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South Sudan army chief dismisses witchcraft allegations


November 14, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army chief of staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan said an incident in which he collapsed last month was not linked to witchcraft.

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

Awan sought medical attention after he fainted and collapsed in front of senior military and police officers at his residence in Jebel, a Juba suburb.

He was rushed to a medical unit at the presidency, admitted and remained under close medical care before being taken outside the country for treatment.

It was not clear what caused the sudden decline in Awan’s health conditions as supporters and family members suspected food poisoning or witchcraft.

The general ruled out allegations that his own friends could have poisoned him.

"Who can poison me? The food we were eating was prepared by own wife, who is not just a wife but a friend”, Awan said at Sunday’s thanks giving organised by his family.

One of the general’s wives, who accompanied him to the hospital claimed the latter was not sick, but had high blood pressure and was admitted for regular health checks.

"I went with him and according to the medical report, he is okay. The only thing they told him is to do regular health checks and try to rest. The doctors say he was exhausted because he overworked himself, which I agree because he sleeps late sometimes," she said, adding, "he really finds no time to rest”.


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  • 15 November 2014 08:37, by Mi diit

    I agree, this poor general collapsed because of stress, exhaustion which boiled his blood temperature. He promised Nyankiir that the rebels would be wiped out in 30 days and end the war, yet he has been in office for 120 days, and now collapsing. What a shame!

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    • 15 November 2014 09:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Mi Dit
      Gen. is not poor thé only thing know is hé defeat Nuer on their plans. that is challeng to Général Malong.

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    • 15 November 2014 09:34, by Rommel

      Mi diit:

      If it wasn’t for the ’ceasefire’, Paul Malong Awan would have achieved his objectives. You lost your headquarters and every other major town because of Paul Malong Awan. Salva Kiir is making things difficult and has quite unfortunately undermined and bridled Paul Malong Awan all throughout. You’ve lost virtually everything and you’re boasting?

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      • 15 November 2014 09:35, by Rommel

        You have not provided any actual evidence that Paul Malong’s sickness is at all intimated with the "stress" that the rebels are apparently causing him. You have already demonstrated that your opinions are biased and unsubstantiated, so why do you protest when they are dismissed as such? Your precious rebels do not control any major town or city in South Sudan and have lost their headquarters..

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        • 15 November 2014 09:37, by Rommel

          ..You posit many claims [all ridiculous] and yet you NEVER provide EVIDENCE for any of them. This is one of the ongoing and crippling flaws in all of your feign thesis... your inability to objectively distinguish fantasy from reality and evidence from wishful thinking. I have explained this to you over and over again yet you continue this tirade of silliness.

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          • 15 November 2014 09:52, by Rommel

            Paul Malong Awan is a dedicated military man -a workaholic; the man is known for having accompanied his men directly into combat, unlike Riek who never accompanied his men into combat — a complete failure as a zonal commander. Paul Malong Awan needs to more closely monitor his health. He needs to delegate task to competent junior partners and he needs to rest more.

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            • 15 November 2014 09:55, by Rommel

              Riek was a zonal commander. He never put his life in harms way. Riek lost virtually every battle against the enemy. He lost in the battle of Bom Adol; he lost at Biem Alony; he lost at Panthur Diaar; he lost trying to take Pariang town; he lost in the Battle of Yoi. Riek also lost in Tharkuer, Wiinaam and Ayod...

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              • 15 November 2014 09:56, by Rommel

                When Riek finally won a battle —- the battle for Mayom in 1987, he only achieved this with the help of the then Bhar el Ghazel zonal Commander, Daniel Awet Akot and his forces... and when Akot’s forces left for Bahr el Ghazal, Riek somehow lost Mayom just 24 hours later. The only town that Riek was able to capture on his own was Melut town in 1989.

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    • 16 November 2014 10:11, by whatsayyou

      For sure the rebels has been wiped out of states capitals, Malakal, Bor and Bentiu, can you deny that ya Mi dit?

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  • 15 November 2014 09:10, by mzalendo mwema

    You have reached 120 days because Gen Malong is respecting cease fire.Otherwise your foolishness would have ended by now.

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  • 15 November 2014 16:10, by Naath Raani

    Fake Gen. Malong Awan, heard "power sharing" then collapsed. He knows when time comes for South Sudanese to come together, criminals and Killers of Gogrial will not loot the resources of the land. Who can poison that idiot?

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    • 15 November 2014 18:32, by jijury

      Stop lying people, Paul Malong informed one of his 300 wives to prepare a food for him and his cohorts among those were James Hoth Mai and Ping Deng. But secretly Malong wanted to kill James Hoth through poisoning. So he told his wife to put the a poison plate in front of James Hoth but accidentally the poison plate ended up in front of him and he ate That’s what caused his sickness.

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    • 15 November 2014 19:35, by Stephen kuach

      those of Midiit,Naath Raani.
      stop the hatred and the division among the tribal line,peace is what we’re praying for,but without peace,where will those who had waged war against the government find their safety,stop the war and forgive one another.

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  • 16 November 2014 15:07, by BM-21

    Who is like Gen. MALONG AMONG NUERS?
    Hard working man with militarily planning ,look during incident in Dolep fighting he was fight by his AKM 47 till defeated nyegat.

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