24 Sep 2018

 

Chan Garang Abandons Malong, Rejoins SPLA

Brigadier General Chan Garang Lual has abandoned General Malong’s South Sudan United

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 20 August 2018 [Gurtong]- Front movement and joined the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) with 300 forces.

Out of the 300 soldiers he returned with, 36 are officers including three brigadiers, four colonels, four lieutenant colonels and a number of lieutenants.

He said some of his remaining forces in Awiel and some parts of the country will report to the government soon.

Major General Chan Garang’s forces were aligned to the rebel movement known as South Sudan United Front led by the former Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Chief of General Staff General Paul Malong Awan who rebelled against the government last year.

Brig. Chan Garang Lual was early this year accused by the government for causing insecurities around Juba since his defection in 2017.

After his arrival in Juba, he called upon those who still carry arms against the government to respond to the recent amnesty granted by President Salva Kiir to all rebel groups that have been fighting the government.

“It is time for peace and development in our country so those who are still in the bush let them come home nothing will happen to them,” Chan said. “No one will arrest someone because the President has granted all of us amnesty.”

On his part, Ajang Ajang Lino who claimed he had taken over the leadership of SSUF from Malong said his party has decided to join the government to bring lasting peace to the people of South Sudan, adding that there was no reason to fight.

“I give thanks to President Salva Kiir Mayardit for granting us amnesty to come back,” he said. “There is no reason for us to continue to fight and kill ourselves, we are able to achieve our grievances by fighting but we thought that home dialogue was better to solve our issues,” Ajang said.

The Spokesperson of the SPLA Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai, said all charges against Brig Chang Garang Laul have been dropped. Maj Lul said and Chan would be integrated together with all his forces into the ranks of the SPLA.

“Chan is now allowed to move freely like any other citizen. We expect their remaining forces in Awiel and Meram to come back and participate in the process of reconciliation,” Maj. Gen. Lul said.

 

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