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South Sudan army chief warns against rewarding rebels


December 2, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan army chief, Gen. Paul Malong Awan has warned against rewarding individuals who rebel against government, saying it has contributed to cycles of violence.

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

Awan, the state-owned SSTV reported, vowed to ensure the army does not recoil from defending the legitimately-elected government.

“The responsibility and duty of any army anywhere is to defend the constitution and the country in addition to protecting civilians and their properties from harmful groups to maintain peace. This is an important duty and we will not relent,” he said.

“We must put [away] the culture of rewarding people who rebelled with positions because this is what causing the recurring conflict. Even the current peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, must not be at the expense of those who did not rebel”, added Awan.

South Sudan has, in the past years, pardoned several individuals and rebel groups who took arms against government and often absorbed them into the national army.

In May this year, government signed a peace agreement with David Yau Yau-led South Sudan Democratic Front Cobra Faction in Ethiopia, ending the rebellion in Jonglei state’s Pibor county.

Yau Yau had rebelled in 2010 after losing elections to represent Pibor county in Jonglei state’s legislative assembly, accusing the ruling SPLM party of rigging votes.

In 2011, however, he accepted a presidential amnesty, but rebelled the following year.

The agreement, which gave the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) special status, resulted into Yau Yau being appointed administrator of the GPPA under the office of the president.

Meanwhile, South Sudan’s defense minister, Kuol Manyang accused an unnamed neighbouring country of supporting armed opposition groups currently fighting the Juba establishment.

Manyang made these remarks at a military function in Jonglei where new recruits into the Eagle battalion were passed out last week.

He said government rejects any proposal for two separate armies in the transitional period.

“We are telling Riek Machar that we don’t need two separate armies in the same nation. If there is anybody wanting South Sudan to have two separate armies, this should stop,” said Manyang.

“If he [Machar] is returned to the army, we will take him at the same rank he rebelled with. If he doesn’t come by himself, we know how to bring him,” he stressed.

The minister advised the rebel leader to form a political partly and not an army, which he said would only remain under one command.


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  • 3 December 2014 06:03, by Joseph Canada

    Yeah right!.. You have Generals from Warap and Northern Bar El Gazal planing to Eliminate Mobutu and other Equatorian Generals, You are trying to pu Bakasoro to Replace Igga the Pappet and fabricate Kenyi....The secret meeting you had with those Generals is already availed to the public. Just try touching Mobutu’s Nail and you will run with a dog shit out of Juba!!!!.. The EQuatorians are watchin

    • 3 December 2014 08:25, by maumau

      You are a liar Paul Malong Awan because you are ones who started killing civilians in Juba in December 2013 and other attacks that you corried out against the rebels. Why are you kiling civilians who you are meant to protect?

    • 3 December 2014 14:25, by Kenyang

      You may shift your hatred against greater Dinka, Bhar gazal, Warap or North Bhar gazal but all same nothing can alter your frustration.

      • 3 December 2014 14:42, by Kenyang

        These people along with other South Sudanese will continue to stand directly on way of selfish Riek Machar and his fools. You can kill yourself if you don’t like them.

    • 3 December 2014 19:57, by Muorcienggok

      Joseph,no wonder how can the devil bears christian name because your comments are always of the nature that can incite one to violence if the people they are directed to were fools like you. Isaac mamur is a hero who has dedicated his entire life for this nation,not a sell out guy like your uncle neither do the dindingas where he comes from food lovers like you who can just be brain washed like

      • 4 December 2014 06:30, by Joseph Canada

        Muor, I am talking the proven information that was leaked by the insider who love the nation not the tribe. In fact the person who mention who wrote the Report (Journalist) Interviewed a general in a hotel somewhere in Juba. that case is very well known to every equatorian and we are monitoring it very kindly. I am not an evil person like Your Kiir who love killings. You are either the insider or

    • 3 December 2014 21:30, by Muorcienggok

      Cont: No plan to remove him he is a tough guy hence he has to be there to continue inserting needles into your asses until you regain your normal sense to admit the fact that ascending to power through coup is bitter.you started the war thinking it is as easy as eating walwal.continue as yourselves.why drumming up support for Equatorians to be on your side? You are pathetic ,I swear.

    • 3 December 2014 22:03, by Muorcienggok

      Cont: it is God that has punished you for betraying your brothers during our liberation struggle. Your uncle ran to bashir and opened his legs to him,a hard thing any other African would do. When his ass enlarged,he returned to Garang and was offered a safe heaven. After working for eight years his ass regained normal size ready for sex unfortunately those in SPLM\SPLA are not use to fucking ass

      • 4 December 2014 06:39, by Joseph Canada

        Mour, You are a big lier, you don’t even know what you are talking about. You are going back to the clear lie that Riek Started the Coup!! There was NO COUP!! It was the Presidential guards (Warap ) untrained Soldiers who started it. You know very well that was the truth but you keep on lying!!!. Stop the lies man. just stop it..

      • 4 December 2014 06:41, by Joseph Canada

        Mour, You are a big lier, you don’t even know what you are talking about. You are going back to the clear lie that Riek Started the Coup!! There was NO COUP!! It was the Presidential guards (Warap ) untrained Soldiers who started it. You know very well that was the truth but you keep on lying!!!. Stop the lies man. just stop it..

  • 3 December 2014 06:04, by Jonglie

    Pakak is being besieged now on the ground and air. Done with the rebel. SPLA OYEE

  • 3 December 2014 06:20, by mzalendo mwema

    Thanks Malong and Kuol,

    I hope your message is clear to those Fools led by Dr fool aka Useless Riek Machar.This time is the end of Taban Deng,Alfred Lado and Dr Fool Riek Machar madness.

    • 3 December 2014 11:43, by Mr Point

      Paul Malong Awan should explain why the army of the state was used to murder over 200 citizens of the state in December 2013.

      • 3 December 2014 12:13, by King of Nyamlel

        Good message from King Paul. This is how men talk.

  • 3 December 2014 07:10, by Chol A.

    That is a language the rebels needs to be clear with because there is no way of rewarding killers this time. We are tired of these idiot cultural militia who are always terrorise innocent community and they will be put an end soon either by peace or militarily.

    • 4 December 2014 04:13, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

      Thanks to God and leaders in the arm forces, in South Sudan for realized their weakness. It is time now for the government to stop such rewards to any rebellions. They have to be punished for their acts they have committed, rather than be giving them high ranks when they returns. Now, I am glad and I would to congrats both Paul Malong and Kuol Manyang Juuk for their military expertise.

  • 3 December 2014 07:39, by Gangura

    Gen, Paul, better take side with rebels so the next goverment of rebels we shall give u the post of especial body guard to president Dr. Machar otherwise if you remain loyal to Kirr soon you will have no salary by 2015

    • 4 December 2014 06:45, by Muorcienggok

      Idiot,you can also offer your ass to Bashir if you want, hero and a patriot General like Malong who is defending our beloved country from psychos and food lovers.coward who compain for war while not at the battle fields should come and taste what it is than inciting others

  • 3 December 2014 08:45, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    Dr Machar’s rebellion will never end without success, a groups of vultures always eat the remain of meat, and the owner of the cows eat the main part, that is like Bahr Elgazhal communities are eating remant of our food because oil its our own. Shame to mafia groups of fool communities. by 2015 i will have a slave from Bahrgazal to wash my clothes and iron them.

    • 3 December 2014 08:54, by Chol A.

      Son of Ngundeng that is blurely wishers but 2015 is few weeks away and I am sure that you will still be mourning your idiot militia outside South Sudan leave that Dinka will be washing your clothes and iron them.

  • 3 December 2014 08:47, by Kur William

    I told you!Gen.Malong Awan is not joking about this ongoing senseless war.I’m astonishing why they retreats from the non-executive prime minister post they had offered to Dr Riek for the sake of peace already.Of course its set bad precedent to the young nation rewarding people a position always for rebellion is very unacceptable but let do it once more time.

    • 3 December 2014 09:08, by Kur William

      If Malong bring Dr Riek to Juba by military means then it will be condemn by South Sudanese who were encouraging peaceful dialogue to end crisis between warring parties.This warning is a serious lesson to politicians who are thinking of getting power by force.Riek need to respond in good faith in this final stage otherwise he will be ending up in prison.

      • 3 December 2014 09:42, by Kur William

        I don’t know what Mi diit will say about this unpredictable development of communiques in Washington DC.This is a second warning for the short time by Kiir groups that shows things are going tougher,misjudgement of facts of Dr Riek’s advisors will send their boss to the sinkhole in which he will be disappear from public eyes forever!!.

    • 3 December 2014 09:08, by michael coma

      What Gen.Malong said is something genuine.We need that one to be implemented so that rebellion will have limit in South Sudan.Even rats can defect against govt just to get position later when signed fake peace with govt.Hell to those who do revolt for their interestes.

    • 3 December 2014 09:17, by michael coma

      Thanks to Gen.Malong Awan.Those who do revolts for sake of their interest are causative of all problems in South Sudan.The word intergration need to be abolish so that rebellion would come to its end.Rats might defect and came back with uncountable ranks and said need to be recognize by govt.

  • 3 December 2014 09:21, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    A fool always remain fool, Dinka genocidal regime refuse peace deal, it mean Kiir and his Gangs are going to dies before the march, like Gadafi.

    Nuer rebellion will never hang up like Shilluk rebellion.
    leaded by fisherman called Olony.

  • 3 December 2014 09:28, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    This rebellion leaded by PhD holder and top fighters in whole Africa, our fight were witnessed by the British during colonize. If the whole Africa leave us purely with Dinka in the war field, there could be no any single Dinka in whole South Sudan, and Dinka know that, does why they brought Sudan 4 rebel factions and UPDF along with them.(Kamda kee jaang thiele maley)

  • 3 December 2014 11:28, by Jonglie

    Son of Ngundeng, its better for you to come to contitution governnent, we will give you (gargoushi ku tania) and be settle peacefully, but never dream of any position. Long live SPLA OYEE.

  • 3 December 2014 19:07, by marie

    A simple question to all South Sudanese, who own the positions in South Sudan and has the right to give or take them as he wishes? If it is a person, then we are in a deep shit.

  • 3 December 2014 21:17, by lino

    Gen. Paul Malong Awan was the one who directed the State Army to shoot any Nuer in Juba.
    The SPLA Forces lost command that night of shoot, but this General took the command on his own hands. That was the reason Kiir a Chief of Staff for the Army.

    History will check-made him very soon.

  • 3 December 2014 23:47, by Gordon

    High time for you to become a little bit more realistic: To become a sovereign and successful nation, it took other countries more than thousand years of fights and struggle. Do you really think that South Sudan will be an exception? Never. Go on fighting, but be aware that the end of the story will be that South Sudan will become part of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, as long as you are unable to st

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