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South Sudan ex-army chief forms rebel group


April 9, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s former army chief of staff has formed a rebel movement, underscoring mounting resistance to the rule of incumbent president Salva Kiir.

Former South Sudan army chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan speaks at the presidential palace in Juba, November 16, 2017 (ST)

General Paul Malong Awan announced on Monday formation of South Sudan United Front, declaring it as a means through which he would work with compatriots to establish strong institutions than strongmen.

“Our movement is a just and urgent call to our compatriots and a struggle to first arrest the carnage that has befell our country and secondly to steer us towards democracy and development , which are the cornerstones of nationhood, an African nationhood of democracy , development, equal citizenry, justice and freedom”, Awan announced through a statement released to the public.

Awan charged President Salva Kiir as having built a country where total impunity is the order.

“Our movement seeks to reverse this. We must build our nationhood around strong institutions and not strongmen. Strong institutions will outlive all of us and guarantee the prosperity of our nation. This is what we yearn for in our country”, said Awan.

Relations between Awan and President Kiir deteriorated after the former was sacked from his post as Army Chief of Staff in May 2017 and placed under house arrest for fear he would foment a rebellion.

Awan was freed in November following mediation led by the Jieng Council of Elders. The agreement refrained him from going to his home-town of Aweil in the former Northern Bahr el-Ghazal State, but he was free to travel to any East Africa country.


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  • 9 April 2018 13:20, by jubaone

    Well, well, well Malong
    Welcome on board ya "Mutmarid", now cum rebel. We want your actions and not empty jienge thrash. Send your "brave nyors" to fight the Kiirminal. Once you capture or 200 jienge affiliated to Kiirminal and this is verified, we can organize an audience with Dr Riak, Cirillo and the rest. For now, go it alone while we wait.

    • 9 April 2018 13:35, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

      Every time one South Sudanese is removed from a position, he goes to the bush and forms a rebellion starting with Riak and now Malong. What is wrong with South Sudanese?

      • 9 April 2018 13:52, by Theallseeingeye

        Kwacha Okonyomoi

        I congratulate you for easily identifed the root cause "Every time one South Sudanese is removed from a position, he goes to the bush and forms a rebellion", then let uncle Kiir not changes people like his underwear. He even does know what he is doing because he is illiterate, unfit and incompetent leader who is trying to run the country through trail and error.

      • 9 April 2018 14:02, by jubaone

        There is NO democratic and free space to articulate your political views in SS. If you peacefully demonstrate for your rights, you are percieved as a rebel, get gunned down or incercarated by the security agents, You have a choice of ONE: take a gun and rebel. Fight the system that fights you. Kill the person who wants to kill you. Peaceful demonstration is for white civilized people.

      • 9 April 2018 14:47, by Resolution

        Dear Kwacha Okonyomoi,
        FYI Machar formed rebellion because himself was targeted and his tribes massacred on 15-16-19 December 2013 by the regime heading by Kiir and the issue of Malong was because he was fired from his post, look at the different if you are not informed.

      • 9 April 2018 15:19, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        This simply enforces the notion that rejects one man rule. Salva Kiir is just like any South Sudanese. He has no right to fire and appoint anyone in government institutions.

      • 9 April 2018 16:12, by Eastern

        This is no longer about being removed from this position or that position. The regime led by Kiir must be resisted and defied in all fronts. I am not an ardent supporter of Paul Malong but as long as the SSUF is resisting the dictatorship in Juba, it’s more than welcome to join other South Sudanese compatriots.

      • 10 April 2018 06:48, by Jongo

        Kwacha it’s not what’s wrong with south sudanese it ’s what’s wrong with JENGE? Jenge is the problem once they dominate & took everything you expect more rebellion & movements like Darfourians COLO HARACAT, It’s only one way either to split the country into 3,segregate & eliminate & squeeze them into one corner in their dirty luaks or Equatoria simply will move away. JENGE is a killer decease

      • 10 April 2018 07:30, by Rami Tot

        Kwacha Okonyomoi
        you are a such a lunatic, up to this time you can not understand, what happen first a Machar rebellion or Nuer civilian genocide who are going to fool with your such cheap analysis.

    • 9 April 2018 15:25, by Midit Mitot

      Bravo bravo, KING Paul, you will be free from your sins now OK.

      • 10 April 2018 14:14, by William Atak Garang.

        our State become a institution where every leader is doing his own interest rather than the need of nation. God will judge you later on.

      • 10 April 2018 14:24, by William Atak Garang.

        the State is now in worse crisis to the extend that blind person has seen the dead bodies and the crazy people felt sorry for the war you have waged in the great part of our region. since 2013 you left a huge number of our troop killed in this senseless war and then fled and creat your own movement, I will not believe it is you Malong to fight against the nation you are likely to finish.

    • 9 April 2018 15:33, by Midit Mitot


      KING PAUL, bravo bravo,you will be free from your sins now OK

      • 9 April 2018 15:47, by okello

        Mr enemy of peace and war mongers man just dancing but wait guys don’t be surprise when things get uturn.
        Kerbino did what Gen Awan doing but end up in shame and big lesson to community where he came from. Dinka Malual were not stupid like Malong no one will follow him may be criminals power hungers but mighty SPLA army can deal with them.

        • 9 April 2018 16:51, by Kenyang ll

          Don’t go ahead of yourself. What is there in Kiir regime for Dinka Malual that they want to maintain? The only stupid would be those who want to keep this worthless President who just occupied space for the last 13 years. Malual would be well-off with those who respect their contribution with fair representation. On other hand, large part of the reason Kwanyin failed is because of Malong.

        • 10 April 2018 05:44, by Ojok James

          Okello be a wise Luo we are civilized community in South Sudan don’t enter into supporting regime in Juba without analysis or our brothers in Opposition. Think is not going right in our country, let us pray peace come we will use atomic weapon to clear off those virus finishing our people and that is " ballots paper " nether Kiir, Making, Riek or whoever shit.

      • 9 April 2018 23:49, by Malakal county Simon

        Please do not call him King.... King of who?? Proclaimed King?? Before you rush, let’s him captures Awiel or Kwachok and than maybe you can call him a King.... But now, this title does not suit him!!

    • 9 April 2018 16:02, by Marco A. Wek

      Jubaone, you are a loser if you support losers. Checked all those good for nothing individuals that rebelled, they did not rebel because of the South Sudanese people rather it was because they want their jobs back. Grow up. They are all self service individuals. You too must be one of those that lost their jobs but you do not have the balls to use your real name out of fear of what will happen.

      • 9 April 2018 16:57, by jubaone

        Marco Wek,
        I suggest you join fugitive Malong and help him restructure his SSUF/M. As a semi-literate, he needs at least educated jienges like you. Please hurry quickly bcoz the train will leave you behind and you may end holed up in a drain or culvert like Sadam Hussein. The kiirminal is already preparing to run away in the next 3 weeks. More updates

        • 9 April 2018 17:18, by Marco A. Wek

          Jubaone, Jienges are blind followers. We are not stupid to jump on a self-centred individuals. We would have done so when Kerubino decided to leave the movement although he was on a better ground than all those losers who fest on people’s blood. No thank you. I am not fool.

          • 9 April 2018 17:20, by Marco A. Wek

            Correction, Jienges are not blind followers, I meant.

    • 9 April 2018 23:17, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Jubaone, Gen. Awan’s Party is not violence party. South Sudan United Front called for peaceful arresting conspirators or perpetrators. He wants to keep the country united and keep the orders. Therefore, just shut up and leave the party alone.

      • 10 April 2018 17:22, by jubaone

        Jienge Defender General,
        South Sudan United Front and Army SSUF/A. It’s not a party, nor is it registered anywhere as a political party. It’s a movement that has an army. Perhaps jienge movements with armies don’t fight. Read the article again and understand it ya jienge.

    • 10 April 2018 06:16, by Masiah


      what happen to Paul Malong promises to clear Rebels from south Suadn.

      1- Teating 63 tribes as Rebel create more armed resistance

      2- Proclaim self history and deny others Create lead to fail state

      3- Lack vision create unstability & lack of development

      5- Arm president Country never stable

    • 10 April 2018 06:19, by Masiah


      what happen to Paul Malong promises to clear Rebels from south Suadn.

      1- Teating 63 tribes as Rebel create more armed resistance

      2- Proclaim self history and deny others Create lead to fail state

      3- Lack vision create unstability & lack of development

      5- Arm president Country never stable

  • 9 April 2018 14:14, by Games

    Malong’s rebellion is not significant, because Salva Kiir has got most idiots Nuer back through bribery and positioning into his administration. And Malong Awan and Machar groups would never work together as they do not trust each other.

    • 9 April 2018 15:47, by Midit Mitot


      Never mind for not working together, we need only the movement that can topple that rough regime in Juba. though we are working parallely.

      • 9 April 2018 15:55, by young activist

        My Dear Comrade, all in all, they are all from the same rough government, don,t hope for change from their elements.

    • 9 April 2018 21:34, by dinkdong

      What about the denial he has been doing all year long? He will probably deny it tomorrow. After all, it seem the gov’t has been right all along.

      • 9 April 2018 21:44, by dinkdong

        ...Only if that is true. And it is, then South Sudan seem like it is going to be in a deep sh*t. It will be worse than Somalia.

  • 9 April 2018 14:18, by lino

    Hahaa!!! I can see why Makuei is calling for elections in August! Bad for Konyo Konyo Regime! You earned what you created! Enjoy!

    • 9 April 2018 17:53, by lino

      I have said long ago that removing Kiir from the helmet is Dinka Bhr El Gazal job to accomplish!!! They are the ones bringing him in power!!! With Malongdit on the battlefield we all know what is coming!!!

  • 9 April 2018 14:23, by Games

    However, Malong’s will also weaken Salva Kiir’s Administration as most Aweil and probably half of JCE would join Malong.

  • 9 April 2018 14:23, by Kenyang ll

    Good call! It’s illogical to allow the failed regime run by tiny warmongering clans to terrorize the nation. Nothing can change direction of dying regime.

    • 9 April 2018 14:44, by Khent

      It’s time for all the Dinka to join Malong and remove Salva Kiir; the man has betrayed and humiliated South Sudan in countless ways and we can only recover with his departure. Malong is certainly not ideal; he’s actions run counter to this press release, but he won’t allow our ’military’ to atrophy to the point of impotence.

      • 9 April 2018 15:27, by Panda Odhie

        That was what Kiir, Akol Koor and their mouthpieces want, they will not sleep tonight. Malong was push that’s what people have to understand. Also cry for the fall of your kingdom because whenever the diehard supporters of government go against it, that show different meanings to those that can analyze things.

      • 9 April 2018 15:28, by Koryom2

        Mr. Khent coward,
        First of all ’fact checks’ your Paul Malongdit forming his own party from a reliable source before you coward push others to join his rebellion. While you are cowering in foreign countries. How many times are you idiots told time & time & time again that your damn SUDAN TRIBUNE is EDITED in France & North Sudan Sudan these days by our enemies>>>

        • 9 April 2018 15:55, by Khent


          How are your plans to "bomb" the United States coming along, you mentally ill twit? Malong’s formation of a rebel movement has also been reported in Radio Tamazuj. If the Dinka join, I am ready to join; I come from a military family and we lost so many soldiers fighting Khartoum and like all other military families — we’ve been betrayed by Salva Kiir and this regime...

          • 9 April 2018 16:03, by Khent

            ..You people are only "brave" against South Sudanese but show complete cowardice to those that occupy Kafia Kingi, Abyei and many other territories of South Sudan. Salva Kiir even rejected the people of Abyei. Salva Kiir has disgraced our country by applying for observer status in the Arab League. We lost millions to Arabs, and you disgusting traitors do that?!

          • 9 April 2018 16:06, by Koryom2

            And where is your Radio TAMAZUJ office in South Sudan loser? We are going to bomb your damn MIGHTY US, the UK, their UK, their evil juus & North Sudan & Saudi Arabia out of map fool. Come and join the war of BIG BOYS against bullies coward.

            • 9 April 2018 16:20, by Khent


              You’re going to "bomb" the US, the UK, Israel and North Sudan? With what, you poor creature? South Sudan can’t even feed itself and you’re going to "bomb" three [3] powerful countries? You really are insane. ROFL!

              • 9 April 2018 17:38, by Koryom2

                You don’t just bark in foreign countries when you have never smelt the stench of gun powder & do not know how the real boys fight wars my so-called *Twic East coward fool?* First of all bring your coward ars*se back to South Sudan to come & see how we we going to bomb your damn mighty US fool. Are we not the ones who are keeping your so-called Twic East cowards in refugee camps cowards>>>

                • 9 April 2018 18:06, by Khent


                  So I have to go back to Twic-east for you to show me how you’re going to bomb the US? You’re from Mading Bor and you’re attempting to ridicule others for apparently being cowards and for residing in refugee camps? ROFL! The people of Mading Bor have never inspired fear in anyone, so go and play tough elsewhere.

              • 9 April 2018 17:46, by Marco A. Wek

                Khoryom2 is not a South Sudanese and this guy knows he or she writing nonsense.

      • 9 April 2018 17:41, by Marco A. Wek

        Kent, toppling Kiir will not stop rebellion in South Sudan. South Sudanese are infected by rebellion diceases. Almost everyone in South Sudan who loses his job thinks the only way to go back to work for government is rebellion. You very well know that is what they all have in common. Good luck.

        • 9 April 2018 18:50, by Khent


          I know that they’re self-centred, self-serving bastards but Malong actually defended the honour of our people by refusing to surrender Kiir Adem. Salva Kiir has surrendered a dozen territories and has applied for observer status in the Arab League. What are we doing joining the League of our enemies?! He deserves death for that.

  • 9 April 2018 15:26, by okello

    General Awan it so shame to use wrong ideology which you think best option but it totally foolish option. It now be proven beyond doubt that you fight for position and not care of entire innocent South Sudaneses citizen. please good luck with your rebellion but it long way to go if you failed to learned from current rebellion who are struggling with Kiir.

  • 9 April 2018 16:01, by Sunday Junup

    I will never welcome Malong’s rebellion because he was the root cause of this war but enemy of your enemy is your friend will be our guideline to fight Kiirinimal. He train Anyor in 2013 to Massacre Nuer in Juba and Also allow J1 Fighting which Killed innocent Soul. He also order gunship to pursuit Dr.Machar which mark the collapse of CPAII

  • 9 April 2018 16:09, by Future1

    They should not keep on killing these beautiful and great youth for their own benefits. What is Lacking from Malong that makes him rebel today? Money?! Wives?! homes?! shop?! cars?!I am really sorry for the inocent youth of today or lost genetaion. Who can save this country South Sudan from Mad dogs/war mongers and bring true leaders with common agenda or non-violence approaches? Peace

  • 9 April 2018 16:28, by marie

    Paul was a die heart supporter of Salva Kiir, claiming he was protecting the constitution. Most of the people rebel because of the humiliation they get from the NSS. It is believed they torture a detainee by sleeping with them. Evidence is being collected to prove this allegation.

    • 9 April 2018 17:07, by jubaone

      This reinforces my earlier theory that most luakjienges who grew up as strong, sexually active young men in cattle camps were prone to becoming homosexuals. How else do you explain the sleeping with incercarated men? These sodomized young luakjienges were burning with lust and carried their genitalia in their hands and would f**k anything that came their way including even goats.

    • 9 April 2018 17:13, by Eastern


      Now you can imagine what I have always referred to as cattle camp champions can do with state power. Perched on the back of a National Security Toyota Land cruiser pick-up trucks, these lads, who have barely enough to eat, are made to watch the backs of old men who have outlived their usefulness, by braving the heat and rains of Juba 24/7!

  • 9 April 2018 17:01, by Jieng Republic

    To rule the country with rod is the option left since everyone is behaving like they forget tomorrow... Malong should have think twice.. But now it’s official, the cat is out . No more joke and no more table talks and we see who wins

    • 9 April 2018 17:08, by Eastern

      Jieng Republic,

      Only in your dreams! There is no place for regimes in the 21st century. A president who wants to be all powerful will face what Kiir is facing. The Jiengese from the Jieng Republic will be the collateral damages!

  • 9 April 2018 17:04, by Eastern

    When Kiir wake up from his slumbers, he will find himself left with only Taban Deng, Ezekiel Lol and Elia Lumoro. The last two fellows will run to their second countries and Taban will go to the Arabian Gulf to eat what he stashed out there over time. Kiir will die a miserable and heartbroken man in Uganda or Egypt. Watch this space!

    • 10 April 2018 01:58, by lino

      No Uganda or Egypt for him man!!! He will try to rebel like Gadafy of Libya, but opposition forces will kill him like a 🐀 in the drain pipe!!!

  • 9 April 2018 17:08, by Puot Nyangore

    Thank General Malong for your currently realization that keeping brutal leader like Kiir in power is problem , you are well come. For those of you say Dr. Machar was remove from position and form rebellion is not true because was Kiir that attempted to kill him, and the issue of Malong could not be like Kiribino case because SPLM-IO fought for all this time despite you kills civilian in Juba 2013

  • 9 April 2018 17:27, by Games

    For sure, Malong Awan is not going to fire a bullet. The guy is seeking a way into the peace process and have positions when the transitional is being formed

  • 9 April 2018 18:44, by Lenin Bull

    Million congratulations King Paul for SSUF/A. The IO must be made to know the hard facts that bush is not for them alone. every tree in the bush nust have a rebel from different ethnicity so that when one plays with bush thinking recklessly that it is his own preserve alone than he must be given real surprise. Let us wait and see the reactions of TROIKA and IGAD!

  • 9 April 2018 18:48, by Lenin Bull

    Too many cooks spoil the broths. The bush is becoming overcrowded and will be insecure soon for some rebel movements. In such a situation it is better for South Sudanese people to sign peace or else the future of some rebel movements hangs in a balance. Mark my humble opinions folks!

  • 9 April 2018 23:46, by john locke

    Lenin, I see you change your mind as quick as kiir. First you never thought that malong would turn on kiir and rebel. Now that he has you support him as if he’s doing something right. The same man who promised to catch riek in 30 days has reveled. What does that tell you about him? Lol. He’s a failure who’s trying to stay relevant

  • 10 April 2018 05:38, by Mayendit

    TO: All people of Meding Aweil communities. I am the member of Dinka Malual too. I would like to tell you that, our Son, the former chief SPLA general of staff is bringing killing, destruction, and human suffering in to our people and we must not keep quiet. I had learned that, the desperate leader like him, Dr. Riek Machar and others don’t cares what will happen to his own people and we must act

    • 10 April 2018 10:13, by Raankan

      Dear Mayendit,
      Do you want the people of Meding Aweil communities to stay without express their voices, what is wrong with Gen Malong call for democracy and development because malong was Dictator but he turn democratic person,let do what they want.

  • 10 April 2018 05:48, by Mayendit

    General Paul Malong Awan Anei.
    We would like to tell you that, the word Nyagat is going to affect our people in the long run but not only about that, the Riek Machar’s militias are going to surrenders to Juba’s government so that, they can be send to our communities.You think there is no problem but your own relatives and others innocents Meding Aweil are going to faces same situations as the Nuer

  • 10 April 2018 07:23, by aborigin

    These are the clear indications of what is relevant becoming irrelevant!!!,

  • 10 April 2018 07:52, by JUR ATHÏT

    All the rebels are food lovers because they declare themselves when they’re relief. Lets see what the execuses this new Nyigat put on the failed regime.

  • 10 April 2018 08:27, by JUR ATHÏT

    Food lovers. How recently a guy is an adviser to the president and yesterday declared the rebelion against the very regime?

  • 10 April 2018 09:26, by Whortti Bor Manza

    King Paul of Malwal Girnya:
    You are on your way partially to having your sins forgiven by God. Just attack and capture A well, you will even be rebaptised by the Pope.
    Invade and wipe out those predatory insects of Tonj, Kuajok, Thiralei then the whole South will join you.

    • 10 April 2018 10:05, by Raankan

      Dear Whortti Bor Manza,

      Be patient for while you will be liberated from that darkness.

  • 10 April 2018 10:03, by Raankan

    Congratulation to General Paul Malong Awan for formation SSUF/A which announced on Monday ,he urgent to our compatriots and a struggle to first arrest the carnage that has befell because Gen.Malong can from experiences which could not be repeat it again.so my advice to South Sudanese is th wrong person will be good person by end of day,Gen Malong has learned from the failure of Salva Kiir Mayardi

  • 10 April 2018 14:01, by JUR ATHÏT

    Nothing good ’ll come out from rebelion ya bustards.

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