JUBA – South Sudan’s former army chief of staff turned-rebel leader Gen. Paul Malong Awan has claimed that Vice President Hussein Abdelbaggi has conspired with Arab militias from Southern Darfur and Western Kordofan states in Sudan to kill citizens of northern Bahr el Ghazal.
Malong’s claim comes days after deadly attacks by Arab militiamen resulted in the killing of dozens of South Sudanese citizens in several villages of northern Bahr el Ghazal state.
“Dear fellow South Sudanese, as our nation mourns the loss of innocent lives in this weekend’s mass killings in Northern Bahr El Ghazal, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the families, friends and communities of the victims”, reads the statement,” Malong said in a statement of condolence extended to Sudans Post.
While accusing the government in Juba of failure to protect the citizens, Malong claimed that he has information confirming that VP Hussein, who travelled to northern Bahr el Ghazal last week in the backdrop of the attack, conspired with Miseriya to kill South Sudanese citizens in Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
“Words have failed to describe the horror we have felt, those killers are our number one enemy and we must treat their despicable act as an act of terrorism and unacceptable. We must be prepared to face them with all forces. The first priority of any Government is the welfare of its citizens and they (Government) must seriously take actions against such horrific acts and must ensure that it doesn’t repeat itself in the future,” he said.
“SSUF/A would like to inform the general public that the person behind the killings is one of the Vice Presidents of the Republic Mr. Hussein Abdelbagi Akol Agany who have conspired with a group of Miseriya outlaws to upset the peace and harmony in the community,” he added.
He then “condemned this hateful act and assure the general public that SSUF/A is not happy with what happened to our people and we stand in solidarity with the families; the community and South Sudan at large.”
When contacted by Sudans Post as to which evidence Malong has regarding the allegation against the vice-president, Maj. Philip Deng Kuol declined to comment “because my office only focuses on military affairs.”