High brass military officers in South Sudan, including a former Chief of Staff, are on the run for their lives since Tuesday, May 9, 2017, creating what diplomatic sources say is an “alarming situation” there.
President Salva Kirr has sacked his Chief of Staff, Paul Malong Awan (Gen.), who spurted to Aweil town while fully armed, according to sources in the capital Juba. Malong left Juba on Tuesday morning with 20 conveys seen at Terekaka towards Rumbek, the capital of Lakes State, central South Sudan, eyewitnesses told Fortune. Rumbek was once the capital of the nation.
“He has served for four years and handed over his office to his successor,” Morgan said.
Kiir has appointed James Ajongo Mawut (Lut.) as his new Chief of Staff, who came from the same areas as Malong.
“The reason why the Vice President flew to Bor is to have a national dialogue with the people in the area,” Morgan told Fortune.