21 Oct 2018

 

MPs From Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal Region Condemn Malong’s Rebellious Acts

At least fifteen Members of the National Legislature Parliamentary Caucus of the former Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State have denounced former Army Chief General, Paul Malong’s rebellious acts.

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 24 January 2018 [Gurtong]-Speaking to the press on Tuesday, the fifteen members said after their meeting on 19th January, that they strongly condemn the act of taking power through illegal means or any rebellion in South Sudan to undermine the democratically elected government.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and update their members regarding the recent political development in the country, and the social media rumors about rebellious acts of General Paul Malong Awan.

Early January, rumors emerged of Malong planning a rebellion against the government by instructing army commanders in the country to attack government positions.

The government said it verified the leaked audio recording, and alleged that it belonged to Malong although Malong repeatedly denied any subversive activity in the country.

A copy of the statement by the MPs obtained by Gurtong said they (MPs) want to support the position of the government, about the peaceful resolution of the conflict.

They said they will “communicate to the people of South Sudan in general and people of the former northern Bahr-el-Ghazal state in particular to remain calm and be in touch with their representatives at the national level.”

The lawmakers also resolved to hold rallies in Juba and in constituencies of the former Northern Barh-el-Ghazal States “to sensitize the communities about the ongoing political tension in the country and particularly the emerging rebellion of Paul Malong Awan.”

They also resolved to request with confidence those who have run away because of the fear of malicious allegation of being part and partial of Malong’s rebellion to come out of their hiding places.

In May 2016, Malong was sacked as chief of General staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and put under house arrest before being allowed to leave the country in November to seek medical attention in Kenya.
 

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