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S. Sudan rebel leader calls for rights to self-governance


October 23, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese rebel leader says one of the ways to end the ongoing civil war in the young nation and prevent its disintegration is to restructure a new state that recognizes the right to self-governance.

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

General Thomas Cirilo Swaka said his National Salvation Front (NAS) movement aspires to establish an inclusive state to realize the aspiration and expectations of all South Sudanese but on the basis of the new structure that respects self-governance.

“In order to prevent South Sudan from total collapse and disintegration along ethnic lines, NAS believes that a new state structure, and a new system of democratic governance has to be instituted; a new federal democratic constitution should be written based on the equality of every nationality regardless of numbers; rights to self-Governance; establish a balance of power, through checks and balances of legislature (including establishment of “House of Nationalities” in addition to the House of Representatives based on population size), the Executive and the Judiciary. Establish a national and professional army that reflects all the nationalities of South Sudan; new economic and legal systems should be adopted; and the rights of all ethnicities and regions should be respected”, partly reads NAS’s 17 October statement.

Swaka’s reference to the use of self-governance, however, drew attention from government supporters, some of whom interpreted it to imply advocacy for self-determination and possible break away of Equatoria region from the rest of South Sudan.

NAS, according to the statement, mainly strives to change the system of rule in Juba and return the stolen precious power of the people back to the people of South Sudan so that the people have the chance to restore their dignity and national unity.

The rebel movement, predominantly based in Equatoria, seeks to end tribalism as a political ideology designed to gain vested political and economic objectives.

In March, Swaka, a former deputy chief of staff for logistics, formed a new rebel group, opposed President Kiir’s regime. He accused the army leadership of running the military 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 then 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 said 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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  • 24 October 2017 02:42, by john akeen

    Mr.Swaka, do not force yourself to be Equatorians leader by any means, and also you do not have any voice at last you control all the bushes from Riek Machar IOs first then you can talk, & whatever you’re talk about, it shouldn’t be your talk alone,it should be citizens talk and that is why government is calling on everyone to join national dialogue.Don’t look for fake reasons to kill people about

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    • 24 October 2017 05:17, by J P Puok

      Mr Akeen to you rebels fighting themselves is ok according to your respond, and any of their demands minus Dinka voice in it is not citizens popular demand? when will you will you people see the future of this country under the national lens without prejudices? all you set your eye on is tribalism, looting, ignorance, corruption, milking a dead cattle kind of thing. why do you like killing for fun

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      • 24 October 2017 10:25, by Newsudan

        all South Sudanese rebels are really cowards,
        they issue orders from hotels of cities: Khartoum, Addis,Nairobi, Washington, Kampala, London, Dodoma. very funny

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      • 24 October 2017 11:50, by Khent

        South Sudan will dissolve without the all too crucial political, social and cultural changes required to salvage this pathetic excuse of a ’country’. The mentality and culture (s) of the two largest tribes will have to be completely revamped -if not discarded altogether- if progress is actually desired.

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    • 24 October 2017 06:59, by Midit Mitot

      So Shit! Mr Cirrilo, Dr Machar was purposing 21 states last year and yet non of you had supporting him, why are you making noise today?

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      • 24 October 2017 07:14, by Eastern

        NOISE MAKING is not the preserve of Machar alone....

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      • 24 October 2017 09:31, by Wutkhor

        Mid it mitot
        Be realistic brother, Swaka is 100% absolutely right but the best thing and the only chance for SS as a nation or to attain peace is secessions, I only see secessions as the only chance that may save SS, forget about Garmachar for he played his cards badly, Garmachar will never leads SS if we Nuer don’t change our attitudes n call for our own independent state.

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        • 24 October 2017 09:35, by Wutkhor

          Con... Why am I telling u that Garmachar is done, since I left the confinement in DRC I met with various US security agent n their point of view is so sad for Garmachar as individual but what they prefer to me is very far from our Nuer expectations, if we don’t call for independence of Nuer state than we be like the Biafra of Nigeria n the Kambinda region in Angola, make my word.

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          • 24 October 2017 15:35, by Khent


            There will be no secession of any region of South Sudan. How would you even establish the borders of these would be countries? Would the Anyuak accept the loss of the Lebanon size Akobo to a Nuer State? Would the Burun accept the loss of Longechuk to a future Nuer State?

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            • 24 October 2017 15:41, by Khent

              The Shilluk land of Nyijwad is also not your land. You now call Nyijwad ’new Fangak’ and you stole this land from the Shilluk after Othown Dak allowed you to take refuge in their land when floods ravaged old Fangak. The Nuer also want to [baselessly] claim the lands of the Ruweng and Panaruu Dinka; areas where the bulk of Unity’s oilfields are situated...

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              • 24 October 2017 15:44, by Khent

                ..Morons like Gatwech also laughably claimed that Melut county was given to the Dinka by the Nuer and that it belongs to the Nuer. This area is where an estimated 80% of South Sudan’s oil production is sourced. Do you now see why secession would unleash an infinitely more vicious war?

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        • 24 October 2017 13:13, by Midit Mitot

          You might be right on that juncture, but the issue is,to have our own state as Nuer will not happen for sure, at-least if we should go back to the region which were formed by 1972 government.Like greater Equatoria, Upper Nile, Barelgazal. Otherwise Nuer state, Dinka state and Equatoria state would never sound as Cirrilo needed.

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      • 24 October 2017 12:02, by Khent

        The creation of more equally corrupt, unaccountable, inefficient, resource sapping States is not necessarily the answer. Additional States will obviously require additional State ’Parliaments’, additional ’Ministries’, additional civil servants, additional ’Governors’, additional Ministers and additional ’Members of Parliament. That is where all the money would go...

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        • 24 October 2017 12:14, by Khent

          ..And that would be inexcusably expensive and wasteful. Just look at the budget of countries like Kenya and see how much is consumed by government bodies and agencies. We could have the original 10 States if certain tribes (Dinka & Nuer) were not so generally mentally ill and culturally retarded.

          Equatoria’s [3] States are tenable and can function because they generally co-exist...

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          • 24 October 2017 12:27, by Khent

            ..Additional States for Greater Upper Nile and Greater Bahr el Ghazal are undoubtedly required due to the retrogressive and violent cultures of these regions and the decades of sectarian strife and conflict that have resulted.

            Separate the Dinka and the Nuer in Greater Upper Nile and rescue smaller tribes from Dinka and Nuer madness by according these smaller tribes their own States...

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            • 24 October 2017 12:42, by Khent

              I have already previously detailed just how many States I think are required and where the lines should be drawn, so I will not go further into detail. Societies are products and reflections of their cultures... and our cultures are not only inadequate, they are terrible. The cultures of the Dinka and Nuer are most in need of change... or evisceration.

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    • 24 October 2017 08:49, by Eyez

      Shut your stinking teeth-less ugly germs infected Jienge mouth. Don’t talk about Gen. Cirillo or Equatoria, you MTN skit mark.

      The sons and daughters of Equatoria are going show you the spirit that our ancestors did during the first resistance movement of Anyanya One. It’s just a matter of time before our great Mundari warriors and the Azande come as one under NAS.


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      • 24 October 2017 09:33, by john akeen

        Equatorians they just want to destroy their states by any means necessary, but like I say control all the bushes from Reik Machar IOs first, than you can talk, because we see that Riek Machar IOs are still in control over you, stop talking because you’re nothing yet, just ask Lam Akol, he’ll tell you who’s the boss in the bushes

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    • 24 October 2017 09:28, by Wutkhor

      john Akeen or abnormal
      Stop ur delusionally sickness, don’t get mad when Swaka is proposing the right thing that may atlease save ur dumb asses, SS have reached the extend that qualified it to be splits otherwise we will only end up in unstable genocides, but u Dinka’s have permanently traumatizes for hates of others tribes.

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      • 24 October 2017 09:47, by john akeen

        Since when you Nuer like other people, in anywhere around the world, you Nuer don’t like to be with any tribe of South Sudan, you only like yourself, but when you Nuer are trouble that’s when you start calling some tribe your brother, so they can help, you Nuer you never love anybody or like anybody, we all know that. Only few of you Nuer like other people maybe 6% only

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    • 25 October 2017 03:08, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr John Akeen

      Why are worried about Cirrilo? He is simply exercising a basic human right. Self-governance is what people should try because the system that has been in place has only bred bloodshed. Let Upper Nileans govern themselves, and so should Bahr el Ghazalians and Equatorians in order to reduce the animosity that is going on in the country. No supremacy.

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  • 24 October 2017 06:59, by Eastern

    They dismissed Riek as a spent force and now they are going around forum-shopping in pursuit of peace. Using brute force to keep the masses under the yoke of tribal and inept leadership is counterproductive and driving the country to precipice. Morons don’t see that...!

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    • 24 October 2017 07:29, by South South

      Rebels, Midit Mitot and Eastern are now enemies, not because they have different views, but each one of them want to follow his tribe. Let them fight each other.

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      • 24 October 2017 08:59, by Muonyraat

        Hello rebel leader

        south Susan has already collapsed when you stolen money and rush to Addis Ababa Ethiopia hotel to form that useless NSF. that statement could be heard if you were still in government or if you had denounce violence and come back to south sudan . but now it is just rebel logic I didn’t get it

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        • 24 October 2017 10:46, by Equatoria Koko


          That statement is not meant for your embattled government of criminals and food lovers. It’s for the world and those who have sound minds. We are going to uproot the regime and throw the JCE into the dustbin of history.

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    • 24 October 2017 09:36, by Eyez

      The IO camp must cease from thresh talking against Gen. Cirillo and NAS, because, they simply feel threaten that all Equatorians are going to abandon them, since it’s the Equatorian combatants that are sustaining the IO after Taban Gai divided the Nuer and turned on the rest.

      Macher should pray and thank the Pojulu boys led by Gen. Kenyi Luburon who came and rescued him from Juba.

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      • 24 October 2017 09:48, by Wutkhor

        U re very wrong, I was in juba site one when the July 8 fighting broke out so I fought along up to DRC n I just came out from the DRC confinement recently, John Kenya doesn’t have any Pajulu forces I can assure u of that, so 75% of those who re fighting in equotoria re Nuer but ur equotoria re just the one providing logistical support to our guys n free movement plus cooperation btwn the civi

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        • 24 October 2017 09:52, by Wutkhor

          Con.. And the predominantly Nuer IO, when we reach MangaTeen which was the 2cnd DHQs to J. Kenya we only found lest than 2coys when we finally reach the DHQs of J. Kenyi which in Dola payam, we only found same situations from there we decided to left Lt. Gen john Jok Gai, Maj. Gen. Mabie Gar n more officers with strong 1,500 fighters who re nuer plus the IO police whom we

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          • 24 October 2017 09:56, by Wutkhor

            Con.. Withdrew with them in juba n our police which were brought from GUPN was 600 we left all of them in Mangateen near to Lanya, so pliz be honest but I am 100% in support of Gen. Swaka move even so he turn to fights us instead of his real enemies, n I support secessions for any group who may rise it in SS, for sure 75% of the those fighting in equotoria re our Nuer, lastly Taban Deng didn’t go

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            • 24 October 2017 10:01, by Wutkhor

              Con.. Taban Deng didn’t go with numbers from Nuer but those who bring the war to Lou nuer land n Pagak re pure dinka same armies it’s just a concocted plan so that the region n the world wld view it as Taban Deng got huge supports in Nuer land n again Taban Deng feed the enemies with accurates information about our situations in terms of weapons n ammos, this is why the enemies urgently prosecute

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  • 24 October 2017 09:39, by Wutkhor

    Congratulations to Gen. Swaka bit he shld just call for equotoria secessions instead of self governance rule, I hate anything to do with Dinka’s only secessions may save SS, led the equotoria separate since my Nuer are too idiots n dumbs to decides for their fade they shld remain in Dinka’s slavery coz there many idiots Nuer the like of Nuerwew foods lovers who re killing their dear one for sake o

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    • 24 October 2017 09:42, by Wutkhor

      Con... If our fellow Nuerwew are killing their dear one for sake of foods n to keep Dinka’s kingdom in juba, I wonder how can human being fights for his or her own slavery or choose to be a slave of somebody.

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      • 24 October 2017 10:00, by john akeen

        They are original South Sudanese and they have a right to destroy South Sudan and they have a right to destroy who want to destroy South Sudan for long time,

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        • 24 October 2017 10:04, by Wutkhor

          They also have rights to fights n kills pples for sake of foods, and rights to fights to be slave

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      • 24 October 2017 10:07, by Muonyraat

        ya militia Wutkhor
        don’t offer your ass to equatrians
        Nuer is Nuer and remain as a Nyagat you are neither a equatorian nor Nuer or Dinka according to you your logic you are just an idiot so please visit this site http//:www.idiotikkkkk.com for common idiot sense leave st for smart people hahahaha

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        • 24 October 2017 10:17, by Wutkhor

          Muonyraat or rat
          U Dinka’s have completely traumatizes with a permanently mentally sick, keep ur incapable dirty shits to ur asses ya baboon thugs, u re mad coz I am writing thing with human sense not ur incapacitated lost memory, u will only call it dogs n slave Nuerwew as nyagats coz they re fighting for sake of foods, u Dinka’s re the most idiots on this earth u guys use words which u don’t kn

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          • 24 October 2017 10:22, by Wutkhor

            Con.. U guys use words which u don’t know its meaning, the word "nyagats" is an Ethiopia Amaric word it is drive from the word NEGADE, which mean trader n it was use by col. Mengestu when he visit Bilpham... I don’t have Tims to educate an idiots fools likr u.. Just keep eat Chinese rices in ur sin city n lame duck fail jce government. U re suppose to be with psychiatrist instead to disturb pples

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  • 24 October 2017 13:29, by Fair Man

    How long do foolish majority Dinka and Nuer keep South Sudanese hostage. General Thomas Swaka just called for self-governance (federalism) and all Dinka and Nuer are polluting from all directions. Revitalization is the last chance for you morons to reunify the shattered nation. Otherwise, we can push for separate state of Equatoria. No Nuer IO in our soil. All are our sons we tune!!.

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    • 24 October 2017 13:37, by South South

      Fair Man,

      You talk like a real man, but you are not, just a coward who make empty noises. Yes, some Nuers need to see this. They are so blind and they think that cowards from Equatoria will support them. We fought real war with fake Arabs for more than 20 years, cowards from Equatoria were hiding like chicken. Anyway, Nuer will pay very heavy prices when this war is over.

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      • 24 October 2017 15:18, by Equatoria Koko

        South Sudan,

        What real war you are talking about?! the SPLA was defeated in Torit in 2002. Can you tell us of a major battle where the SPLA defeated the Jallaba?
        Heglig (Panthou) would have been the opportunity for the SPLA to prove to the world that it’s a formidable force. But Coward Kiir withdrew with his tail between his legs at the first sight of an imminent attack by Bashir’s forces.

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      • 24 October 2017 20:58, by The Rhino

        South South,

        Once a bastard,always a bastard and a bitch.These characters fit you precisely!Now,first fix your goddamn lower fork teeth before you call others names,you skunk! A coward is a dinka/jienge who runs to Museveni to fight his dinka/jienge’s battle everytime the heat is on! Looting,raping,killing innocent little girls,women and the disabled doesn’t make you a real "man" you weak bastard

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        • 24 October 2017 21:14, by The Rhino

          ...You fucking morons didn’t even walk the valleys of death to call yourselves liberators.Let me be very clear,THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA liberated South Sudan!Make no mistake,our beloved Equatoria is coalescing and rising again.You jienges are lucky to fine someone like General Thomas C.Swaka calling for a newer rebuilt of a government system—me,I would interpret the OLD TESTAMENT-...


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          • 24 October 2017 21:22, by The Rhino

            ...one to one and use every unconventional warfare to clean up all dinkas/jienges out of Equatoria,then declare peace and tranquility in and around Equatoria,full stop!!!

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    • 25 October 2017 09:32, by Midit Mitot

      Fair Man,
      Let us be frank please,Cirrilo is preaching for something which will not be acceptable by Juba regime, get me clear, He was among the criminals who were keeping that crook regime on power since 2013 to 2015 he has no right of barking today.

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  • 24 October 2017 13:48, by Fair Man

    South South
    I don’t deserve any acknowledgement from a fool like you and the likes. We are not making funs though. The threat of blessed EQuatoria soil is real but useless insects like you don’t understand until its too late. Keep messing up and we see what your blind us can’t see. Don’t expect anything good from me. I hate all of you Dinka, including unborn ones and the dead.

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  • 24 October 2017 13:55, by John Wetjunub

    Mr Thomas talk of stolen money or properties and yet he him self run away with fifty thousand Dollar meant for military equipment and materials.

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    • 24 October 2017 14:33, by Lotole Lo Luri

      John Wetjunub,

      So you have reduced the alleged embezzled money from 10 million USDs to only fifty Thousand Dollars! Any government supporter comes up with a different figure, an indication that the whole thing was an attempt to tarnish TCS’s immaculate reputation. The Kenyan bank (Eco Bank) that was alleged to have the account holding the stolen money, denied it.

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      • 24 October 2017 14:48, by Lotole Lo Luri

        John Wetjunub,

        In South Sudan, people know where the thieves and looters come from. Thievery is one of the most shameful offences in General TCS’s community. In the olden days they used to banish thieves from the land. A thief will never get married. This is how they managed to have a community free from thieving.

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  • 24 October 2017 14:24, by Fair Man

    John Wetjallaba
    Idiot. That jienge propaganda against the only and highly respected General, in person of General Thomas Cirillo, was dismissed by Kenyan authority last February to March. The letter cooked the embattled Malong was disowned by media and banking houses. Thieves are JCE and their Dinka Gov’t still looting in Juba here.

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  • 25 October 2017 02:34, by lino

    Holy Junubeen, you are on a crossroads leaders. Bashir was able to catch you all from the balls. Whether you are going to make or no as one country it is on God hands!!!

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