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South Sudan's ousted army chief says no retaliation in mind

17 Mai 2017

South Sudan's deposed former army Chief Gen Malong Awan Anei, who has since yesterday staged a "tie lipped rebellion" after being embarrassingly removed by his C in C, Gen Salva Kiir Mayardiit has reportedly refused to board a chartered plane despite talking to President Salva twice on the phone before jumping of the plane in Yirol.

Ateny said Ajongo joined the Sudan People's Liberation Army, the formal name of the South Sudanese military, in 1983, when it was still a rebel group fighting for independence from neighbouring Sudan.

He also has been accused of recruiting an ethnic militia of roughly 7,500 troops called Mathang Anyoor before South Sudan's civil war began in late 2013 and is said to still be in command.

Also, the former army commander congratulated his successor, General James Ajonga Mawut, pointing out that not only was the replacement from his area, but also a blood relative to him. He denied there was any split between Malong and Kiir.

A statement later read out on state television Tuesday night did not provide a reason for the removal.

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Gunmen attacked the convoy of South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Gai on Tuesday, wounding three of his bodyguards, a government official said. Speaking to the press in Juba on Wednesday, the army spokesperson Colonel Santo Domic Chol told reporters the former chief of general staff has left Juba with no intention to cause a war, but unnamed people want to cause a problem. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

South Sudan's civil war has killed tens of thousands and created the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis. Some soldiers have not been paid for months, and Kiir said in October he had been forced to rely on soldiers from his Dinka ethnic group.

The nationwide violence has lately resulted with starvation, hyperinflation, and a loss of basic services in several parts of South Sudan. The United States previous year led a failed effort for United Nations sanctions on him, saying he had violated the country's 2015 peace agreement.

The warring sides signed an internationally-backed peace deal in 2015 and Machar was again sworn in as vice president, only for a new round of warfare to erupt that forced Machar to flee Juba in July past year.

South Sudan's ousted army chief says no retaliation in mind