Defected South Sudan General, Swaka, Accused of Corruption – ChimpReports
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Defected South Sudan General, Swaka, Accused of Corruption

Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka

Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, medications the Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics in the SPLA army, buy who this past weekend defected from the armed forces, was being investigated over the swindling of $9m, officials told ChimpReports on Monday.

Gen Swaka said in his resignation letter that President Salva Kiir and the powerful Chief of Staff, Gen Paul Malong were executing an ethnic cleansing policy in the country.

“The President and these SPLA officers have systematically frustrated the implementations of the peace agreement and pursued the agenda of Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) of ethnic cleansing, forceful displacement of people from the their ancestral lands and ethnic domination,” he observed.

“At this juncture, I can no longer continue to be part of the ongoing destruction of our beloved country by the same army.”

The resignation came against the backdrop of increased clashes in different parts of the country which have since attracted global condemnation.

In a Press Statement, the Council last week condemned “in the strongest terms” all attacks directed against civilians and expressed serious concern, once again, about reports of killing of civilians, sexual and gender-based violence, destruction of homes, ethnic violence, and looting of livestock and property.

In response to Swaka’s accusations, government officials said he was using usual political rhetoric to escape possible prosecution.

“After running away from investigation involving the embezzlement of $9 million dollars, Gen. Thomas Cirilo joined the National Democratic Movement (NDM) led by Dr. Lam Akol,” said Gordon Buay, a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The so-called resignation letter was a political declaration to join the NDM. He is now a member of NDM and would travel to Khartoum in few days,” he added.

“Gen. Cirilo should understand that the case of embezzling $9 million dollars will not go away by joining the NDM. It is a black Mark in his refutation that will remain in the record for years to come.”

It remains unclear why government did not release details of Swaka’s alleged transgression before quitting the armed forces.

The Security Council has sine urged the Transitional Government of National Unity to take measures to ensure that those responsible for the attacks are held accountable, and expressed deep alarm that more than 84,000 individuals have fled South Sudan since the beginning of January and that many continue to be displaced internally.


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