South Sudan

Gen Kiir Opens Fresh War on Machar Rebels

Machar and Kiir  in May in this year agreed to cease hostilities

Buganda Road Court has dismissed charges of “convening meetings, salve holding rallies and making speeches under the unlawful organization of 4GC” against opposition leaders including Dr Kizza Besigye.

Through their lawyer Ernest Kalibala, viagra 60mg the accused who also include Asuman Basalirwa, capsule Francis Mwijukye, Matthias Mpuuga Nsamba, Hajji Mubarak Munyagwa, Hon Muwanga Kivumbi, Chapa Karuhanga and Ingrid Turinawe in August requested Magistrate Lillian Buchana to dismiss this case since the state had fallen short of providing evidence to warrant their conviction.

Buchana agreed with the defence, adding, state fell short of finalising investigations into the case in time.

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It is alleged on January 23, 2013, the accused pronouncing themselves as members of the banned pressure group of 4GC (For God and my country) participated in several activities of the outlawed pressure group across Uganda.

While the accused have made several appearances in court ready for their case to be heard, state prosecution has been seeking for adjournments to conclude investigations in vain.

Mpuuga told journalists immediately after the dismissal of the case has said that opposition will consider the next course of action in due course.

“We are going to seek guidance from our lawyers to see what is next because we are representatives of the people but the government has been wasting our time through court sessions as well as abusing our rights,” said Mpuuga.

Mwijukye praised the judiciary for “showing independence because the state wanted us to be convicted which has not worked.”

Besigye and other exonerated politicians missed today’s court session as they were appearing in Kabale court on charges of holding illegal assemblies in the town.
Just a day after pulling his negotiating team from the Ethiopian Capital, order Addis Ababa, information pills President Salva Kiir appears to have directed an all-out war against Dr Riek Machar’s rebel position, Chimp Corps exclusively report.

Rebel spokesperson, Brig Lul Koang told Chimpreports on Monday morning that “several defensive positions held by SPLA forces (Opposition) are currently under heavy attacks.”

He added: “Active combat engagements are ongoing south of Dolieb Hills and Zinc on southern banks of Sobat River after Kiir’s forces supported by Johnson Olony militias crossed the river this morning. Canal is also under intensive shelling.”

The heavy SPLA bombardments come just a week after rebels used a force of 7,000 militants to attack positions in Bentiu, leaving a trail of death and destruction.

IGAD and other regional organisations condemned the rebel attacks, saying they signalled Machar’s decision to take a path of war to ascend to the position of presidency.

Angered by the attacks, Kiir directed his team sent to Addis Ababa for peace talks with rebels to withdraw and return to Juba.

Kiir’s spokesperson, Ateny Wek said Sunday the president’s decision was seconded by IGAD because “instead of taking part in peace talks in good faith, the rebels are now more preoccupied with planning attacks on our military bases.”

He further revealed the leader of the rebels’ peace talks team, Taban Deng Gai, travelled to Heglig – the disputed oil town at the border with Sudan, to mobilise for a military attack on government positions in Unity State.

Ateny alleged that Gai decided to quit the area after rebel forces were defeated by SPLA.

The fresh skirmishes are likely to aggravate the security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan which remains on the edge of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Koang said, “these unprovoked attacks is aimed at derailing ongoing Peace Talks in Addis and has significantly spoiled the conducive atmosphere negotiators have been enjoying since real negotiations began on 1st November 2014.”

He further said, “SPLA (opposition) forces are fighting in self-defence to avert unjustified grabbing of our territories.”


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