Malong says President Kiir allowing sectional feuds

Gen Paul Malong Awan, former SPLA Chief of General Staff and the current commander-in-chief of a new rebellion(Photo: file)

Gen. Paul Malong Awan, former SPLA Chief of General Staff and the current commander-in-chief of a new rebellion(Photo: file)

January 24th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) -South Sudan’s former Army Chief turned rebel leader Gen. Paul Malong Awan Anei has accused the government of President Salva Kiir of supporting and allowing sectional fighting that’s ongoing in some parts of the country.

Malong’s comment came barely a week after a deadly cross-border cattle raids occurred between youths from Tonj state, North and Southern Unity.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Gen. Malong said the cross border attacks has saddened his group and the people of South Sudan as large.

“The disaster this deadly cattle rustling attack at Darbim, Majak-Nhial, Wuntheek and Yath-ngek has inflicted on Tonj and Liech states and the South Sudan at large is extremely huge and the South Sudan United Front/Army is deeply saddened by the tragic fatalities incurred by both sides,” Malong who only seems to be aware of the attack on Tonj without the initial attack on Loat said in the statement.

Malong said the deceased who lost their life as results if this attack are South Sudanese who should be protected by the government which he said is not concerned about the life of its people.

“The deceased from both sides are South Sudanese that deserve protection had the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit not been unconcerned with the plight of the citizens,” he said in the statement.

“From the time of this fatal incident to date, nothing tangible has been effected to diffuse the tension or hold the culprits responsible for such heinous crime,” he added.

He accused the government of disarming some sections of the community leaving them vulnerable to attacks by rival communities.

“The government that disarmed some sections and allow others to remain with arms is not only irresponsible but an independent perpetrator that is interested in enjoying unending civilians’ death and lost of property,” he further said.

“The government of South Sudan under President Salva Kiir has not only failed to deliver services, but has also failed to protect citizens as it allows sectional conflicts to rage on and thus giving the few elites time to advance robbery in the expense of citizens,” he added.