South Sudan

South Sudan Crisis: Museveni Blasts Leaders’ Pseudo-ideology

President Museveni walking from the Uganda Embassy in New York to the UN Headquarters to attend the UNGA Summit

Uganda Cranes shot stopper, mind symptoms Salim Magoola Jamal is just 90 minutes away from a dream final to Africa’s elite club competition, health the Caf Champions league following his Sudanese team Al Merreikh narrow 2-1 win over Lubumbashi golden boys TP Mazembe in the first leg of the competition’s semi final.

Red hot marksman, diagnosis Bakri ‘Al Medina’ Babeker  powered in a winning wonder-volley with only ten minutes of play remaining to give the Omdurman a first leg advantage on Saturday.

Francis Coffie had opened the scores in the first half but Tanzanian export Thomas Ulimwengu came in the second part of the game to gift Mazembe an away goal.

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Salim, who has been a pivot for the club in the competition, came to the team’s rescue on several occasions including a 65th minute one-on-one with Roger Assale toeing the ball away.

“We can make a good game in Congo as long as we continue with our win it’s good for the start we are going to fight for goals while also limiting conceding goals in our side. It will help us go through in shaa Allah. Nothing is impossible,” an optimistic Salim told ChimpSport while also admitting the match was among the toughest he has so far played.

In Caf confederations cup, Yassar Mugerwa was in the stands watching as his new club Orlando Pirates fought hard to beat North African giants Al Ahly through a ninth minute Thamsanqa Gabuza.

The second leg returns in a fortnight.
The Commander-in-Chief of the South Sudan rebel movement, mind SPLA-In- Opposition, find Dr. Riek Machar this week promoted 21 of his generals including the general Chief of Staff, what is ed Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual in a bid to create a wing of senior loyal army officers once confirmed as Deputy Vice President.

In an express order issued on Friday, Dr. Machar who is also the First Vice President designate said the rank elevation of his battle hardened comrades is in line with the April 2014 Nassir Consultative Conference.

At the beginning of the war the rebel movement and Machar himself were based in the thick bushes of Nassir which is in the Upper Nile state.

In May 2014 Machar moved to the neighbouring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and the SPLA-IO base was consequently moved to Pagak town which borders the Horn of African nation.

Gen. Gatwech was promoted from second Lieutenant General to First Lieutenant General with the immediate effect of 21st December last year.

“In pursuant to resolutions of Nasir consultative conference, I, Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA do hereby promote Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual to the rank of 1st Lt. General with effect from the 21st December 2014,” part of the 4 series of express orders reads.

Maj. Gen. Johnson Olony who was recently elevated in command with Maj. Gen. James Koang Chuol to Commander Special Division (1) and Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of operations respectively were also promoted to the ranks of Lieutenant General.

Other Major Generals promoted to Lieutenant Generals are James Yich Biet, Moses Chot Rik, Elias Jada Laku, Dau Aturjong Nyuol, Peter Dor Monjur, John Both Teny and Saddam Chayout Manyang Wuor.

Meanwhile 11 Brigadier Generals of the SPLA-IO are now two star generals. The new Major General officer are Ruai Kuol Jal, Magwek Gai Majak, Michael Ciengjiek, Daniel Koang Chuol Goach, Dang Yiei Thanypiny, Peter Thuok Chuol Luak and Martin Kenyi Terensio, Koang Gatkuoth Kerjok, Thomas Bazilio Tindo Kali, Khamis Abdel Latif Chauwel Chol and Wesley Welebe Samson.

The rebel forces are expected to integrate with mainstream SPLA under President Salva Kiir and it remains a puzzle if the Juba regime is going to recognize the military promotion in SPLA-IO.

Observers say Machar intends to have a command within SPLA that remains loyal to him just in case of a disagreement with President Salva Kiir in future.

Already, SPLA are inspecting areas located around 25 kms outside Juba as part of the demilitarisation process of the Capital.

Uganda is yet to confirm whether it would pull out its troops from the war-torn country.
President Museveni has said one of the root causes of violence in Africa is the pseudo-ideology of opportunistically exploiting identity in the form of religious or tribal sectarianism in order to gain or retain political power.

He said this was to the exclusion of the legitimate interests of the affected African people in the form of the production and exchange of the goods and services for their mutual prosperity.

“With the return to democracy in many of the African countries, cheapest one would have expected the termination of these crimes against African people. Unfortunately, medical however, in some of the African countries, these crimes are still continuing, committed, sometimes, by undisciplined government troops or by criminal gangs claiming to be freedom fighters,” he said.

The President said fortunately, there is peace and quiet in the vast majority of African countries.

“Out of the 53 African countries that are members of the African Union, in the last few years, there has been civil wars and terrorism in about 10 of them. The other 43 have been peaceful. Nevertheless, it is important that even the 10 should be assisted to end violence and terrorism,” he said.

The President was speaking Sunday during the Peace and Security Council 547th meeting at the level of Heads of State and Government meeting at the Permanent Observer Mission of the AU in New York.

He chaired the meeting in his capacity as Chairperson of the AU-PSC for the month of September.

The closed-door meeting was considering the Common AU position on the UN review of peacekeeping operations and a report of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan.

Museveni seemed to have been condemning the tribal conduct of the South Sudan elite that sparked off the war in December 2013

Gunfire broke out in the presidential compound after President Kiir’s Dinka Tiger Presidential Guards attempted to disarm their Neur colleagues suspected of being loyal to Machar.

Machar would later recruit Neur fighters to fight President Kiir’s government only to be stopped the Uganda armed forces.

Museveni said after colonialism, undemocratic military regimes usurped power in many African countries and committed many human rights violations including extra-judicial killings, rape and defilement and looting of property.

“It is not correct to continue dealing with the adverse and tragic consequences of this pseudo-ideology in the form of massacres, massive displacement of people from their homes, loss of property and loss of development time, without condemning and banishing this root cause,” he said.

The meeting was attended by H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, President Hage Gottfried Geingob of Namibia, President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, the Vice President of South Sudan James Wani Igga among other leaders.


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