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By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

Madam Rebecca Nyandeng, speaking to the media after her arrival with SPLM_leaders team in Juba, 22 December 2018, to join President Kiir in the revitalization process of the 2015 peace agreement. 

Madam Angelina Teny, speaking to the media after her arrival with SPLM-IO team in Juba, 20 December 2018, to join President Kiir in the revitalization process of the 2015 peace agreement. 

Sunday, December 23, 2018 (PW) — I salute all of you the gallant and brave people of South Sudan all over the world. I call us brave because over the decades we have faced all sorts of unimaginable challenges, lost so much in life and property, sacrificed more than we possibly could, but we have not allowed our spirits to be broken down. Despite all that we have gone through as a nation before and after independence, we remain a strong spirited people, and for that I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a South Sudanese. And so I once again, salute our strong resolve and pray that the spirit of resilience continues to endure among us.

We have fought many wars, some of them forced on us (the SAF-SPLA wars of 1856-1972 and 1983-2005), and some of them self-afflicted (December 2013-todate). Many foreign actors have jumped into our wars, all for their respective reasons and interests and sometimes (quite correctly I must add), we have blamed them for everything we have had to go through as a country. But I want to believe that we, the people of South Sudan, still have the choice to either continue to perpetuate war or to make peace, I believe we still possess the power to decide our destiny.

We do have many brave warriors who have fought gallantly whenever there has been a call to arms, but I also believe a warrior’s worth is not only determined by his abilities at war, but also by his capacity to make peace. As the bible says, “there is time for everything …..a time to sow and a time to harvest, …..a time to be born and a time to die, ……a time to wage war and a time to make peace”. And so it’s my humble call as we go through the festive season and towards the end of year, that let this be the time for us to make peace.


By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

Paul Malong Awan

Gen. Paul Malong Awan, Chairman and C-in-C of the South Sudan United Front/Army (SS-UF/A)

April 10, 2018 (SSB) — Yesterday, the 9th April 2018, a press statement signed by my husband Gen. Paul Malong Awan, was released, officially announcing the creation of a liberation movement, the South Sudan United Front/Army. To that effect, I have no further comment in whichever capacity because he cleared articulated his position. After numerous behind-the-scenes struggles to bring the regime in Juba to sanity, he, like the rest of world, has been flatly disappointed to the point of disillusionment. He has now come to the realization that the Kiir regime is not whatsoever interested in finding a solution to the crisis in our country, and instead concentrated their entire effort towards consolidating their comfort zone, to the detriment of the suffering population.

My point of contention, however, that has prompted me to issue this statement is the quick maneuvers by regime apologists in Juba. Almost immediately my husband’s press statement was released, a fictitious list of names was released, supposedly spelling out the command and administrative structure of the South Sudan United Front/Army, my name inclusive. I must point that my husband has NOT AT ALL made any appointments to the command and administrative structure of the movement, and I was taken by surprise when a friend called me to inform me about my name being paraded among the leadership of the movement, along with various other names.


By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

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President Salva Kiir, Governor Paul Malong Awan (Blue suit) and Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Lomuro (black suit) during the public rally in Aweil, NBeG

April 8, 2018 (SSB) —- Million greetings to you and your cabinet. Dear Mr. President, I am writing to you to express in part; our gratitude for the release of my husband or our family father, General Paul Malong Awan. He had attended to his doctors, he is now doing fine health-wise and is happy with his family. For this, we are thankful to Dr. Francis Mading Deng and the late Gen. Andrew Makur Thou among many others.

In another development, I am expressing my concerns as a concerned citizen on the events occurring after his release. Mr. President, I can’t always remind you on how cordial the relations between the two families had been and on a personal note, I am indebted and grateful to the First Lady Ayen Mayardit for her unswayed audacity in keeping friends and family abreast.