NAS dismisses alleged defection of its Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. John Kenyi

Thomas Cirillo Swaka, Chairman of the National Salvation Front |Photo: File

The National Salvation Front, a rebel group headed by Thomas Cirillo Swaka, has dismissed as fake news, the alleged defection of its Deputy Chief of Staff for Training, Lt. Gen. John Kenyi Loburong.

“The Leadership of National Salvation Front (NAS) would like to alert its forces, members, supporters, the people of South Sudan and members of International Community, of a malicious propaganda document claiming to be the resignation letter of Lt. Gen. John Kenyi Loburong, NAS deputy Chief of Staff for Training.”

“The Leadership of NAS would like to assure everyone that Lt. Gen. John Kenyi Loburong has not defected from NAS and is with his forces in his area of Command Lt. Gen. John Kenyi Loburong is a loyal patriotic freedom fighter who is committed to the struggle to liberate the people from oppression and subjugation so as to achieve freedom, justice, equality and restoration of the dignity of the people. The fake resignation letter in circulation is a desperate propaganda and forgery from dismissed former NAS members.”

The group said the forged document is aimed at sowing seeds of discord among members of the National Salvation Front (NAS) as it lacks authenticative proof.

“The aim of the propaganda by these enemies of the people of South Sudan is to spread lies to encourage forces of the SSPDF to attack NAS forces; attack villages and commit killings, rapes, looting and displacement of civilians. The Leadership of NAS cautions its forces, members, supporters, the people of South Sudan and members of the International Community to be vigilant and never be dubbed by liars and forgers with such cheap propaganda.”

Gen. Cirillo dismisses 3 members from his movement over misconduct

Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, Chairman of the National Salvation Front |Photo: Thessherald

Oct 24, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Chairman of the National Salvation FRONT (NAS), Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, has issued an order dismissing three members of the NAS over what he called ‘sabotaging activities’ in the movement.

“In exercise of powers conferred upon me by the NAS Leadership to take actions that will ensure the achievement of the objectives of the movement; I,Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief oftheNational Salvation Front, do hereby order the relieve of the following members from all positions and duties and dismissed from the National Salvation Front (NAS).”

  1. Mr. Murtada Jalal Abdalla Baballa.
  2. Dr. Lako Jada Kwajok
  3. Mr. Leeri Johnson Marella

The dismissed members have been involved in:

  1. Actively undermining policies and sabotaging activities of the NationalSalvation Front
  2. Instigating divisions among the members, rank and file of the Movement.
  3. Collaborating with foreign agents to destroy NAS and the struggle toliberate the suffering people of South Sudan.This order comes into immediate effect on22″d October 2020.Gen.Thomas Cirillo SwakaChairman and Commander-in-ChiefNational salvation Front

CPA urges ’maximum restraint,’ as renewed fighting flares up in S. Sudan amid COVID-19

May 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Centre for Peace and Advocacy has condemned reports of fresh clashes between the government’s forces and NAS troops and called on both sides to desist from engaging in renewed military confrontations.

“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) strongly condemns the reported clashes between the National Salvation Front (NAS) against the forces of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) and Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO),” said the group in a statement extended to The South Sudan Herald.

“Sources indicated that, the clashes took [place] on the 5th May, 2020 in Katigiri, Wonduruba-Central Equatoria. This is a violation of the cessation of hostilities signed by the government of South Sudan and SSOMA on 21st December, 2017.”

The Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) condemns and denounces the use of military- oriented solutions and urges the conflicting parties to promote peace through negotiated solutions rather than guns.

“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) would therefore like the conflicting parties to show and exercise maximum restraint and cease hostilities. Let the focus be on fighting the global pandemic in the item of COVID-19 that has caused thousands of lives and infected millions globally.”

On an equal footing, the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) would like to encourage the IGAD, AU and the International Community and peace monitors not take their eyes off these violations.

NAS sympathizes with citizens as COVID-19 wreaks havoc around the world

(Thessherald)– The National Salvation Front, a rebel faction led by Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, has sent a message of solidarity, sympathizing with the people of South Sudan at this critical juncture as the coronavirus has become a life-threatening threat to humanity around the world.

“The Leadership of The National Salvation Front stands in solidarity with you at this critical time in the history of humanity. As you are all aware, the world is facing the challenge of a serious infection called Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the opposition group said.

“The virus has now claimed many lives and has created panic in the whole world. This particular disease, which started in China in December, 2019 has now spread and affected many countries,” NAS added.

The rebel group stressed that, it is unfortunate that the current situation comes at a time when the entire country lacks health-care services as a result of the conflict.

“It can therefore affect any one of us. The World 1–lealth Organization (WHO) has declared the Coronavirus as a pandemic; meaning it is a disease that has spread worldwide. Sadly, this situation finds you abandoned without any healthcare services. Your resources are not being used for your wellbeing. You have been robbed of your basic rights and dignity.”

“I would therefore urge all the citizens of South Sudan whether inside the towns in the country, in the rural areas, Protection of Civilians (PoCs) sites, and refugee camps in the neighbouring countries to exercise vigilance and remain calm as you confront this pandemic. I call on you to maintain your resilience and take personal responsibility to keep healthy and overcome this situation in the absence of a people- focused leadership.”

Even though you lack the very basics of life at this critical time, I wish to share with you the following basic information and precautions based on World Health Organization (WHO) and NAS health specialists’ advice so as to help protect yourselves and your families from the Coronavirus:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water whenever you can even with the meagre resources.
  2. Avoid physical contact with one another by not shaking hands and/or embracing.
  3. Apply social distancing; meaning maintain a distance of at least one (1) meter between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose ofthe tissue immediately
  5. All social gathering like weddings and sporting events should be postponed.
  6. Places of worship where there is crowding should also be avoided.
  7. Avoid unnecessary movements particularly in public transport including aeroplanes.
  8. Report to the nearest health facility if you have symptoms like cough, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, high fever and unusual tiredness. Maintain social distance with those who have the symptoms mentioned above.
  9. Take good care ofthe elderly amongst you, they are the most vulnerable.
  10. Stay informed and follow advice ofyour healthcare personnel
    As part of the efforts to confront the spread of the Coronavirus, I do hereby issue the following directives:
  11. The NAS Medical Corp, medical doctors and health personnel of the National Salvation Front are directed to provide the necessary public health awareness and healthcare with special attention to our remote areas and villages.
  1. The NAS Information Committee and all the information organs of the Movement must immediately embark on awareness programmes to the people of South Sudan using all forms of the media to prevent and curb the spread ofthe pandemic.
  2. NAS information organs are further directed to continuously update the people of South Sudan on the state of the pandemic to give accurate and reliable reports to the people.