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South Sudan's former army chief Paul Malong addresses the media after returning to the South Sudan's capital of Juba, on May 13, 2017 (Reuters photo)
January 9, 2018 (JUBA) - The former South Sudanese army chief of staff General Paul Malong Awan warned on Tuesday he would be forced to respond with appropriate and proportional force should the government officials continue to launch false accusations against him.

In a press conference held on Monday, South Sudanese President Spokesperson described Awan as a rebel, saying he was responsible for a number of attacks outside the capital last week.

“Malong is a former chief of staff of the army but in accordance with the tape, he’s a rebel. The government and the security committee will come with an appropriate response,” said Ateny Wek Ateny.

The new accusations by the spokesperson of President Kiir angered the former chief of staff who backed Kiir when the SPLM leadership members said he was not apt to lead the country and when Kiir had to face alone the forces loyal to his former vice president after the event of 15 December 2013 in Juba.

Awan issued a statement on Tuesday titled "The Reason Behind Provocations" where he sought to say he was the target of the security agencies and presidential aides looking for a scapegoat to maintain tensions and war in the country, their only means to remain in power.

“Ever since I was relieved of duty as Chief of General Staff, there has been a target painted on my back by elements within the government who profit from war. In the aftermath of my being reassigned, these schemers immediately smelt blood. Instead of bringing back peace, the government is busy creating more frontlines, " he said.

"If these provocations continue unabated, then I would respond with appropriate and proportional force, and the blame would be on the government,” wrote Awan in a response to the government declaration making him a rebel.

President on 9 May 2017, decided to sack Awan from his position as the security agencies kept reporting that the then chief of general staff and his supporters were planning to overthrow Kiir considering him as unable to resist international pressures during the war with the rebels.

Following his removal, he fled to Aweil but he was stopped in the Laks region state of Yirol and forces to regain Juba. The security community in Juba at the time said he wanted to go to his home area in preparation for a rebellion.

Awan narrated events that have occurred following his removal from power, citing concoctions and circulation of rumours about him starting a rebellion that brought in the president.

“That is why when I attempted to leave Juba for Aweil, I was intercepted at Yirol with the promise to clear any misunderstandings that may be there with the president. I later learnt as you all did, that it was a trap that landed me in secret house arrest," he said.

" When my illegal and secretive detention came to light, the schemers shifted their intentions and now they had to get rid of me. That is why they cordoned off my residence and surrounded it with a battalion of soldiers, and heightened tensions around Juba in the runner-up to my release on the President’s orders. The schemers in J1 were desperately pulling every trick in their bags to paint me as a serious threat to the government, with the hope of securing a Presidential order to attack and kill me,” he further said.

The ousted general gave his own vision on all these "schemes" against him saying these "provocations are created by gooks around the President" whose survival is contingent on a protracted war in order to facilitate their continued control of the state.

"It’s an open secret that most of the Presidential advisors were our adversaries during the liberation war, and are there to destroy SPLM from within," he asserted.

South Sudanese presidential spokesperson Ateny Monday gave detailed information about the alleged audio recording of intercepted conversations for Gen Awan with several opposition leaders including Joseph Bakasoro, former western Equatoria governor and former national security in the office of the president Oyai Deng Ajak.

He further claimed that Awan spoke with his supporters in different areas across the country ordering them to rebel and attack strategic positions like Juba and Wau.

However, Ateny said the presidency called on Malong and his allies to relinquish violence and join the peace process, adding that the government is ready to welcome Malong to Juba.

“We express our commitment to the ongoing peace revitalization process comes next month, we urge the officers who have rebelled on General Malong’s orders and all other opposition forces to refrain from violence activities and allow a peaceful solution to the political crisis in the country”.

The Dinka Elders Council has reportedly kept contacts with President Kiir and his former chief of staff in a bit to contain the situation and prevent further frictions within the Dinka groups.

Nonetheless, observers in Juba wonder if the reconciliation efforts between Kiir and Awan would succeed pointing that the latter is now in an open conflict with the establishment particularly the presidential entourage and the security community.

They agree that any escalation between the two sides would have a negative impact on the IGAD forum to ensure the implementation of the peace agreement of August 2015.

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  • 9 January 22:38, by Altruistic

    We all don’t kno what is happening between Pual Malong and Government official, Both parties are saying two different things so who Is telling the truths? The government be be a little bit cautious about this, they should not declared him a rebel before he declare himself.

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    • 10 January 01:22, by William

      Altrusitic
      It seems the government interest in Malong rebellion than making peace according to how the government has been handling this situation. I don’t know what is the positive about his rebellion to the government. Now everything is out of control because Malong seems to accept the rebellion, what is the benefit then.

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      • 10 January 01:47, by dinkdong

        You are absolutely right. They (gov’t officials) seem to dance to the tune of Malong’s alleged rebellion. Kiir should be ousted like Mugabe.

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      • 10 January 10:55, by Altruistic

        William
        The government must defuse the situation before it get worse and try to bring a lasting peace to the people of South Sudan rather than promoting rebellion of General Pual, which could exacerbate the existence problem. The people of S.Sudan want peace and economic stability so that they can go about their daily lives they don’t want any further escalations of war.

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    • 10 January 03:18, by The Rhino

      Listen,
      Paul Malong is a sanctioned and wanted fugitive both inside and outside the country.Few years ago he was the fervent believer of the Jieng Ideology...Dinka Supremacy and all the junk Jieng council of elders craps and misfits.Now here we are,a misdemeanor Malong,hiding in Kenya like a pig,puking and rebuking the creepy regime once he served...ain’t that a bitch!This are untainted truest...

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      • 10 January 03:36, by The Rhino

        ...droplets of the past.Now, leadership is not such an easy thing you fucking Jienges/Dinkas perceived,believed,claimed,or seem to posses,occupy and snatch by force to intrude on others.Your tribal egocentric greed and thirst on other peoples proprieties and ownerships are your only weaknesses and demise for time to come.So,...either Kiir kills Malong or the reverse will happen in due time....

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        • 10 January 03:44, by The Rhino

          ...so what is it going to be?Kiir or Malong? If I were a gambler, I wouldn’t waste my money on Malong. He’s a dead meat on hot plate.

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          • 11 January 05:08, by Majesty

            "...Now, leadership is not such an easy thing you fucking Jienges/Dinkas perceived,believed,claimed,or seem..."

            The Rhino,
            Tell us your tribe before attacking Dinka unless you’re registered coward in order to do so.
            But no, Dinka didn’t get to power through garbage you mentioned but through their own blood.

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        • 10 January 07:13, by jubaone

          The Rhino,
          Great piece!
          Theory 1: Taban has successfully split the jienges and fugitive Malong is left scampering. Should Kiirminal be eliminated, he’ll take over.
          Theory 2: He’s consolidating the Nuers and once they are a rel military and political force, they get Riak back.
          Theory 3: Reunification of IO with other political forces with the intent to break jienge republic.

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          • 10 January 11:52, by South South

            jubaone,

            No singe person in South Sudan will shake our government if you can see how our neighbor countries are united against any rebellion in South Sudan. Nuer should learn by now very dear lesson from the past rebellion. They have paid very heavy prices while other tribes are watching or ran to refugee camps. Peace is the best for all of us. Let’s work for peace.

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            • 10 January 12:54, by Landlord

              South Sudan,
              when you say Nuer, does this include Taban Deng also? you are too tribal in nature. instead of saying rebels have learnt their lesion, you are mentioning tribe. you have single positive story to live behind you. neighbouring countries are just getting money from you at the end of the day they kick you off. Kenya& Uganda are not interested in Dinka but resources.

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              • 10 January 17:11, by South South

                Landlord,

                Please do your research to find out how the relationship between countries work. Kenya or Uganda would not be interesting to help Juba if they do not benefit from Juba. All international relationship is all about interest. There is nothing called friendship between countries, only interesting. Kenya and Uganda have many interests in South Sudan including their security interests.

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            • 10 January 13:36, by jubaone

              South South,
              What you are now witnessing is a desperate jienge do-or-die attitude. With fugitive Malong gone and all nyors decamping from Kiirminal, things are getting nastier. Awelians have been killed, maimed and incapacitated in their thousands. That is sad! But peace will come, once fugitive Malong reconciles with Riak and Cirillo, that will be the start of REAL peace.

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              • 10 January 17:15, by South South

                juabone,

                Sometime you are making some points which could lead someone to believe that you are not an idiot. Malong in his very famous leaked conversation on December 18, 2017 mentioned that he would work with everyone in South Sudan expect Riek.

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          • 10 January 17:35, by The Rhino

            Jubaone,

            Brilliant observations comrade,indeed Theory 3. is the best route to aspire.All IOs must array on one side,build a single firm unit and inflict devastating blows to this tribal Jieng government,destroy this fake Dinka republic and send all JCE gang members,thieves,looters and murderers back to their swampy luaks,..naked!

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  • 10 January 01:43, by Paul

    With saga, it is therefore safe to say Jubaone is full of suckers! So many sociopaths and sychopaths and are easily paranoid by a rising popularity of any one other themselves. If Malong is not a rebel. What is being done to him is being with fashion in which William Nyuon and Karino Kuanyin Bol were forced to rebel. Later on, I don’t want to hear any excuses that Malong was being manipulated b

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  • 10 January 06:42, by Mike Mike

    Gen.Malong should come back to Juba if he knows he was not mobilizing for war in the war torn Country in order for all those whom were been talking against his name to stop. There is no where you stay in other Countries meeting with people and you keep denying of not trying to rebels against the government. What were u been discussing with those people whom u used to meet with them?.

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    • 10 January 07:17, by Sunday Junup

      Mike Mike,
      Let Kiir too step down and go to ICC to proof his being Innocent for Nuer Massacre of 2013 December

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      • 10 January 07:38, by Mike Mike

        What u said is true, but why can we wait for peace to come and all these issues will be investigated out and the law will take its course against whoever have done that criminality acts against innocent people. Not Kiir alone who will be going to ICC court, those of Riek will go too to face the law because they have also killed innocent Dinka people in Bor, Malakal, Beniu and in Juba suburb areas.

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      • 10 January 12:08, by South South

        Sunday Junup,

        People don’t just step down from the power and go to ICC without any accusation. You can take your case to ICC and let them charge Kiir first, then we will deal with it, but for now you are making very, very, very poor argument on net.

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  • 10 January 07:02, by Lenin Bull

    King Paul, King Paul, please listen to me. Don’t rebel against your own beloved people and country. This will spoil your good clean patriotic record and promising future prospects. What you should do now is leave President Salva Kiir alone to mess himself up with the dregs he enrolled in his government.Stay peacefully in your home in Nairobi.

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  • 10 January 07:09, by Lenin Bull

    When the Tower of Babel will fall in Juba, people will be looking for a messaiah to salvage the situation, then there you will be. But if you rebel now blood will shed, innocent lives will be lost, and valuable properties destroyed and this will stain your record and make some people hate you and see you as being irrational and not a potential leader.

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  • 10 January 07:15, by Sunday Junup

    Dinka Vs Dinka, I like this game it will be very hot

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  • 10 January 07:35, by Kerem

    One thing our people must know is that "Do unto others what you want them do unto you" general Malong didn’t know that they would part ways one day with Kiir but now it has turned to be bad for him. He was the one to change the bad governance but he kept quiet

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    • 10 January 09:06, by Mike Mike

      Am sure you will end up with shame like any other rebel leaders whom are now in the Bush while they have not secured any supports from local community across SS. Who will allows his/ her child to join you in your blind war that you wanted to wage against our good government of SS under president Kiir?. No anybody could attempts to do that premature decision to cause war again at this moment.

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      • 10 January 09:21, by Mike Mike

        What we are interesting for now to achieve in our life time is the peace, we are not longer yearning for war. The time for war is over and if still there is anybody who want it then he will be doing it alone and no anybody will join him or her. We need someone who can come and talk to us on how to bring all about peace and developmental issues and not war at all.

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  • 10 January 11:29, by Majesty

    Mading Aweil is peaceful, giant community (over a million) which should naturally be equal partner and respectful part of the country leadership yet as some Dinka Bor like to say, even cows are majority. We have allowed ourselves to be exploited, overused and made followers of warmakers, selfish arrogance infesting Bor and Gogrial for decades.
    ....

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    • 10 January 11:56, by Majesty

      Recently many Aweil officers were promoted and given assorted assignments, ever wonder why? Would that had happened if there wasn’t this war? Do you know any Aweil person who hold any significant position (NPB, NLA, NLC) in Kiir Gov’t before the war? Would those promoted now be promoted or keeping their jobs if war stop? If Kiir gov’t collapse today how would that hurts Aweil?
      ....

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      • 10 January 12:13, by Majesty

        Plot (aka intelligent reports which they didn’t put out public bcuz it’s lie) against Gen Malong wasn’t coming from patriotic, national officers but from Gogrial groups and allies simply because Malong is Dinka Aweil. Who care and contributed more than Malong? There’re long, string plots, against Aweil particularly Dinka Malual. Would you have seen all this if Malong were from Gogrial?
        .....

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        • 10 January 12:23, by Majesty

          You can’t fix the house without a problem, you do the reverse. Kiir messed up the country, he has no any reason not to go. Gogrial take side (take it from me) and those (of Aweil) who hold onto their dear positions and hesitation will (eventually) paid with their own blood.

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        • 10 January 12:27, by South South

          Majesty,

          If you care about Aweil and its people, please preach peace to continue in Aweil land. Aweil is not one person, but its people. Talking against Gogrial and Bor at this time is not a wise thing to do if you care about your people in Aweil.

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          • 10 January 13:24, by Majesty

            South South,
            Peace in Aweil wasn’t brought to them or can it be taken away by anyone, so I worry less. You too shouldn’t. When was your last time you advice Bor and Gogrial warmongers to work for peace? Bor fighting (Bor vs Bor, Bor vs Marley, Bor vs Nuer, Bor vs Madari, Bor vs Equatorians) and Gogrial fighting (Gogrial vs Gogrial, Gogrial vs Wau, Gogrial vs Tonj, Gogrial vs Nuer)?!

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            • 10 January 13:29, by South South

              Majesty,

              What is your point? Are you talking about communities fighting in the places you mentioned or or are you so up set because Malong had been removed from army? Pick one topic and let’s talk about it.

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              • 10 January 14:07, by Majesty

                You’re advisor asking me to preace, so I’m asking your last time you advice warmongers in Bor and Gogrial who caused this war to preach peace? I thought my question is simple and clear.

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                • 10 January 14:09, by Majesty

                  ...asking me to preach peace...

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                  • 10 January 14:15, by South South

                    Ok, now you are focusing on what is happening in Bor, Gogrial and other communities in South Sudan. Great, let me tell you this: The war in South Sudan was caused by leaders of SPLM, not Gograil or Bor communities. Riek wants to be a president, Rebecca Garang wants to be a president, Pagan Amoum wants to be a president and Majak Agout wants to be a president.

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                    • 10 January 15:00, by Majesty

                      In your example here, Bor are majority in causing and bringing unnecessary war. No Aweil name there. If we go further, one would find Pres Kiir (with Gogrial group) and Kuol Manyang (with some Bor group) on the other end colluded to undemocratically isolate ambitious (power- hungry) group. Again, no Aweil would be there. So basically, selfish people from Bor and Gogrial in SPLM brought war.
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                      • 10 January 15:17, by Majesty

                        It fits to say Bor and Gogrial caused war. Shouldn’t this pointed out? As saying goes, you wouldn’t know where you going unless you know where you coming from, these communities are not even at peace with themselves or with neighbors. Yet, they have big mouth to run and dirty finger to point. They want to blame Malong and others for their own, handmade war.

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                        • 10 January 15:22, by Majesty

                          Bor fighting (Bor vs Bor, Bor vs Marley, Bor vs Nuer, Bor vs Madari, Bor vs Equatorians) and Gogrial fighting (Gogrial vs Gogrial, Gogrial vs Wau, Gogrial vs Tonj, Gogrial vs Nuer)?!

                          Above example is the meaning of warmongers.

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  • 10 January 17:23, by Eastern

    Dear South Sudanese,

    The sooner all countrymen and countrywomen join hands to see Kiir out of J1, the better for the country! The IGAD HLRF will come in February and go without any useful impact if Kiir still maintains his current posture! Remember, I have taken sides and I am with the oppressed South Sudanese!

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