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Thomas Cirillo Swaka


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No cash, no peace

Former Deputy Chief of Staff Lt Gen Thomas Cirillo Swaka, founder of the National Salvation Front (NAS), maintains that the deal fails to address the root causes of the governance crisis and particularly the 'over-concentration of political and fiscal power' which has allowed an ongoing land-grab by Dinka supporters of the President (AC Vol 59 No 2, Cycle of broken deals)...


Deal or no deal?

' South Sudan oppositionists told Africa Confidential some of them were bullied by Sudanese intelligence into signing the deal, which also tried to circumvent one opposition leader opposed to the pact, Thomas Cirillo, by attempting to push one of his deputies to sign in his stead and claim Cirillo had been replaced...


Sanctions and splits

Largely based in Central and Eastern Equatoria states, led by former SPLA Deputy Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, who defected from the government in early 2017, represents the growing frustration of many Equatorians at the dominance of Dinka and Nuer strongmen constantly fighting for power...


Cycle of broken deals

The rebellion has further metastasised with the March defection of senior Equatorian personnel, headed by the former Sudan People's Liberation Army Deputy Chief of Staff Thomas Cirillo Swaka, to form the National Salvation Front, which is recruiting well from the many Equatorians unhappy with the economic and agricultural collapse that the political infighting has visited on their hitherto productive region (AC Vol 58 No 22, No let-up in southern fighting)...


No let-up in southern fighting

Nicknamed NAS, meaning 'people' in Juba Arabic, the National Salvation Front is led by the SPLA's former Deputy Chief of Staff Thomas Cirillo (AC Vol 46 No 10, Running the South)...


Salva changes the guard

Their replacements, all newly promoted lieutenant generals, are Thomas Cirillo Swaka, DCGS for Training, an Equatorian who headed Joint Integrated Units under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and himself received training in Britain in 2008; James Ajongo Mawut, DCGS, Operations; Malek Ruben Riak, Logistics; Malual Ayom Dor, Administration; Mangar Buong Aluenge, Inspection; Chol Thon Balok, Morale Orientation...


Running the South

Thomas Cirillo, no secretary (controlled by Beja Congress)...


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