November 17 2017
Reconciliation Ceremony between H.E. General Salva Kiir Mayardit and former Chief of General Staff Gen. Paul Malong Awan.
The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit said war mongers in the country had hoped the recent crisis in the country would explode in the past two weeks. He made these remarks during the reconciliation ceremony between him and former Chief of General Staff at his residence on Thursday November 16. This event was a celebration of the peaceful resolution of the tensions between the army and General Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of Staff. The event was well attended by senior government officials such as the First Vice President, advisors, and the ministers of the Transitional National Unity government and a number of senior dignitaries from various components of the South Sudanese society.
The President described General Malong as a hero who contributed to the history of the country. Mr. President referred to the leaders like Kharbino Kuanyin Bol and William Nyuon Bany, who contributed to the history of South Sudan, but their end was unhappy and this is what we do not want to repeat this time with my comrade Paul Malong time, said the President.
President Salva Kiir stressed that the misunderstanding with general Malong ended peacefully and he appealed to the people of South Sudan to forgive each other for peace and stability in the country.
The First Vice President Taban Deng Gai said that the problem was between the government and General Paul Malong, and not between the President of the Republic and Paul Malong. Gen Taban added that this will be a real beginning to solve the problems of South Sudan.
General Paul Malong Awan said during his speech that there is a group of people working to destroy the country through the dissemination of false information. Gen. Malong expressed his happiness with the role played by the Concerned Citizens’ committee for peace. Gen. Paul Malong appreciated the President for releasing him, and he apologized for the misunderstanding that occurred.
Dr. Francis Mading Deng, the Deputy Chairman of the Concerned Citizen’ Committee for Peace described the occasion as a historic event in the country, referring to the custom and values of the society of South Sudanese and the African communities in general in resolving disputes between the parties to the conflict.
Dr Mading Deng praised the positive position of the President of the Republic and General Paul Malong, by listening to the members of the Peace Committee.
Mr. Bona Malual said that the reason for the success of this initiative is that President Salva Kiir Mayardit is a peace-loving person with a heart that is not in the hands of many leaders in the country, as well as General Paul Malong, who respects everyone who speaks to him.
The Chairman of the Concerned Citizens’ Committee for Peace, Mr. Albino Akol Akol, declared that the dispute between President Salva Kiir and General Paul Malong have been resolved peacefully and stressed the readiness of the Committee, which carried out this task to work with all parties who want peace in the country. Mr. Albino Akol Akol appealed to the people of South Sudan to take similar initiatives so that the country will enjoy peace and stability.
The Acting Secretary-General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Jemma Nunu Kumba while speaking on the occasion congratulates the President for his commitment to settle conflict in the country peacefully. She also praised General Paul Malong for listening to the peace committee members concerned about peace in the country, describing the event as a mini-national dialogue.
Nunu Kumba described those supporting the war in the Country as the enemies of peace.