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Rival factions undermining S. Sudan peace efforts: SPLM-IO


September 9, 2017 (JUBA) – A member of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) has decried the ongoing rivalry among the country’s various ruling party factions, saying it was giving the Juba government an advantage to continue remaining in power.

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

The armed opposition’s deputy spokesman, Lam Paul Gabriel on Saturday claimed the National Salvation Front (NAS) forces loyal to Gen. Thomas Cirilo have been attacking their forces instead of working together to achieve aims for which they all took up arms.

“The forces NAS under the command of Gen. Peter Yugu in Lobonok, who pledged allegiance to NAS, executed 03 SPLA IO soldiers hailing from Eastern Equatoria in Ayii Payam. 1st Lt. Onek Peter Pio survived NAS forces attack. He hails from Hiyala county of the Imatong state where 16 others from eastern Equatoria and some from other regions, mainly SPLA-IO members of ethnic Nuer were killed,” Lam said in a statement in extended to Sudan Tribune.

He added, “The soldiers who lost their lives were staying among their colleagues in Lobonok peacefully until General Thomas defected and formed his movement when life started changing”.

Nine armed opposition members were reportedly arrested and taken to unknown locations, but their fate remained unknown.

“On 1st September, four other colleagues were again arrested, but later decided to escape to Eastern Equatoria but were pursued and attacked by NAS forces on the way around Kit, resulting in the death of three colleagues,” further noted the statement.

Lam, however, urged their forces and intelligence officers to be on high alert, claiming they could face attacks from the other factions.

“The SPLA IO forces around Southern bari, in Kajo keji, Imotong and Wonduruba are being warned to be vigilant of imminent attack from NAS forces. It’s crystal clear that NAS has no any intention to fight Juba regime since they received reinforcements from Juba government with the objective to attack IO bases and eliminate its members according to our intelligence”, he further observed.

Meanwhile, the governor of Imatong state, General Oyet Nathaniel condemned the “targeted” killings of officers and men hailing from Imatong state and other nationalities of South Sudan.

“This is not the first time it [the attack] happened. About a month ago, Col. Laku Emmanuel Joko also killed five sons of Imatong and two Nuer, all SPLA-IO soldiers after switching allegiance from Machar’s side to Cirillo’s faction,” said Oyet.

The accusation comes barely a week after President Salva Kiir extended amnesty to Cirillo, the former army chief of logistics who quit the military to form a rebel movement against the government. He, however, declined President Kiir’s amnesty offer.


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  • 11 September 2017 00:23, by Theone

    This is how rebellion without a vision and objectives end up.

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    • 11 September 2017 03:16, by South South

      IO will be a history soon.

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  • 11 September 2017 03:46, by john akeen

    Thomas Cirilo you need to stop being uneducated person and you need to stop killing people because of Salva Kiir, we as SSudanese people we do know Salva Kiir he’s not a great leader and there is nobody great in this world,and there is nobody in this world that can be great, and there is no prove about you that can make a great person or a leader, believe me there is nobody in this world than

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    • 11 September 2017 03:47, by john akeen

      Jesus, so please stop acting like you’re a great person

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      • 11 September 2017 05:33, by Malakal county Simon

        Please Cirilo don’t confuses people’s and don’t lose focus, our main enemy should remains as the unwanted president period......

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  • 11 September 2017 07:00, by lou nuer

    Cirilo is an agent from Kiir Government to destroy the Io movement in Equatoria. He has not taken arm against Kiir but taking arm against IO indirectly which will confuse the IO in some situation. Cirilo, you have shown yourself please IO will deal with you properly. Stay tune. Donot be excited for the attack of IO forces by Cirilo that was the objective of his rebelling against Kiir nothing else.

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  • 11 September 2017 07:54, by Lenin Bull

    We told you long and many times back that" what goes around comes around". The Nuer believe only in killing others when they rebelled mindlessly in 2013. Now the people of South Sudan are beginning to understand your modus operandi of only killing innocent people without reason and without mercy and they are paying you back your coins. Get out of Equatoria please.

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    • 11 September 2017 10:05, by Newsudan

      Riek will never run any successful movement,where he is now.

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  • 11 September 2017 12:30, by Isaac

    Gen.Thomas can only do such a ’proclaimed’ thing under two conditions: One is if it was a self defense and second is if it’s true that he was installed by Kiir to destabilize the SPLA/M_IO movement which I may doubt Coz I believe he went on his own. What I suspect is that the POSTER is simply playing a propaganda intending to damage the relationship of the two parties. But what of the civilians?

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  • 11 September 2017 13:05, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    I doubt the whether this is true.Gen Thomas Cirrillo is a veteran and a well trained military officer. He can not behave so foolishly.

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