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April 11, 2018 (JUBA) – Allegations that South Sudan’s former army chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan obtained $5 million from the country’s Central Bank to kill rebel leader Riek Machar are untrue, the spokesperson of the Malong-led South Sudan United Front (SSUF) clarified.

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Former South Sudan army chief of staff, Gen Paul Malong Awan (Juba24 News)

“We are also refuting and condemning claims that 5 million dollars was given to General Malong so as to kill Riek Machar. It is untrue and thus a possible ploy meant to disintegrate the alliance formed by the oppositions against Kiir’s leadership,” Sunday de John said in a statement issued Wednesday.

The South Sudanese presidential spokesperson was on Tuesday quoted saying the Central Bank of South Sudan was opened at night and Malong allegedly obtained the $5 million for military operations.

“You can’t transaction money at night so that you use it to fight the war in the morning that is a misplaced statement manifestly meant to reveal lack of common sense. Is money bullets? For this reason, we urge the public to disregard this as "old wive’s tale", said de John.

He dismissed as false all the allegations made against Malong, which mainly ranged from corruption practices, mastery of impunity, international blacklisting and transacting in the central bank at night.

“We disconfirm such false allegations and we urge the public to avoid listening to the falsehood by a leader that has deprived them of their basic necessities,” stressed de John in the statement.

The SSUF official instead urged President Kiir’s administration to focus on building strong institutions, improving peoples’ livelihoods, developing the country and the rule of law, among other issues.

“If such things happened, Kiir should shoulder the blame and hence fit to be charged for sinking the country through incompetency”.

Malong, a former close ally of President Salva Kiir, announced the formation of SSUF, claiming it was the only means through which he would work with compatriots to "arrest the carnage" in the country.

“Our movement is a just an urgent call to our compatriots and a struggle to first arrest the carnage that has befell our country and secondly to steer us towards democracy and development, which are the cornerstones of nationhood, an African nationhood of democracy, development, equal citizenry, justice and freedom”, noted the former army chief of staff in a letter released on Monday.

He accused President Kiir of building a nation where total impunity remains in order.

“Our movement seeks to reverse this. We must build our nationhood around strong institutions and not strongmen. Strong institutions will outlive all of us and guarantee the prosperity of our nation. This is what we yearn for in our country”, stressed the ex-army chief.

Malong said his new rebel group would strive towards fighting what he described as "systemic corruption, stop the ongoing carnage, steer the country toward democracy, justice, equality and freedom."

Relations between Malong and the South Sudanese leader deteriorated after the former was sacked from his post as army chief of staff in May 2017 and placed under house arrest for fear he would start a rebellion.

He was, however, freed in November following mediation led by the Jieng Council of Elders. The agreement refrained him from going to his home-town of Aweil in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state but was allowed to travel to any East Africa country.

In February this year, the European Union imposed sanctions on Malong and three South Sudanese officials implicated in human rights violations and obstructions of the country’s peace process.

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  • 12 April 09:34, by Andrew Ater REECH

    thanks Sunday De John,

    i was having similar argument you stated in this article, however, i was asked in this forum by "an Alien" in the name of Games of the Planet i came from. the Gov’t has finally admitted that president is not running the country, therefore,it is better for President Kiir to step aside and leaves the citizens to find their way out in this mess.

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    • 12 April 09:57, by Midit Mitot

      Yung and Ying are the same name in Nuer language. Before 2013 crisis, Dr Machar was talking about rampant corruption,nepotism, endless insecurity and yet Kiir did not put in action. South Sudan is a Country of give and talk, Paul Malong took his huge amount by then follow 75 government officials who looted the country resources first and yet Kiir never reacted. Time has come to disclose all those

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  • 12 April 10:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    But who paid Malong, $5millions to kill Riek Machar?
    I think it was government and why government betray Gen.Malong,I think they had betrayed themselves.

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    • 12 April 11:29, by Games

      If I was Malong Awan I should start talking instead of denying. Malong was gave orders to kill Machar and someone authorised the money to Malong

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  • 12 April 13:26, by Lenin Bull

    Why waste time denying. War is war and this bloody bastard should have been killed long time back if it was not because of Kiir’s ineptitude. In fact it is Kiir encouraging the death of innocent civilians across the country. Wait and see if it is the King in charge. Rebellion will be a leprosy to touch because of its consequences!

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  • 12 April 13:29, by Kenyang ll

    Cheap argument! Big mouth Ateny Wek and Makuei Lueth won’t win this.The sooner this blockhead President go the sooner we have genuine peace.

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    • 12 April 13:50, by Lenin Bull

      Kenyang II you have pig head! President Kiir is not going anywhere. Don’t be emotional about King Paul forming becoming rebel. This will turn nasty on you rebels if you are using your thick heads to reason. Let us all work for peace and change leaders through ballot box not bullets. If you don’t renounce violence soon it will turn around you. The bush is growing small folks!

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      • 12 April 15:03, by Kenyang ll

        I’ll let others see who is being emotional here, you or me. "Emotion" is for uncertain cowards like yourself, lol. For peace, there will be no one unless stupid Kiir who created this war is removed.

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  • 12 April 13:31, by Lenin Bull

    Anyway, the King is right here in the bush. Let us see who targets who and on what? This time we must true nationalists and deal with national issues squarely or be pure tribalists and target each other based on false argument of tribes and not national issues. We are at the crossroad. You have your white army, we will have our won SSUF/A!

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  • 12 April 14:57, by Sunday Junup

    Money were to bribe black water (American) also to hire gunships. Malong needs to tell story of his side instead of denying

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  • 12 April 17:31, by lino

    It is really getting funny and serious!!! When 2 thieves and criminals "Kiir&Malong" disagree, truth, facts, and the stolen things surface!!!
    All other oppositions armed or not should set back and watch and hear with the whole world from the horse mouths!!!
    Riek Machar has a right now to sue Konyo Konyo Regime in Juba and IGAD Countries for sidelined and confined him in South Africa House Arrest!!

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    • 12 April 17:32, by lino

      Of course if International Laws are applied... Not African Problem solved by African claimed!!!

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  • 13 April 00:12, by Nairobimitot

    All of the South Sudan generals are killers whether they are rebels or in the government. Riek Machar is the number one killer, and he has a P. H. D in mastering killing of people of South Sudan. Salva Kiir is the least to kill, but he is also a killer because he is leading the nation and the nation is in turmoil and destruction is committed by both the government and the rebels and their perfect leaders who love to kill their people as the mean for relaxation and vacation. But that is not the question because the question is:
    How long will it take for both the rebels and the government to reunite the country and the people?

    How long will both leaders introduce the love for one another and reconciliation?

    For how long will it take for South Sudanese only to believe and trust themselves and preserve the unity of their country without the interference of foreign invasions?

    \When people do not speak in one voice, a snake would enter the country from outside and get involved in internal affairs and start scattering everyone around the globe and take the country.

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    • 13 April 08:17, by Sunday Junup

      Nairobimitot,
      Kiir who used gunship to Kill civilian has kill less then Riak who use AK 47? Are you realistic in you history? In government controlled areas, civilian run a way why? Can you please help me explain

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  • 13 April 00:16, by pabaak

    People exepect what from Malong rebellion nothing is going to change in term of normality. Malong will regret his decision. People count him as respectful Gen because defended the country during Riak Machar rebellion but to come again and rebel because he has been replaced is abosulty unfortunate. Now he and other group of rebels who share the same reason of been fired or replaced, people wi

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    • 13 April 00:35, by pabaak

      Will wonder how they can manage the country that don’t accept change or replacement? Think if one of these group come to be change of institution and want to decharge somebodY from position then what will prevent them to rebel against them?
      Malong need to know he was popular to the people of south Sudan because of his support to constitution but once you turn back against this constitution.

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      • 13 April 00:45, by pabaak

        You definitely lose this support. Why somebody want to support aimless rebellion when south Sudan still have unfinished business with the North? We know all these rebels went to North at some point to seek support for regime in the South including you your self Malong. So what will prevent people to say you are carying foreign agenda, in another word fighting proxy war.

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        • 13 April 00:55, by pabaak

          Nobody will be more disappointed then JCE because they negotiate very beggriously untill they thought they were negotiating with somebody understand why it was important find settlement but now don’t you feel ashame for betrayal?

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          • 13 April 02:10, by lino

            Pabaak!!!

            Rebellion is not always about positions! People have been rebelling since independence of Old Sudan for dignity and against dictatorship which Kiir has come and revisited one more time!

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  • 13 April 03:15, by Fair Man

    Paul Malong is lost! After murdering thousands of citizens, now he wants to rebel against who? May be he is turning against himself. Tried killing Machar but failed. Called T. Cirillo names when he resided last year? Let him go and fight in Aweil. No one like him in other regions of Equatoria and Upper Nile. Good luck in your fight, the soul of the innocent you killed. Shame on you Malong!!!

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  • 13 April 06:19, by Lenin Bull

    Guys, leave King Paul Malong alone. I repeat hand off Paul Malong Awan. You don’t understand that IGAD, TROIKA, and UN only listen to rebel and not government. So let us all rebel against our shadows. Even Kiir will announce his rebellion soon!

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    • 13 April 06:50, by Whortti Bor Manza

      My advice to the Jieng is to distant themselves from the regime of Kiir. If Kiir can now betray Malong forgetting he was the one ordering Malong, how can such a man be trusted. A callous dictator has no humanity in his heart.

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    • 13 April 08:06, by lino

      Hahaa! Bull,

      We know Kiir will run away from Juba and Bashir Boys who are mentoring him now will take over power! At that time, people who are supporting Konyo Konyo Regime will know the reality of things!!!

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  • 13 April 10:59, by Mopedi

    Hello
    This is the time all defected cadres to tell the truths to the citizens on what happened, why should Malong deny, he was given the money, but to accomplish what his master ordered him to do. At the same time, Awek Teny and Makuei never knew that they are the rebel within government such a top-secret shouldn’t be released in such a reckless manner what is the different between Malong and you?

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  • 13 April 11:11, by Mopedi

    Anyway, the statement is from the mouth of frustrated officials. let them reveal all the dirt in order for us to move forward positively. The next thing they will use the same knife against each other and that will be the end of the regime

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