History rewards those who destroy but not those who build the nation

BY: Santino Aniek, UpState New York, USA, MAY/22/2017, SSN;

President Kiir has tired down a relationship between the man who helped him during the 2013 Crisis when madness consumed Mr. Mayardit’s humanness by dissolving the entire government and dismissing some of the seniors members of the SPLM Party. There is, obviously, much we do not know about what has just happened between President Kiir and General Paul Malong Awan, why it happened. Just as obvious, there is much more, so much more that we need to know the firing of General Paul.

In addition, we need to damn the dishonesty and expose the truth now to avoid another conflict because South Sudanese people are tried of wars. In fact, I really do not get it, I mean, I expect it because every thing is possible in South Sudan, but I do not get it.

As of today, no one understands the psychology of Juba, because it seems like there are many people in that country who are not only uninterested in peace and security, but will actually get angry with you for displaying any interest in peace and security of our citizens.

And so this happens on both sides, government as well as opposition, by the way. However, there is a flood coming that will devastate the future of our country in ways no one can predict.

Except that the speed with which this has all happened, just over couple of days into President Kiir’s dumpster firing of General Paul, means it was all very predictable because all things in South Sudan are possible. And no one who played a role in controlling this President should be allowed to forget it.

Truly, I’m sorry; this is madness because General Paul helped President Kiir in staying in power, but ended up being fired, why.

The dismissal of General Paul is a “moral evil” because if this tragedy is not handled responsibly, it will cause devastation of South Sudan.

Nonetheless, General Paul never rebelled against the movement or against the government and he was opposed to all rebellions since the start of the movement till today. Which is more than can be said for the numerous people in President Kiir’s government who have rebelled not once, not twice, but many times and ended up in the most important positions in the government.

Nevertheless, during the formation of President Kiir’s government, General Paul did not run to Juba to pursue a position, but he stayed in Aweil because, as a humble man, he could not bring himself down against his colleagues who’re always pursuing government position.

Now tell me what would you do differently if you were General Paul Malong? Would you take up arms against the government you have defended for so many years?

If you are President Kiir, is that such a simple choice to be making to fire a guy that has been defending you all these years?

Can you really not appreciate the complexity of the situation that General Paul is facing now in Juba? Folks, I need help here because I’m totally lost since the day I heard the news till now.

In fact, General Paul was and is still widely respected by both sides, by the SPLA, by the SPLM, and by the majority of South Sudanese people.

For example, reading the reaction on social media has made all of us understand just how highly regarded General Paul is by the SPLA and by the people South Sudan he defended all these years.

Therefore, at the time his appointment as general chief of staff, General Paul is one of the greatest Generals this country ever produced, and he is a man of honor and dignity.

More importantly, South Sudanese people recognize that, SPLA recognize that, SPLM recognized that, and President Kiir recognizes that, but today, President Kiir cast General Malong aside as a bad General, a traitor, and from the reaction we have received on social media, he has made the firing of General Malong as disgraceful.

Finally, we can talk about the political cause of the firing of General Paul, but it cannot be disputed that the man who actually fought this senseless war did so to protect the country as well as to protect President Kiir.

We may not know the whole detail and the motivation of the firing, but sometimes a bit of historical perspective is necessary. We now know, the same historical perspective that afforded people to stand behind President Kiir.

Such a moment when Juba seems to be falling apart, who did not remember that moment, but maybe, I should say maybe there is a partial credit to General Paul by creating his own name and by helping President Kiir during all these years.

Yet, we put these evils aside General Paul took care of it, but to just fire him is troubling. Can we not then put our differences aside and allow a great man like General Paul to be remembered and honored, as a compatriot and honor him?

Ultimately, the supporters of President Kiir may mark this firing of General Paul as one of the truly dark days in South Sudan, a day that may soon take an even more ominous turn.

Sadly enough, President Kiir’s sudden firing of General Malong is a matter that should deeply concern every South Sudanese, regardless of party, tribe or ideological leanings.

Most importantly, the firing of a General or politician in South Sudan is always a very serious matter in normal times. But these times are not normal because the country has been engaging in one of the most important and dangerous conflict that the country ever had.

In fact, to politicize this thing is the last thing South Sudanese people need as we struggle through the maze of problems, concealment and ever-deepening mysteries all these years.

The last time the President fired political heavy-weights, Aleu Alieny Aleu and Telar Ring, was during the widespread criminal conspiracy. And during the firing of these two, we all know how that turned out.

In real sense, this potential tragedy of firing General Paul is much graver if President Kiir and his General resolved their differences very quickly.

We are talking about the very security of President Kiir and the sanctity of our country.

Now, it is true that history does not reward good people like General Paul, but it rewards those killers of our people.

Santino Aniek is a concerned South Sudanese in Upstate New York, U.S.A. He can be reached at santino.aniek5@gmail.com and find me on Facebook, on Skype and on twitter @saniek.


  1. John yugu modi says:

    Hahaha… Not surprising! Firstly in a real world this so called Malong can’t and is not qualified to be a general… Leave along chief of staff of a real professional army! How can a primary leaver be promoted to a position of general without having a formal education?
    The author of this article seems to be living in part of a world which i expect him to know how system works! Not praising a semi illiterats so called general! This tittle is earned by going. Through formal education…This tribalist criminal Malong best place to be is in jail…How can an illiterate killer be called andhero! Disgusting!!

    • info@southsudannation says:

      John Yugu,
      Just for record, Malong never saw a class-room in his life. He simplistically graduated from the University of the Streets of Khartoum and then post-grad by picking up some “Dinglieg” language in the SPLA and then in Juba, Kampala and Nairobi post-liberation….
      Lucky guy to get such free education!

  2. Malouda says:

    Aniek,sorry your general do not helped president Kiir nor South Sudan, what about Uganda which came with heavy tanks,gunships and well trained soldiers is not a help to South Sudan not to fall on the hands of rebels, you are in USA keep quite and leave us, do you think your gen.Malong is a one protecting South Sudan if he is the one then let it fall from his hand ,is now going a month and South Sudan going a head. Change from a position is a routine even where you are staying is one of the effective state in the world and they use to change their army generals why in South Sudan and particularly your gen. Malong, generals. Woya Deng Ajak and Hoth Mai were relieved and they do not react. what happened to your general, it is because he is Dinka general so do not incite, please enjoy your happiness in USA and leave us suffer.

  3. Wech says:

    Mr. Poster,

    South Sudan is devastated. There is no other devastation above what had taken place already. In fact, Mr. Malong had contributed greatly to the devastation so to think that firing him will cause severe devastation of South Sudan is wrong or it is to trivialize the severity of what had happened. Please, do us a favor, moan your idol removal silently. His victims don’t want to hear your nonsense!

  4. Gatdarwich says:


    Murderer malong deserved not only to be fired, but fire squad because he caused indescribable destructions and carnage in South Sudan(in non-Dinka tribe areas). All the 63 tribes in South Sudan would overwhelmingly vote YES to have Malong cremated instead of being simply fired from his post as Chief of General Staffs period

  5. kolong says:

    Congs for showing you are such an illiterate. A village Jieng is in fact better than you; and confirms your worry that SS will never be the same again as at independence. If you thought living with militias is key to state control through the national army, you are in for a shock! And you have reasons to worry, that when such a god father (like Malong) is no more, then you are doomed…mark my words!
    Kiir is sympathetic to Malong which should not have been the case, because he should have handed over office first before trying to run to the bush (or maybe travel to his village); who said being CoS was a lifetime job for him? Mathiang Anyor are not Malong’s soldiers and he MUST account to government as such….or you thought he should have accounted to the JCE?
    Where are the guns, money paid as salary to them (Mathiang Anyor) including other state facilitations, or you are the likes who want to reap from where they have not sworn?
    Advice: the next time you write or post a comment in such a forum, know you are interacting with intellectuals and not those of you like/kind; meaningful commentaries, criticisms and or otherwise will come your way if you act irresponsibly.

  6. Gatdarwich says:


    Commendable comments! I guess you’re amongst those traitorous Jenges who wanna be patriots while keeping their traitorous nature at the same time!

    Peace, and may almighty God and Ngundeng abundantly blesses the father of South Sudan Nation, Dr. Machar Teny Dhurgon.

    Your truly,

    Patriot Gatdarwich

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