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S. Sudan rebel leader seeks global support to remove Kiir


October 28, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese rebel leader says he visited the United Nations headquarters in New York to solicit the support needed for voices that can highlight the plight of the suffering population so that President Salva Kiir can be removed from power.

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

General Thomas Cirilo Swaka, the leader of the National Salvation Front told Sudan Tribune Saturday the he traveled to the United States to meet world leaders, the South Sudanese people and civil society entities to discuss the conflict in South Sudan.

"I went to New York not as an ordinary south Sudanese but as the leader of the National Salvation Front to raise the voice and plights of our people to the world leaders. You know the ordinary South Sudanese today paying the brunt of the conflict they do not know the cause," said Swaka.

He added, "What I know about our people is that even before the conflict erupted in 2013, the people were actually very, very tired of Salva Kiir’s regime, a regime that is discriminating against them on the basis of their ethnicity; a regime that is practicing corruption; which has actually messed up the economy of the country".

According to the army logistic chief-turned rebel leader, costs of living in government-controlled areas are unaffordable for many, while the majority of the population either fled the country or live in UN protection of civilian sites.

“We don’t need to about Unemployment. It has been an issue before the fighting took place. The employment opportunities in civil servants are given on the basis of ethnicity and clannism. The members of the minority tribes are not feeling that they are properly integrated in society. They do not feel as if they are part of South Sudan. They don’t feel as if their contribution in the liberation struggle that culminated into secession has been recognition," stressed the rebel leader.

"The resources of the country are being controlled by a tribe. So everyone feel excluded and this is the actual root to be addressed”, he further explained.

Cirilo said he formed a rebel movement relevant to the people because he and his group are allegedly championing the cause of the majority of South Sudanese.

In March, Swaka, a former deputy chief of staff for logistics, formed a new rebel group, opposed to the Juba regime under President Kiir.

Swaka, who now heads the National Salvation Front (NAS), quit the military, accusing its leadership of running the army on ethnic lines.

“The National Salvation Front (NAS) is convinced that to restore sanity and normalcy in our country, Kiir must go, he must vacate the office without further bloodshed,” he partly wrote in a six page letter.

The former army official vowed to ensure all means are used to restore law, order and ensure respect for human rights in the country.

“It is in this spirit of dedication to the cause of our people that I, General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, on behalf of the National Salvation Front, solemnly declare the launching of the National Salvation Front (NAS) on this 6th Day of March, 2017,” further noted Swaka’s letter.

He also claimed the country was dominated by Dinka tribe and the army turned into a tribal militia that "targets non-Dinka ethnicities".

In August, South Sudan released at least 30 political prisoners following an amnesty President Kiir had declared in May to facilitate the national dialogue initiative created to reconcile warring parties.

Analysts say the move to free the former political detainees without any pre-condition demonstrated Kiir’s determination to resolve the country’s civil war.

South Sudan has experienced violence since December 2013 when political disagreements between President Kiir and the nation’s former First Vice-President saw the nation split along ethnic lines. Tens of thousands of people have died and over two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst violence since its independence.


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  • 29 October 2017 07:11, by Kush Natives

    Mr. Cirilo,
    Stop lying period! What have you done when you were there as a deputy chief of staff? We South Sudanese people are No longer be perceive by fools hyenas. We all know that the rebellion against South Sudanese government become a reward. These practices are No longer available.

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    • 29 October 2017 07:22, by Nairobimitot

      He stole 60 million Dollars as part of his corruption.

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    • 29 October 2017 07:31, by Majesty

      Gen. Cirilo is a coward exactly like his former boss Salva Kiir. If you are part and see a failed system you can’t wait to rebel a million year later. We will make
      sure coward Kiir is destroyed, by then dogs anywhere will feel our might.

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      • 29 October 2017 07:56, by South South

        Cirillo is a thief, a big thief. He needs to face the rule of law in the court for the money he stole from SPLA. He is very stupid about going to UN headquarters in New York and thinks that UN will help him to get power in South Sudan. All rebels are very cowards, jubaone, Eastern, Cirillo, Lam and the rest of them think international community will fight for them, cowards,

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        • 29 October 2017 09:05, by Eastern

          South South,

          Lick your wounds, dude. Thief, cowards, stupid, etc is what you know to label those causing you trouble. Those opposed to Kiir will continue goading him till he wears off, whatever that means...Douche bag.

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          • 29 October 2017 10:18, by South South

            Thomas Cirrilo stole SPLA money. How do you want us to call him? A leader? No, a commander, no, a thief? Yes. You are one man, a single man, nothing you can do about Kiir. To be a leader you need people. Kiir has millions of people with hi., you vet it.

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            • 29 October 2017 10:19, by South South

              Correctio : I mean you get it.

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            • 29 October 2017 13:46, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

              South South

              You need to be sensible. Cirrilo has not been proven to have stolen a cent from your rotten system. He is simply demanding our rights as citizens and those rights will be realised through self-governance. No one thieves of South Sudan resources are known internationally.Jieng people are first class thieves in the country. ask anyone in the world about that and you won’t be disappointe

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      • 30 October 2017 05:20, by padiit gaga

        You did good to recognised the corruption government even U.N. general secretary recognised it and it is government of one tribe and one group and loss the right of other tribe.why you have been captured any cities? Do not confuses people just do the action every body will support you like those of I.O. Let us removed Dinka regime by action we all refused this tribal government.

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  • 29 October 2017 11:49, by Marco A. Wek

    Thomas like the rest of South Sudanese cultures sing how good the government is and once they are removed from that very government, then that start saying things that are contrary to what they used to say. They are all useless self serving groups of idiots.

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    • 29 October 2017 13:53, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


      The reality is the government is Dinka controlled=. hence a Dinka government. Police, Security and Armed Forces too are under Dinka. The rest are toiling under them. Thomas Cirilo is correct to advocate for a change that will benefit Dinka and the rest of communities on equal legal ground. Stop viewing national issues with tribal lenses.

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    • 30 October 2017 16:01, by Landlord

      Thomas Cirilo was not sacked, he left by himself. Just for your information, because other people just comment for the sake of it without knowledge. supporters of the current regime should continue to praise kiir because they gain a lot from him. But ask yourself, are you for the nation or Kiir?

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  • 29 October 2017 14:49, by pabaak

    This is what you rebel to seek international to help you we know your intention you and some former political detainees are lobbying foreign governments to install a puppet government here in South Sudan and be more than cowardic thing a man pretend to be patriotic can do to this country

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    • 29 October 2017 15:04, by pabaak

      This rebels want this to be in continuous insatiability because to day if people south Sudan accept foreign intervention to change the leadership in south Sudan then you allow mistake that will face for your life and this will not happen iin n our watch.if government is not doing will in addressing problems of the country then the change will come form of south Sudanese people througth ballot box

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      • 29 October 2017 15:11, by pabaak

        Not through international intervention if this is what they after it then expect no peace and you will just be crushed so that peace and development can continue in the country.

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  • 29 October 2017 16:17, by Sunday Junup

    May be you mean Dr.Riak because you are not fighting Juba but IO. Correct yourself before it is too late

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  • 30 October 2017 10:22, by Kat Cok

    Look! this man is taking the same steps of FDs to sell South Sudan out. Are you not taking arms against Silva Kiir government, come and fight him, you are not far from Juba, it is not their business to ask them a support, how can they support you while you did not capture a town? your forces are just ambushed the transport on roads between Juba Nimule, Juba yei road searching MTN ( DINKA).

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