By Nizar Manek, 8 May 2017
- Rebel group of 30,000 fighters readying to challenge president
- Three-year civil war has already left tens of thousands dead
A former general in South Sudan's army said he commands a new rebel movement of at least 30,000 fighters that will seek to overthrow President Salva Kiir, threatening to deepen the three-year civil war in Africa's newest nation.
Thomas Cirillo, a former lieutenant general, resigned as deputy chief for logistics in South Sudan's army in February, accusing Kiir of waging a "tribally engineered war" and turning the military into a force dominated by the Dinka, the president's ethnic group.