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Dinka elder says dismayed by ex-chief of staff’s decision to rebel


April 13, 2018 (JUBA) – A member of the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE), an advisory body To South Sudan President Salva Kiir, has expressed dismay over the ex-army chief of staff’s move to rebel.

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

General Paul Malong announced the formation of the South Sudan United Front (SSUF), arguing that his movement was the only means through which he would work with compatriots to "arrest the carnage" in the war-torn 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”, he said in a statement publicly unveiled on Monday.

He accused Kiir of building a nation where total impunity is the 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”, further stressed the statement.

But the chairman of the JCE, Ambrose Riiny Thiik said it was unwise for Malong to rebel.

“It was this council that was securing and bridging the reconciliation process between Kiir and Malong until he was released on medical ground to Kenya though rumours emerged to the contrary about his secret visit to Sudan last month,” Thiik told Sudan Tribune Friday.

He said the council would still negotiate between Kiir and Malong.

“The council of elders is studying the circumstances leading to the formation of the new opposition by General Paul Malong Awan because there were already discussions between him and the president which we led. This questioned the council and brought dissatisfaction among the members of why Malong disvalued the council and moved on with his contrary decision,” stressed Thiik.

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."

South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei said Malong was at “the top of corruption” and that he was the one responsible for all the atrocities the army committed in the course of the civil war.

He, however, admitted that pro-government could have committed numerous atrocities as they pursued Machar who attempted to take over power from the incumbent President Salva Kiir.

Relations between Malong and President Kiir 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.

The ex-army chief was freed in November following mediation led by members of the JCE. 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


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  • 15 April 2018 09:32, by Rumbek S. Sudan

    Ambrose Riiny Thiik, the question you are asking Malong should be directed to you and JCE in particular. Whatever going on in this country, JCE of which you are its chairman has 90% contribution that has befall this country.

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    • 15 April 2018 10:38, by jubaone

      The chief of the jienge criminal enterprise, JCE Ambrose Riny Thiik should be advising his grandchildren or luakjienges on good manners and how to produce food in jiengeland instead of confusing the kiirminal. There’s no war in Gokrial or Turalei except hunger and chaos. This is where he should put his efforts. But as a jienge loser, he has sneaked to get power from the Kiirminal without working.

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      • 15 April 2018 12:00, by Theone


        Whatever a Dinka did to you long time ago get over it, otherwise your bitterness will kill you.

        This is an advice from a man who saw it all.

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        • 15 April 2018 14:35, by jubaone

          You must be terribly sick and completely insensitive to the tragedy the jienges have brought upon our people and country. You are those worthless persons who would still be ready to get your other cheek smacked and yet feel happy. I guess a jienge would rape your sister in front of you while you watch and dare do nothing. What is death after all these jienge nonsense? Kill or get killed.

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      • 15 April 2018 13:12, by South South

        jubaone and Eastern,

        You are two big cowards with very big mouths. This is equal to barking dog at night when a fly just pass by. When you will come back to Juba? I am asking two of you. Oh Dinka is this and that will not change anything. If you want peace come to us, we are for peace, but try to put away your nonsense before you come before us.Running a country is very serious business.

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        • 15 April 2018 13:35, by Eastern

          South South,

          Oh save yourself the frustration! I have been telling you for the umpteenth time now that I am in Juba working for an International None Governmental organisation. Again, dinka bravado has reduced South Sudan to what it’s now. Brave men ruled Europe in the Medieval Era. Here at home, we have a brave lot from the cattle camps running aground a country!

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        • 15 April 2018 15:16, by jubaone

          South South
          There are people who are not ready to tolerate this jienge nonsense and just keep quiet or shy. You can terrorize your fellow jienges and they will submissively and humbly accept that like luak cows that can be herded, controlled and in the end slaughtered without any problems. No. Eastern and I don’t subscribe to this jienge bullshit. Keep to yourselves and we to ourselves. Period.

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          • 17 April 2018 12:57, by Midit Mitot

            Jubaone,& Eastern,

            Leave alone those Jienge/JCE thugs call South South and the rests of his colleagues, good enough the whole world knows who are they. and one day they will beg like koromajong and Turkana in east Africa.

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        • 15 April 2018 15:23, by jubaone

          South South
          If you failed to run your junk jienge states how can you run such a big, diverse and complicated country like SS? Just shut up and get your jienge life together and go develop your village. After all, they are starving, sick and need educated urgently.

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    • 15 April 2018 11:20, by Games

      Rumbek S. Sudan
      Without dispute, JCE are 100% responsible for all countries problems. Anyway them (JCE) should to be worrying much about Malong’s rebellion... Because it is none violence moment.

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  • 15 April 2018 10:51, by Eastern

    JCE better stay out of governance issues of South Sudan. Short of that some of us will continue to see differences between the state and Dinka to the detriment of the latter....

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  • 15 April 2018 11:58, by Bil bany

    Malong formed SSUF for him to joined IGAD revitalization peace be cox molong gonna no where to go, if he try to move to Gorial criminal kiir and taban mohamed will slaughter him like goat or ram and staying in igad countries Kir will assassinate him and try to across IO position he will not serve.

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  • 15 April 2018 14:53, by pabaak

    JCE as they said numerous time that they are only to advocate for peaceful means to serve the interest of all south Sudanese. The example is Malong issue when they intervened to find solution, and this was good gesture from the elders not JCE alone but all elders from differnt communities of south Sudan, they should intervene to rescue if there is differences between people, because we people

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    • 15 April 2018 15:10, by pabaak

      Of south Sudan Know the important of the elders in our differnt communities. So they tired their levelbest and they should be discouraged to continue their role of intervention if there are needed.of course Malong issue was larger than expected, his issue is politically motivated, that why in first place when heard of his replacement instead to accepted as normal change in the system, he instead

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      • 15 April 2018 15:22, by pabaak

        Eleders shouldn’t be discouraged.
        Malong instead start to run away in clear defying the leadership. And is dangerous behavior that shouldn’t be entertained any more, if everybody be refused to be change because they rebel then what they expect when they are in position of President today. Will they expected not to make change or replacement? This is question those of Malong or all

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        • 15 April 2018 15:34, by pabaak

          Rebels are asked to answering to people of south Sudan, because rebels share the same sentiment,either their leaders are been fired or replaced for some reasons. and they’re fighting now to make their way back to the system but it thy find their way back at some point. Will they are fired or replace people in the system. Or are they going to rebel again when replaced or fired?

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          • 15 April 2018 16:03, by pabaak

            There are few leaders in states or at national level who celebrated their replacement,like Steven Deu of finance. Fomer Governor of Tony State and many who have shown that been in office is not a property for individual, expected to go at any time, and this should be happening in all public institutions whenever somebody changed he/she celebtated and make transfer of office is in trasferent manner

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        • 15 April 2018 23:40, by Kenyang ll

          You seem to have just waken up. There is no "leadership" to be respected but bunch of idle lip and head who must be disposed or this war will go on till we all come to our senses -frank and honest. No logic whatsoever that can bring peace while Salva Kiir and Gogrial crooks are still there. You and them will not be winning this war.

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          • 15 April 2018 23:45, by Kenyang ll

            First, it was this incompetent President who started it by stabbing nationalists at the back (from onset) while rewarding betrayers and rebels. Current SPLM is elementally left to them. Kiir can either keep rewarding or resign for peace to return.

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            • 16 April 2018 00:05, by Kenyang ll

              Salva Kiir doesn’t own SPLM/A or South Sudan to be firing other liberators and national figures who were equally elected by their people at will without justification or limit. He can’t have overreach rights to ban nationalists like King Malong from SPLA, going to their hometowns and families. Currently, anyone who know Malong can be killed. No one should be naïve to expect an olive branch.

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              • 16 April 2018 00:10, by Kenyang ll

                Second, this war was created by Salva Kiir as he didn’t want to be challenged, "refuse change." To emphasis on this, South Sudan transitional constitution call for national elections in 2015 after democratic elections within SPLM National Liberation Council, Political Bureau, National Legislative Assembly etc.

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                • 16 April 2018 00:14, by Kenyang ll

                  These elections didn’t happen because Salva Kiir either want to handpick certain officials or didn’t want secretive vote. It would be these SPLM officials to later choose one leader (btw Kiir, Riek or any other challenger) to run on national election as SPLM leader.

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                  • 16 April 2018 00:19, by Kenyang ll

                    But an insecure Kiir who wasn’t sure he can’t win want to maximize his chance by handpicking some loyalists and want the rest to raise their hands during voting process so those who don’t want him are identified.

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                    • 16 April 2018 00:25, by Kenyang ll

                      This was genesis of this crisis, Salva Kiir doesn’t want to be changed. He want to handpick people who will in turn vote for him. Who would have imagined this will come from the same man who sung “democracy”...and "democracy" from 1st page to last page during July 2011 independence day eve as national speech.

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                      • 16 April 2018 00:36, by Kenyang ll

                        Last, Malong who was brought in after Salva Kiir-Kuol Manyang designed war got out of hand, has fundamental disagreements how this war should be stopped. There was quarrel with same cowards who caused the war pointing finger. It wasn’t routine replacement. He wouldn’t have killed million cowards and call on celebration for his removal. Even so, he returned only to find himself jailed.

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                        • 17 April 2018 04:16, by Kenyang ll

                          Correction: He (Gen. Malong) wouldn’t have killed million COWS and call on .....

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  • 15 April 2018 15:00, by lino

    It is a clear statement YA Makuei that the government was responsible of making up both Coup of 2013 and J1 fighting of 2016 in an assumption that Riek is going to take power!
    Why Kiir didn’t arrest Machar at the time he was at J1 meeting him? The joint conference was very clear that the 3 men Kiir, Riek, Taban knew nothing about what was happening?
    Why Kiir lied afterwards?

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    • 15 April 2018 18:05, by lino

      National Security Services is the one creating all these mess and killing people, and now the in known gunmen become know to South Sudanese People and Political Forces in the country!
      Jieng Cancer of Elders with be added to Hybrid Court for South Sudan to explain their role.

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      • 15 April 2018 20:57, by Eastern


        The National Security Outfit aka UNKOWN GUNMEN is Kiir’s creation and he’s solely responsible for those killed by the UNKOWN GUNMEN!

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  • 16 April 2018 12:42, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    South Sudan need to learn from other countries past and present examples and we should be mature enough in mind to stop the use of force as a means of destruction and use peace and stability as a means of re-construction for the betterment of all the citizens of South Sudan, and leave behind all the differences that are hindrance us and porch forwards

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