Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics, resigns from the SPLA

Posted: February 11, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Editorials, History, PaanLuel Wël

Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics, resigns from the SPLA (PDF)

In 1996, Dr. John Garang created the New Sudan Brigade, essentially an SPLA’s branch for Northern Sudan, which was deployed, via Ethiopia and Eritrea, to the Red Sea region and around Kassala. It was under the leadership of Commander Pagan Amum Okiech, Commander Thomas Cirillo Swaka, Commander Augustino Maduot Parek, among other distinguished officers of the Movement.

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While I pay tribute to Comrade Thomas Cirillo, who joined the Movement during the darkest years of the 1990s in the aftermath of the Nasir coup, when most compatriots were deserting the Movement and trooping to Khartoum, I urge him to follow the footstep of his comrade and colleague, Gen. Oyai Deng Ajak, who have managed to stay out of the Junubi-on-Junubi killing and propaganda spree. The legacy of the liberation struggle is a great honor and burden to be sacrificed on simplistic, foolish wars. I have no comment whatsoever on his letter of resignation and the reasons mentioned therein. From PaanLuel Wël

  1. Ayii Duang Arop says:

    Dear PanLuel,

    Obviously, you cannot have it both ways. Oppressed the liberators and expect them not to hit back using violent or nonviolent methods. We gave Kiir that liberty? The fact the G10 haven’t taken up arms was because of their deep strategic understanding of country’s fragility – not out of cowardice. Gen Thomas might not act the same way because his constituency are pushing him in that direction. You have seen how Kiir has exposed the Dinka to hatred and isolation. The hope now for Jieng is in the patriotic line taken by Gier Chuang, Dr. Majak D’Agoot, Madut Biar, Deng Alor, Mama Nyandeng Garang, etc. This ethnic herd mentality of following Kiir and JCE has brought the Dinka to this disgrace.



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