SPLA Denies Media Allegations against Deputy Chief of General Staff


The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)

Office of SPLA Spokesperson

SPLA GHQs-Bilpam

Press N0.08

Subject: SPLA Denies Media Allegations against Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka

SPLA GHQs has noted with great concern malicious rumors that had been circulating on social and print media outlets against Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics. The Down Daily Newspaper on Tuesday 29 March 2016 Vol.1 Issue 046 published a story on its front page” I will fight along Bari community against land grabbers”

This attention capturing headline was said to have been uttered by Gen. Thomas Cirilo.

Compelled by severity of these potentially damaging allegations against this high ranking officer, the SPLA High Command through the Office of SPLA Spokesperson has agreed and concluded that a press conference was necessary in order to clear the air and put some records straight.

First and foremost, it’s good to point out some inconsistencies and incorrect information published by the Down Daily Newspaper in its futile efforts aimed at coating and polishing its incredible and baseless allegations:

  1. That as a professional military officer, Gen. Thomas Cirilo does not receive directives from his community to confront land grabbers who had threatened indigenous people in the area (there is no military officer in the world that receives orders or directives from his community). Therefore the statement was untrue and unfounded
  2. Gen. Thomas Cirilo is Deputy Chief of General for Logistics not Head of Directorate for Logistics as reported
  3. That there was no surprise visit paid to Gen. Thomas Cirilo at his village by H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Vice President James wani, Chief of General Staff, Gen. Paul Malong and National Security Minister, Mabuto Mamur as reported by the Down Daily Newspaper
  4. Thomas Cirilo has taken up his new assignment as Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics not absconding duty,
  5. Had not threatened to leave the army for Rajaf in order to fight land grabbers. I hereby confirm that he stays at his official residence in Juba not in Rajaf where he is reported to be monitoring the situation. However, it’s good to underscore that the Gen. does go to his village especially over the weekends.

With inconsistencies pointed out and records put straight, the SPLA GHQs takes this opportunity to categorically deny and distance it-self from irresponsible statements published and attributed to Gen. Thomas Cirilo. The SPLA GHQs condemns in the strongest terms possible deliberate acts aimed at defaming and tarnishing images for some of our finest officers.

In conclusion:

SPLA GHQs urges various media outlets to at first counter check, verify correctness and credibility of information before publishing it. On the same note, SPLA warns some reckless media agencies that legal action will be taken against institutions found defaming our officers in particular and the army in general.

Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang,

SPLA Spokesperson,

SPLA GHQs-Bilpam

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