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Gen. Malek not corrupt, says SPLA

Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has denied the Sentry report accusing Lieutenant General Malek Reuben Riak, Deputy Chief of Defence Force for Operations of accumulating $ 3 billion dollars in his personal account.

According to the Sentry report issued on Wednesday this week, Gen. Riak accumulated the money in his personal account between January 2012 and early 2016.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on phone yesterday, the Acting SPLA Spokesperson Colonel Santo Domic Chol said the Sentry report of the Enough Project of United States of America should have shared its investigations with the army before making it public to the media.

“The SPLA is saying that this one is not true in a sense that these people who have published this report, first of all we question their credibility. Are they a legitimate body that could tell the SPLA to make accountability as a national army?” he asked.

“Where do they get their information from if they are not people who are trying to tarnish the image of some personnel within the SPLA? Why should they rush to the media and use it as a police station for publishing this information?” he said.

This is not correct. It is a manufactured information,” Col. Chol continued.

He said if the Sentry report would have been shared with the SPLA before it was published in the media, the army would have not complained.

“If they are really sure of their information, let them share it with the SPLA. Let them send the SPLA the report officially and try to see whether this is true or not,” he said.

He said this is the second time the Enough Project has come yet another report to tarnish the image of some officers in the SPLA.

“This is not the first time for these things to happen. It happened during the time of General Paul Malong Awan. It happened when they were trying to tarnish the image of General Jong Riak and a lot of people,” Col. Chol said.

“This is just a process of trying to derail the process of the National Dialogue that this country is trying to undertake,” he added.

By Sworo Charles Elisha

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