No Resolution from President Kiir, Ex-Army Chief Malong Closed-Door Meeting

A meeting between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and the sacked Chief of General Staff of the SPLA, Gen Paul Malong, was inconclusive, the president’s office has said.

The closed-door meeting on Sunday evening happened after Malong returned to Juba.

There have been fears that the sacked general could join or form a rebel group opposed to President Kiir.

Malong was fired last Tuesday. He had said he was headed for Aweil but went to Yirol and returned to the capital on Saturday after Kiir assured him that he would be safe even in Juba.

According to Ateny Wek Ateny, the presidential press secretary, Kiir and Malong had Sunday evening discussed the motive of the latter’s trip.

Malong had, in the meeting, insisted on knowing why his former boss had recalled him to the capital.

He also said he would return to his home town of Aweil to engage in farming instead of staying in Juba where he had no job.

“They met yesterday in the evening after the delegates met the President from 11:00 to 6:00. Malong came to the President at 9:00 pm. So they met with the President and until 11:00 pm, they didn’t finish their meeting and they did not come out with any results but they promised they will meet again,” Ateny has been quoted by Eye Radio as saying.