24 Feb 2018

 

Malong Linked To Attack Near Juba

The government has accused the former army chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan of orchestrating an attack near Juba last week.

 Malong Linked To Attack Near Juba
Ateny Wek Ateny, Spokesperson in the Office of the President 8\01\ 2018[Photo by Jale Richard]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 09 January 2018 [Gurtong]-
Ateny Wek Ateny, Spokesperson of the President said according to a leaked audio recording of telephone conversation of Malong and other commanders, the office of the president has verified, Malong gave instructions to Colonel Chan Garang to attack.

In the leaked audio recordings, the former Chief of general staff conversed with Lt. Col. Chan Garang in Kuda (Equatoria), Bak in Wau of Western Bhar-el-Ghazal and Manut Yel Lual in Malual-Bai in Northern Bahr el Ghazal ordering them to attack government positions.

Ateng Wek Ateny, addressing the press at the Presidential palace on Monday said that they confirmed that the audio belongs to General Paul Malong even though he (Malong) claims the audio was not his.

“We took measures to verify the audio and we can confirm without reservations that the audio has borne the true voice of General Paul Malong, the former Chief of general staff of the Army of the SPLA,” Ateny said.

He said the government has already extended to all those opposing the government to come back and make sure that the solution to the political problem is found on the table not on barrel of the gun.

“But if someone is still attempting now to be a rebel and is trying to be part of the bigger collusion to bring down the government, and already part of those who have come with him according to this tape, they are signatories to the cessation of hostilities agreement, and they are also those who are coming to negotiate in the final phase of the revitalization process in Addis Ababa, I don’t know what the government should do? Can we also negotiate even those who have not yet been born?”  

Ateny said the Security Council is yet to decide on how to deal with the matter.

Malong was fired by President Salva Kiir in May last year, after a wave of resignations by senior military officials who alleged there was ethnic bias in the army and that soldiers were committing war crimes in the context of South Sudan's civil war.

He fled the capital briefly before being persuaded to return. He was then put on house arrest, and his release negotiated before getting clearance from the president to travel to Kenya on medical ground in November.

 

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