South Sudan Army Chief Hospitalized In Nairobi, Kenya

The new Chief of General Staff, Paul Malong Awan (Photo: Deng Angok)

The new Chief of General Staff, Paul Malong Awan (Photo: Deng Angok)

Dec 20, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Latest confidential reports from South Sudan’s army headquarters, Bilpham, confirm that the army Chief, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, was rushed to Nairobi Kenya in a critical condition.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an SPLA Commander, identified as Gen. John A, confirmed that Gen. Malong was airlifted from Juba International Airport yesterday morning and was hospitalized at Nairobi Hospital by yesterday evening.

“General Paul Malong is critically sick, is being transported this morning to the airport by an ambulance. The government is closely monitoring his situation very closely and will give King Paul all supports he needs to safe his life” Said Gen. John A.

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The General said Gen. Malong woke up somehow alright but a few minutes later he felt unconscious in his bathroom and had to be rushed to hospital.

“I have confirmed it. He has blood coming out of his nose and mouth. He slipped in bathroom. Completely unconscious” John continued.

“We did not want to take chances. This is life. We thought it would be better if he is rushed to Kenya right away because they have better facilities” He added.

Asked of anything he suspects, the official refused to speculate but said the army chief has High Blood Pressure and Diabetes that could cause stroke or comma.

“High blood pressure could have been the cause. On Sunday evening Malong had a disagreement with President Kiir over the appointment of some people to National Dialogue. That was not resolved and the president went ahead anyway without listening to Malong. He was not happy for sure” He said.

Other officials believe that President Salva Kiir and His Security advisor, Gen. Akol Koor, the head of National Security, are not in good terms with Malong.

He said Malong resisted appointment of Nhial Deng Nhial and other senior officials to participate in National Dialogue on grounds that Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial is a soft speaker with “big interests in replacing” Kiir one day.

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