BREAKING: General Paul Malong Awan has condemned the actions of the government that occurred through a combination of negligence and tactical incompetence. The incident led to the death of civilians in Sherikat, Juba, on Wednesday, 3rd June 2020. Speaking to the Northern Corridor Morning Post Chief Editor, Atem Gai de Dut, Malong said ”I condemn the barbaric incident that took 6 innocent souls at Sherikat, Juba area
”I will never support the killing of innocent citizens of South Sudan. Those that were killed were not Bor, neither were they from Jonglei. They were citizens of South Sudan and all South Sudanese deserve a decent life and to have a sense of justice in their own country.”
General Paul Malong, known to those who love and respect him as ”King Paul”, was a one-time ally of President Kiir and a trusted Chief-of-Staff. He was ousted in May 2017 after a back-and-forth power-play between himself and Kiir’s Internal Security Bureau Under-Secretary, Akol Koor Kuc, who was by then a political lapdog. Akol’s backchannelling and false fabrications led to Malong’s falling out of favour with Kiir.
The notorious Blue House has more than 500 young men and boys from Aweil who were put in jail as a self-preserving strategy when the fallout happened. Broadly speaking, the same soldiers who handed Kiir his Presidential (il)legitimacy, are the same ones suffering under the appalling conditions of Akol Koor’s Blue House.
The recent incident on Wednesday, 3rd June, in which Kiir’s son murdered civilians in Sherikat over his claim to a public cemetery has been the latest challenge to the incumbent who has struggled for 15 years to make best of the opportunity he was given by the SPLM Politburo after the death of Dr. John Garang de Mabior in 2005.
How Kiir handles this issue and potentially ensuing demonstrations will both be a test of his leadership and political survival.