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UNMISS RISES THE SECURITY LEVEL IN JUBA, AS TENSION CONTINUES TO MOUNT BETWEEN FORCES LOYAL TO KIIR AND MALONG

Juba, 4 Nov 2017: The United Nations Mission in South Sudan[UNMISS] has risen the security level in capital Juba to white this morning. The rising of security comes after tense standoff between South Sudan SPLA army and the bodyguards of the former SPLA general chief of Staff Paul Malong who has been under house arrest in Juba since May.

According to report issued by UNMISS, all the non-essential UN staff are told to stay home and avoid going to hotspots in capital Juba to avoid been caught in unpredictable confrontation between the SPLA and those who support Malong.

The situation according to security agents is very tense but calm, one particular SPLA officer told this reporter that anything can happen at any time. He said there is general fear within the army since the supporters of Malong are within the army and other organized forces. He expressed fear since majority of the army are recruited by Malong mainly from his home state Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

Pressure has been mounting after President Kiir decreed his current army chief of general staff James Ajonge, to impose strict rules against his predecessor [Paul Malong] such restrictions includes; visitors should not be allowed to see Malong, Malong should not be allowed to leave his resident day and night, his wives should be allow to visit after they are granted permission by chief of SPLA general staff, Malong's bodyguards must be disarmed and arrested, any attempt to resist by Malong should be made with resolute force, final, Malong's phones and computers must be seized immediately.

J. Roberts Swaka

SSLN

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