Malong blocked from burial as daughter dies in Moi fire

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Alakiir Malong

The former South Sudanese army chief’s daughter has been reported missing after a fire broke out at Moi Girls School in Nairobi, Kenya over the weekend.

At least eight girls have been reported killed and 10 others taken to hospital after a dormitory fire in Nairobi on Saturday.

The cause of the fire is yet to be established but Kenyan authorities said an investigation team had been sent to the school to unravel what really happened.

General Paul Malang’s family confirmed to Radio Tamazuj that their daughter Alakiir Paul Malong was still missing after the Moi Girls School tragedy and that another younger daughter sustained minor injuries after the dormitory fire.

Lucy Ayak, the wife of General Paul Malong Awan, said the family is still waiting for a DNA test for the eight dead bodies to confirm whether Alakiir is among them or not.

The ousted army chief Paul Malong is not allowed to go anywhere outside Juba for security reasons, according to government officials allied to President Salva Kiir.

Locked in Juba home

Malong who is being confined to his home in Juba for security reasons said he was not sure whether he would be allowed by the government to attend the burial of his daughter in Aweil.

“I have no information. Nobody told me whether I will be allowed to attend the burial of my daughter at home. Of course Kenya is not home. She was just studying there,” said General Paul Malong told Radio Tamazuj on Sunday.

Atak Awan, Malong’s brother said the family would be very happy if his brother General Paul Malong is allowed by the government to attend the burial at home.

“It will be important if the government allows him to attend the burial. This is our request as the family and we hope the government, particularly the president will listen to us. We want him to attend the burial as the father,” said Atak.

“His attendance will play an important role in consoling the family”, explained Atak when reached separately.

In May, General Malong had expressed desire to go to his birthplace for family matters shortly after being removed from office but the request was not approved by Kiir.

Source: Tamazuj

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