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Ex-South Sudan army chief demands President Kiir’s exit


Former SPLA chief of staff Paul Malong Awan (ST Photo)
June 11, 2018 (JUBA) - Paul Malong Awan former South Sudanese army chief of staff, said he is not interested in a position but the departure of President Salva Kiir from power, saying the latter has overstayed his worth.

According to a statement dated on 8 June 2018, Malong’s spokesperson said Kiir has failed his mandate and it was now time for him to relinquish the mantle of leadership to the people of South Sudan to decide who would be their next leader, instead of the government continuing to use divide and rule policies.

"The best advice that should be offered to Kiir is that he relinquishes his position to give people an opportunity to get for themselves a new leader with new ideas and new direction," said Malong’s spokesperson, Sunday de John.

“Tell him directly that Malong does not want a position but Kiir exit”, de John further added.

The opposition spokesperson explained his South Sudan United Front under the leadership of the former army chief, was looking for a lasting solution to the crisis, not positions to the opponents.

“Throwing positions to opponents may not necessarily solve the crisis. We need an honest conversation with ourselves where we will be able to alter the architecture of our governance structures to effectively respond to the suffering of our people,” stressed the statement.

Awan, according to de John, was reacting to a letter allegedly written by the chairperson of Gogrial Youth Union asking President Kiir to engage in negotiations with former colleagues and comrades like Paul Malong Awan.

The result of such negotiations, according to the letter which the group later disowned, should culminate into a peace that would give positions to Malong and others.

The group later having written to the president. It remains unclear who wrote the letter circulated on the social media. But, officials at the South Sudanese presidency denied receiving any letter from the youth, though admitted reading social media reports about the letter.


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  • 12 June 2018 02:52, by One people

    Seriously. Awan or Malong, I think your damage brain forgot that you’re the most killer than president Kiir & Riek Machar in this country of ours. On the first day when you got hirit by president Kiir, what did you say to people on your first spesh, didn’t you said you’re a white and black? And you’re ready to kill anyone. By the way SPLA are looking for you & SPLA IO are looking for you

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  • 12 June 2018 04:55, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Thank you Gen. Awan, I agree with you. P. Kiir overstayed in his position because he hanged out too much with P. Museveni and he is trying to rule South Sudan over 30 years and this cannot happen in South Sudan. We, South Sudanese need new President with new ideas to build the country.

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    • 12 June 2018 05:53, by Games

      Ugandanses plus M7 are the only people benefiting from Salva Kiir’s leadership. If this war stops, the Ugandanses will be no longer getting or doing all those illegally stuffs business. The only friends M7 has in Africa is Salva Kiir and losing him, M7 Would be a lonely old man, which he does not want it to happened

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      • 12 June 2018 09:36, by South South


        Mentally retarded Nuer. We have Ugandans and not Ugandases. I think ALMIGHTY Nuers are mentally retarded, that why they rush to war without thinking of consequences, than when they are crushed, they cry for help from UN and US. Riak is fighting now to be vice president again, a second position in our government while Kiir will be on top of him as a president, wicked shut up.

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        • 12 June 2018 15:27, by padiit gaga

          You are stupid man who doesn’t know about 2015 peace revitalization it is for power charing Riek is work as president in his own states while foolish and tribal leader work as president in his own states till the election come No one under your father leadership.

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        • 12 June 2018 17:07, by Games

          South Shit /my Slaves
          You are history to us. Without M7, you are not humans and brought shamed to our country by hanging Uganda flags in Bor-Town above Our flag

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  • 12 June 2018 05:40, by Games

    Comprising and sweet talk from individually are not going to changes Salva Kiir’s minds to leave the power. Only guns and collectives demonstrations throughout all over the South Sudan to demand Salva Kiir to leave power are only remaining options.

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  • 12 June 2018 06:11, by Mike Mike

    To starts preaching negatively against Keir’s rule before peace could come may prolong the suffering to our people. This is not the right time to say Kiir must go let,s wait for the total peace to prevails and after that one has right to vote against Kiir in the favour of the candidate of his or her choice. first we have to welcome the peace to come.

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  • 12 June 2018 07:28, by gatkhor Nueri

    Mr. PMA(Paul Malong Awan, don’t wast your time crying for calling President Kiir Mayar to step down is too late to you.

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  • 12 June 2018 07:31, by aborigin

    Malong’s should strategize well else he will be the biggest loser in all this fracas. Junubin are tired of this senseless regional war now with the likes of M7 controlling the chess game doesn’t give any leverage to Malong. War shall stop if the so called self proclaimed leaders realized external meddling into our affairs has all to do with these sufferings.

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  • 12 June 2018 10:36, by Lenin Bull

    Some correction King Paul Malong, it is not only President Salva Kiir Mayardit that over stayed his worth. It is all of you the first generation of SPLA/SPLM. Trying to remove President Kiir on the slim pretext that he has over stayed reveals that you are all greedy for the same one position in the country and you will kill innocent citizens because you want your chance!

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  • 12 June 2018 10:41, by Lenin Bull

    Your were commander of Northern Bhar Elghazal for the whole of 1990s and 2000s upto 2005. You became Governor since then and ruled Northern Bhar Elghazal with Iron fists upto the time you became Chief of staff. Have you not served long and over stayed in politics too? I had thought you will argue in favor of how leaders ascend and descend from power: That is the Rule of Law.

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  • 12 June 2018 10:45, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudanese leaders should be reminded that power belongs to the people and instead of killing these innocent people, one day these sham leaders will regret this mistake when rule of law will be established. Let us all work for peace and for democratic political dispensation in South Sudan. War is nasty, costly, and bloody.

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    • 12 June 2018 11:34, by Eastern

      Which people? Those now cowed by the unknown gunmen? Those holed up in filthy PoCs or those in the far-flunked refugee camps in the neighbouring countries? Kiir has enslaved the people by making them work for him without pay. People are dying in the bushes of South Sudan in defence of Kiir while they sleep soundly in Juba! The people in South Sudan have been dis-empowered by the regime!

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  • 12 June 2018 22:40, by lino

    You missed the opportunity to overthrow down the dictator Gen. Awan!!! You have no long sighted what was coming!!! You would have done it Zimbabwe way!!!! 😂 🤣 .

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