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South Sudanese army chief and Aweil governors hold meeting


February 10, 2016 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) chief, General Paul Malong Awan held on Tuesday a high profile meeting with the three governors of Lol, Aweil and Aweil East states at his residence in the country’s capital, Juba.

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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)

The meeting, sources told Sudan Tribune, was attended by governors Rizik Zachariah Hassan (Lol), Ronald Ruay Deng (Aweil) and Deng Deng Akuei (Aweil East) states. Several lawmakers also attended Tuesday’s meeting.

Others at the meeting were Major Gen. Santino Deng Wol, police general Akot Deng and several high and low ranking officials and senior military officers.

Officials say the purpose of the Tuesday’s meeting was for Awan to brief the governors on the outcome of the meetings he and several other military officers from his area held in Aweil town and in Warawar village.

According to officials who attended the Aweil meeting, one of the issues discussed was the proposal for the army chief of staff to be head of the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party for the three newly-created states as well as remain the Aweil community leader.

Awan, by virtue of being overall head of the SPLM with responsibilities overseeing the three states, would now be the one to approve nomination of officials seeking appointments into various cabinet and party positions.

The work of the governors, according to the proposal, would only be reduced to recommending and conducting administrative supervision.

The proposal, accepted by two state governors, was reportedly opposed by many of the politicians from Lol state, including their governor, Hassan.

Instead Governor Hassan, sources told Sudan Tribune, preferred bilateral cooperation rather than the administrative monopoly of the affairs and immediately declared himself as the ruling party’s chairperson for Lol state.

The Lol state governor reportedly said he would not accept anyone to do middle work for him and his community, and preferred to directly with the president without relying on a middle authority between him and the latter.

A number of officials, who preferred anonymity, argued that Awan’s main objective of seeking monopoly of power is to use it as a political strength which he would allegedly use as a political card to continue playing influential roles in national affairs as someone with a strong support base.

However, losing support from Lol state specifically from the two counties of Aweil West and Aweil North allegedly reduces the army chief staff’s support base to Aweil East and some elements from Aweil state.

This, the officials said, makes Awan appear in a weak political standing on national affairs.


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  • 11 February 2016 00:24, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    No, it is not correct, let each of state have own chairman of SPLM rather than Malong.

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    • 11 February 2016 07:08, by Mi diit

      South Sudan is really managed by dogs!!!

      Where in the whole world, even in communist Russia and China, or socialist Cuba, will you find an army chief of staff being a party chairman and a community chairman at the same time.

      Only in Kiir Kuethpiny’s government of the Dinka empire that you will find this bizarre system.

      I see danger looming in Juba!

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      • 11 February 2016 07:14, by Mi diit

        I wonder if this dumb-ass Salva Kiir really approved the agenda of Malong’s meeting right there in Juba under his nose so to become the party chairman of "three different states" he recently created.

        Where is the autonomy of those states if one guy from another state can become chairman in a different state.

        These people are mad dogs really who can only be eradicated with fire, burn them all!

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        • 11 February 2016 11:59, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

          It’s well known that 28 states were created in order to bring towns, government & administrative services closer to people in remote areas across the country. I am pessimistic that this word was created by enemies of peace. It might not be fro King Paul Malong. Let’s stop propaganda so that we comfortably usher in peace.

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        • 12 February 2016 01:57, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Guys, I found out that Mi dirty smokes dope and that is why he is always irrational. He smokes 24/7. This is fact. He needs to quit smoking if he want to rational and think clearly. Thus, that’s why he always generalize on his writing.

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      • 11 February 2016 08:02, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Mi ditt
        You are most dog than others
        Because you are insulting leaders of the nation, and that behavior will take you no where try to adjust yourself instead of abuse.

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    • 11 February 2016 09:04, by Akuma

      All the three states should have their own SPLM party chairman/Persons and Malong can remain as Chairman of his state if his people elected him but the three states. We are all after dissolutions of powers in South Sudan and President Kiir had already begin it.

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  • 11 February 2016 00:25, by Gabriel KK

    Governor Rizik Hassan is 100% right. there is nobody at all between a governor of any state and the President. Each governor is a head of SPLM in his state and should forwarded his concerns to President only. Paul Malong has to come clean. what is he after?

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    • 11 February 2016 01:01, by Joseph Canada

      hahahaha, how can this guy want to monopolize the states? can you see how Dump these people are? I have never seen anything like this apart from the Dinka mentality. And isn’t the soldier s work is to protect the nation and not take political side? LORD HAVE MERCY. !!!

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      • 11 February 2016 10:05, by Dengda

        @Joseph Canada
        Generalisation and stigmatisation is not language of intellectual people. Unless you are not in the class of intellectuals. I think we should sticking our argument base on issue and individual who did it. Rather than general insult the entire one ethnic community for person mistake or stupidity. where do classifies the millions of Dinka men and women who oppose Kiir led government?

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        • 11 February 2016 10:12, by Dengda

          And thousands of Dinka who affiliated With IO and Millions of Dinka who back up Wani for presidency. Are they are not Dinka? or Do you consider them as stupid people? or traitors? Better think before you lift. The same apply to Miitdit, I respect his analysis and argument but not contend with his generalisation of Dinka. Dinka is not a person but a tribe, with good and bad people as other tribes.

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          • 11 February 2016 10:16, by Dengda

            Those Dinka who opposes Kiir regime are the most educated and intellectual people and People like Canada and Miidit try to disappoint these group. Generalisation is painful and inclusive regardless of who and who. The same mistake you did when war broke in 2013. you run around preaching it war between Dinka and Nuer, so other communities who should support backdown and say okay me not included.

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  • 11 February 2016 03:26, by lino

    Ya Malong Awan, you can dominate everything; there are others to lead and learn how to do things!!!

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  • 11 February 2016 05:03, by dinkdong

    If Malong wants to lead, why don’t he overthrow Kiir?

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  • 11 February 2016 05:07, by Akot Deng

    Lol state is quite far for administrative if combined with Aweil East and Aweil states. But the fact remains we still need each other as Madingaweil community for social affairs not political issues because creation of States was to solve political and administrative that are not well managed due their vastness. Otherwise Mr. Paul is not a problem rather then those in political assumption.

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  • 11 February 2016 06:18, by Eastern

    New leaders should be given a chance to emerge in South Sudan. This stupid mentality of having stale leaders all the time is backward and counter productive! Malong Awan and company have outlived their usefulness!!

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    • 11 February 2016 13:15, by Kalo

      There is no new leader in South Sudan if the issue of tribalism is not stop, continues of rebellions contribute no good leader.

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      • 11 February 2016 14:29, by Eastern


        What I am saying is, those in leadership should stop this personality cult of considering themselves as the only ones who can lead; let them accept the reality that they have failed. They should just go back to their murrahs and retire is all I am saying!

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        • 11 February 2016 14:43, by Kalo

          It is not the matter of leadership, if Dr like Riek killed the civilians what kind of leadership you need? stop the issue of tribalism and everything will be ok in Sudan other wise you will have no direction.

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  • 11 February 2016 06:47, by Son of Ngundeng

    A foolish Malong among the educated Awielian,
    Pual Malong his days are numbered.

    Son of Prophet
    IO GHQs.

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  • 11 February 2016 08:04, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Mi Midiit
    The behavior of abuse is already cornonic with you.

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  • 11 February 2016 09:51, by Kenyang

    For narrow minded individuals like Mi diit, this is Aweil issue not national - so hold your despair.
    Aweil people are mature and know how to handle disagreement without rushing to unnecessary wars.
    Having point that, administrative division of Aweil can’t divide people or land and leaders like Gen.Malong need to forward.

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    • 11 February 2016 09:53, by Kenyang


      ....need to look forward.

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  • 11 February 2016 09:57, by Dengda

    Malong has been on spotlight and making headline since last year. I think the guy may be up to something. In fact there’s no smoke without fire, those headlines tell us what the guy may planned undercover and darkness of Kiir regime. People should watch out and monitoring every move he take. Because the guy is really thirst and hungry for power.

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