South Sudan Army: International Community plots with Machar allies to Oust Kiir, Arrest top officials

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South Sudan military authorities say that the International community is collaborating with allies of exiled opposition leader Riek Machar against its senior officials in an attempt to steer regime change in the war-torn country.

Army deputy spokesperson Santo Dominic told journalists that ‘Troika’ countries of the United States, United Kingdom and Norway in collaboration with rebels are scheming to takeout General Malong to achieve this plan.

“On 3 January, there was a meeting held by members of the UK, Norway and U.S. in Nairobi, and they invited our rebels. Lieutenant General Bapiny Monyuil was one of the rebels who attended…during the meeting, Monytuil told them  that you cannot change this regime without killing Gen. Paul Malong Awan,” Domic alleged.

“So, he told them that Malong must be killed whether through poisoning or assassination or by knocking him down by a car or plane crush. So, they said that all these things should be done through members of the CIA and MI6 who are present here, and rebel pockets that are here,” he added.

He said the Troika also resolved to destabilize the current SPLA leadership in an attempt to remove Malong when its initial plan fails.

Dominic also claimed that the same group is also planning to hold another meeting on 20 January in New York to convince the permanent members of the UN Security Council so that four senior government officials including Information Minister Micheal Makuei, Gen. Jok Riak, Salvatore Garang Mabior and Gen. Paul Malong are arrested and taken to court.

These claims could not be independently verified.

In its bid at the UN security council to arms embargo South Sudan, the U.S. also called for blacklisting of rebel leader Machar, Malong and Makuei. This attempt did not succeed after failure to obtain enough votes in December last year.

Dominic told journalists that “The new UN Secretary General expressed in one of his meetings that he still believes that Gen. Malong will carry out a campaign of genocide against the people of Equatoria by using Dinka ethnic group. This is a baseless concept, and it has no evidence”.

Source: Radio Tamazuj