South Sudan

AU Piles Pressure on Kiir, Machar to End War

President Museveni reading his speech at the African Union Peace and Security Council Summit in South Africa on Saturday

While football fanatics celebrated Uganda Cranes’ 2-0 win against Botswana at the Nambole National Stadium on Saturday, tadalafil national broadcasters UBC TV expressed their displeasure with the football governing body FUFA, for their “lack of nationalism.”

UBC were annoyed Saturday evening that FUFA decided at the last minute to deny the national television the rights to broadcast the game live from Nambole, in utter breach of the signed contract.

UBC says they signed a contract with FUFA to broadcast not only the Uganda vs Botswana game but all the AFCON Qualifiers and that today’s action by FUFA would cause the two sides to go back to the boardroom and revisit the contract.

UBCs’ Public Relations Officer Jane Kasumba revealed that while all was set to broadcast the game, FUFA informed them at the last moment that they would be giving them the broadcast parameters 25 to 30 minutes into the game.

UBC in response decided to abandon the match, saying this was not part of the contract.

Chimpreports was yet to establish the reason behind FUFA’s decision but it is understood that the game was also given out to new entrants Azam Tv.

“This was certainly not part of the contract. We expected them to abide to the contract like we did abide by the contract,” said Ms Kasumba.

“Today is a gloomy day, not just for UBC but for football in Uganda and across Africa. It’s a very, very sad day.”

UBC, which has endeavored to broadcast most of the national team games, is usually enabled by a number of advertisers targeting the hundreds of thousands of viewers watching the games live across the country.

“All Ugandans have the right to watch their national team play, free of charge. We hope this doesn’t happen again. We are already getting tons of calls coming in; this is a disaster for us,” said Jane Kasumba who urged FUFA to learn to draw the line between business and patriotism.

FUFA was yet to make a response to the said breach of contract.


Afcon 2017 Qualifiers

Saturday 13th 2015

Uganda 2-0 Botswana

Geoffrey Massa and Brian Umony scored two goals to give Uganda a deserved 2-0 win against The Zebras of Botswana in an Afcon 2017 Qualifiers Group D opening match.

The Zebras proved good and tactical defensively in the entire first half with long time keeper Kabelo pulling spectacular saves leading the game to a barren first half.

On resumption, decease coach Micho pulled of Godfrey Walusimbi for a more aggressive Robert Ssentongo. The change proved its worth just ten minutes later after Luwagga Kizito crossed from the right wing, online for Massa’s opener. Kizito had earlier on taken a poor free kick but collected the rebound and built up on the goal.

Five minutes after the hour mark, Khalid Aucho transited the ball from Cranes half to Botswana’s exchanging passes with Luwagga before Brian Umony got at the end of the pass with a clinical tap in to double the lead.

The second goal scorer was then pulled off for Kobs danger man Yunus Ssentamu. The substitute wasted a clear chance to open his national account from a Luwagga pass with just ten to go.

Uganda Cranes starting XI: Denis Onyango, Denis  Iguma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Richard Kasssaga, Isaac

Isinde, Khalid Aucho, Farouk Miya, William Luwaga,  Brian Majwega, Brian Umony, Godfrey Massa.

Botswana Zebras starting XI: Kabelo Dambe, Obonye  Moswate, Edwin Olerile, Tebogo Sosome, Mosha

Gaolaolwe, Ofentse Nato, Joel  Mogorosi, Lebogang  Ditsile, Omaatla Kebatho, Mogakolodi Ngele, Kgaswane
The African Union Peace and Security Council held its 515th Summit in ??Johannesburg at the sidelines of the 25th AU Summit, clinic with leaders focusing on the crises in South Sudan and Burundi.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, current Chairperson of IGAD attended the Summit.

African Union Chairperson Dr Dlamini Zuma and President Museveni said the ongoing conflict in South Sudan should end to stop the intolerable suffering of the people.

Jan Eliason, UN Under Secretary, assured UN’s full support to the AU Adhoc Committee and IGAD in search for peace in South Sudan.

Hailemariam noted that “IGAD held more than nine Summits to resolve the monumental challenge,” adding, “South Sudan conflict poses immense regional and continental implications.”

He said complementary efforts have also been made by the Arusha process, focusing on intra-party unity to contribute to the overall peace process.

However, Hailemariam highlighted that after 18 months of talks, the situation on the ground continues to be precarious.

“The lack of trust between the parties to the conflict continues to be a major obstacle to the negotiation,” he added.

He advised that the negotiations should be completed in the shortest time possible and urged the Summit to implore the warring factions to reach a settlement.

Hailemariam also welcomed the appointment of former President of Mali, Professor Alpha Omar Konare as AU High Representative for ??South Sudan

“IGAD and African Union’s Peace and Security Council cooperation is indeed a true reflection of the principles of complementary as enshrined in the African Union Peace and Security Architecture,” he added.

The war in South Sudan has killed thousands of innocent people and pushed the country to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.


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