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S. Sudan rebels deny presence of NAS forces in Equatoria region


March 16, 2017 (JUBA) - The South Sudan armed opposition forces (SPLM-IO) have dismissed as “null” and “lies” claims by the leader of the National Salvation Front (NAS) that he has a huge number of fighters operating within the Equatoria regions of South Sudan.

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Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, the ex-SPLA deputy chief of general staff for training (youtube photo)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, Lam Kuei Lam, the press secretary of the armed opposition leader, Riek Machar denied any link with the new rebel group led by Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka.

“The SPLM/SPLA - IO would like to dismiss claims from Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka alleging that our forces, the SPLA/IO in Equatoria region, had pledged loyalty to him and his movement the National Salvation front/army. This is not true and is a clear indicator of bad faith from Gen. Swaka,” the statement reads in part.

He said the SPLM-IO leadership had shown a high level of appreciation and respect to Swaka after the latter resignation from the military and later formed a rebel movement to fight the regime in Juba.

Lam said the ex-army logistical chief, had prior to his defection requested that 40 of his bodyguards be absorbed by the SPLM-IO, denying claims that their forces in Western Bahr Al Ghazal had been dissolved and merged into NAS movement following the defection of General Faiz Ismail Fatur, the former sector division commander.

“That is another mere lie too. Lt. Gen. Thomas Bazilio, the sector commander in western Bahr Al Ghazal had dismissed such allegations in an earlier statement,” further adds the statement.

The newly-appointed rebel spokesperson assured their supporters, sympathies and South Sudanese in general that their forces in Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal regions remain under the full command of their commander and leader Machar.


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  • 17 March 2017 07:34, by Malakal county Simon

    This guy called Gen. T C must be careful otherwise creating lie will his life like those of Tanginye!!!!

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    • 17 March 2017 08:56, by Joyuma John

      Deny him any entry to your camp, he is a criminal and not any criminal that is IO,

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    • 17 March 2017 10:29, by Midit Mitot

      Thamos Cirillo,
      will die alone without seeing equatoria land.

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      • 17 March 2017 14:28, by super snipper


        read what is in this link Mr. midit before you talk shit, all you people need to do is to get a solution to the virus that infected you people(virus of tribalism and defection) which is common among our nuer brothers and stop blaming other people for the crumble of your movement.

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      • 17 March 2017 18:55, by jubaone

        Midit Mitot,
        That is not being a revolutionary, but rather a reactionary. Whether it is IO or NAS, the goal is getting Kiir and his jienges busted. It is like hunting for an antelope, you use bows and arrows, others take spears, others pangas and knives. In the end, you all need these tools to get the work done. Just hold back your sentiments.

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        • 17 March 2017 21:11, by South South


          Really, you rat eater can use bow to kill an antelope? In 21 years we fought fake Arabs of Sudan without any fear. We are very ready for peace and at the same time we are very ready to watch fifth column in Equatoria. For NAS or IO or whatever are not our business.

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          • 17 March 2017 22:47, by jubaone

            South South,
            You aryan jienge, which war did you fight when you ran to Kakuma as a "lost boy" and had to be fed like a lapdog? I dont care as long as you talk your MTN shit outside Equatoria. You better hurry up to Gogrial or Jonglei to get some bush rats for your starving kin and kith instead of parasiting on stolen monies which you did not even work for.

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          • 17 March 2017 22:55, by jubaone

            South South,
            Talk about your stinking luaks and leave Equatoria alone. We fed you, clothed you and have given you refuge as you fled your interclan revenge fights and starvation. Come to Juba and you see hundreds of jienge beggars, destitutes and squatters idling around. Just everywhere like filthy fecal flies. Others like you ofcourse wait for stolen monies and live like parasites ya "abu sufara.

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            • 17 March 2017 23:33, by South South


              Look how low your thinking is!!!. Dinka are about 4 to 5 million people, were all Dinak in Kakuma camp during the war? As long as we control everything including your own village, I am ok with MTN. Juba is ours and we are not leaving it soon. Equatoria is ours and we are not leaving it soon. South Sudan is ours and we are not leaving it soon,in your face!!!!!

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              • 18 March 2017 02:44, by Dinka-Defender-General

                South South, you definitely correct. "Juba is ours and we are not leaving it soon. Equatoria is ours and we are not leaving it soon. South Sudan is ours and we are not leaving it soon,in your face!!!!" We are not going anywhere. We, the Dinkas lost your brothers, fathers, cousins, and half Dinkas here in Juba so we are not going anywhere.

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                • 18 March 2017 02:55, by Dinka-Defender-General

                  Continue..Jubaone is playing with fire. He/she was born in Khartoum and Arabs brainwash. Also Jubaone is lazy, drunkard, talkative, and like to sleep in. He/she hates Dinkas for no reason. I am heroes bones protect here in Jubaone. Furthermore, let him/her come to military headquarter and drive us out with my 3,500 plus soldiers and I will respect him/her. Just ask Machar with his 1,000 plus...

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                  • 18 March 2017 09:34, by jubaone

                    Jienge Defender General,
                    Go first and liberate your jienge kind in Abyei from being enslaved by Messiriya or get back some of your abducted mini jienges from the Murles. Just rubbish talk and shouting like some drunken village agamlong. Bla..bla..jienge goat

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                • 18 March 2017 09:40, by jubaone

                  Losing half of jienges where? They just died of hunger and some ended up as shamasha or lost boys. A handful were used as domestic slaves by Messiriya or Muraheleen. Ask Bona Malwal he has all the records. Of course destitutes and drifters like you rather squatt in Juba cos you have no villages except open spaces which you share with animals. Now you feel good😁 in Juba ya MTN.

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              • 18 March 2017 09:26, by jubaone

                South South,
                4-5 million and cant do anything? Sad. Ofcourse why should a lapdog being fed, given refuge and solace run away from it’s master? Your MTNs are already in Darfur, Kakuma, Uganda and in Equatoria. Honestly, they must be enjoying some rat or monkey meat 🍖 instead of starving their asses to death. Well, we are working on evicting all jienge squatters. Yei is 90% mopped up.

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          • 18 March 2017 09:59, by jubaone

            South South,
            Bow and arrows, ya bolid. Jienges don’t know how to use it except throw away spears. We put poison at the arrow’s tip and off it goes. It is currently being used against the nyors in covert operations. Ask some of the jienge survivors around Juba-Nimule road. It is a good silencer when hunting stray MTNs.

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            • 18 March 2017 14:01, by South South


              "Bow and arrows, ya bolid. Jienges don’t know how to use it except throw away spears. We put poison at the arrow’s tip and off it goes"

              So you kill snake, take out poison and eat it. Dinkas are fighters and snake poison on arrow can not defeat them. Come on and watch Juba-Nimule road right now, it has been cleared from snake eater. Are you human being? Snake, monkey, rat and dog for foo

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      • 18 March 2017 15:59, by Eyez

        So your true tribalist colours have surfaced at last, anway, it doesn’t bother us. Equatorians will stand behind Gen. Thomas. We are now mobilising all Equatorians, those trapped in both bogus SPLM’s, in diaspora and across G. Equatoria to join the true resistance.
        Soon all MTN’s will regret their arrogance and crimes perpetrated against our peaceful people.
        Anyanya 1

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    • 17 March 2017 20:27, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka is looking a better position so he can loot more public money. Why did he form military party in the first place instead of political party? Because he wants more power position to steal more money. Just come back to Juba with shame and failure. General Cirillo is lying again. He just wants a position at any cause.

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      • 17 March 2017 20:38, by jubaone

        Jienge Defender General,
        You defend your jienges who have flip-flopped and switched sides several times. If Gen. Cirillos does it, is it strange? Afterall, your "benydits" keep looting and no one says any bullshit. So just shut up your toothless jienge mouth and stay still.

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  • 17 March 2017 07:55, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The people of South Sudan is not seeking to be dominated, I believe people should fight in their regions because as it was during Garang’s time other tribes were used as tools that brought Garang to the top and later abandoned. This time Equatoria should not allow history repeat itself. Equality should come first. Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Equatoria must be equal. Domination is unacceptable.

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  • 17 March 2017 08:48, by Equatorian

    People like Lam are wasting their time because really Equatorians are not doom only those rewarded by Riek machar through positions can say yes Riek we are behind you!in the first place is Lam a spokesman for Equatorians? Equatorians can not wait for someone who is issuing decrees in a hotel doing nothing. It’s matter of time,don’t even relate Thomas to Lam Akol rebellion because you will be playi

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  • 17 March 2017 09:26, by Kush Natives

    The SPLM/SPLA - IO would like to dismiss claims from Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka alleging that our forces, the SPLA/IO in Equatoria region, had pledged loyalty to him and his movement the National Salvation front/army. This is not true and is a clear indicator of bad faith from Gen. Swaka,” the statement reads in part.

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  • 17 March 2017 09:40, by Good Foe

    Dear Lam Kuei Lam, I thought your enemy’s enemy is your friend.

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  • 17 March 2017 10:18, by Fair Man

    We have no connection with Naath and Dinka. Their confusing marks on their foreheads make them think less human. Nuer have betrayed their very reasons of supporting revolution through money and as seen by numerous defections. We are no longer bothered by SPLM-IO and we can arrest anyone anytime linking himself to Riek Machar. We want to wipe out these useless betrayers.

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    • 17 March 2017 11:01, by Malakal county Simon

      Fair Man

      don’t be deceive by lies, and please think out of the box.... This guy is government agent came to divide IO camp and than tomorrow, go back to government like those Charles Kisanga.... He defected with his two hands only and tomorrow when the situation get taught, he will go back again to government with his two hands....

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      • 17 March 2017 11:04, by Malakal county Simon


        He has no followers even from Equatoria IO because his intentions are known and if he is not careful, he will dies like those of Tanginye!!!! Alluta continue!!!!

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        • 17 March 2017 11:58, by Equatorian

          Malakal county you are deceiving yourself very soon you will see the truth, the only things you must do is behave and accept Equatorians as ally but not IO.Dr Riek is in exile hence Equatorians have nothing to wait from him,address really issues than assuming that Equatorians are behind Riek who is deceiving you? Don’t relate what between olony and lam will never happen in Equatoria land. Finally

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          • 17 March 2017 13:32, by Dalta Cirea

            South Sudanese general; who defected from Kirr Camp has to learn from Dr, Lam. Please make a coloration with IO and fight together for the achievement of your objectives.

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  • 17 March 2017 14:34, by Diko Man

    Who doesn’t know that SPLM IO failed the very beginning of their rebellion. I know now those who calls themselves SPLM IO are badly panicking of the declaration of the National salvation front. what are your objectives. SPLM IO will not win this battle, if they don’t leave behind all the self interests that your so called leaders have. Thomas is not triballic as you think and he will not be one.

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  • 17 March 2017 14:48, by Diko Man

    Get it clearly from me today! whatever you call yourselves, be it Government or SPLM IO or those food lovers, stop dreaming. Equatorians are wise people and no one decides for them and they decide objectively. and honestly they will find solution to this country’s crisis, trust me. wait it from Thomas!The food lovers will soon rejoice.Remember i don’t promote tribalism,Equatoria is not a tribe.

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  • 17 March 2017 15:38, by Kat Cok

    If they are are not present in Equatria, then who are those killing Dinka in Juba - Yei, Juba - Nimule road.

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