President Salva Kiir of South Sudan said that his ousted army chief Gen. Paul Malong is “in a fighting mood”.
Malong, who has been leading Kiir’s military campaign against rebels supporting his political rival Riek Machar, left Juba with a convoy of vehicles for his home state of Aweil in the northwest on Tuesday, raising speculation over his next move.
“When I talked to him (Malong) last, he was not in a good mood, he was in a fighting mood,” Kiir told reporters on Friday. “I tried to calm him down, but he was rather wild.”
Kiir said Malong should have thanked him and formally handed over the command of the military to his successor instead of leaving the capital. Kiir wants Malong to return, but so far the general has refused.
“I have assured him (Malong) of his safety as soon as he arrives in Juba. I have given the security…
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