Kiir meets Malong, allows him to fly out of Juba

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General Malong meets Kiir on 18 May 2017

President Salva Kiir has allowed the former chief of staff to seek medical attention outside the country.

General Paul Malong’s house arrest was lifted on Thursday last week. He had been under house arrest since around May.

Malong met Kiir at J1 Palace in Juba on Tuesday where he agreed to release all his bodyguards and weapons to government.

He gave up over a dozen bodyguards attached to the elite Tiger Battalion, Kiir’s private army [Special Forces] that crushed former deputy President Riek Machar’s rebellion.

Speaking to Eye Radio, Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny described the decision as “compassionate”.

“The President has made a decision on compassionate grounds, on medical grounds – to allow General Malong to travel to seek medical attention,” Ateny stated.

“The arrangements are being made and as soon as the arrangements are complete, he will travel.”

Details of the general’s health condition are unclear.

Meanwhile, the SPLA has withdrawn forces from around the house of its former chief of general staff.

Armoured vehicles and security forces had been deployed around the house of General Paul Malong after an alleged misunderstanding between him and the leadership.

“The withdrawal came about after General Malong accepted presidential order on reduction of his bodyguards,” said SPLA Spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai in a press statement.

Brig Koang said Malong handed over one 12.7 machine gun, rocket propelled grenade launchers and several PKM light machine guns.

He added: “The 18 bodyguards reported themselves on 13/11/2017 to the Headquarters of the Tiger Division for redeployment.”

Source: Eye Radio