Government paid Malong $5 million to kill Machar in July 2016
April 11th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government on Tuesday revealed that it had allocated five million United States Dollars to General Paul Malong Awan, then Army Chief of Staffs, for the purpose of tracking and killing Riek Machar Teny, then First Vice President while on the run in the Equatorian Jangle shortly after clashes took place in “J1”, South Sudan’s state house.
Speaking to reporters yesterday in the nation’s capital Juba, President Salva Kiir’s press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny revealed that the central bank was opened at night to give Malong the money to kill Machar.
“The Central Bank of South Sudan (CBoSS) was opened at night and five million united states Dollars was released for military operation against Riek Machar” Ateny told reporters.
Ateny when on to blame the powerful former army Chief, General Paul Malong Awan, for taking the allocated budget and not doing what he has been authorized to do with the money.
“Malong took the money but Riek Machar was not killed. He [General Paul Malong] failed to pursue Machar and Riek Machar did not face any difficulty. But Malong took the money” Ateny said
Last year, the government denied a UN confidential report in September which said deadly fighting in July was directed by the highest levels of government, and that leaders are intent on a military solution that has escalated the conflict from a “primary political to tribal war”.
The report obtained by various media outlets accused President Salva Kiir and General Paul Malong Awan, then army chief of the SPLA, of orchestrating fighting that killed hundreds in the nation’s capital Juba. MI-24 helicopters that only President Salva Kiir and General Malong had authority to deploy were used according to the report citing “numerous reports” from senior military and political elites.
The revelation came one day after General Paul Malong declared a rebellion and formed the South Sudan United Front (SSUF) claiming the new movement will work to save the nation from Kiir’s regime which he accused of looting the country to a total bankruptcy.