debacle and that’s way more-riskier than you think.

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      • 14 September 2017 11:54, by Mr. Right

        To me, solitary confinement is not the ultimate solution as we know the pervasive nature of Mathiang-Ayoor in Juba. Avoid curtailing his freedom now or else, the bomb would EXPLODE. You’ve been warned!!

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        • 14 September 2017 16:05, by denng

          @Mr Right, I agree with everything you said. Wisdom has never been a strong point of this blind administration. They have not once preempted a crisis until its too late. God save our country! However we the people should keep calling for peace.

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          • 14 September 2017 18:25, by Mr. Right

            It such a shame we’ve such inept leadership at the helm. They are ruining everything and this is a naked truth: They’ll die in power because their greediness has turned them blind for sure as you stated.

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  • 14 September 2017 13:57, by Maguto

    no need for confinment, let Malong do what he want, he no power now

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  • 14 September 2017 17:22, by Free at Last Viva!

    All your comments are useless and they will never produce anything good for South Sudan. You are all bent and blind to see the truth. Who said Dinka are mightier than any other tribes in South Sudan? Had not been for other external factors, rebels would have entered Juba. Go back a bid to history of Nuer and Dinka, just Nuer and Dinka, you will see that Dinka cannot withstand Nuer.

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    • 14 September 2017 17:30, by Free at Last Viva!

      During the Nuer expansion, they have overran most of the Dinka land and subdue most of the Dinka tribes who became Nuer upto now. From Bentiu to eastern Nuer in Ethiopia, Nuer penetrated the Dinka land, Anyuak and other minor tribes took their land and took some captives. It would be useless for talking of Dinka being strong enough in war to fight all south sudanes tribes.

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    • 14 September 2017 17:47, by Mr. Right

      @Free At Last Viva!
      You’ve completely missed the subject matter and for that matter, you are definitely blind, I must stress. We are totally past your level of much-vaunted comparison of tribes based on superiority and we don’t entertain living in delusion, you feel me?

      We live in 21st century now, a period where we constantly evolve; dynamism, yo!!

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  • 14 September 2017 17:51, by Mr. Right

    It’s pathetic you are still not liberated, anyway. When will you be free at last?

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    • 14 September 2017 17:56, by Free at Last Viva!

      Mr. whatsoever,
      you didn’t even got me right. Read me again! We were liberated from Arab rule but we are not yet free anyway! And I am now fighting for it which I think you will enjoy at the end, though you are now an optical to it.

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      • 14 September 2017 20:15, by Kush Natives

        Free at Last Viva!,
        What are you trying to tell us here, (we are not yet free)? Is you who’s not free not we!

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  • 14 September 2017 17:51, by Free at Last Viva!

    Now the issue is not between Nuer and Dinka, or other tribes and Dinka, rather, it is about South Sudan and its freedom. It’s a political differences, and this has divided all tribes. This is true because there are Nuer in the government, there are Dinka who have also rebelled, equatorians are also divided, some rebelled and other are still with government....

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  • 14 September 2017 18:12, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Nonesess, you guys are fearing of being overthrown by Awan if you let him travel to Kenya. Majority of Dinkas love Awan and they will never fight against one another. Just tell us the truth period. Banning Awan from attending his daughter funeral is a crime in Dinka law and you will be punished for it some days. Remember, we, the Dinka conservatives are watching you.

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  • 14 September 2017 18:14, by Mr. Right

    Well, Free at Last Viva!, I welcome your conciliatory tone. That’s how you express yourself when you bear that sparkling name. I am Mr. Right, never call me by ...soever name again.

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