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Ex-South Sudan army general forms new rebel movement


March 6, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s former deputy chief of staff for logistics, Lt. General Thomas Cirillo Swaka has formed a new rebel group, opposed to the Juba regime under President Salva Kiir.

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

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 wrote on Monday.

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

NAS, it leader said, strongly advocates for national co-existence, ideals of free, sovereign and a democratically-governed nation.

“Thus, with a clear conscience and with determination, we declare the birth of a citizen-imposed change,” partly reads Swaka’s letter.

The former army officer said his rebel movement would respond to the call for unified resistance against President Kiir’s government, using all means that would be available, feasible and effective.

“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 the letter.

The new rebel movement, said Swaka, will vigorously use all means at its disposal after the Juba regime created a “highly selfish class that ensures its continued existence for the singular purpose of illicitly amassing personal and family wealth”.

The former top military said the objective of the regime to amass resources at the expense of development and the common goal.

In a six-page letter issued last month, Swaka claimed the country was dominated by Dinka tribe and the army turned into a tribal militia that "targets non-Dinka ethnicities".


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  • 6 March 2017 22:09, by deng

    after escaping with $10 millions, he formed (NAS)and now, he has not seen enough equatorians fleeing to Uganda and so he wanted to add more suffering to the wounded already. Good luck pretender thief. You’all suppose to evacuate leadership not only Salva Kiir. You are should say thank you to Kiir for letting you steal that money.

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    • 7 March 2017 06:48, by Midit Mitot

      Kiir must go without doubt.

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    • 7 March 2017 07:00, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Failure after failure! Whoever rebels b’se of Dinka dominancy in SPLA or govt will never be different fro previous failed ones. Thomas accuses Kiir of tribal army but he too has formed a tribal rebellion! Wonderful S. Sudan! Like Riek, like Lam & like Cyrilo

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  • 6 March 2017 22:10, by Dinka-Defender-General

    General Cirillo, remember if Machar and his supporters couldn’t topple the regime, your chance of overthrowing Kiir government is slim or deadlock. You will never go nowhere. Just ask Machar for any advice before you create more problems and get kill for no reason. You was supposed to form non military political party if you want to topple the government. Just think out the box.

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    • 6 March 2017 22:27, by South South

      Any rebellion in Equatoria to be strong must get big support either from DRC or Uganda or Kenya. Any rebellion in Upper Nile must get big support from Ethiopia or Sudan. All these coin rebellions in South Sudan will never change anything. The only thing they will do is causing suffer to our people including rebels’ immediate families. No single sign that Uganda, Kenya or DRC will change soon.

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      • 7 March 2017 13:37, by Wau son

        Fuck you,
        Read this.......Citizens in Raja town in South Sudan’s Lol state said the sounds of light guns and heavy artilleries were heard near military barracks on Monday morning.
        Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Monday, several local residents said, the sound of heavy gunfire created fear among citizens and many fled their homes.

        your Mathiang Anyour in Raja are running from town and their Baracks

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    • 6 March 2017 23:18, by Ajongtar

      Consider Kiir is Gone, we are going to close Nimule boarder by April 2017, by June we are advancing to Torit, July YEI, Aug Yambio, Sep Juba, Dec Republic of Equatoria 2018....
      Government of Technocrats.

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      • 7 March 2017 07:28, by holysonel

        hahahahahahah yo so funny walai.. respect tho

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      • 7 March 2017 14:18, by AK 47

        Dear bro war is not like a food you have to know what happen to Riak Machar with all those food lovers they do nothing and they a good fighters than you just call Mathaing anour 2 to Equatorial if you will stay there look for way towards Kenya ,Uganda,Congo because you are Woman just keep toking and don get into the way you will run out of your city. Mathang anour 2 oyee.

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    • 7 March 2017 05:28, by jubaone

      Jienge Defender General,
      Get down to the frontlines. Men at work😅

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      • 7 March 2017 08:40, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, you and any party you support must think first then war later if there is a need for it. Personally, I don’t recommend war as a solution for our problems. First, what are you and generals you support are fighting for? Positions. Finally, domination of the SPLA party started in 1983 when the party was formed and nothing can’t be done right now. Just be patience and time will tell.

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    • 7 March 2017 05:36, by Nyesi Ta

      Remember real war hasn’t started yet. To date the abused peaceful people of Equatoria by the kleptocratic tribal regime in Juba has had enough and therefore, has nothing to loose but fight for their diginity, and to restore control of their ancestral lands by removing those savages who wildly claim they are born to rule. Real men who want to govern usually govern responsibly.

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  • 6 March 2017 22:37, by Abuk-tier

    It’s worth noted that Kiir’s and company kleptocratic regime ends is in sight. With proliferation of current rebellions, the naysayers should pinch themselves and/or wake up to a new reality in South Sudan. Conventional wisdom dictates "Don’t undermine the power of silent majority, you can bully people to some extend, payback is a bitch, however"! Juba, JCE for that matter are sweating badly!

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  • 6 March 2017 23:06, by pabaak

    So Sudantribune is quick to know this news, forming tribal motivated criminal group will solve non of your problems, but just the follow of foot steps of others, this time God is bringing peace because those who are undermining the stability of the Country are going out one by one . what understand is about bad governance of its about enemy woking within and find it difficult to make

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    • 6 March 2017 23:16, by pabaak

      meaningful impact so he decided to try this one but he forget his demise may be just around the corner. people of south sudan has enough of suffering from these renegades, this is not a time for getting into power by violence if you think you’re worth while then why wait for elections if you think have people who can support your rebellion.

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  • 6 March 2017 23:20, by Ajongtar

    Consider Kiir is Gone, we are going to close Nimule boarder by April 2017, by June we are advancing to Torit, July YEI, Aug Yambio, Sep Juba, Dec Republic of Equatoria 2018....
    Government of Technocrats.

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  • 7 March 2017 00:45, by john akeen

    That’s fine; we will take care of all of this Rebels soon,and I just want you to put this in your mind, President Kiir his not going anywhere until you surrender,and you know very-well Omar Beshir still in the Sudanese office until today, why I’m I saying this? because there is no Rebel in this world can take any country government out by war

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    • 7 March 2017 05:19, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      Saddam Hussein, Muamar Gadhaffi, Ben Ali all made similar statements in the end the first two men were pulled out from culverts like terrified stray dogs. The rest is history. Good is that such hopeless dictators are too stupid to foresee their demise. Kiir’s last moments will be very nasty. God forbid. 😈

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      • 7 March 2017 08:32, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, we, the South Sudan know President Kiir is not going to rule for life, but change must come through peaceful dialog. Also change must include majority of Dinkas not a few self serving individuals Dinkas who join you for popularity or position. Remember majority of Dinkas are not interesting in fighting, but they join president Kiir because you target their innocent Dinkas.

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      • 7 March 2017 09:49, by Kush Natives

        Then what’s the reason for you thinking of war, if Kiir will be removed by someone else, as you stated those names? My advise to you is to prepared for humiliation or evacuate the country immediately! I know will still armed on media, while your colleague are disarmed on the ground. Otherwise, you, Fair Man, Midit Mitot, Lou Nuer—, Eastern and so forth should cease your wishful thinking.

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  • 7 March 2017 01:17, by lino

    It looks the situation is getting worst with now Equatorians taking up arms. Tribal Wars are on the folks; it is to solve our problems peacefully!!!

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    • 7 March 2017 03:00, by lino

      correction: It is better to solve...

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    • 7 March 2017 05:46, by Nyesi Ta

      Lino the language of peace had long been gone because talking peace may not be understood by those savages and barbarians in Juba whose ears are in their butts and untill they pup them out forcefully, they will not listen to the call for a just peace.

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    • 7 March 2017 08:18, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Lino, remember since 1991 until CPA was signed in 2005 "Equatoria Faction and Nuer Faction fought SPLA soldiers without success. So don’t worry the SPLA soldiers will be ready. I believe every general that leave the SPLA party is looking for change, but for self interest propaganda. Remember I am not happy with how the SPLA is operating now, but I am not going to take arms against my party.

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      • 7 March 2017 15:14, by lino

        Ya, General not all SPLA are interested in war after independent. Time has changed.

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  • 7 March 2017 02:48, by Atemjak

    South Sudanese are very foolish, the only investment they know is to form rebel movement in order to beg from interesting parties whose aim is to get get anything in return. It is now becoming easier to form rebellious then to set up shop in Juba Town what a people?

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    • 7 March 2017 05:57, by Nyesi Ta

      Had it not to be rebellions that started in 1955 and 1983, your ass wouldn’t be free and independent today. Use your brain to think but not your ashy ass. Yours is all about supporting Kiir al Awiir because of being tribemen. The rebellions will continue till there is good governance and justice ya haramiyah intum.

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  • 7 March 2017 05:52, by Kush Natives

    I hope they,Those idiots don’t regret soon, when it become reality. Those Thomas Cirilo think that giving up is that easy? The way he left Bashir in 1992. History repeat itself. Let go for the war that you always looking for! Don’t cry for genocide later and call U.N. to take over the country, I know that is what you’re idiotic looking for.

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    • 7 March 2017 06:43, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,

      Dont worry, just keep cool and let Gen. Cirillo do his job. If you have a problem with that, go meet him in the bushes of Equatoria, if not just shut up your toothless jienge mouth and dream.

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      • 7 March 2017 08:55, by Kush Natives

        Ah ah ah ah ah Mr. Jubaone, I bet you folks will remained in the bush till you joined an animals kingdoms! Trust me, if those of Cirilo were propagating tribal arena within, then let all accept the consequences in returns. I think this reconciliation will serve as the lasting chance for you!

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        • 7 March 2017 09:03, by Kush Natives

          If president Kiir wouldn’t perform well, we will bring an another heartless human who don’t deserve to live life. Rebellion in South Sudan become a successful business for betrays who have a gut feeling of the suffering innocent civil populations in the New nation. We’re getting prestrated on this!

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          • 7 March 2017 10:02, by Kush Natives

            correction: frustrated or aggravated on this!

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        • 7 March 2017 14:30, by jubaone

          Kush Natives,
          You jienges are already terrified with the formation of NAS. What then, if operations start and your jienge scoundrels get beaten up? If you are intelligent take my advice and tell your fellow jienges to start quitting Juba cos in the nest 2-4 weeks, things will be nasty. Take it or leave it. The second tumultous Kokora is underway.

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    • 7 March 2017 06:46, by anyanya1

      You Mr kush
      I don’t think from this genocide you’re talking about Dink’s people will escape they will test it too.it’s important to know these.

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  • 7 March 2017 06:22, by aborigin

    Lets focus on peaceful coexistence my people.. this euphoria of forming movements based on tribal intrigues is no merely aweful but naive to the fullest. Govt failures stinks to the highest heavens but democracy will only bring the change you and i want. I question always the political maturity of any self claimed politician basing claims on tribal lines???.

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  • 7 March 2017 06:47, by Future1

    He has been disputing his true activities within from day one but it becomes reality. He will change nothing only that he will incite his tribe men/women which won’t bear tangible fruits. These generals are dying rebels without any positive development. Me peace first no need of killing more innocent South Sudan youth.

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  • 7 March 2017 06:51, by Gabriel KK

    All nonsense. He is fugitive thief in rebel’s uniform. I am blaming the President for being soft on rebellion. He has to rule with iron fist or Must Go if he is scared of ICC.

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    • 7 March 2017 16:56, by jubaone

      Gabriel Kk,
      This is exactly the position we like; non-compromise. Kiir defends his jieng position and we Equatorians and non jienges ours. No to peace, no to luakjieng nonsense about national dialogue. All must be armed and make a showdown. First, we already control all roads in and out of Juba. Next is Nimule. We must drive these MTN squatters away. They are like fleas.

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  • 7 March 2017 07:38, by gakthon

    Haaaaaa.kush n Danka defense remember when miti n jubaone vowed that they said machar would soon destory kirr n took his position.now they evacute their trust from machar to Thamas n lie again without thinking that their comments r all lie n they don’t even give us a single heart beat when we hear them.

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  • 7 March 2017 08:41, by Kat Cok

    Look! Renegade Thomas Cirillo. He said that :President Kiir must vacated the office without further bloodshed. How come while he formed rebellion movement to fight the government.
    From this point, it become clear that those terrorist who hunted, terrorized and killed Dinka along Juba - Nimule, Juba - Yai road is funded by him. He funded them be the money he stole from SPLA logistic budget.

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    • 7 March 2017 15:00, by jubaone

      Kat Cok
      Dont worry, our people were just lynching chicken and goat thieves who were running aeay to their hideouts in Juba. Once we clear our towns in Equatoria from MTN filth, we drive them out of Equatoria. No MTN will again be allowed to squatter and even own a plot. Afterall they just grabbed them and MUST be taken away. They are foreigners or mbororos

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  • 7 March 2017 09:32, by Angelo Achuil

    Really thinking what to say to Gen Thomas??? Forming effective political party in Juba is like forming an effective new denomination in Vatican and forming a new armed rebellion to liberate S. Sudan is like supporting ISIS in beheading & starving civilians hoping it will force Bashar Assad to resigns in Damascus!!! These are two choices each must choose from, I am for the former NOT the later.

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  • 7 March 2017 09:42, by Angelo Achuil

    I gave the best support I could to SPLM/SPLA for 20 yrs until I realized how the same becoz of self-interest brought the country to its knees and frustrated 22yrs of vows under oath. I can’t afford another betrayal under the same theme with same method of violence mostly against the innocent and vulnerable. If they are killing on the other side, and I kills on this side, what’s the difference???

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    • 7 March 2017 14:20, by jubaone

      Equatorians and Non-jienges,
      To kill a monster, you may opt to use a machete (panga), bow and arrows, spears, stones etc. The goal is getting the monster dead by all means. I urge all men and women to join IO, NAS, EDL to get the work quickly done. This time either them or us. There are no middle solutions.

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  • 7 March 2017 10:24, by Fair Man

    Bravo General Swaka!
    You can not watch your people being burnt into their houses by ruthless JCE regime despite its tenure of office expired on 8th July, 2015. It has been operating illegally and thus be shown the way. Together with other revolutionaries, lets march to J1 and send this JCE thugs to Aweil, Warrap or exile. We have promising reports that Anyoors are afraid now as they are JCE alone!

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  • 7 March 2017 11:34, by Lado Lo Lainya

    The pain is coming remember this time the Ugandans are reluctant to save your ass.

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  • 7 March 2017 14:46, by Fair Man

    Bravo National Salvation Front (NAS)
    All able-bodied South Sudanese are welcome. We particularly urge trade unions, universities and civilians, across the Country, to turn out in big numbers, on 10.3.2017, this Friday, to turn Kiir’s National Prayers into Popular Uprising towards regime change. We urge all to turn out in numbers. Programs will be sent to your within 36 hours from today. Stay tuned

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  • 7 March 2017 15:40, by ykanna

    Gen. Thomas , is fugitive , for he had stolen over $ 10 m n he claimed to be the one to bring change in South Sudan . the world n the nation is already aware of your unscrupulous character. in God name never pretend , you the worse one. therefore, you decided so to avoid looming investigation at your desk concerning misappropriation of the army funds. shame on you.

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  • 7 March 2017 16:05, by Fair Man

    Assuming that he had stolen $ 10 million as you claimed, which is a mere lie. Tell us when will Kiir and Malong and their families; clear their names from Sentry Reports, Weapon of Mass Corruption 2016, Dura Scandal 2008, USD 4.bn, by 75 officials, on top are Kiir and Malong? How about the theft of 600m $, 280m $? M means millions-$ dollars? And appearing in ICC for war crimes they committed

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  • 7 March 2017 21:00, by The Rhino

    You Jieng (MTN) better wake up and hurry to where you came from, Warrap, Aweil, Kwajok, Gogrial (I don’t care what you call your places),leave Equatoria alone before it is too late. The heat is fuming and the wrath is about to be unleashed. Your JCE and primitive Kiir deluded this beautiful South Sudan into a pathetic cow camp, its about time to set the record right,time for babysitting is over!

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    • 8 March 2017 13:25, by AK 47

      You don’t know what you are toking for because you Equatoria you are women we cant move out from Juba came with mother or any one in your family we are ready for you and is beater to take Equatorian who are in JEC areas back and get ready for running to where you wont to go but not bush because it cannot accommodate us (matheang aour 2 oyee book your house in Juba DE MUNJANG son.

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  • 8 March 2017 09:01, by real Dinka

    Dear all,
    You have been barking around that you hate mighty Dinka, but that is not the solution to solve the problem, lets sit together and compaign against Kirr and Riek inorder to restore peace and stability in this country otherwise we are all under mess if wew support those power greedy leaders who does not care for their own tribes.
    look now kirr has finish Dinka and Riek with Nuer people.

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