South Sudan

Gen. Paul Malong Returns to Juba After Sick Leave

Gen Malong being visited in hospital by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

The SPLA Chief of General Staff, more about Gen Paul Malong Awan has finally returned to South Sudan after undergoing medical treatment at an undisclosed medical facility in the neighboring Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Malong, who wields immense military power in the Juba regime and is considered second-in-command after President Salva Kiir, has been away for more than a week – sparking rumors that his health condition was deteriorating.

The rumors forced the army to release a statement on the Christmas Eve stating that the health condition of its chief was getting better and there was no cause for alarm.

The army headquarters also released pictures of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto who separately visited Malong at the hospital.

He landed in Juba aboard Kenya Airways on Tuesday evening, according to sources in the capital city.

“Gen. Malong is finally here. He arrived this evening from Nairobi and appeared to be well now,” a source in Juba said.

The general who is said to have 80 wives and over a hundred children is suspected to be suffering from a kidney complication.

The army however insisted that it was malaria that saw him bedridden for several days.

ChimpReports understands that Malong is scheduling for a specialized medical check and treatment in the South African city of Johannesburg.


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