Former South Sudan chief of staff Gen Paul Malong Awan has been impeached as the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of his own rebel group South Sudan United Front Army (SSUF/A).
According to the impeachment letter, Gen Malong was overthrown by Hon. David Nok Marial in a “paper coup” which exposed a power struggle within the rebel factions.
The impeachment letter dated September 6, 2019 warns Malong not to become a negative force to the council that voted him out of office.
Hon Nok Marial, who now serves as the interim chairman, said the move is a quest for comprehensive, just and durable solution for the issues of stability and insecurity in the country since 2013.
Nok said he was disappointed with Malong’s intransigence to come to the table of negotiations with government for peaceful resolution of the conflict as reached in the SSUF/A meetings with IGAD special envoy Amb Ismael Wais in Nairobi in December 2018 and March 2019, respectively.
General Paul Malong Awan Anei formerly served as governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal from 27 March 2008 to 2014.
President Salva Kiir dismissed the SPLA Chief of General Staff, James Hoth Mai and appointed Paul Malong Awan as the new Chief of General Staff.
Malong too was dismissed in a presidential decree in 2017 after being accused of launching an ethnic war against the people of South Sudan.
In April 2018, the former army chief announced the formation of a new political movement — which aims to end the ongoing violence once and for all.
Malong has expressed his dissatisfaction with President Salva Kiir’s rule. He accused the president of looting South Sudan, forcing the war-torn country into bankruptcy.