Gen. Malong “not under house arrest” -Ateny Daniel Danis | August 6, 2017 | 10:19 am Kiir meeting Malong after the latter was persuaded to return to Juba from Yirol. PHOTO//Maal Maker, OoP
The Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Ateny Awek Ateny has dismissed an online petitioned filed by the wife of General Paul Malong over circumstances surrounding her husband’s “stay” in Juba. Lucy Ayak, who is based in Nairobi, Kenya, wrote an open letter to President Salva Kiir, pleading for General Malong to be allowed to travel outside the country on medical grounds. In the petition posted on Change.org, Ayak described her husband’s health as “worrying for the family” and urges the President to permit General Malong to leave Juba. Mrs. Malong said her husband has not been allowed to travel since his return to Juba in May, after friends persuaded him in Yirol to postponed his planned trip to Aweil. “As I write this piece, Gen. Paul Malong remains under “un-pronounced” house arrest, under unclear and unexplained circumstances…almost three months later, he remains in custody, without any statement from your office or any other government apparatus/agency. All communication channels with you have been gradually curtailed,” said the petition. Ayak further wrote that Gen. Malong’s condition needs regular check ups, and that he currently requires one. “I should bring to your attention the fact that my husband is not currently in good health, as I am also sure that you well know. He has been having routine checkups and treatment both in Juba and Nairobi over the time he has been working under your command,” she added. In response, the Press Secretary in the office of the President, Ateny Wek said General Malong has not been forbidden from traveling or from seeking medical assistance. According to Ateny, General Paul Malong has not been placed under house arrest or denied access to any doctor. Ateny Wek spoke with Daniel Danis earlier today. Lucy Ayak who wrote the petition says she is a Student of Masters in Leadership and Governance from University of Nairobi, and a wife to Gen. Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of General Staff of the SPLA, South Sudan. “I am so surprise, when somebody who is not in Juba tries to put things they she or he [has]. Gen. Paul Malong is not under arrest, he is not. And he is not under any ban whatsoever. Gen. Malong is a free man. In actual fact, Gen. Malong is not even complaining about going outside the country. That lady maybe wanted to have international attention,” Ateny said. Mr. Ateny said he only saw the petition online, but has not received it at the state house, J1. However, Ateny said he has not seen Gen. Malong since he [Malong] met Kiir after returning from Yirol. -- To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org To unsubscribe from this group, send email to southsudankob+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/southsudankob View this message at https://groups.google.com/d/msg/southsudankob/topic-id/message-id For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "South Sudan Info - The Kob" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to southsudankob+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to SouthSudanKob@googlegroups.com. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/SouthSudanKob. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/SouthSudanKob/CAJb14orGYatZya8j8j4DW5mKF7DgOe%3DRDcipGYPKN0toFduz9Q%40mail.gmail.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.