Top S.Sudan army general resigns, accuses SPLA of ethnic cleansing

Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka. COURTESY PHOTO

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A top general in South Sudan has resigned, accusing President Salva Kiir and the national army leadership of pursuing a tribal agenda in the country.

Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, the Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics in the Sudan Peope’s Liberation Army (SPLA), is the second highest-ranking officer to resign after Gen Bapiny Monytuil since clashes erupted between government troops and opposition fighters in July last year.

Swaka who hails from Equatorial region in a six-paged letter dated February 11 and addressed to President Kiir, Gen Swaka accused the president and the SPLA Chief of General Staff Paul Malong of deliberately orchestrating planned violations of the August 2015 peace agreement. It’s these violations, according to Swaka, that caused the resumption of fighting in the capital Juba in July last year.

Gen Swaka in his resignation letter gave 14 reasons why he decided to throw in the towel. He among others accuses the SPLA of planned tribal war in South Sudan and frustration of the peace process by the president and the senior SPLA commanders. He also mentions failure by the president to professionalise the army and instead resorting to forming tribal militia and failure to recognise the sacrifices by the nationals of South Sudan in liberating the country among others.

Swaka says President Kiir and what he called his Dinka leadership clique have tactically and systematically transformed the SPLA into a partisan and tribal army that targets non-Dinka tribes.

He further says the SPLA, the police and other security organs systematically recruited Dinka from the home region of President Kiir and the Chief of Staff. He claims that other tribes and some Dinka who disagreed with President Kiir’s policy were sidelined.

Swaka points out that soldiers from the Dinka ethnic group have been strategically deployed in n

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