South Sudan

Rebels, SPLA Clash After New Peace Deal

IGAD leaders in a meeting with South Sudan warring parties in Ethiopia during the weekend

Political misunderstandings have emerged in Lyantonde District following Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s visit to the area, approved Chimp Corps report.

The Kabaka on Thursday started his visit to Kabula County in preparations for Bulungibwansi ceremonies.

Katikkiro Peter Mayiga said this year’s theme would help to bring relief to Kabaka’s subjects who have learned a lot from the theme by working hard, establishing income generating activities by especially the youth.

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This year’s theme was “Nyikira okukola Bulungibwansi N’okusitula Embeerayo.”

The programme was introduced by the ancestors of Buganda as a self help activity purposely to clean their walk ways, water resources and to promote health care in the villages.

However, while Kabaka’s trip was aimed at encouraging people to engage in self-help commercial activities to create sustainable sources of revenue and eradicate poverty, some politicians expressed discomfort that the monarch’s tour would boost the political credentials of Deborah Tuhirirwe Rwabwogo.

A successful commercial farmer in the area, Deborah is a sister of Odrek Rwabwogo – Museveni’s in-law.

She recently announced plans to stand for the area Woman MP to challenge Grace Namara – the wife of tycoon Godfrey Kirumira in the 2016 elections

Chimpreports understands that some of Namara’s supporters including former Minister, James Kakooza were unhappy that Kabaka spent more time with Deborah than the area representative.

“I was excluded from participating in this tour because the team organizers headed by Buganda area representatives do not support me. They are fighting for my downfall in the next election. All this was to make my rival more popular hoping that she wins the next election but this will not be easy because I will fight back,” said Namara.

Lyantonde area MPs Namara and James Kakooza expressed concerns over the Kabaka's visit to the area

Lyantonde area MPs Namara and James Kakooza expressed concerns over the Kabaka’s visit to the area

Kakooza also observed that the “Buganda organizing committee should check on their conduct and avoid leaving our people divided.”

Deborah owns a big farm and beautiful residence. She has hundreds of acres of maize plantations and rears goats and cows. She is an advocate of commercial agriculture in the region.

She gave Kabaka three Friesian cows and three improved goats.

Mutebi did not give a speech to his subjects but Mayiga praised her for training women in starting small projects to overcome poverty.

Mayiga urged the youth to avoid reckless sexual behaviour and that they should spend most of their time in improving their livelihoods.

The Kabaka of Buganda at Nabigoye where he attended Muslim prayers (Photos: Farouk Twesigye)

The Kabaka of Buganda at Nabigoye where he attended Muslim prayers (Photos: Farouk Twesigye)

The Bulungibwansi Day is an annual event cerebrated in Buganda every October 8 in memory of Buganda’s Independence; and it rotates in different counties.

Several activities were performed in people’s homes including cleaning of community wells, planting trees and cleaning roads.
South Sudan rebels have accused government forces of attacking their positions just hours after President Kiir and Dr Riek Machar agreed to end hostilities in the war-torn country.

The rebels’ chief negotiator, physician Gen Taban Deng Gai said in a letter to the Chairperson of IGAD Special Envoys, more about Amb. Seyuom Mesfin on Saturday that, “the Movement has again launched fresh attacks on our positions in Unity State this morning.”

Deng further said, “On November 8, 2014, GRSS, JEM and SPLA-North forces advanced from Bentiu and Pariang and attacked our positions at Tor and Hofra in Unity State.”

“SPLM/SPLA condemns in the strongest terms possible the continuous aggression and violation of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement by the regime in Juba and calls on IGAD, Troika and the United Nations to condemn these unproved attacks by GRSS forces and investigate these aggressions.”

By Sunday morning, SPLA were yet to make comments on the latest disturbing development.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn steered intensive talks that helped South Sudan’s political leaders to commit to an unconditional and complete end to hostilities on Saturday.

The talks in Addis Ababa – that commenced on Thursday running through Friday into the wee hours of Saturday morning – culminated in resolutions that signalled an end to the South Sudan conflict.

The Government of South Sudan led by President Salva and the SPLM/A (in opposition) under former Vice President Riak Machar also agreed to immediately stop recruitment and mobilization of civilians.

And a communique issued at the end of the 28th Extra-ordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government attended by President Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Omar Bashir (Sudan), Ismail Guelleh (Djibouti) and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (Somalia) warned South Sudan warring parties that any violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement would invite stern interventions to protect life and restore peace and stability.

These will include freeze of assets owned by the violators, travel bans and blocking supply of materials that could be used in war.

The IGAD leaders called on the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC), the United Nations Security Council and the entire international community to support the enforcement of the Addis Ababa resolutions.

IGAD, however, accepted the request by parties to the South Sudan conflict to be allowed a further 15 days to iron out the remaining outstanding issues.


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