Former South Sudan army boss remains under house arrest

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South Sudan Gen. Paul Malong/AP Photo

By Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA – The former army chief of South Sudan Gen. Paul Malong has said he is still under house arrest, contrary to the earlier reports that he had been released.

He told the Sudan Tribune newspaper that his movements were still restricted at home and is not allowed to see his relatives.

“The house of the president and where I am, is almost 600 meters and the office of the president is about 2000 meters and he has not invited me,” he was quoted.

Gen Malong was sacked via a presidential decree in May by President Salva Kiir and replaced him with General James Ajongo Mawut, the former deputy chief of general staff for administration and finance.

He said there was no indication he would soon be released. He also said the authorities have not even told him the cause for restricting his movement.

“I am just waiting when I will be informed and when I will be allowed to move freely. When that happens, everybody will know,” he was quoted by Sudan Tribune. Before his arrest, there had been reports that he was planning a coup.

The incarcerated General is among the three top South Sudan army officers facing the US sanctions placed on them early September for “personally profiteering” from a climate of corruption in a government that has been called a kleptocraticy

The other two officers who have been placed under the U.S sanctions are Gen. Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, the army’s deputy chief of staff in charge of military procurement; and Michael Makuei Lueth, South Sudan’s information minister.

In February and March, a number of senior army officers resigned, accusing Gen Malong of conducting an ethnic war against non-Dinkas.

Among those who quit was Lieutenant-General Thomas Cirillo who is living in Addisa abaaba and has since announced rebellion against Juba regime.

Gen Malong is widely regarded by some as being the mastermind of fighting that erupted in the capital, Juba, last July, killing hundreds and dashing hopes of a power-sharing government between Kiir and Machar

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  1. Subject: “Former South Sudan army boss remains under house arrest” Oct 9, 2017

    Commentary, 9 Oct 2017
    The story is NOT unusual in our Africa. Justice and rule of Law are only for the ‘birds’ in our Dear Africa.
    As Members of that Fountain of Wisdom, labeled UN, African Dictators make sure that all the nice words are written in volumes and placed on their dusty shelves. In Africa, THEORY & TRUTH will always remain EQUAL but SEPARATE. African Dictators are born genius — they know, with mastery, how to play the game of the united nations with their inherent duplicity.

    The prisoner General seems to be naive. He tells us that where he is located is only 600 meters away from the president’s house, and complains >>>Quote ” he has not invited me,” Unquote. Wow! he must be a rare breed of uniformed religious, docile, pure hearted, classical ‘IDIOT'(*) It is not meant as an insult. Poor General: he found himself in the wrong square. THE END

    (*) NOW, I understand what my Humanity Class 101 University Teacher was talking about. Believe it or not, I passed!!!!!!!!

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