AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - A general denounces: "The army has become an instrument of ethnic cleansing of the President"

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 massacres  

Juba (Agenzia Fides) - A top army general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), has resigned from the government, accusing President Salva Kiir and SPLA leadership of pursuing a tribal agenda in the country.
Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, the Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics in the SPLA army, in a letter of resignation accused President Salva Kiir and the SPLA Chief of General Staff Paul Malong of deliberately orchestrated planned violations of the signed peace agreement in August 2015 which caused fighting in the capital Juba in July last year (see Fides 12/07/2016).
Cirillo said President Kiir and his Dinka leadership clique have tactically and systematically transformed the SPLA army into a partisan and tribal army that targets non-Dinka tribes, with the goal of ethnic cleansing, forceful displacement of people from the their ancestral lands and ethnic domination. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 14/02/2017)


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