Malong Forms A Rebellion Movement

The former army chief of general staff, General Paul Malong Awan has formed a resistance movement to “steer the country to democratic governance.”

Malong Forms A Rebellion Movement
Paul Malong [Gurtong file photo]

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 10 April 2018 [Gurtong]-This came after Malong has for the last three months denied accusations by the government that he was involved in rebellious activities against the government.

In January, Malong was accused of attacks at an army station near Juba, which he denied.

According to the document declaring the movement released on Monday, Malong said he aimed at arresting the carnage in the country and steering the nation towards democracy and development as the basis of founding a nation.

He calls the movement South Sudan United Front (SSUF).

“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,” the statement reads in part.

He accused president Kiir of corruption which he said has left the country’s coffers empty.
“History will judge us harshly if we are to become the very same generation that has torn South Sudan apart, the generation that has undone the hundreds of years of our people’s struggles for independence. A more Fundamental structural correction is imperative to stop our failed state from self-annihilation,” he said.

Malong claimed that Kiir’s regime has built a country where total impunity is the order of the day and the mantra is “zero-tolerance for rule of law”.

“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. The world over it is on this very solid foundation that prosperous and democratic nations have been built. This is what we yearn for in our country,” he said.

Malong was replaced as the army chief of staff in May last year after a spate of resignations of senior army officers accusing Malong of conducting an ethnic war against non-Dinkas and ruling with an "unqualified clique of friends and relatives".

He then left Juba towards his home town of Aweil in protests before being persuaded by elder Dinka elders to return to Juba. Upon return, he was put under house arrest till November when his exit was again brokered by Dinka elders. He was allowed to travel to a neighboring country for medical treatment.


 

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