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Gen. Paul Malong welcomes defecting forces

Juba, South Sudan

July 2, 2021 — The South Sudan United FRONT/Army, under the leadership of the former Chief of General Staff Gen. Paul Malong Awan, claims to have received new forces who defected from South Sudan People’s Defense Forces with all their artillery and vehicles.

SPLA-IG Chief of Staff, Paul Malong Awan(Photo: file)
SPLA-IG Chief of Staff, Paul Malong Awan(Photo: file)

According to the press unit of the SSUF/A, Malong says the senior ranking commanders have joined his movement including officers and NCOS as a response to his revolutionary quest for change in South Sudan which he believes can be realized by ousting the incumbent system. 

“We would like to welcome our new forces who defected from the government with all the artilleries and military vehicles and joined general Paul malong Awan” he said in a statement, added that “thousands of congratulations to the following SSPDF officers who have defected from the SSPDF respective units along with their officers, NCOS and men and joined the SSUF/A, in response to my revolutionary call for a regime change in the country.

He said the current chaotic situation in the country requires radical transformations that can install a good system of governance with a permanent constitution that is owned by the people. 

“Our country is in a desperate situation which requires a tough and truly radical solution to install a genuine democratic government with a people-driven permanent constitution,” he emphasized in a statement. 

“The situation in our country is characterised by rampant corruption, cattle raiding, revenge killing, rape, robbery,  inter – communal violence, lack of freedom of expression, lack of political and democratic space and inhumane treatment of political dissidents by national security forces which the regime is incapable of handling them”, he further narrated.

According to reliable information extended to Nyamilepedia, the defectors were identified as  Lt. Col Chierey James Geeh – 4th infantry division (Unity state),  Lt. Col Thon Achuilau Dong  (from Lakes state),  Major Chipak Karay Gai – 1st infantry Division (from Renk), Capt. Nyah Wicyoak  –  Mayom special Operations ( from Unity state) and Capt Chan Deng Ring – special force ( Juba).

The senior general also urge the SSPDF, wherever they might be, to reconsider the suffering of the South Sudanese population whom he said have been abandoned by their government. 

” The only hope for our masses was the revitalised peace agreement which has already been sabotaged and undermined by the regime in order to further its stay in power for an indefinite period of time”, he said,  

“I urge the rest of the SSPDF forces wherever they are to follow suit and stand with our masses who have been abandoned to unenviable fates as the regime doesn’t care of their suffering, Let us take advantage of general feelings of dislike among the masses towards the despotic regime”, he emphasized.

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