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January 10, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir insists the country’s former army chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan intends to rebel, citing the warnings he allegedly issued in recently leaked audiotapes.

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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)

Addressing some members of the Dinka Council of Elders on Tuesday, Kiir said he was ready to talk in person to the ex-army chief.

“I am ready to listen to him [Awan]. I want to hear from him. When he left, he was going for treatment. This is what you [elders] and I know. As you talk to him, find [out] what happened after he met me in Nairobi?” I know Malong and from the tapes, you find see that he is asking people to attack Wanyjok, Madhol, Aweil and other places. What does this mean?” asked the South Sudanese leader.

The president also attempted to justify his decision in 2010 to approve Awan’s gubernatorial candidature, saying he knew if the latter was denied the governorship, he would have caused instability and conduct of a referendum in the area would be compromised.

“When I told Dau [Aturjong] to step down for Malong, it was not because I did not know the people of Aweil did not want Dau, but I knew Malong would not accept and this would have been a challenge for the referendum. So I decided to side with him for the sake of referendum. The people did not like it. That was why there were a lot of petitions and releases every now and then”, said Kiir.

Awan, according to the South Sudanese leader, had initially expressed unwillingness to work with defense minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk when he was appointed the chief of staff for South Sudan army.

“When I brought him [Awan] here, it became a big problem. He did not want to work with comrade Kuol Manyang who was is direct boss, the minister of defence. So there is really nothing Malong would say I did to him,” further explained Kiir.

During the president’s meeting with the ex-army chief, the latter reportedly raised a number of issues, which Kiir vowed to address.

“I told him [Awan] in Nairobi to relax and I will work on the issues he had raised,” stressed Kiir.

He added, “But what is he [Awan] doing now? If he has no intention to rebel, why give orders to officers who have rebelled to carry out attacks and asked some soldiers and officers still in the army to join rebellion or start fighting in some places like in Wau?”

The South Sudanese leader said although Awan is hard to manage, he made significant contributions during the country’s liberation struggle and his efforts cannot be under looked.

“I don’t want Malong to lose his life like others who did good things and they ended up on the wrong side. I don’t want this thing to repeat itself. I don’t want”, said Kiir, citing the late Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, William Nyuon Bany, Arok Thon Arok, among others, who were founder members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in 1983.

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

The former army chief of general staff on Tuesday warned that he would be forced to respond with appropriate and proportional force should the government officials continue to launch false accusations against him.

(ST)

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  • 10 January 21:45, by William

    President, all these messes, the blame goes to you because the way you handle the situation. It was wrong when you fired gen Malong but in world, no soldier should be fire. You cannot fire Malong because of Kuol Manyang and Akol Kor the you favor one side. You have a right if he fail leadership. It was wrong when you didn’t apple effect process to fire him. The community try to help you. Don’t

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    • 10 January 21:55, by William

      blame them. I think your intention is to kill him so you should remain comfortable with Kuol Manyang and Akol Kor. But the community don’t interest for that and will cause worse consequences. The time of William Noun and others is different than today. You must think critically. Killing him make matter worse. Please try another means.

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      • 10 January 23:44, by Majesty

        William,
        Salva Kiir hopes to explain away the problem by narrating nonsense of 10 and 4 years ago but can’t explain the reason he removed Malong in first place, hunt and killed his associates, deceived him to return to Juba only to be confined and almost crushed him using tanks.

        ...

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        • 10 January 23:46, by Majesty

          Even Riek Machar, Malong sworn enemy would hesitate to do such humiliations but here today Kiir is showing another, different face. Many South Sudanese thought Kiir would always sit down with his SPLM/A junior officers and sort out their differences (without threat) but each time, all are surprised of his natural stupidity on the national TV, DECREES.

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    • 10 January 23:46, by Khent

      Look at this worthless animal... he actually thinks that we still view him as a legitimate President. Salva Kiir and his entire regime all deserve death a thousand fold for all the crimes they have committed against our people. Over 50, 000 dead, millions displaced and he thinks we care about his ’Presidential’ speeches to the death-deserving elders of the JCE.

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      • 11 January 01:44, by Paul

        The likes of Kiir and Riek are teaching our countrymen that we should solve quarrels among ourselves with brute forces and murder if need be. If Akol Kor and Malong have personal issues, Kiir should have seated them down and warn them to get their Sh!t together or risk being removed from public service. The Country is bigger than personal matters and juvenile behaviours should not be allowed.

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    • 11 January 08:26, by Dinka Nhialic

      Look at him president Kiir.
      This is Gen Malong Awan with u,I don’t want Malong to lose his life like others who did good things and they ended up on the wrong side. I don’t want this thing to repeat itself. I don’t want”, said Kiir, citing the late Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, William Nyuon Bany, Arok Thon Arok, among others, who were founder members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM.

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    • 11 January 09:14, by Mr. Right

      @William, I think you’re wrong to blatantly say "no soldier should be fired." You’re wrong body as there are numerous grounds to do just that including plotting or attempting a coup.

      Maybe Malong is your uncle but he was surely a pain in the ass of salva Kiir’s government and so he was fired. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t support Kiir or his regime but Malong had to go and he should get over it.

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      • 11 January 10:01, by William

        Mr./Mrs Right
        You didn’t ask me to explain more about military system as I know. High rank like Malong have to be convince for layoff. If he/she did mistake, he/she have to get punishment. But president Kiir himself said he fired Malong for rumors. That indicates that he has no knowledge about military. The way he fired Malong was careless way. Just lucky prevented mass death at that time.

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        • 11 January 10:19, by William

          Even now he still add more fuel on fire. It looks he was excited about rebellion of Malong. As a concern citizen, rebellion is not my interest and our nation since war only target civilian, men, and women wear uniform while politicians enjoy their world. Malong and Kiir can kill thousands of S Sudanese while later come together enjoy as what happened to Taban, Reik, and other politicians enjoying.

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          • 11 January 10:52, by Mr. Right

            @William, I was just pointing out at facts. It’s evident there was a rift between Kiir and Malong and so one had to axed the other. I mean, the guy with the tools decided to act the way he had acted.

            Yes, Kiir is constantly provoking Malong but Malong has discerned that long ago by saying the regime "thrive on chaos and havoc." He should embrace such wisdom rather than reacting to kiir’s..calls

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            • 11 January 13:47, by William

              I don’t want to know who is right Kiir or Malong. I blame president Kiir so the S Sudanese do. He is the president and we know how he always handle the situation. During his leadership, there are too many rebels in SS than any country in the world. He encourages rebellion a lot through giving high positions to them or other ways. believe me, .

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              • 11 January 14:10, by William

                you will see Malong and Kiir laughing tomorrow after many lives lose. Kiir is not able to lead the country because he make himself laws. He devoted on forgiving and no government forgives in this world, government jail people or kill if laws says so. He is not the one kill people or jail, but laws. He suppose to stick to the laws instead of rewarding criminals who are against the laws. Rebellion

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                • 11 January 14:15, by William

                  and death of innocence people never stop if Kiir still president. You may see many people form their rebels tomorrow for high positions.

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                • 11 January 20:13, by Tim Atiep

                  Hi William,

                  Thanks alot for knocking the points,yes our government should follow the laws developed for governing the Country and people should be punish according to what laws of the Country tell us to do not like you rebelled against the very government and tomorrow you resolves all differences and come back to earn the position after rebellion.Which Country in the World that can do that.

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  • 10 January 22:46, by garrak1520

    What a shame!!You are begging the ex chief of Staff, I believe there is something serious if revealed could cost you power or even life. Stop begging and stop this stupid war that you do not want stop. If you care about South Sudan, please step down.
    Malong will take care of you either by what you do not want Sudanese to know or by the guns. You pick
    YOUR TIME IS UP,YOU FAIL THE COUNTRY,GO PLEASE.

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    • 10 January 23:22, by dinkdong

      Agreed. Kiir should go into exile to avoid the forthcoming mess if he love Dinka.

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  • 11 January 05:09, by Eastern

    The JCE have once again been caught in their own web! Good riddance.

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    • 11 January 12:40, by South South

      Eastern,

      You will be known by JCE soon.

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      • 11 January 14:46, by Eastern

        South South,

        You as the chief agent of JCE knows me AS AN OLD MAN, why don’t you sell them my details for cash? Abdel Bagi Ayii Akol is piling more pressure up north from Meriam. More stress for Kiir and sycophants!

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        • 11 January 14:58, by South South

          Eastern,

          Don’t you have people you are proud of to talk about them? I mean where are your people? Abdel Bagi Ayii Akol is in his 90s and started his betrayer for South Sudan since 1960s, did he succeed anytime? No.

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          • 11 January 15:05, by South South

            Eastern,

            You are from Equatoria, you are in your late 50s or early 60s. You used to live in Aweil. You have a wife from Aweil, a Dinka lady. Iam connecting these dots and soon I will come up with your real name. Just wait.

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            • 11 January 15:36, by Eastern

              South South,

              You are very close indeed! My wife’s name starts with the letter A and ends with the letter Q. These are hints to help you connect the dots. Good luck!

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            • 11 January 16:20, by Mr. Right

              @South South,
              What would you do with the details? How relevant will these details be of any benefit to you should you succeed?

              We need to encourage freedom of expression rather than threats here and there. If people comment negatively against the government on FB and on Twitter let alone ST, you don’t need to threaten them as the government is answerable to the people.

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              • 11 January 16:31, by South South

                Mr. Right,

                I will piece the dots to know this old man who hate Dinka tribe. There is nothing bad to express your opinion freely, but when you take that hate speech against one tribe, then you are a problem. I hope you get my point.

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                • 11 January 19:40, by Eastern

                  South South,

                  There was no point you have made just to start with; get the BEST ONLINE HACKER you can lay your filthy hands on to do the job. Eastern lives large! I will soon migrate you to my Facebook page.

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  • 11 January 07:14, by Sunday Junup

    I’m tired of this media war, start the match so that we enjoy the bid of it.

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  • 11 January 07:58, by Lenin Bull

    The Dinka wisdom and intelligence will prevail and in fratricidal war among the Dinka nation will be averted.Those hysterical vampires clapping and beating war drums in this platform will be finally ashamed. Wait and see. War has ended in South Sudan because all people need peace now.

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    • 11 January 08:14, by Khent

      Lenin

      ROFL! Tell me more about this Dinka "wisdom" and "intelligence". You’ll have to completely redefine or invert these words for them to ring true. Tell us of the "wisdom" and "intelligence" of a country with only 25 megawatts of installed electricity... the lowest in the entire continent.

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    • 11 January 13:10, by jubaone

      Lenin,
      What a transformation. Though belated, we´re reading more peace overtures from your end now that the "war" monger and architect- fugitive Malong is fighting for his military and political survival. What then must we say, for those compelled to rebel? Lam Akol, Riak, Cirillo, Bakasoro et al? Funny, None of these men want to hookup with Malong, he must bear his cross alone LOL!

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  • 11 January 08:04, by Lenin Bull

    It is only nincompoops who don’t reason for themselves who will celebrate or encourage Paul Malong to rebel. If he does so it will mean dragging the SPLA-IO/Nuer youths back into the battle fields for more deaths, more deaths in Aweil and Gogrial regions, while President Kiir is protected in his bunker in Juba. Who lose again in this scenario folks? Common helpless civilians in villages

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  • 11 January 08:09, by Lenin Bull

    President Kiir will be safe in juba protected by his NSS and tigers, Dr.Riek is safe in his Five Star Hotel in South Africa 1000 of miles away from battle fields in South Sudan.
    All South Sudanese people should disown war mongers and stick with whoever wants peace and rule of law in the country.

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    • 11 January 08:19, by Sunday Junup

      Lenin Bull,
      Who want war here rather then Kiir himself who forced every tribe to rebel b/se of his stupidity! Yes only civilian will suffer but remember Malong was the one who keep him in power that is why no one want to join hand with him. let him die or overthrow kiir a lone

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    • 11 January 08:33, by Khent

      Lenin

      It would be incredibly foolish -and immoral- for anyone to support more wars in South Sudan, especially after what our people have endured since December of 2013. I’m hopeful that peace will be restored this year.

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  • 11 January 14:38, by Andromeda

    people be reasonable. south sudan want unity. once we attained unity all bad leaders will be screen out peaceful without any for rebellion. let say poor leader like Kiir have ascended to power through random luck. let unite and speak one with voice that south sudan don’t need war. that south sudan does not genuinely want kiir, riek, G10 and other corrupt leaders.

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  • 11 January 15:34, by Lenin Bull

    Guys let us say no war any more. It was the same old argument/call it fake reasoning prior to 2013 that Riek Machar’s supporters in the army/SPLA are 75% and therefore he would just capture J1 within less than 2 hours military battle. But how is it now? Where is he now and at what cost? Let people reason with their brains not asses.

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  • 11 January 16:01, by Lenin Bull

    This majority syndrome/disease will let us no where. Let us try to live in a country where there is no minority, no majority, but only South Sudanese. It is possible. No tribe in the US, UK, Canada, etc and people there are more happy than wretched us here in South Sudan. Mading Aweil sons and daughters alone without the rest cannot carry King Paul on their shoulders alone to J1.

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    • 11 January 20:23, by Majesty

      Linen Bull,
      Let’s not panic, esp Malong in the alleged audio isn’t attacking Bor. What is true, through out SPLA long history minorities were and are still the problem "aka disease". Bhar El Gazal, Aweil for example, have never been the "disease" but it’s appropriate to say the reverse about Upper Nile, Bor.

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