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S. Sudanese president orders troops withdrawal from Juba


February 12, 2016 (JUBA) – The military leadership in South Sudan has been ordered to withdraw forces from the national capital, Juba, in implementation of a peace agreement signed in August last year between President Salva Kiir’s government and armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by the newly-appointed First Vice President, Riek Machar.

SPLA) soldiers sit before the start of celebrations on the 31st anniversary of the SPLA in Juba May 16, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

President Kiir on Friday ordered army chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan, to withdraw forces to 25km outside the capital in preparation for deployment of joint police and military forces from rival armies in the country.

The directives came a day after the appointment of the armed opposition leader, Machar, as the First Vice President, placing him next to President Kiir and above Vice President, James Wani Igga, in accordance with the terms of the peace agreement.

President Kiir, according to Lieutenant General Malek Reuben Riak, deputy chief of general staff for logistics and head of the security arrangements committee representing the government, has given out instructions for withdrawal from Juba town despite lack of willingness and cooperation from senior government officials and military officers.

“Our forces are preparing to leave. The commander in chief has directed the command and the chief of general staff [Paul Malong Awan] has given out instructions to departments and directorates involved in the preparations. The directorate of logistics is in charge of coordination,” said General Riak when asked to comment on what the command was doing during an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune.

The Chief General of staff, Awan, confirmed on Tuesday in a statement to the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) that he had directed his deputies to prepare for withdrawal of troops in Juba to 25 kilometers outside the town as it was agreed in the peace agreement as part of interim security arrangements.

Awan said he and his team were working with the advance team of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) in Juba to implement security arrangements.

The army commander also denied media reports that he is an obstacle to implementation of the security arrangements in the country as he is allegedly opposed to the peace agreement.

“It’s not true. I am a loyal officer to the system and the leadership and there is no way I can be against the directives of the president. It is the prerogative of the president to decide where to assign cadres,” said Awan.

The top army general was said to be against the implementation of the peace agreement and blamed for some of the actions by President Kiir which have been condemned as impediment to the implementation of the peace deal.

“I am working with the SPLM-IO (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition) to implement security arrangement. Already I have given directives to my deputies and now they are working together with them,” he added.

Vice President, James Wani Igga, while taking oath of office as the second vice president said the government was ready for formation of the new government and if all the parties to the agreement sit in one table, they would resolve all the outstanding issues, including the differences over 28 states.

“I know that, this is a difficult moment of our history, the history of the new republic of South Sudan… but I believed with the trust, confidence and cooperation of my colleagues in the upcoming cabinet and particular cooperation between the parties to the agreement, if we cooperate, I am sure we will deliver to our people,” said Igga.


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  • 12 February 2016 20:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Gen. Malong, should refuse simply because hundreds of thousands of Mathiang Anyor battlion were murdered by Riek Machar.

    • 13 February 2016 07:34, by Dengda

      I think this guy called Ayuiu is outdated and doesn’t know the direction. This nation is already on new page and and Ayuiu still reading cover page. For your information these series of positive action by P. Kiir came as result of the visited Top US military commander on tour to assess for US plan B,that’s UN trustee or Regime change, do you know that? now try to dwell in a present not past

      • 13 February 2016 09:01, by Kenyang

        You sound hopeless to be threatening other South Sudanese with someone else, alleged threat.

        • 13 February 2016 10:33, by Dengda

          @Kenyang, I will recommend you to look things from different perspectives and through World view not level of your feet. It’s shameful to any South Sudanese who is really Patriotic to hear and see how world sees SS because of poor leadership.
          Are proud of presence of IGAD, JMEC Troika in our affairs? why they are here, because failed family always attracted external intervention, this is the case.

          • 13 February 2016 10:39, by Dengda

            @Kenyang, you are right, i am hopeless because of the Inability of our leaders to run the country affairs according to Civilian interest, I am hopeless the way leaders and Others like you feel and see peace as being forced on them but their interest of the country as whole, I am hopeless because people like you put their interest first. I am hopeless because widows, orphans, war disabled are victi

            • 13 February 2016 10:47, by Dengda

              @Kenyang, I know you are among those who don’t want peace to prevail, because you are eating something which is not yours, because of war and worry if peace comes plate may share again. Think big, and responsibly this peace came as pressure of those bodies i have mentioned. I don’t want somebody to come and tell me what to do. Because of few individual who Hijacked the Nation.

      • 13 February 2016 15:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Dengda and Eastern.
        You are most out dated, how come for Kiir, to ordered the withdrawal of arms to 25km while he dose not secure the Riek Machar inner plans? Am sure this peace agreement will never reached to 2018 without preconditions against peace.
        Because Riek Machar himself, he doesn’t care of peace he signed, do you understand?

  • 12 February 2016 21:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Will Riek Machar, compensate the life of 27, 000 Mathiang Anyor, battalion he had killed?

    • 13 February 2016 05:43, by Eastern


      Stop being childish! Where were those alleged killings of mathiang anyoor? In Aweil, Warrap or Malual Kon? Were they not killed in action in the various battle fronts? Now who will compensate the alleged white army fighters who were annihilated by the cluster bombs? See how war is painful and costly? Smell the coffee!

  • 13 February 2016 01:37, by Eyez

    Who asked for Mathiang Anyor to fight a proxy war? the government is responsible for recruiting these animals, so that,,their Dinka thirst for Nuer and Equatorian blood can be quenched. Therefore, 27.000 dead is nothing compared to what is in store for you people.
    All JCE and Dinka areas in Juba will be targeted with vengeance and precision.

    • 13 February 2016 09:13, by Kenyang

      I’m 100% sure you will be victim not Dinka.

      • 14 February 2016 01:46, by Eyez

        You know what, give it time, because, I and you both know that, nothing lasts forever. You Dinka will soon be listed as endangered species, if you continue with your arrogance. What kind of people are you....who can’t even look beyond their noses.


  • 13 February 2016 15:21, by lino

    Did they build tents already, or deployment under trees???!

    • 14 February 2016 01:59, by Eyez

      Your name sounded like a civilised person, but, I’m beginning to doubt so, what the hell are you going on about? Because, RESISTANCE does not necessarily need infrastructure but logistics, therefore it won’t matter, tents or trees, as long as there is a will and a motive.

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