South Sudan's former army chief Paul Malong addresses the media after returning to the South Sudan's capital of Juba, May 13, 2017. President Salva Kiir’s regime fears that he could instigate a new conflict. PHOTO | REUTERS
Gen Malong, a former ally of President Kiir, is allegedly planning to attack towns in Bahr-el-Ghazal
President Kiir told Dinka elders who brokered the release of Gen Malong from house arrest in November last year that they must ensure his return to Juba as proof that he is not planning a rebellion. President Kiir and Gen Malong are from the Dinka ethnic group in Bahr-el-Ghazal.
But Malong claims that individuals close to President Kiir are spreading propaganda aimed at putting a wedge between him and the president, with a view to having him killed. He said he would respond with appropriate and proportional force should the constant provocation and false accusations by “the enemies of peace” continue.