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September 8, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese rebel has rejected a presidential offer of amnesty, questioning the credibility of the order and describing it a strategy to delay suffering of the people.

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

Thomas Cirilo, who switched side early this year and formed a separate rebel group operating on a parallel side to the main armed opposition faction of the SPLM-IO under the leadership of the former Frist Vice President Riek Machar told Sudan Tribune on Friday he learnt from the media the amnesty extended to him by the president.

“I did not have any discussion with anybody from the government before. I learned that they decided to extend me amnesty in the media. I don’t know in which context," Cirilo said.

"Instead of me extending my amnesty, Salva Kiir should be the one to seek amnesty from the suffering people of South Sudan for all crimes he and his associates have committed before and the after the break out the war,” he added.

Cirilo said the unbearable human suffering in the country was a creation of Salva Kiir and his government. This situation, he adds, can never be settled just by granting amnesty to individuals.

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

Last 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.

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  • 8 September 23:31, by South South

    Thief, how about the money you stole from SPLA? Stay in your hotel in Ethiopia.

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    • 9 September 01:24, by Malakal county Simon

      Unwanted president Kiir himself need amnesty from people’s of South Sudan for causing untold suffering, senseless war due to to fear of losing power...... Shame-on him as an accidental president!!!!

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      • 9 September 05:10, by Newsudan

        oh! South Sudanese are being held hostage by hyenas residing in hotels of cities, Addis,DC,Khartoum, Nairobi, Kampala etc,while masses languished in idps camps,refugees camps, where on earth do leaders hijacked their very owned people they should cared for, unnecessary demands, the likes of Riek, G10,Cirillo, Bakasoro,Lam to mention a few of these hyenas taking us hostage for ransom from Regime o

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        • 9 September 09:45, by jubaone

          Newsudan,
          If I were Gen Cirillo, I would urge all Equatorians to establish their own state. It has become very clear, nothing can work out with jienges, they must be left alone and none should even waste time living with them. They are a chaotic, unruly, lawless and savages. See their states! They have no war, yet they flee and wait for help cos they are just lazy. Equatoria Now!

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          • 9 September 10:50, by Newsudan

            Jubaone
            Gen.Cirillo has sense of leadership but is doing it in wrong way,he should not copy hotels habit of Riek or Lam.
            2018 general election is near for all who wanted leadership not violence based on tribe,there is no country without Baria,Nuer,Zande,Shilluk,Dinka,Murle,Balanda or Toposa.otherwise this tribal rhetoric will take us no where,but sometimes I admit Kiir has no strategies to united

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    • 9 September 09:16, by jubaone

      South South,
      Your reaction is whore-like, absurd and stupid. You didn’t point fingers to your jienge criminals and thugs (Malong, Makuei, Malek) for enriching themselves at expense of the country. Stealing is a jienge habit and don’t think noble Bari people would get that low to behave like immoral luakjienges who steal, rape, kill. Shut up devil’s kid.

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      • 9 September 10:11, by South South

        jubaone,

        You are very stupid. Other day you said Dinkas are very quick learners and they can learn how to shoot guns in 5 minutes, those are your own words other day, but today you are saying Dinkas don’t know to shoot guns, stupid and wicked old man. Cirillo is a big thief, nothing you can do to clear his name. We will bring him one day to the court of law.

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        • 9 September 11:35, by jubaone

          South South,
          Either you’re damn nut or notorious fool. Read my article once more and quote to reinforce your assertion. Yes, it takes just 5 mins to teach a luakjienge to shoot a gun and another 50 yrs to read and write. You are a testimony to this. What has this statement to do with the topic on Gen Cirillo?

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          • 9 September 12:04, by South South

            juabone,
            Damn lair!!!! When someone can master a gun in minutes, that person is a very smart person, unless your just stupid and you do not know what you are putting out to the public. When a person testify that a person is very quick to master something in 5 minutes especially learning guns in 5 minutes. This shows that you are very afraid of Dinka, I know now why ran away from South Sudan

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            • 9 September 12:22, by jubaone

              South South,
              That is what fools can best do, learn to shoot in 5 mins. Dismember that gun and tell the luakjienge to put it together again, and you realize, he is the natural-born fool or should we say "born-to-be-a fool". You havent transformed jiengeland into a paradise but hell on earth and so you run like scared rats to Equatoria. Hopeless!

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        • 9 September 12:27, by jubaone

          South South,
          First no jienge CAN EVER sentence a noble Bari like Gen Cirillo to court, how? Illiterate savages who dont understand law to do that? First sentence your jienge criminals and thugs who have emptied state coffers and living good in Kenya, Uganda and Australia with looted monies. Even you now survive on such looted monies and unable to work for yourself, you loser!

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          • 9 September 13:17, by Mr. Right

            jubaone,
            You must be the most idiotic, lunatic, psychotic, and quintessential son of a whore. This is perhaps, why, your statements are often lacking substance but rather full of tripe and drivel.

            Last time, I requested you to seek mental resuscitation/psychoanalysis to stand a chance of living a second life. You shrugged off that piece of advice to live a worthy life and prefer lunacy.

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            • 9 September 13:17, by Mr. Right

              Look now, you are just romping mad.

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            • 9 September 15:32, by jubaone

              Mr. Right,
              Oh well, the jienges savage has gone mad and hurling words aimlessly like what jienges do best: disorderly, illmannered and mouthy like market harlot. Grrh! Son of jellaba and bastard.

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              • 9 September 15:48, by Mr. Right

                jubaone,
                What is so painful to you about my piece of advice when I’m helping you? It was directed at you, an individual. Suddenly, and you proving that always, and I must say again, you are suffering from psychosis.

                I know it’s a devastating mental-depletion kind of disorder, but you need help. Seek help, buddy!!

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                • 9 September 20:43, by jubaone

                  Mr. Right,
                  It’s absurd and silly that some irrate and half idiot jienge like you would give me an advice. It’s me to give you advice cos you are congenitally abnormal. Even learning new English words won’t make you an intellectual. You are a foolish jienge trying to be smart. No way 😝

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                  • 9 September 20:52, by Mr. Right

                    jubaone,
                    The state of your mental condition got nothing to do with me or my background. It’s just that you are mentally-retarded and deserve medical attention. Is that hard for you to grasp, psychopath?

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                    • 9 September 21:09, by Mr. Right

                      I am not going to dissipate my invaluable time responding to a psychotic. It’s not worthy stooping to your level. You either heel to my advice or live like a street dog.

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          • 9 September 13:52, by South South

            jubaone,

            People who know how to master guns are the one ruling the world, USA is a very good example. Americans are very good with guns. The all world respect them. Your thief Cirillo was lifted by John Garang through Affirmative Action. He is a thief now and we want him to answer our questions for money he stole from SPLA, we will get him. We don’t care whether he hide in a hotel in Ethiopia.

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            • 9 September 15:28, by jubaone

              South South,
              Don’t compare your jienge scoundrels with USA. Who cares, now the opposition has acquired guns and so lets fight it out. To hell with your jienge amnesty or national dialogue. No peace and no reconciliation till jienges quit Equatoria. Take it or leave it. 👊

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  • 8 September 23:55, by Theone

    Good luck general,soon you will get a high rank for your tribal war.

    Tribalism war pay off in South Sudan.

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  • 9 September 02:10, by john akeen

    President Kiir you need to stop paying attention to those people who doesn’t want to work with you, because no matter what you do Mr. president, they won’t listen to you because they don’t want you or want what you’re talking about, all they want is your office, but believe me my president, all you need to do is to issue an order and let who want to work with to follow the order in a right way...

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    • 9 September 02:35, by john akeen

      Mr. president you agreed to take the responsibility by seating in the public’s office, we all know that you’re responsible for everything that is going on and on in the country and we all know that you do want to fix it by any means, if you read in the bible jesus say, I am your King and your leader whether you like it or not, but if you don’t really want to follow me, that will be up to you>

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      • 9 September 03:03, by john akeen

        some people GOD created them to be a people leader automatically and some people GOD created them to be a people leader by doing a good things first to the people than people will choose he/she to become their leader, no one should force himself or herself to become a people leader by force, because if you do so a lot of people will die because of your choice; You want to be a leader by force

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        • 9 September 03:32, by john akeen

          in any leadership in this world, a leader men or women shouldn’t expect that in his leadership or her leadership that there would be no crisis, you should know 100% that, there will be crisis and you should be very careful that there will be some people that might try to take power from you by force, as a leader you should have inspectors

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          • 9 September 04:13, by john akeen

            Mr. president you should remain come and you should take any blame because it is part of your job, don’t expect any political party must like you, they all hat you and they all wants to poke you and you must take it, but all I want to tell you if you don’t mind is that stay strong, because GOD doesn’t like ugly and GOD doesn’t like quitters, stay strong until the end

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  • 9 September 02:47, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What is the amnesty for? Implement the peace agreement as signed. Cirrilo can not come and be part of the shit that killed, raped citizens and thereafter take their properties. He cannot come to join thieves in J1 while our people are in the trenches resisting barbarism.

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  • 9 September 05:31, by Naath

    The Dinka tribal chief Salva Kiir should be the one seeking amnesty from South Sudanese for imposing unwanted war on them. Salva Kiir is power greedy, money launderer, and a war criminal. He should be arrested and send to ICC and spend the rest of his life in prison.

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  • 9 September 06:38, by Lenin Bull

    So in this case who is for war and death and who is for peace and dialogue to resolve issues in South Sudan? The president has two options before him either he defeats the rebels militarily if they don’t want peace or resign if that is difficult for him to achieve. No government in the world begs rebels and other core criminals that should be charged with high treason and national betrayal.

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  • 9 September 06:44, by Lenin Bull

    Continue....
    President Salva Kiir’s soft indecisive leadership style will destroy South Sudan in the long run. Ask yourselves why there is no rampant rebellion like in our case in other neighboring countries and further afield in the world? It is because there are heavy penalties for rebelling against one’s own country and no reward for rebelling rather it is death that awaits them.

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  • 9 September 06:49, by Lenin Bull

    This lack of decisive will in stamping out rebellion once and for all in South Sudan shows that President Salva Kiir doesn’t care about the safety, security and economic well being of South Sudanese citizens. He rather wants rebellion to mushroom in the country as a strategy to prolong his stay in power/J1 with a clique of his supporters looting the country dry. No elections because of insecurity!

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  • 9 September 06:58, by Mike Mike

    The huge amount of money u stolen from the army when u were chief of log/ procurement can’t qualified u even to be granted with amnesty. Just u eat them in those foreign hotels and SS gov’t will reclaims this money when u come back.what can qualified a thief to take up arms against the gov’t which he has looted it’s money in day light?.This is a tit for tat game that is going on among SS leaders.

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    • 9 September 09:26, by jubaone

      Mike Mike,
      The KCB denied having any illegal accounts belonging to Gen Cirillo and there are no evidence against him till now except worthless and stupid jienge mudslinging. Gen Cirillo is has an impeccable military record not hoodlums and luak savages who call themselves an army cos they can shoot a gun. Ask your jienge criminals, where is the $3.2b from Dura Saga? You are one of these beneficiar

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  • 9 September 10:04, by Kat Cok

    President Salva Kiir does not know the meaning of amnesty, because it is not correct to offer amnesty to criminals like Thomas Cirilo and other rebels who are committing crimes against humanity is South Sudan.
    Those criminals must be accounted for their crimes they committed.

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  • 9 September 10:13, by conservative

    I bet you all south Sudanese politician are cowered and will never gonna ask Bashir for the 2 millions of life we lost before during the civil war and this is not okay with me the only person who won us the independence of south sudan is Dr John follow by salava kirirr with loyalty

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  • 9 September 10:34, by conservative

    Mr.President stop being too nice to those rebels against our government offer them an amnesty they will not appreciate it they still wants your office that’s what their attention is the rebels they don’t care even about themselves I don’t need to be liberated from dinka

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