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Newsline: South Sudan denies defection of diplomat in Kenya

The South Sudanese embassy in Kenya dismissed rumours about the defection of one of its diplomats to a rebel group led by General Paul Malong Awan. The diplomatic mission in Nairobi was reacting to a statement announcing the defection of Minister Plenipotentiary Kur Garang Deng to the South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) of Gen Malong who is based in Kenya too. Deng in his alleged statement of defection denounced the bad leadership, tribalism, lack of governance, killing of civilians and corruption. Also, in the personal statement appeared the stamp of the embassy but it was obviously photocopied from another document. “We would like to unequivocally state that this document is not genuine and is aimed at defaming and maligning the character and name of Mr Kur Garang Deng and the Embassy in an attempt to create obstacles in his dispensation of duties at the mission,” said a statement. The embassy further denounced the “smear campaign” against its diplomat and pointed out that the stamp has been copied and pasted onto the document and also the document bears no signature. Kenya hosts thousands of South Sudanese and over 115,000 refugees from South Sudan.

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66560

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