By Lucy Malek
In the past 24 hours, a document has been circulating on social media about Gen. Paul Malong allegedly “agreeing with the opposition to topple the government”. Allegedly, a meeting was convened and all covert plans were conveniently spelt out for everybody to hear. The funny thing is that the people who ghost-wrote the false document didn’t even bother to check in with the leadership of the South Sudan Students Union in Kenya. They simply concocted names and put them as signatories to the document. Well, now the REAL South Sudan Students Union leadership has come out with a press statement refuting the bogus document attributed to their institution. I was truly impressed by their Secretary Genral Mr. Tito Awen who signed off with his own contact details. That is a genuine person who can be reached at any time and who indicates that he is ready to stand by his statement, unlike the ghost-authors of the bogus document.
Now turning back to the bogus document itself, it’s now clear to everybody that some people within the security agencies are hell-bent on misleading the President and further perpetrating the state of war in our country. It’s these people that continue to spread false information about anyone they feel threatened about. It’s the same people who worked desperately to portray Gen. Malong as a threat to the government during his house arrest, the same people who heightened tensions in Juba in the runner-up to my husband’s release. They were hoping to scare the President enough so that he can order an attack on my husband’s house, so they could use that pretext to kill him. Thank God the President was not easily fooled.
Now following my husband’s release, the same people now sleep on their toes since they sense a real possibility of the President discovering the falsehoods that led to the misunderstandings with Gen. Malong, and for these war mongers, that’s their worst nightmare. That is why they have gone in overdrive, concocting falsehoods, authoring false documents, even coercing the media to publish their lies. In all this, I must credit the President for he has not taken their lies and that is why their devilish attempts continue to fail.
Instead of using the scarce resources at their disposal to improve the security of our country, they continue to use it to bribe people to frame Gen. Malong as a traitor. But all their attempts have failed thus far. It has only exposed them as haters of peace, as people who will do anything and everything to defeat the peace efforts in our country. It has also exposed their FEAR of Gen. Malong potentially reconciling with the President. To these detractors, such a reconciliation, which seemed unthinkable a few months ago, is now a real possibility and that is why they are coming out with these bogus utterances. First it was a false article alleging that Gen. Malong ‘wanted to travel to Khartoum to meet other rebel elements’ and that the Sudan embassy denied him the visa. To that end the Sudan embassy came out and clearly stated that they had not received and/or denied any request from Gen. Malong for a visa to Khartoum. Moments later, the so-called author of the article in the Sudan Tribune came out and exposed them for coercing and bribing him to publish the article.
Now they are at it again. But my question to them is, what makes you think anyone will believe your lies since every attempt is miserably exposed?. Have you not heard of the analogy that “you cannot do the same thing repeatedly and expect a different outcome?”. You were exposed with the Sudan Tribune article, you have been exposed even this time and you will continue to be exposed. And I say that with confidence because lies that are perpetrated without any grain of truth will always be exposed, that is why am very sure every time you attempt to circulate lies, you will always be exposed. You seem to think that the people of South Sudan are fools, well, shame on you because those people are willing and able to stand up to the truth and expose your lies.
On this note I wish to salute the leadership of the South Sudan Students Union in Kenya, specifically Mr. Tito Awen (the Secretary General) for his swift public statement that has once again exposed the lies of the war mongers. Your silence would have only served to feed into the lies, but with your response, the public now knows that the war mongers will go to the very end of the earth to spread lies. In a desperate bid to frame Gen. Malong, these ill-mannered war mongers will go as far as maligning Madam Rebecca Nyadeng, in complete disregard of her stature in the history of our country. Shame on you!!
To the warring parties, I say we have had enough. War knows no divisions, it affects us all. War knows no tribe, we all suffer its brutality in equal measure. Please, please, let’s revitalize our people’s hopes for peace in their country. Let’s seek to settle our misunderstandings.
For immediate release
Rebuttal to the leaked tape
Happy New Year to the suffering people of south Sudan. Since I was released from house arrest in Juba, there have been persistent rumours flying around cooked to damage my reputation and drive a wedge between me and President Salva Kiir Mayardit. I was allowed by the President to seek medical treatment in neighboring Kenya. The enemies of peace would not let me rest. I have learnt with great surprise that there is a purported leaked tape recording my conversation with junior commanders on the ground to rebel and fight government. I would want to make it clear to the people of south Sudan that the tape is fake and doesn’t bear the slightest authenticity in it. The tape record is a clear imitation of my voice minted by my well known enemies. There are individuals around president whose work is to create damaging rumours in order to survive in this collapsing economy. To set record straight, south Sudanese must know that I personally purchased this recording machine when I was in National Security docket before south Sudan got independence, this docket was called Special Branch. I could not be ignorant or oblivious about how it works. For starters, the machine works in two ways, it works to trap terrorist and drug dealers, it can also diverts the phone number and the voice of the trappers to the victims associated in order to trapped them, It can record known numbers who call regular lines and second the machine has ability to record the voice of a victim and this recorded voice can be turned around to cook future voices for the sake of implication. This second function incredibly can be used by your enemies against you whenever they wish to fix you as a security threat to the country. This is what has happened in this case
National Security Bureau is plagued by individuals who are professional rumormongers aided by the voice recording machine in order to achieve their hidden agenda. Since I was released from house arrest and came to Kenya, I have been constantly followed by spies sent by south Sudan government, they have been making up stories meant to divert attention of the peace loving citizens of south Sudan and to create war. My house was also searched in Aweil by security apparatus, a clear provocation to push me to rebel. My passport was also confiscated and has never been replaced yet I am a citizen who is entitled to have passport. The third in a row of provocation is this latest tape alleged to be my voice. This is a complete rubbish. If I have an intention to rebel, then I will not do it through others. South Sudanese should know that, there was another report claiming I went to Khartoum, President Kiir was made to announce this in the council of ministers. It turned out to be a charade and President was embarrassed, when they crossed check the report they found out I was in Kampala with my family. Now the latest is this new tape and more rumors would follow. I would wish to make it clear to south Sudanese that the tape is fake and a clear imitation of my voice. In light of this constant provocations, I would be forced to make a decision because there is a threat to my life and that of my family.
Gen. Paul Malong Awan
Former SPLA Chief of General Staff
Views expressed herein are not necessarily tge AFTABOSS’s.