May 31, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The Military Director for Information and Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Malak Ayuen Ajok, who has been running an exclusive live program on the government owned channel, SSTV, has been suspended to be investigated for inflammatory speech and tribal hate incitement.
According to government sources, Brig. Gen. Malak, was suspended through a military decree by the incumbent president, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardiit.
“This is to inform all that Brig. Gen. Malak Ayuen Ajok, who is responsible for the SPLA’s SSTV program has been suspended by the President of the Republic General Salva Kiir Mayardit.” said John, a government official who decline to be named due to fear of retaliation.
Although the military decree gave no detailed explanation, the former Brigadier General, was reportedly suspended for inciting hatred against the Nuer people, the tribe of South Sudan’s former Vice President, who leads a grounded military opposition in the country.
Other government sources indicate that the suspension of brigadier Malak was provoked by his latest calls on the citizens to rally against the return of SPLM-Uhuru, the former political detainees, who were released to exile in Kenya due to “fear” of their safety in the country.
“This decision came as the return of the return of G-10’s advance team to Juba tomorrow and Malak called on South Sudanese to demonstrate against the their return.” the official continues.
As the former prisoners are expected to return on Monday, Malak, calls on the citizens to use stones against the SPLM-G10 if they do not have guns to fire.
“Since, their return has been accepted by the leadership of the SPLM in government, it was unthinkable for a military general to oppose the decision of the civilian authority.” John continued.
“As a result, General Kiir instructed Gen. Paul Malong to suspend Malak and ordered his investigation.” the official confirms.
The former brigadier general has been reportedly stripped off and now pending investigation against charges brought forth by the Nuer-government supporters, who protest the endangering hate speeches and propaganda against their community.
Maalak’s widely debated controversial speeches have led to defection of military generals including the brother of Upper Nile State governor, Brig. Gen. Gatwech Puoch, who defected the government last month.
According to Brig. Gen. Gatwech, his defection was motivated by Malaak’s hate speeches, in addition to similar speeches by Dr. Bona Malwal, an outspoken senior who advocates for Salva Kiir government as a “dinka government” in the United State.
The government official, from the Nuer tribe, said “Malak has been making programs which alienated and insulted the entire Nuer community since the start of his program on TV and this got severe after the incident of 13 December 2013. Malak has been advised by so many people not to make political presentations on a military program and he always refused to listen. Now, he has reaped what he has sown.”
According to SPLA records, the former Brig. General was once suspended from SPLA ranks and files in 1986 and charged with death sentence by his colleague, Telar Ring Deng, the current South Sudan ambassador to Russia.
Malak was saved from the death sentence by the then Upper Nile Zonal commander, Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, the current chairman and commander in chief of the armed opposition, SPLM/SPLA.
Despite what would have been a strong bond between Dr. Riek and Gen. Malak, the Brigadier General has sharply turned against Dr. Machar through his television program.
Malak’s suspension is viewed by many supporters of both warring parties as a right move in the right direction.
“Our Generals in South Sudan need to learn discipline and should NOT get involved in politics while in active duty. Those officers who want to comment on current political affairs should resign from the army and join politics.” said Gen. Gordon Buay Malek, a self proclaimed general, who comments widely on government affairs.