Tuesday, Sept 15, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The notorious South Sudan’s army chief, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, could be sanctioned today by the world bodies for “continuing war” despite the permanent ceasefire agreement that was recently signed by the principles of the two warring parties.
According to reports from the United Nations, the UN Security Council has until 3pm(GMT) to decide on adding Gen. Malong and his former ally, Gen. Johnson Olony, who re-defected from the regime in April this year.
Olony has joined the armed opposition, SPLM/SPLA, in July and turned his guns against the government he fought for since December 2013.
The forces of the two generals have continued heavy battles along the West Bank of River Nile, near Malakal, in Upper Nile state.
The two sides have continued accusing one another for violating the peace agreement, however, many government officials and supporters fear that the generals, allied to army chief, could topple President Salva Kiir for signing the peace agreement.
Gen. Malong declared in anti-peace campaign in Juba, two weeks before the signing of the peace agreement, that he would rather join the Islamic radicals or AL-Qaeda if a “bad” peace agreement is signed.
The general, who has been implicated in AU reports for recruiting and training militias that was involved in 2013 massacres of Nuer Ethnic group, led a high-level military delegation to Rwanda in a four days visit that toured military installations and facilities last week.
The mission, as insiders revealed to media, was aimed to consolidate military mobilization and support from the region after similar attempts in Kenya and Uganda.
Upon his return to Juba on Saturday, Malong has been absorbed in financial scandals as he reportedly threatens oil companies that include Dar and Nile Petroleum in attempt to secure millions of US dollars to settle what officials believe is a new military deal between Rwanda and Salva Kiir’s government.
Sources from the United Nations indicate that the United States proposed imposing an arms embargo and asset freeze on Gen. Paul Malong and Gen. Johnson Olony, who leads a special division for the main rebel faction, SPLM/SPLA, in Upper Nile.
In other reports, South Sudanese leaders are invited to attend a high-level meeting at the sideline of the UN’s 70th General assembly of heads of states and governments in New York on 29th this month.
President Salva Kiir, however, has delegated his Vice President, James Wani Igga, to attend on his behave.
Government officials cite fear of anti-peace generals, allied to army chief, as the main reason that prevents the president from leaving the country.