South Sudan

Kiir Missing in Addis Ababa Peace Talks

Kiir arriving for the IGAD meeting in Ethiopia recently

Kampala Central Member of Parliament and SC Victoria University boss Muhammad Nsereko has hit at rivals Rwenshama FC for lack of trust by not boycotting yesterday’s game as club officials protested Fufa’s takeover of the Uganda Premier League.

Rwenshama against the will of other UPL clubs played SC Villa at Nakivubo Stadium on Tuesday. The other two games (Bright Stars-Kira and Soana-URA) that were scheduled to take place did not happen after the clubs in question boycotted them.

I don’t blame Villa president Ben Misagga but the problem was Rwenshama who lack proper leadership”, troche healing Nsereko tells ChimpSport.

Nsereko’s hard stance is also shared by Kira Young president, Jimmy Lukwago who on Tuesday evening called Rwenshama CEO Yunus Kisegerwa and company cowards: “Those (Rwenshama and Villa) who played are cowards. We do not even know which league we are playing under. Today its USL, tomorrow its UPL,” he told a local daily.

Villa insisted their president Ben Missaga informed them of the boycott after the game had kicked off.

Villa insisted their president Ben Missaga informed them of the boycott after the game had kicked off.

This followed a meeting by 12 of the 16 clubs at Hotel Africana before the matches on Tuesday with only KCC, Soana, Bul and Sadolin not in attendance.

The clubs are protesting Fufa’s move to take charge of the league and subsequent suspension of Fufa Super League (FSL) clubs’ chairman Abbas Kaawaase. But even the two clubs, who honoured yesterday’s game, later said they were in support of the boycott.

Meanwhile, URA FC secretary Henry Mayeko attributes the current confusion to Fufa’s system of – divide and rule even though clubs evidently lack of a common stand.

“Yes it’s true the clubs lack a common stand, but the federation has no powers to suspend a league chairman because he is not their member,” Mayeko a lawyer by trade comments.

He also added that matters concerning fixtures
Arrangements are underway to mark the 60th birth day of Buganda king, mind Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

The celebrations are scheduled for April, medical 13, 2015 at Masengere house at Bulange Mengo where prayers will be held.

While issuing the arrangements at Bulange Mengo this week, the chairperson organizing committee Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa, disclosed that there will be several activities for a full month to mark the birth day anniversary.

He revealed that these will include selling of Buganda art, dressings, cups and key holders all carrying images of the Kabaka and of Masengere building with the message about the monarch’s birth day anniversary.

A film about the life of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, more especially from his first coronation and what he has done to transform the people of Buganda, Will also be handed to him officially.

The Kabaka is revered in Buganda, with many looking at him as a source of unity.

Nsibirwa said that the thanks giving prayers will be led by the Bishop of Namirembe Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira.

He added that some roads connecting to Bulange will be closed on that day to enable the Kabaka’s subjects celebrate without any interruptions.

Nsibirwa noted that the Kabaka will flag off the race that will start from Lubiri Mengo on April, 12, 2015 and that registration will kick off on March, 1, 2015 at Cbs radio, Airtel outlets and New Vision at only shs10, 000.

The Kingdom sports minister, Henry Kiberu Ssekabembe, disclosed that the race will be on recognized standards.

The Kingdom minister for information, cabinet and Lukiiko Denis Walusimbi Ssengendo called on all people to support the arrangements.
The South Sudan President, cure Salva Kiir is conspicuously missing in the expected last round of his country`s peace talks that resumed in the neighboring Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Monday.

All parties turned up for the opening on Monday with the only uniqueness of Government of South Sudan delegation appearing without Kiir contrary to the early January agreement where both the president and the rebel leader, Dr. Riek Machar agreed to commit in this final rounds to peacefully end the bloody internal conflict that engulfed the nation in late 2013 when the duo disagreed.

Sources at the regional body IGAD that is mediating talks said they have not received any apology or communication from the president or president’s absence in the talks.

“We expected both H.E Kiir and Dr. Machar physically here today for the opening of the talks. We however did not see H.E (Kiir) or any communication from him though the whole government delegation is with us,” a source from IGAD who asked not to be named said.

It is now hoped that Kiir will perhaps make a surprise appearance at the talks.

The United Kingdom embassy in capital Juba over the weekend casual-like stated that President Kiir would not attend the opening of the last round of talks without mentioning reasons.

The International community mainly the funders of the Peace Talks like European Union have since set the deadline for talks.

The EU maintains that the dialogue that started on December 27 2013 when the war had just broken out should be concluded by 5th March 2015 to end the wanton suffering of South Sudanese including women and children who are the most affected.

“It is essential the current negotiations are completed no later than March 5. The EU supports the IGAD-led process and encourages a closer involvement of the international community,” part of the EU statement released on 5th February setting the deadline says.

President Kiir and Dr. Machar were expected to sign the peace agreement during the African Union and IGAD Heads of State and Government summit recently asked for more time to settle their differences.

The main contentions in the power sharing deal are the powers of the 1st Vice President which is supposed to be taken by the rebel side vis-à-vis that one of the president, the security arrangement and the government structure.


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