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KIIR ACCUSED THE PEOPLE OF LOBONOK OF HARBORING REBELS, CALLED THEM COLLABORATORS

Juba, 5 December 2018, South Sudan President Kiir on Monday accused the people of Southern Bari for harboring the rebels of Lt General Thomas Cirilo Swaka. Kiir called the people of Lobonok, the home birthplace of his Vice President James Wani Igga, “traitors and rebel collaborators” 

The President said this while presiding over SPLA/M rally event organized by SPLAM retreat in Lobonok on Monday. The President blamed the people of Lobonok and said they are “anti-peace”, and rebels because they are training in the rebel training camp of Thomas Cirilo. 

“You said you are for peace, but I can say that you are not for peace," says Mr. Kiir. 

Mr. Kiir whose regime is marked by tribal agenda, mass killing of Non- Dinka, ethnic cleansing, violence against women, rapes and mass displacement of Non- Dinka insulted the people of Lobonok and called them the followers of Thomas Cirilo 

" Thomas Cirillo would have not established his training camp here for you to be trained in his camp if you were for peace,”  

Kiir accused the people of Lobonok of not cooperating with security personnel, though there is no evidence to support his claim of accusation, Mr. Kiir told the gathering including government officials from Bari tribe where James Wani Igga and General Thomas Cirilo both hail from. "You know very well that they are here. They are involved in gold mining and you go to them and talk to them,” said Mr. Kiir. 

NAS the rebel faction under the leadership of Lt General Thomas Cirilo is one of the holdout rebel groups who did not sign Khartoum peace agreement with Juba regime, citing the Khartoum deal did not address the root causes of the conflict in war-torn South Sudan. 

However, Mr. Kiir's remark generates anger and doubt, as some Equatoria elites within his government said the remark is unfortunate, and they have expressed their discontentment against Kiir's negative rhetoric at the time the government is supposed to talk peace rather than accusation. 

The group cast doubt saying as Kiir is making peace with Nuer, in one hand he is about the start fresh war with Equatoria to avoid and delay the repatriation of IDPs and cattle keepers from Jonglei and Lakes state to their ancestral home states. 

J. Roberts Swaka 

SSLN

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