Revealed: President Kiir Ordered A Crackdown on Outspoken Military Officials
March 21, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The incumbent president of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, has allegedly ordered a major crackdown on former army and police officials within the country and East African region.
A reliable source within the security organs explains to the editorial team of Nyamilepedia that Salva Kiir called an emergency meeting on Thursday this week at National Security Headquarters with heads of his security forces, and briefed them on the conflict and ways forwards as he expects to sign a controversial Security Bill into law in a couple of days.
The insider revealed that Salva Kiir was troubled by some decisions that he took through directives of National Security Service but threatens that his security forces must be vigilance to stand with him against any perceived insecurity and risk in the country.
The president has reportedly threatened members of security forces to watch out otherwise this time he will not leave anyone behind.
“I will not leave any one behind. You will go down with me. Some will go before me, and some will go with me together.” Salva Kiir tells the heads of security forces this week in Juba, South Sudan.
The official also revealed that Salva Kiir has allocated a budget to arrest his former Chief of Military Intelligence, and to seize all vehicles with South Sudan plates number and property of government officials in East Africa.
“He has frozen all bank accounts of officials that ran to East Africa and taken over all the houses and vehicles with South Sudan registration plate number. He has paid money for the capture of Mach Paul” The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained to Nyamilepedia Press.
The reliable resource revealed that President Salva Kiir has issued arrest orders for his former Chief of General Staff, Gen. James Hoth Mai, former Chief of Military Intelligence, Gen. Mach Paul and Gen. Pieng Deng Kuol, the Inspector General of the South Sudan Police Service (SSPS).
The main reasons for their arrest, according to the official, have not been highlighted in the arrest document, however, the insider believes that their arrest is connected to their confessions to media and to African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan conflict.
The outspoken officials have denied in their subsequent interviews that there was no coup in South Sudan but a misunderstood pretext by President Salva Kiir and a few members of his government to eliminate reformists and senior officials, who demanded change within the ruling party and the country.
While Maj. Gen. Mach Paul, was sacked from Military Intelligence after denying the coup narrative against the last four political detainees in mid April 2014, the Chief of army, Gen. James Hoth Mai, was removed from the army in the same month to hand over the army’s leadership to former Governor of Northern Bahr el ghazal, Gen Paul Malong Awan, who has been accused of having recruited the tribal militia, “Dotkubeny”, that was involved in committing grave atrocities in Juba, December 2013.
The former military and polices officials also dominated the leaked African Union Commission of Inquiry Report, backing their previous accounts that there was no coup in Juba in 2013.
“A fuller account was given to the Commission by the then Maj. Gen. Mac Paul, former Director of Military Intelligence: Organized killings of civilians began the night of the 16 Forces fighting in the barracks were defeated – house to house. It began in a place called 107. Perpetrators of this came from New Site, a military residential area. It was a combination of military police, commandoes, national security, etc. Those who killed from 16th evening to the 18th came mainly from Bahr el Ghazal. Maj Gen Bol Akot led the commandos, who had no other command.” Reads parts of the leaked AU Commission of Inquiry report.
“Furthermore, both contradict the claim by President Kiir on December 17 that there had been a coup attempt. Maj Gen Marial Chanuong Yol Mangok told the Commission: “I reported a mutiny in my garrison. When the shooting spread beyond my garrison to town, I could not give it a name.” The then Director of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Mac Paul, shed further light on this in his remarks to the Commission: “Breaking into the armory was a response to rumors. Nuer mobilization began when the killing began on the 17th and 18th.” The AUCIRSS report clarifies.
Both Hoth Mai and Mach Paul have had misunderstanding with the president on line of duty over the years as Maj. Gen. Mach Paul believes that President Salva Kiir does not listen to his advisers.
“We managed the situation when Riek was removed as Vice President – we talked to Riek. I congratulate him for dealing with the situation well. I went to see the President and told him, you can remove these but dialogue with them, but he refused. He even refused to talk to the ministers he had dismissed. He was depending on the Dinka ministers who feared they would be elbowed out if there was dialogue.” Maj. Gen. Mach Paul told the AU Commission of Inquiry.
Hoth Mai, who denied the coup allegations on the Australian based SBS Dinka Radio after he was removeed, blames Salva Kiir and his speeches for the current conflict in the country.
“That evening, shooting occurred; it started at the army head quarters and spread all over town.” General James Hoth Mai, then Army Chief of General Staff told the Commission: “the speech of the President at the opening of the NLC contributed to 70% of this problem.
The Inspector General of Police, General Peng Deng Kuol, told the Commission that “night of the 15th I came to my office when I heard of the shooting. We heard of the killing in the morning. We sent police. They were overwhelmed by military or anyone claiming to be military. I was with Chief of Staff. There was no order from Chief of Staff or Commander of Operations, James Ojong, nor from Chief of Intelligence of Army. There was no centralized command. There could be elements who could have organized in a certain way – a certain civilian calling himself a Major-General and a group calling itself “Rescue the President.” That Major-General was arrested by the army but escaped as part of the breakout on March 5.” Part of the AUCIRSS reads.
The house of the Inspector General was attacked by members of the army on December 17, 2013, however, Gen. Pieng has maintained his position for the last 15 months. It is yet to be verified if the President is planing to remove the Inspector General of Police from his current position.