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S. Sudan army downplays severity of chief of staff’s illness


October 27, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has downplayed reports that its chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, is suffering a serious illness after he collapsed on Friday.

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Former South Sudanese army chief Gen. Paul Malong Awan speaking at a Dinka Malual community meeting in Juba on 1 November, 2012 (ST)

It remains unclear what caused the sudden illness, although Awan did appear on the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Saturday to assure the general public that he is fit to resume work.

Family members say the general, a close political ally of president Salva Kiir, fainted and collapsed on Friday evening in the presence of the his deputy chief of staff for operations, James Ajonga Mawut.

Other senior military and police officers, with whom they were together at the time, included former chief of General staff, General James Hoth Mai and Police Inspector General, General Pieng Deng Kuol.

“There is no problem. I am fine. It is something which came from somewhere and it did not take more than two hours before I regained my strength,” the former governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal said in a statement broadcast on SSTV.

“I am now okay and ready to resume my work effectively,” he added.

In a separate statement on SSTV, SPLA spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer also gave assurances that there was no reason for concern.

Awan was admitted to a medical unit at the presidential palace, where his condition is being closely monitored.

One of his wives told Sudan Tribune on Monday that her husband’s health had improved significantly, although he continues to suffer from general malaise, muscle weakness and slowness in his speech.

She said the medical team had barred her husband from receiving and making telephone calls.

Awan and his family have been visited by a number of prominent figures across the country since he was admitted to the medical unit.

The unit’s medical team has reportedly recommended that he be transferred to a foreign country for further treatment, with Awan expected to travel to Germany for further general checkups and medical care.

Preliminary reports from doctors attributed the cause of Awan’s symptoms to high blood pressure.


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  • 28 October 2014 06:30, by George Bol

    Honestly, General Paul Malong Awan is one among those whom I really like because he is a patriotic general among the rest and does not like humiliation. We must remain calm because he is in a good condition. There is no general that can command while a governor in the South Sudan if not Awan.
    Salva must tried to put MATUR CHUT in the command to help Malong because it seems he does a lot of work

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    • 28 October 2014 06:34, by Malakal county Simon

      In critical condition and just matter of days, he will rest in hell with those innocent Nuers that he killed in Juba just for being Dr Machar ethnic group.....

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      • 28 October 2014 07:27, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        worries, Awan is doing his constutional mandate of protecting our
        nation fro negative forces. To rebels, don’t blindly relate illness of
        govt officials to be a consequence of tribal killing, b’se if so, Riek
        Machar would not be alive today due to his Dinka massacre of 1991 &
        again in 2013. The end justifies the means. God is the witness & the

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      • 28 October 2014 08:21, by choldit

        Why Malong is being denied treatment in Kenyan hospital? And possibly the hearsay he just passed a way this morning shld be true. Stay tuned pple for a national burial.

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  • 28 October 2014 06:34, by marie

    We pray for his quick recovery. The symptoms sound like a stroke which is very common our people but we do not follow yearly medical check up. I think it is time our people are educated on how to monitor their Diastole and systole. There are a number of cases of sudden death due to high blood pressure, diabetes etc which are silent killers and our people are not aware of.

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    • 28 October 2014 06:40, by Malakal county Simon


      The disease that he got has no cure, it is curse by those innocent Nuers that he killed innocently Juba, just for being a Nuer.... Be assure that God has no mercy on such evil act.... Let’s primitive Malong taste what he has been cook ok.....

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      • 28 October 2014 06:45, by Malakal county Simon

        Hell to him and South Sudan is better without illiterate people’s like..... I assure you that South Sudan can be stable forever if he left us today..... Pray for God to take him soon, for better South Sudan..... Thank you!!

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      • 29 October 2014 02:03, by Hardlinner

        Malakal C simon, curse is indeed word use by primitive to display their lack of knowledge. Since there is no possibility for God’s present, do u think cursing would ever make any sense. Hitler killed 6 millions jews, riek killed 50,000 bor civilians, bashir killed 2.5 million south sudanese. So do u think your non existing god would curse those people?. The answer is no. Only people can.

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  • 28 October 2014 07:00, by Gat Gan Kiir

    The hottest place in Heaven is reserved for Gen. Malong, Makuei, Kuol and Kiir. May His Soul Rest in Enternal Hell!!!

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  • 28 October 2014 07:25, by marie

    It is individual rights as humans to hate our enemies, but leave the judgement to God. There is no sin under the sun that would be left unpunished unless the sinner confessed sincerely. As Christians, we should leave God to do his Job and we do our part.

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  • 28 October 2014 07:29, by bilieu babouth

    Let him die he is murder.

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    • 28 October 2014 07:59, by Wicdail

      The world must be very careful for accepting this monster-evil doer to attain the medical care in their countries. Let him die in South Sudan where he killed countless numbers of innocent people. God forbid, he is suffering from Ebola like virus.

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    • 29 October 2014 11:55, by Stephen kuach

      get recovery soon general Malong,you’re one of patriotic during Spla liberation until now you remain unshake unlike those who run after their bellies,may curse reverse itself to those who wish you death.
      long live General Malong.

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  • 28 October 2014 08:48, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear All
    Malong Awan will first bury Riak Machar, Peter Gadet, Hussein Mar and Taban Deng Gai, plus all firth column elements in Juba & diaspora , wish him quick recovery and resume his duties to deal away with those rebels who use to listen through their eyes not ears, Malong Awan oyeeeeeeeeeeeee you will be the last leader to die

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  • 28 October 2014 08:48, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear All
    Malong Awan will first bury Riak Machar, Peter Gadet, Hussein Mar and Taban Deng Gai, plus all firth column elements in Juba & diaspora , wish him quick recovery and resume his duties to deal away with those rebels who use to listen through their eyes not ears, Malong Awan oyeeeeeeeeeeeee you will be the last leader to die

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  • 28 October 2014 12:10, by Kiir

    Paul Malong is not sick at all. Most of you know the cause of his calliope was too much alcohol drink. Germany will give him a visa to enter Germany land.

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    • 28 October 2014 12:24, by Gangura

      Let that Awan die so that we can have peace in our country, those people who are misleading stupid Kirr. I will be happy hearing that Kirr and Michael Makue and Awan are dead. therefore I will come back from bush

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  • 28 October 2014 14:34, by Uncle J

    Ebola first case in South Sudan haha maybe Melong Awan is the victim. People should watchout instead of visiting Idi Amin for Kiir government

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  • 28 October 2014 15:40, by Paul

    Slow in speech? symptoms of stroke or of sort. He might have been gorging on meat too often and therefore leading to high cholesterol build up in his system. There is a need of diet change here.

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