Rebel commander, troops abandon General Cirilo over ‘tribal agenda’
General Lawrence Omotayo Legge who was the National Salvation Front's operation commander in Mundri said he resigned effective April 17, 2021, along with all his forces accusing General Thomas Cirilo of killing serving the opposition group.
JUBA – A top holdout opposition commander has declared his intention, along with his forces in Western Equatoria state, to abandon the National Salvation Front (NAS) led by General Thomas Cirilo Swaka over what it calls tribal agenda.
General Lawrence Omotayo Legge who was the National Salvation Front’s operation commander in Mundri said he resigned effective April 17, 2021, along with all his forces accusing General Thomas Cirilo of killing serving the opposition group.
“I, Maj. General Lawrence Omotayo Legge, the operation commander for the National Salvation Front (NAS) in Mundri, Western Equatoria along with all of our forces have resigned from NAS effective as of today April 17, 2021,” he said in the statement extended to Sudans Post.
General Lawrence said one of the reasons for his resignation from National Salvation Front is that the opposition group under Cirilo has “killed many of our Western Equatoria boys including General James Palaoko [and] Lack of seriousness from the Leadership structures and leaders of NAS.”
He further accused the opposition commander of “tribal agendas of a small group within the (Bari) tribe in NAS. NAS top leaders continue to use the movement’s funds to live in fancy hotels and houses across Africa while the soldiers are left to survive on the ground.”
“I would like to assure the people of South Sudan that we will not be going to the government of South Sudan. We urge the people to be patient in the next few days as we announce our plans to continue struggling for the people of South Sudan.”
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