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South Sudan president says Awan has to return to prove his innoncence


January 8, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Monday demanded the return to the country of former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan, saying the response he will receive from the latter would form the basis of his decision to either consider him a rebel or not.

President Salva Kiir, (L), accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan, (R), waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, on July 9, 2015 (Photo AP)

Awan on Sunday vigourously denied inciting his supporters in the army to rebel as it was leaked in an audio tape with his voice. The general who was a close friend to the president openly accused the security service saying this false recoding was the latest in a series of provocations aiming to push him to rebel.

“You listened to the tape yesterday and heard the voice. You can tell me whether it was imitation or the real voice of Paul Malong. Tell me the difference between the tape, what he said in the release and all that you hear and read in the media," Kiir said.

" I know Malong and his voice. Tell him to return to the country if what is being said about him is not true. I give you time to talk to him but not more than two weeks. If he fails, then let me know,” he further stressed in a meeting with the Dinka Council of Elders who mediated his release in November.

Speaking after the meeting, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny cited the audio tapes leaked on social media as the evidence of subversive activities in which the former chief of staff is involved. Ateny pointed to an alleged audio tape in which the ex-military leader was heard giving orders for fighting that included clashes outside the capital, Juba, last week that violated a cease-fire.

Awan said he is the one who purchased the tape recording equipment used by the South Sudan security apparatus to forge the fake recording.

He further warned that he would be forced to make a decision in the light of these constant provocations, "I would be forced to make a decision because there is a threat to my life and that of my family," he said.

Awant was granted a permission to leave the country on medical grounds and after pressures by the Dinka elders on 20 November.

The former chief of staff was suspected by the security service of plotting to overthrow the President Kiir. He was against the signing of the peace agreement in August 2015 also, he is accused of launching an attack on the forces of the former First Vice President Riek Machar in July 2016 without referring to President Kiir.


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  • 8 January 2018 22:50, by Majesty

    Late Lawrence Lual Lual Akuei, then an education minster in 1998 made a joke in front of Aweil community in Kenya that he decided not to return to John Garang cycle only to be killed since he is not Jesus Christ to be risen in 3 days, no matter what Aweil will do. It’d mount to stupidity for anyone to ask Gen Malong to return to Juba.

    • 8 January 2018 23:10, by South South


      The best thing for Malong and president Kiir is to make peace between them, other than that, one of them will lose very badly and we can see very clearly who will lose. Be very careful, Malong is in Kenya.

      • 8 January 2018 23:47, by Majesty

        South South,
        Kenya is not S. Sudan nor is Gen Malong equal to James Gatdet. Even if Malong arrives in Juba today Gen Kiir still have few choices what to do with Malong. So take it from me, war (rebellion) is easy to make. It’s peace that’s difficult to make or keep. With Kiir consciously putting a stick on himself by relying on flying rumors instead of long history of togetherness & comradeship,..

        • 9 January 2018 00:33, by Majesty

          ...he has himself to blame. I wouldn’t go ahead of myself with certainty of whose flag will be flying at the end but perhaps we should predict who is now more worried and confused. What I do know Gen Kiir is a loser from the day he threw Malong out of the window. We have seen that at disapproval from general public while giving moral victory and elations to enemy camps.

        • 9 January 2018 10:01, by Rumbek S. Sudan

          Mr. Majesty,

          I agree with you. We don’t have leader in South Sudan. All kind of conflicts being fought today were caused from speculations and hear says. Malong Awan, though part of and one of those who caused this situation South Sudanese are going through, is very innocent now. But president Kiir with his circles are the major problems in South Sudan. I wonder why people are forced to rebelled

          • 9 January 2018 17:18, by Majesty

            Rumbek S. Sudan,
            No we have a coward incompetent leader who rather go. Those who want to keep him are elongating their own sufferings.

        • 9 January 2018 12:18, by South South


          Peace my brother. The best way to help Malong right now is to encourage him to make peace with Kiir. Anyone who encourages Malong not to make peace with Kiir is destroying him. Reik is parked in South Africa and he has thousands of followers. Egypt has moved to Eritrea with very strong weapons to teach Sudan lessons. You do not know what kind of agreement Kenya has with South Sudan.Peace

          • 9 January 2018 21:35, by Majesty

            South South,
            You and I didn’t cause this war nor are we responsible for it continuation but Salva Kiir is 100%, through unnecessary "decrees". Some may think wild but the man (Kiir) doesn’t own the SPLM/A nor South Sudan in order for the rest to remain hushed about misrule forever. He can’t be singing peace in one hand while doing complete opposite on the other.

            • 10 January 2018 00:40, by Majesty

              Circle and rumormongers ganged up and Pres Kiir didn’t pause in accusing and removing long-life colleague in armed and as if that is not enough, stopping him from going home(Aweil), confined and almost killed him. I can’t see Malong flying back to Juba to bow and kiss Kiir in the feet. But no, South South, keep your expertise about other countries to yourself.

      • 9 January 2018 06:07, by Eastern

        South South,

        If Malong loses, he loses as an individual along with a few close followers and if Kiir clings to power, the incessant rebellions against his misrule will cause the South Sudanese their dear country. Make your own judgement!

        • 9 January 2018 12:13, by South South


          The best option for Malong is to make peace with Kiir, period. Malong has no followers, do not just throw out these big empty words. In the tape we listened to, he has 9 soldiers in Aweil with one fake RBG, he has one solider in Wau who he wanted to capture Wau airport. The neighboring countries are against rebellion in South Sudan, that why Riek is parked outside South Sudan right now.

          • 9 January 2018 13:16, by Eastern

            South South,

            I don’t care if the tape making round now is genuine or fake.You sheepishly argue that Malong doesn’t have followers. What’s known is Malong mobilised thousand of dinka youths who’re herded to their demise and this leaves Malong answerable to the Malual dinka community. About the fake RPG not RBG, I don’t know. What is certain is, Malong becomes another pain in the underside of Kiir!

            • 9 January 2018 13:23, by South South

              I hope you are reading the news these days. Sudan has a big problem with Egypt right now. Border between Sudan and Eritrea is closed. Egypt has moved heavy weapons to Eritrea. Malong is Kenya, he will make peace with Kiir. Do not throw your hope on Dinka to fight each others, you do it if you have your people with you, period, peace.2018 is a year of peace in South Sudan.

              • 9 January 2018 14:04, by Eastern

                South South,

                I don’t have to read news. I am in the thick of it; I make news!The diversionary news of the war between Egypt and Sudan aside, Kiir, the tribal leader is getting South Sudan into more troubles by allowing itself to drawn into the brewing proxy war between Egypt and Ethiopia. Why should any country support the gluttonous Egyptians who don’t take any pride being Africans?

                • 9 January 2018 14:38, by South South


                  You are a little behind the strategy on how to fight the war. You can team up with a devil if it will help you to win a war, period. Kenya, Uganda, DRC and Ethiopia are with us, they are with South Sudan. This is the only thing you need. Let’s talk about peace in 2018, the only option for everyone in South Sudan to have a future.

                  • 9 January 2018 15:04, by Eastern

                    South South,

                    If it is cattle camp strategy, then be mu guest. I don’t see South Sudan surviving the inferno Kiir is blindly taking the country which you call strategy!

                    • 9 January 2018 15:10, by South South


                      Respectful communities are those who own cattle in the world, not those who eat monkeys and rats, let’s talk about peace in our country.Welcome to Juba in 2018, a year of peace in South Sudan. I want peace.

                      • 9 January 2018 16:07, by Eastern

                        South South,

                        What one has or eats or has sex with doesn’t make them any super humans. If cattle served the dinka well, they won’t be what they are now!

                        • 9 January 2018 17:20, by South South


                          You are talking like a baby. You use cattle to insult all Dinka tribe and when we fire back with monkeys and rats, you run around and say " Oh, what one has to eat and has sex with doesn’t make them any super humans", no, someone who is eating monkeys and rats is primitive and simple minded.

    • 9 January 2018 21:47, by garrak1520

      I will ask first President Kiir to tour Bor, Bentiu, the capital of Western Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria starting Thursday then Malong will land in Juba.

  • 9 January 2018 00:26, by dinkdong

    Ha ha ha! I laughed out so hard I almost shoot milk out of my nose except that I wasn’t drinking milk. Anyway, it is like trapping a bird and accidentally let it go and expect it to return into the trap that soon. Now, I might have not heard of Malong being a phD holder, but I don’t think he is that stupid. Good Mr. President!

    • 9 January 2018 01:46, by dinkdong

      *Good luck

      • 9 January 2018 06:25, by William

        President Kiir should not be interest to the rebellion of gen Malong. He suppose to be interest in making peace between him and gen Malong since Malong rebellion harm him and nation more. The speech he gave about Malong case indicates he doesn’t have interest to make peace with Malong but there would be negative consequences if Malong rebel or anything happen to him. Kiir must think wisely.

        • 9 January 2018 06:44, by William

          Another thing, those who made peace during their tension were not comfortable about how he handle the situation as a president. There were be mass death if the community didn’t involve in their issue. Therefore president shouldn’t hid his agenda through those who made peace between them. Also President shouldn’t rely on foreign countries. His people are very important not other use him against his

          • 9 January 2018 06:55, by William

            thinking the foreign countries can let him stay in power. I wish him not to listen to nonsense, instead, he have to try handling the situation in a good manner.

  • 9 January 2018 06:52, by Lenin Bull

    Those who are beating the drums of war should think twice. If full scale war breaks out between Paul Malong and President Salva Kiir, you the non compos mentists in between will be the first collateral damages/victims of death, maiming, looting/property vandalism, etc.Let us not emotional by encouraging war between the two brothers but let us work for their peace and reconciliation.

  • 9 January 2018 06:55, by Sunday Junup

    Who still denied that Malong is not rebel? guys let tell truth. Malong has already rebel since but the situation took time because it is Dinka Vs Dinka

  • 9 January 2018 06:59, by Lenin Bull

    War is bad and you should harken to voice of reason. Some known people were hysterical about war prior to 2013 but some of them are not present now and others still alive have the worst regret of their lives. Listen to us there should be no war between Malong and Kiir period.

  • 9 January 2018 07:06, by Lenin Bull

    Please, people of Greater Bhar El Ghazal, you are throwing your people into grave danger, worst abyss, and destruction and sorrow/misery. Listen to us, make peace and reconciliation and avoid deaths and destruction in your land. If you don’t harken to voice of wisdom you will regret more than anybody in South Sudan.

  • 9 January 2018 07:27, by Dinka Nhialic

    The reason why Salva Kiir alive today was the power of general Paul Malong, and if he turned his mind against general Malong and Malong decided to fights against him, his seat will be for TABAN DENG GAI OR JAMES WANI IGGA.

  • 9 January 2018 07:33, by Dinka Nhialic

    President Kiir and his one eyes man as the press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny declared their minds that Malong is rebelling and if King Paul Malong decide that, the talks we are hearing now in Juba will ends and Ateny Wek Ateny will runs to UK since he is a UK citizen but for Kiir Mayar, i don’t know where he will go to, let not provoke the sleeping Lion.

  • 9 January 2018 08:26, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    I can’t belief that our people are playing the clumsy politics,in making people locked horns, It was very unfortunate that my fellow countrymen, I don’t know if women are part of this too! They are playing the game of some playing cards where one place some cards on the table and leave the dangerous one underneath!

  • 9 January 2018 12:18, by Kush Natives

    The beneficial of such dangerous wishing war is Taban Deng Hai, the man is completely dismentaling Kiir unknowingly. If this such scenario is to be true that king Paul Malong is taking a such decision, then Mr. Kiir MUST not worry less, because he already stationed a battalions of rebels in J1 already. South Sudanese should act now, either close J1 down once or military takeover.

  • 9 January 2018 12:38, by Future1

    Kiir, Malong, Riek, Wani, Taban are rebels from Sudan Army Forces (SAF. Now they are given the country to run while their mindsets are just violence oriented. Nobody among them is eligible to govern S. Sudan. There is counter plan against Bahr El Ghazal community to expereince what happens in Equatoria and Upper. Kiir Watchout!!!

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