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S. Sudan rebel group demands re-start of peace process


March 15, 2017 (JUBA) – The leader of the National Salvation Front (NAS), a new rebel group, wants South Sudan’s peace process to be re-started.

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

Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, in a letter addressed to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation claimed the peace process initiated after August 2015 “has clearly failed, resulting in the current tragedy”.

“NAS is ready to actively participate in any new initiative,” Swaka wrote.

“Without this, NAS might find itself in a situation where it has no other choice but embark on a military campaign to dislodge the regime in Juba,” the letter adds.

Similar calls for the re-start of South Sudan’s peace process have, in the past, been made by other armed groups like the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) led by Riek Machar.

The Sudanese army general who quit his position last month announced on Monday that he had formed a new anti-government rebel group, as pressure continues mounting on the regime in Juba.

Lt. General Swaka, formerly deputy head of logistics, resigned after he accused Kiir of turning the country’s military into a "tribal army."

The military, police and other security branches, he said, heavily recruited from among the Dinka, Kiir’s tribe.

Swaka was one of three top military officials who quit in February amid accusations of tribalism, nepotism, corruption and other abuses leveled against Kiir’s government.

In a statement on Monday, Swaka said NSF "is convinced that to restore sanity and normalcy in our country” and Kiir “must” leave.

The chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae has renewed the need for inclusivity in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) in order to stop the war and avert further spread of famine.

Speaking during a plenary meeting at the Crown Hotel in Juba on Wednesday, Mogae told the JMEC Plenary in Juba that this was a defining moment in the East African nation.

“Whether by design or default, a war is being waged around this country and the security and humanitarian situation continue to deteriorate. How do we stop the fighting? How do we stop innocent people dying of starvation? And how do we ensure that the interests and concerns of all South Sudanese communities are fully represented and considered? Peace, relief and inclusivity,” he told the plenary session.

In his speech to officials from government, United Nations, China, European Union and the Troika trio of U.S., UK and Norway, the former president of Botswana pointed to the interconnection between fighting, starvation and the death of innocent civilians.

Rival parties in South Sudan signed a peace agreement in August 2015 and formed TGoNU in April 2016. However, fighting erupted in July 2016 forcing the former First Vice President and leader of the SPLM-IO, Riek Machar to flee the young nation.


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  • 16 March 2017 08:23, by Angelo Achuil

    I think going back to negotiating table is the ONLY way to peace, not guns. Whether people die in the forest, in towns by "unknown gunmen," ambushed on the roads, or in refugees camps, all are our brothers and sisters. CPA succeed when both sides have to compromise on the table since Khartoum can’t destroy SPLA and SPLA can’t capture Juba. How I wish we learned from war-wary Khartoum.

    • 16 March 2017 10:41, by Mohamed

      I agree with Angelo 100%

      Any bullet shot is a waste of badly needed resources to build a country.
      Negotiations are the only way to resolve a crisis.
      People should address corruption to avoid any more trouble.
      Any leader willing to fight corruption with an iron fist should be given the presidency.
      Otherwise ...back to square one again.

  • 16 March 2017 11:26, by aborigin

    Angelo and Moha,
    This is the campaign any able bodied South Sudanese should embark on, i appreciate your reconciliatory tones because if we realize we need one another then the hatred, war, tribalism, corruption shall by itself diminish. May God give us wisdom to see ourselves as brothers and sisters.

    • 16 March 2017 14:17, by DumoMakuachdit

      Your arguments are making senses our brothers, keep it boiling because South Sudan need all of us.

  • 16 March 2017 12:05, by Kush Natives

    Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka,
    First of all, you were not under threat from anybody within your circle or SPLA itself, let put it. So, the question is, if you didn’t opted for war or any other sound violent, then why have you rebelled, in the first place? What if no one wanted to re-start the so called peace process as you narrated? instead waited waited in j1 and keeps feeling you pockets with $

    • 16 March 2017 19:39, by Eastern

      Kush natives,

      Gen. Cirilo rebelled to break the status quo. Gen. Cirilo might have been free from any other threat but how about his fellow Equatorians? Gen. Cirilo is a hero in coming out to join the suffering masses who are under threat in Kajo KEJI, pageri, Yei, Yambio, Torit, Wau, Juba, etc. Gen. Cirilo had a very good security but not the masses he has feelings for!

      • 17 March 2017 01:08, by Kuch

        Mr. Eastern, forming an armed rebellion is easy but running it successfully is a different thing all together. Many of you fellows who are happy that Mr. Cirillo joined an armed rebellion in Equatoria are not even in battle fields but in foreign countries under their computers:http://www.southsudannation.com/to-gen-thomas-cirillo-right-decision-time-greater-equatoria-council-congratulates-you/

        • 17 March 2017 01:17, by Kuch

          First of all, who is going arms and finance your Gen. Cirilo armed rebellion? What country in our region that he is going to use as his base and conduit to procure arms, food or medical supplies. My gut tells me, that some of these armed rebellion of yours formed to violently topple the government of South Sudan will just die out one by one just like their Riek Machar’s useless armed rebellion>>>

          • 17 March 2017 01:23, by Kuch

            which these days hanging on a tiny thread to follow to their former LRA path of kidnapping, head and run. Riek Machar aimless armed rebellion fared even better because they were armed, fed and medicated by North Sudan and so does Johnson Oliny. But what about you fellows in Equatoria to get your supplies from? Uganda, DRC, CAR or Kenya?>>>

            • 17 March 2017 01:31, by Kuch

              Yes, Mr. Eastern there are many arms dealers from US, the UK, South Africa whom we have found out that they are willing to supply arms and munitions to these rebels. Because the US, the UK and some creepy companies want to these rebels as their bargaining chip to get some kind of stakes in South Sudan oil reserves and other business potentials through>>>

              • 17 March 2017 01:47, by Kuch

                a third country and a CIA, MI6, Academi LLC and many other shady arms smugglers around the world. But these ways will need a willing country in our region to be used by these groups as a conduit for their arms to reach Equatoria. There is one of these shady arms smugglers’ floating ship in the Arabian gulf and it has been used by CIA, MI6 and other Europeans and Middle Eastern crooks agencies to>>

                • 17 March 2017 02:00, by Kuch

                  supply arms and munitions to the then so-called free Libyan army, free Syrian Army, ISIS/L, Boko Haram, Abu Siayab, FARC you et al----it is called arms for hire to fight pirates! But does anyone believe this nonsense? http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/armory-weapons-could-flood-black-market

                  • 17 March 2017 02:08, by Kuch

                    Some fellows in Equatoria and in Nuerland and Shilluk just do not know the real dirty game being toyed around in our country. It is to make our country like Eastern Congo, now Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq----to make our country as unstable as possible and then a UN, NGOs, their so-called peace business and their so-called human rights agencies will then set their permanent shops that never>>

                    • 17 March 2017 02:13, by Kuch

                      likely to leave our country just like they have never left Congo since 1960th. This is what some idiots in our country want. Many idiots from Equatoria have ran to Uganda, go and lie through their teeth that they are being targeted by the Dinkas/Jienges government to the CIA, MI6 and other creepy agencies posing as NGOs workers when in fact, they are just bunch of criminals>>>

                      • 17 March 2017 02:18, by Kuch

                        that want to destroy our country through their lowly informed idiots. Their so-called human rights watch would then craft their outrageous propaganda against the government of South Sudan in the upscale hotels in Kampala, Nairobi or Adis Ababa and their go and propagated it through their sleazy corporate America and European media machines that there is going to be ethnic cleansing in South Sudan>

                        • 17 March 2017 02:25, by Kuch

                          what ethnic group is trying to cleanse another ethnic group here in South Sudan? For all l, the only ethnic group that we are going get rid off is the UN, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between out of our country. They are the ones who have taken our country and our people hostage by using some of our idiots as their bargaining chips through>>>

                          • 17 March 2017 02:31, by Kuch

                            Some of our idiots don’t even read in between the lines what the US, the UK, their UN and their creepy NGOs often called "inclusive government" in our country for our country and our people to have peace?! We already have an "inclusive government" in South Sudan. But corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their other creepy criminals in between are not included>>>

                            • 17 March 2017 02:38, by Kuch

                              The US, the UK, their UN, their creepy NGOs and some of their criminals in between want to take over our country through their so-called UN, humanitarian aid, donations, human rights and their so-called peace keeping business scams what is being used by these crooks in our country and against our people is similar to what the British merchants used against the Chinese in 18th-19th century>>>

                              • 17 March 2017 02:52, by Kuch

                                in mainland China and the Chinese island of Hong Kong---Opium war:http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-opium-wars-the-bloody-conflicts-destroyed-imperial-china-17212
                                Some idiots in Nuer, Shilluk and Equatorian communities are the ones are letting themselves being used the corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between like---Opium>>>

                                • 17 March 2017 03:07, by Kuch

                                  Replace *Opium* here with "humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping business and human rights" and you fellows will somehow understand what I am trying to inform you about here. Fellows, what do some of our idiots in the Nuerland, Shilluk or Equatoria think, the US, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy criminals are these much interested in our country??>>>

                                  • 17 March 2017 03:12, by Kuch

                                    The love affair of corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between has nothing to do with their love of some of our Nuers, Shilluks and the Equatoria criminals---it is all about our resources, that is it. But the corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between are playing with fire>>>

                                    • 17 March 2017 03:18, by Kuch

                                      There will be no way under the sun we will allow the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between to use their usual dirty intrigues in our country----their usual regime business often work for them in Middle East, West America, Central Africa and Latin America countries>>>>

                                      • 17 March 2017 03:23, by Kuch

                                        But right here in South Sudan, that is not going to happen under the sun. In fact the opposite is going to be true. There are many hungry refugees in Darfur, Southern Khardupan, Southern Blue Nile, Eastern Sudan, ethiopia, Somalia, Northern Kenya, Burundi, Congo, Northern Nigeria and CAR and other hungry refugees around the world>>>

                                        • 17 March 2017 03:29, by Kuch

                                          No one always talk of these other refugees about their hunger. But the Sudan and the South Sudanese people hunger is the most like by the evils behind the current mess in our country. Fellows, the criminals love affair with our country has gone too far. We are going to bomb the damn the damn UN, its humanitarian aid, donations and peacekeepers and everything that is connected to evil>>>

                                          • 17 March 2017 03:42, by Kuch

                                            white Americans, English, their evil juus and their criminals in between. Who says, we want the evil white American, English people and their evil juus in our country. Fellows, watch this space. This is what the criminals behind the current mess in our country want:https://paanluelwel.com/2015/08/14/troika-and-igad-the-unholy-alliance-working-to-invade-south-sudan-in-pretext-of-bringing-peace/

                                            • 17 March 2017 03:50, by Kuch

                                              The criminals in from the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between have even been advising some Nuers, Shilluks and Equatorians to stay in these so-called UN compounds and the UN will always be given them free food. But mainly to blackmail the government of South Sudan, good luck our enemies. Get out our back fellows.

                                              • 17 March 2017 03:54, by Kuch

                                                We are going to bomb the evils out of map. Game is over fellows.

  • 16 March 2017 12:21, by Kush Natives

    Looted and betraying this country at last wouldn’t do us any good folks! Some stacked brains fellows citizens think that Kiir Mayardit will not go. But, my question to you those have such mentality. Why do you think Kiir will not go? Kiir at the END is a human. But, removing him recklessly, will leave us recklessly, committee that in memory!

  • 16 March 2017 14:43, by Kat Cok

    Re - start of peace process? Who told him to stole the money from the logistics of SPLA and rebelled? Did he want to return to the SPLA and steal the money again?

    • 17 March 2017 00:38, by nuer food lovers

      Kat cok what kiir mayardit and JCE stolen is much more than the concocted 11$ million.
      Aldo Ajou and Bona Malual Madut with their malong must be let to know the exit route

  • 17 March 2017 07:06, 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.

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