South Sudan

Norway Urges South Sudan On Final Peace Negotiations

President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar have compromised a number of peace deals

Top Kampala law firm, order abortion Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates and Zimbabwe’s Godlonton & Gerrans have sealed a strategic alliance deal with global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright, sickness Chimp Corps report.

Officials said Tuesday the move marks an expansion of Norton Rose Fulbright’s footprint in Africa through strategic alliances in East Africa and Zimbabwe.

Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates is one of Uganda’s top three law firms with offices in Kampala, click Uganda, and with an association in Bujumbura, Burundi.

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Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans is one of Zimbabwe’s largest law firms and is based in Harare.

The three firms will collaborate on selected client matters to provide seamless legal support to clients, particularly in the areas of energy and infrastructure.

The alliances will see Norton Rose Fulbright significantly extend its current African coverage, which comprises offices in Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Casablanca, into East Africa and Zimbabwe.

Rob Otty, managing director of Norton Rose Fulbright in South Africa, commented: “Our alliance with Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans and Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates reflects the strategic importance of Africa to our global business. Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans and Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates bring an unparalleled breadth of experience in their respective countries, which will now be available to our clients.”

Peter Martyr, global chief executive, Norton Rose Fulbright, said, “Africa is a key hub for our clients, and expanding across the region is of great importance to us. We see immediate opportunities in Africa in energy and infrastructure, mining and commodities.  Investment into other sectors is also gaining pace, particularly in financial institutions, technology and agriculture.

These alliances mark a significant step forward in the development of our African practice, and will further enhance our global offering.”

Norton Rose Fulbright has worked with Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates for more than 15 years and has worked with Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans for more than 20 years.


According to Chambers and Partners, a guide to the world’s best lawyers, the firm has continued to grow in terms of size and business volume.

2013 saw a new partner join the firm from the government electricity transmission entity boosting the firms dominance in energy and mining.

The firm also recruited four new associates to boost their team and has seen its work load in the oil and gas sector increase.

In this dynamic and competitive world, the firm has continued to invest in training with several of its lawyers doing secondments to leading international law firms, financial institutions and clients.

It main areas of practice include acquisition of a local telecom company Suretel by Industrial Promotion Services Kenya (IPS Kenya); advising the International Finance Corporation on a Public Private Partnership with Kampala Capital City Authority for Solid Waste Management and Power generation and acquisition of majority shareholding in a hydro power company run by Greenwus Energy Africa Ltd by Di Frontier Market Energy & Carbon Fund K/S AS amongst others.

The firm’s partners are Alan Shonubi, Peters Musoke, Andrew Kibaya, Innocent Kihika, Noah Mwesigwa and Ezekiel Tuma.
The final round of peace negotiations aimed at establishing a transitional government of national unity for South Sudan by 9 July was formally opened in Addis Ababa today. ‘

Government of Norway has issued a statement arguing the ravruing parties to be respectful of the negotiations this time round.

“The parties should work out the necessary compromises and agree on the establishment of a government of national unity, pill ” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in the statement.

“I am concerned that President Salva Kiir did not show up for the negotiations in Addis Ababa today, despite his commitment in the previous round of negotiations to do so, ‘ Foreign Minister Brende said.

Since the war broke out in December 2013, thousands of people have been reported killed and millions forced to flee their homes. The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, and the economy is in rapid decline.

Minister Brende urged the leaders of South Sudan to have the best interests of the people in mind and to use these negotiations to create peace in South Sudan.

He noted, “The people of South Sudan have suffered enough, and deserve economic and social development rather than more war,’ said Foreign Minister Brende.”

‘The proposed constitutional amendment to extend the mandate of the president and the parliament for two years must not be used as an excuse not to reach a peace agreement at the peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, which are being carried out under the auspices of the regional organization IGAD,’ Mr Brende said.



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