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South Sudan opposition holdout groups pick Swaka as new leader


October 2, 2018 (JUBA) - The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA)’s groups that rejected the revitalized agreement Tuesday broke away from their allies who signed the peace pact and picked Thomas Cirilo Swaka as leader of the new coalition.

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Thomas Cirillo Swaka (Photo Reuters)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune the National Salvation Front (NAS) of Gen. Thomas C. Swaka, People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) chaired by Hakim Dario, National Democratic Movement (NDM) led by Emanuel Aban and the United Democratic Republic Alliance (UDRA) of Gatwech K. Thich and South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) of Vakindi L. Unvu, said they met on Sunday 30 September to restructure the alliance leadership.

"The leaders of the alliance who remained true to SSOA objectives met and resolved to establish an interim SSOA Executive body, tasked with defining the way forward for SSOA post the 12th September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS),".said the statement.

Following what the statement said the new SSOA team is constituted from Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka as the Chairman, Vakindi L. Unvu as Deputy Chairman, Amb. Emmanuel Y. Ajawin as the Secretary-General, Hakim Dario: the Secretary for Foreign Relations and Kwaje M. Lasu will keep his post of the Spokesperson.

In a statement issued on 16 September SSOA leader Gabriel Chang Changson denied accusations of betraying the plight of the South Sudanese.

Further, he called on the holdout groups to reconsider their position from the deal and to rejoin them, stressing on the need for the unity to achieve the shared objectives.

Changson-led SSOA faction includes his group FDP/SSAF, NDM of Lam Akol, SSNMC led by Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro of, SSPM/A of Hussein Abdel Bagi, SSLM/A of Bapiny Montuil Wegjang, SSUM/A of Peter Gadet Yak and a PDM’s faction led by Josephine Lagu.

The new SSOA team, however, the African Union, IGAD, EU, UN Security Council, and the TROIKA countries that "we will continue to work hard to attain a genuine, sustainable and lasting peace for the people of South Sudan and to establish the rule of law and justice in our country".

It is not clear if Swaka’s faction is planning to make some proposals in order to reopen negotiations with the peace partners or not and under which conditions.

It is agreed that SSOA split sapped the strength of the third political group in South Sudan after the SPLM-IG and SPLM-IO. Observers fear that this development impact negatively their efforts to achieve their goals during the transitional period.


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  • 3 October 2018 00:55, by One people

    President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar should fix this country from tribalism, because they were the first top leaders of this country since 2011 until today. Their low leadership life and their disagreement in between them had created many unbelievable bad things to the people of South Sudan. I am appealing to P S Kiir & Riek M to sit down and talk on how to fix their mistake as soon as possible>>

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    • 3 October 2018 01:19, by One people

      like any first leader in a any country around the world. I’m saying this because any first leader in any country love his/her people. I’m advising president Kiir to think very clearly first before an attempt to arrest any top leaders who might be closer to where you at, because there are no top leaders in the Africa continent like to be embarrassed in front the public. And to Riek Machar>>>

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      • 3 October 2018 01:46, by One people

        not everything you want to pick up Arm about it and not every accusations you want to pick up arm about it, not every tuff talk you want fight about it, not every disagreement you want to pick up arm about it, not everything you want you want to pick up arm about it. In life at your house, you can’t just start killing people in your house because of any disagreement. Now let’s go back>>

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        • 3 October 2018 02:20, by One people

          Kiir and Riek leadership in South Sudan had created tribalism in the country of South Sudan. Kiir and Riek leadership had created death in the country of South Sudan. Kiir and Riek leadership had created gay rebellion lead by the most gay soldar Thomas Cirilo in the country of South Sudan, Kiir and Riek knew very well that any Army with tick head full of mucus don’t listen until they get f*ck

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          • 3 October 2018 05:21, by Pakuai

            One People,
            "South Sudan opposition holdout groups pick Swaka as new leader"
            You didn’t this piece of SUDAN TRIBUNE propaganda chap. Mr. Salva Kiir has never ever been a tribalist since he joined ’Anya Nya one’ in 1950th when he a little boy. Mr. Salva Kiir only problem is, he always let every traitor get away with treason and the traitors in our country have become embolden>>>

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            • 3 October 2018 05:32, by Pakuai

              Traitors like Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe and others have always been tribalists, everybody knows this. They are considered well educated in South Sudan. But with some South Sudanese who are more well educated than them don’t consider anyone but mere traitors. One people, just enquirer from the university of Bradford in the UK where Mr. Riek Machar went & study his fake PhD>>>

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              • 3 October 2018 05:40, by Pakuai

                to get his ’fake PhD dissertation’ if you can chap. But l will tell you, you will never get one. Same with Mr. Lam Akol, from University of London if you can chap. For Mr. Thomas Cirillo, he just want to make himself relevant. He should just look for a country that will accept him for asylum & go spent his money he stole from the South Sudanese people in & leave South Sudanese people in peace>>>

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                • 3 October 2018 05:47, by Pakuai

                  and should the thief and a traitor wants to play ball with our country & our people again. Then he will be hunted down and kill chap. I even heard that Mr. Thomas Cirillo went to US to go and ask South Sudanese people in the US for supports. Good luck with him. Yes, the US has a ’dirty project & sinister’ in our country & over our people and the US has been using our traitors>>>>

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                  • 3 October 2018 05:54, by Pakuai

                    like Mr. Thomas Cirillo, Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe and others to get her desired result in our country----regime change of the current government of Mr. Salva Kiir and be replaced with the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, theire evil juus (so-called israel), North Sudan, their gulf Arab states paymasters puppets/stooges; whom they can then go & micro-manage them in Washington,>>>

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                    • 3 October 2018 05:59, by Pakuai

                      Wall street, London, Paris, Brussels, UAE and other shady countries where the criminals go and hide their money in. But as far as we are concerned, that is not gonna happen here in South Sudan. We just want peace in our country and our among our people. The evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan,>>>

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                      • 3 October 2018 06:05, by Pakuai

                        , their gulf Arab states financiers & some of their creepy allies have step on wrong people feet---- the Sudanese men, the Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan to be precise. The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus (so-called israel) and their Saudi Arabia usual ’regime change’ of other people’s countries often work for them in the Middle East, West Africa, Central African,>>>

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                        • 3 October 2018 06:10, by Pakuai

                          Southern African countries, but here in South Sudan, that is not gonna happen under the sun, a lot of bloody noses. Who says we want the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their cloned so-called arabs arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states and some of their other creepy allies again in our country fellows? No one.

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                • 3 October 2018 06:09, by Reuben

                  You should not support Salva Kiir. This Man is a traitor to South Sudanese Revolution. He disappointed South Sudanese by putting everything for his tribe only:Grab land from other tribes giving to his tribes, killing other tribes and displacing them, settling his tribe in their land, appoint jienges only in the goernment big posts and much more that you know.

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                  • 3 October 2018 06:17, by Pakuai

                    And land did Mr. Salva Kiir "grab and give it to his own tribe" chap? Are in living South Sudan Mr. Reuben? Give us an example of that village in South Sudan where Mr. Salva Kiir and his tribe grab their land from piece of idiot? Our land is stolen by our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan. We have been asking losers like some Equatorians, our Nuers ’ke nyantoc’ and Shilluks to set>>>>

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                    • 3 October 2018 06:21, by Pakuai

                      aside their ’habitual treasonous’ lifestyles and let us have take back our stolen lands from our arch enemy---the cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan. But their only game is to even run to our arch enemy for weapons, free food and all and scream, Salva Kiir this & the Jenges that. Good luck fellows,

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                    • 3 October 2018 06:27, by Reuben

                      Malakal was given to dinka, Raja was annex to dinka land, the land of Maban was annex to dinka land.Large communities of Dinka settle in Nimule, Nyadipal(Kapoeta), Yambio, yei and all over Equatoria.These are afew examples.

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                      • 3 October 2018 06:41, by South South

                        Please stop talking stupidly in internet. Do you know anything about Malakal? Do you know anything about Raja and what happened there? This a little guy called cirillo is playing with fire and snake. He would get it very clear soon unless he changes his mind and thinking like human being. He thinks like monkey.

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                        • 3 October 2018 06:47, by Reuben

                          South Sudan Dinka
                          Every that starts does not remain as it is. The movement by Cirilo will grow and eventually change South Sudan.Unless Jienge change their mentality, there will be no peace in South sudan til true justice is achieve. You will not oppress the Majority of south sudanese for ever.

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                          • 3 October 2018 08:02, by South South

                            I am not ready for back and forth talk, ok. Cirillo represents Karo people only and have nothing to do with South Sudan.

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                            • 3 October 2018 09:33, by Eastern

                              South South,

                              The dinka village boy, get used to this! You were farting around that Cirilo represented Bari people only and it’s now you expanding the radius of influence of Cirilo on the entire Karo people. Soon you will say halfheartedly that Cirilo represents the Equatorians only! That moment is neigh...!

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                              • 3 October 2018 15:27, by South South

                                Cirillo is a joke, I want you to remember that.we really don’t need to waste time talking about him. There are others important things in our country, he is not one of them. No single one in South Sudan care about him. We have a few people like you in diaspora who make wild about him for nothing.

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                                • 3 October 2018 18:35, by jubaone

                                  South South
                                  From now on Gen Cirillo shouldn’t give a shit to what jienges want or intend to do, he must organize all Equatorians and "federalists" to attain our agenda. He must be prepared for war and dialogue. We Equatorians have cared and babysitting worthless idlers all this time. He must bring the war to Juba. Kokora or death

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  • 3 October 2018 09:36, by Games

    Congratulation to Thomas Cirilo Swaka for earning this trust from your peers for this position. We Southern Sudanese are behinds you days and night. Salva Kiir and his gangs must be eradicated for sake of better living in this country

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    • 3 October 2018 12:29, by Kush Natives

      The good news is that, we’ll all witness where will Thomas will End. Probably hang alive, mark my words! Time for nonsensical is ended. Peace is already here.... We’ll have a tea under Nima tree in Nasir with brother Malakal county Simon soon. One Direction, one nation, one people and one peace!

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      • 3 October 2018 15:30, by jubaone

        Bush Natives
        Death 💀 is a transition and all sooner or later will die. Jienges won’t live for ever and hanging Gen Cirillo doesn’t matter. Millions died b4 him and millions still will die after him. Only when we soak and swim in jienge blood, we shall never know peace. As long as jienges don’t make their own guns and bullets, we all will buy from the free market.

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        • 3 October 2018 18:09, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Juboane and Naath, may I ask you a question? What are Thomas C. and his forces are fighting for? Would you please give us outlines, such as missions, visions, value, and objections these groups are fighting for in South Sudan. We, the conservation South Sudan leaders blame P. Kiir for giving these senseless leaders chance to destroy the country. Under J.Garang, these leaders will have no chance.

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          • 3 October 2018 18:42, by jubaone

            Jienge Defenseless Sergeant
            You have been demoted by decree No 1/2018. The jellaba asked SS, "Junubin auzin shunu?". Now jienge savages are asking "what does Gen Cirillo want?". SS is not your father’s or mothers property that you can give to the rest. No. Either you jienges learn to treat the rest with dignity or we burst your butts and defecate into your mouths. Simple. Respect!

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  • 3 October 2018 17:49, by Naath

    Eastern and Juba,

    Please do not waste your times answering for bullshit comments from foolish Dinka such Bush Native. Power is knowledge and knowledge is power. If Thomas Cirillo could be successful in making a relationship with foreign nations that could help his movement with military hardware, there should be no reason South Sudanese rebels from various tribes could not join him.

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  • 3 October 2018 17:57, by Naath

    The Dinka tribal leader and his supporters should not belittle Cirillo’s power. He could be the one blessed to overthrow the Dinka gangs organization known as Fuckend SPLA. I strongly believe that if Thomas Cirillo organizes his movement very well, many Nuer will definitely join him. Nuer are not happy with any peace that keeps Kiir in power and does not address the root cause of conflict either.

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    • 3 October 2018 18:18, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Naath, believe me, this guy called Thomas C. and his movement will not last for six months. He will cry like a baby and regret every decision he is making right now. My force will take care of his force simply. He is no threat to us or our forces. Let’s wait for Machar and his forces to come back to Juba and we will start our operations. Also, we do not want to hear them complaining or crying when

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      • 3 October 2018 18:28, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Please let all civilians or non-military citizens move out the areas so Thomas C. and his forces to eat their last meal or surrender without condition. We, South Sudan forces do not want to hear these complainers or bandits complaining anymore. Also, remember all our neighbors do not want war and Thomas C. will be lucky to find any country to help him with foods and ammunition.

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        • 3 October 2018 18:49, by jubaone

          Jienge Defenseless Sergeant
          90% of all jienge elites and settlers are resident in Juba. It is only strategic enough to get Juba burning and completely get them trapped. Once all roads in and out of Juba are closed, only flying out of Juba will be the option. Gen Cirillo must quickly mobilize his fighters and let us go for the final war. Either jienges or the rest.

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          • 3 October 2018 19:10, by Dinka-Defender-General

            Jubaone, I’m inside Juba. Therefore, please tell Thomas C. to close all the roads to trap us inside the area. Thomas C. and his forces do not even have the capacity to hold a city, not Juba. He should ask Machar and his forces before he does that. Please do not play with Mighty SPLA forces Volcano Lava or permanent resting place.

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            • 3 October 2018 21:42, by jubaone

              Jienge Defenseless Sergeant
              Just live your refugee life in Kenya or Uganda peacefully. Traveling in or out of Juba is not safe for MTNs unless escorted by nyors. Try once again and send live video footage of your travel to Yei or Torit. Good luck jienge.

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              • 4 October 2018 04:54, by Dinka-Defender-General

                Jubaone, We are travelling to Yei on 10/05/2018 and back the same road in the evening. Also, we will go to Kapoeta on 10/10/2018. Do you want to meet us on the way to Yei or Kapoeta? You have two choices to pick from if you want to meet us.

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  • 5 October 2018 17:20, by One grandson

    It’s pointless to answer likes of Pakuai, Dinka defender etc, they always sound off target. When will they move to their so call Ramicel? Can they live without other 63 tribes? I don’t think so. What you got to do with some someone who who think apology is a defeat. They never understand diversity. You can tell them sit on the sun and call you “beny” they would accept.

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