South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former powerful SPLA Chief of General Staff, Gen. Paul Malong have finally agreed on a common position to ease tension in capital Juba.
According to a statement released by the army spokesman, Brig. Lul Ruai Koang on Sunday afternoon, the precarious disagreement between the State and Malong which originated from a presidential order to withdraw the bodyguards from the belligerent general, has been peacefully resolved.
“SPLA GHQS (general headquarters) announces peaceful resolution of misunderstanding between the Government and the former Chief of General Staff,” part of the statement read.
The heavy deployment at all roads leading to Malong’s home has also been reportedly withdrawn.
“Armoured Personnel Carriers and security forces initially deployed around the residence of Gen Paul Malong have been withdrawn. Withdrawal came about after Gen. Paul accepted Presidential Order on reduction of his bodyguards.”
Kiir on November 3 ordered the Chief of Defense Forces to immediately disarm and withdraw bodyguards inside the home of Malong but the latter rejected the move, leading to the current tension.
According to the army spokesman, the decision to withdraw the heavy deployment was taken following an assessment on the security situation in Juba.
“Security review was undertaken which indicated lack of real security threats to the government in particular and residents of Juba in general,” he said.
ChimpReports was unable to immediately obtain a comment from Malong.
But his family members say the situation is much more promising especially following the intervention of elders.
The withdrawal of forces from Malong’s residence, according to Koang, was also meant to resuscitate harmony between Kiir and the powerful military general.
Koang expressed hope that the move would “reduce and eliminate uncertainty” created by deployment of security forces around the residence of Malong and “build confidence” between the two parties.
The Juba regime is expected to issue a comprehensive statement on Monday about the “Peaceful Resolution of misunderstanding with Gen