South Sudan

WAR-PROFIT REPORT: SPLA Chief’s Riches in Uganda, Kenya Exposed

The South Sudan national army, information pills SPLA Chief of Staff, Gen. Paul Malong has accumulated immense wealth within and outside his country including 80 wives according to the newly released report.

The United States based non-profit organization, the Enough Project and its partners released a two year investigation into conflict in the world’s youngest nation named The Sentry that detailed how senior government and military officials benefitted from the brutal conflict at the expense of the population.

ChimpReports started running a series on the report immediately after its release on Monday.

Gen. Malong is a powerful figure in South Sudan who became the army chief in March 2014, four months into the war between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.

Gen Paul Malong
Gen Paul Malong

The SPLA forces allied to Kiir were facing numerous defeats and defections at the beginning of the war forcing Kiir to relieve Gen. Hoth Mai and appoint Gen. Malong who was then the Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, as the new SPLA Chief of Staff.

The maverick general as fondly known has 80 wives and several dozen children which he says connects him to all the clans in his state.

“Malong sent out his soldiers to collect women from different communities in his home state (from Aweil North, Aweil Centre, etc.) and bring them to him,” the report says.

Gen. Malong is named as the chief recruiter of the government allied militia group, Mathiang Anyoor who are also said to be involved in the South Sudan war.


Documents unearthed by the investigators implicate Paul Malong’s wives and children in various business ownership mainly those that get government contracts.

“Gen, Malong’s daughter Cecilia Achol Malong, has held a 25 percent stake in Concrete Builders Construction Co. Ltd and held a 50 percent stake in Petroilin Services Co. Ltd., a joint venture with an Eritrean businessman.”

Another document reflects that Gen. Malong’s son, Garang Paul Malong, has also held stakes in numerous companies, including a 40 percent stake in East African Mokuano Contractor Company Ltd, a 30 percent stake in Dex Rich Investment Holding, and an 8 percent stake in Link Telecom Services Ltd.

According to The Sentry, one company in which Garang Malong has held shares mirrors an intersection between the Kiir and Malong families’ business interests. Records obtained by the report show that GarangMalong and ThiikKiir, son of President SalvaKiir, simultaneously held stakes respectively in Nile Link Petroleum Co. Ltd.

Gen Malong's villa in Nairobi
Gen Malong’s villa in Nairobi

The same company, in turn, has held a 50 percent stake in Nile Link Group, a joint venture with several Chinese and Zimbabwean businessmen.

Houses in Uganda and Kenya

Gen. Malong also has two luxurious homes in Uganda, one built in 2012 and another just a year later incidentally at the time when South Sudan entered the civil war.

One home according to The Sentry, sits inside a 7000 square feet walled compound located just off Kawuku-Bwerenga Road, halfway between Kampala and Entebbe built in 2012. A bus and four cars (including a Mercedes-Benz) were parked inside the compound at the time The Sentry team visited.

Gen. Malong’s second home in Kampala is a 6,000 square feet Mediterranean-style villa, in Kampala constructed in late 2013 located in Nanjara Road in Bunga.

Meanwhile in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Gen. Malong in Nairobi, owns a villa in an upscale gated community within Nyari Estate.

The house registered in the name of one of Gen. Malong’s wives, Ajok Wol Atak Deng who is a Member of Parliament in Juba, was bought at $1.5m some years back according to the report.


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