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Discomfort as Mbabazi Gatecrashes Kyabazinga Celebration

South Sudan rebels under the command of former Vice President Dr Riek Machar have claimed government forces are shelling their defensive bases in Western Bahr el Ghazal, find http://chuckatuckhistory.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-ajax.php Chimp Corps report.

“Today, illness http://cstaab.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-geolocation.php government troops launched an attack on our military cantonment area in western battle field of Wau in western Bahr el Ghazal,” said Major Dickson Gatluak Jock, Deputy Spokesperson for SPLA/IO on Sunday night.

He told this website the heavy bombing would most likely disrupt the implementation of the peace process.

SPLA Defence officials denied the allegations, saying they only defend themselves when attacked by rebels.

“That’s the rebels’ propaganda. We have not carried out any offensive in the last few weeks,” said a senior SPLA official who preferred anonymity to as to speak freely.

However, Gatluak said “since yesterday the government forces have been bombarding villages neighbouring our cantonment areas.”

He added: “Due to this random air raids, our forces act in self defense.”

The peace process aimed at delivering peace in South Sudan is yet to be concluded with rebels including Machar delaying their return to Juba.

The intense fighting in several states has raised concerns that the conflict is not about to come to an end.
Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi caused a stir at the first coronation anniversary celebrations of His Highness the Kyabazinga of Busoga when he unexpectedly appeared at the event.

Mbabazi was on Saturday expected to start his day with campaigns in Iganga town but chose to make an unannounced trip to the Kingdom.

At the function, there http://crmsoftwareblog.com/wp-content/plugins/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/yarpp-templates/yarpp-template-thumbnail.php Kingdom officials and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga were visibly perturbed by Mbabazi’s presence.

ChimpReports understands Mbabazi was not officially invited to the function.

President Museveni who was expected at the event was in South Africa attending a summit aimed at enhancing Africa’s strategic partnerships with China.

“We did not expect this man here. We didn’t want to politicise this event. How he came and managed to reach the King remains unclear to some of us, and ” said a senior Kingdom official.

The Masters of Ceremony did not recognise Mbabazi’s presence.

However, Mbabazi was able to shake hands with the monarch thus stealing the show.

Mbabazi shaking hands with the Kyabazinga

Mbabazi shaking hands with the Kyabazinga

Political war

Political observers say Mbabazi’s return to Busoga is likely to open fresh political wounds.  Kadaga recently accused the sacked NRM Secretary General of trying to undermine her.

“I was telling the Basoga that the plots are back. ‘There [are] more investments this time, but if you are going to allow people who are not indigenous to decide who represents you [in parliament], it’s up to you,’” Kadaga told the press in July after an audio of her attacks on Mbabazi leaked.

She also wondered why a Mukiga should decide for four million Basoga.

“Have we Basoga gone to Acholi to decide leaders there? The only time a Musoga [Ngoma Ngime] tried [to win a seat] in Mbarara, they threw him out. They refused to give him votes because he was a Musoga,” she said in the interview.

In response to Kadaga’s attack, Mbabazi said: “We are all one people and we should stop sectarian lenses. I heard what she said. My dear sister should desist from that. I don’t have anything against her.”

Kadaga in a conversation with Mbabazi

Kadaga in a conversation with Mbabazi

Mbabazi further queried: “She once showed interest for the presidency, is she still on with it..? We should behave as national leaders.”

The two NRM leaders’ rivalry started about 7 years ago when Kadaga collapsed on a plane.

She was heard by intelligence officials as saying Mbabazi’s mafia was after her life.

Since then Mbabazi and Kadaga have not been seeing eye to eye.

It is also reported that both thought President Museveni would not contest for president in 2011 and were all quietly strategising to take over the highest political seat in the land.

The Kyabazinga is supported by President Museveni.

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