The South Sudan President Salva Kiir has met the country’s rebel movement chief peace-talks negotiator Taban Deng Gai who returned to Juba with a group 150 men and women from the neighboring Ethiopia on Monday this week.
The meeting according to the Presidency took place on Tuesday at the presidential palace in the capital.
No further details were put out but the government maintained that it is fully committed to the return of peace in South Sudan that slid to a bloody internal crisis in late 2013.
Taban the former governor of the oil-richest Unity state was among the first leaders to break ranks with president Kiir and join the former vice president Dr. Riek Machar who took arms against his former boss.
Yesterday’s Juba meeting between the president and the rebel (SPLA- In Opposition) was the first of its kind since the two groups decided to speak the barrel language against each other.
The government and the rebel movement are expected to form a transitional government of national unity that is going to last three years.
The transitional government shall organize national elections before its expiry and as well make a constitution.
South Sudan is still operating on the 2011’s transitional constitution that was hastily put in place after gaining independence from the Arab dominated Republic of Sudan (North).
The government has silently deposited Shs 2.3 billion onto the Uganda National Teachers Union Sacco account and another Shs 5 billion is in the process.
ChimpReports has exclusively learnt that Ministry of Education, thumb http://ckls.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortlinks.php Sports Science and Technology which previously argued that the teachers through their umbrella body UNATU were not in position to manage the fund, buy information pills has now decided to channel the money to the teachers` union account starting early this month.
Government has been in unwavering disagreement with the teachers on this matter since June 2012 when President Museveni introduced the fund.
On Monday 19 December 2015 while appearing before the Parliamentary committee on Education, Minister Jessica Alupo said the government wad finalizing plans to move the teachers Sacco money from Microfinance Support Center to her ministry.
According to Bank Statements seen by Chimpreports, Shs 2.3bn was sent to the Uganda Teachers` Saccos Union account at Centenary Bank on Friday 9th December 2015, 10 days before the minister appeared before parliament.
It remains unclear why the government kept the development secret until when tasked by the MPs. When contacted on phone, Alupo declined to comment on the matter without giving any explanation.
Chimpreports visited the Teachers Sacco Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wilson Kabanda and the Board Chairman Stephen Nabende confirmed receiving the Shs 2.3bn.
“We got the money on the 9th of this month and everything is on course to make sure our members (teachers) get the best out of this fund,” Mr. Kabanda said.
Asked why government initially doubted their ability to manage the fund, the duo put it on some officials in the ministry who “simply didn’t wish well for the teachers.”
“Those people who say we are incapable of managing our own money have never been here. We have never seen them,” Mr. Nabende told us .
The teachers union (UNATU) General Secretary, Mr. James Tweheyo is expected on January 6th to break the news of the money transfer to the union members around the country.
The same meeting is also expected to draw the modalities on how the money is going to be accessed by the teachers and financial implications.