Juba/Addis Ababa, November 24, 2018 (SSNA) — A South Sudanese news editor has lambasted South Sudan’s tycoon Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Junior over what he described as “shameful behavior” shown by the young tycoon. The editor compares the tycoon with a mafia boss who proudly robbed a financial institution.
Duop Chak Wuol, the editor-in-chief of the South Sudan news Agency (SSNA), posted a message on his Facebook wall on Saturday, criticizing the self-proclaim rich man and questions whether Lawrence still believes Jesus did in fact blesses him with the wealth as he claimed in a Kenyan-based Citizen television interview. Duop says Lawrence’s wealth is “questionable.”
“I am not quite sure what was in Jesus’ mind when South Sudan’s proud thief, Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Junior, was arrested by the Ugandan intelligence agents in Milano Hotel. Perhaps, his Lord, Jesus Christ, is not happy about the fact that Lawrence cites him as a source of his massive questionable wealth,” Duop wrote.
The news editor also says the self-declared rich man has publicly been behaving like a mafia boss who just robbed a major corporation and proud of it.
“This man has been constantly exercising rather shameful behavior after he plundered enough for himself while ordinary South Sudanese are struggling every day just to survive. Maybe his arrest by the Ugandan intelligence unit will take away some of his dangerous arrogance,” adding, “Lawrence has been behaving like a mafia boss who robbed a major financial corporation and proud of it.”
In October, Lawrence was interviewed by Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange. In the interview, Lawrence bragged about his wealth and claimed that the reason he is so rich is because his God, Jesus, blessed him. Lawrence also talked about his pricy watch, shoes, his hotel costs, and his use of a private jet. The interview quickly drew harsh criticisms from South Sudanese, with some people calling for the tycoon to be persecuted.
Lawrence was arrested by Ugandan intelligence agents on or about November 14 in Milano Hotel. The Ugandan government has confirmed to the South Sudan News Agency that the tycoon was in fact detained by Ugandan external security branch, but declined to give details of his detainment.
Most South Sudanese believe Lawrence got his wealth when Paula Malong Awan who is widely believed in South Sudan as his grandfather was the Chief Staff of South Sudan’s army. Lawrence has also been exposed by numerous international anti-corruption institutions, directly linking his wealth to Paul Malong.