South Sudan

Museveni, IGAD Envoy Gen Sumbeiywo Meet

drugs geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The State Minister for International Affairs, Mr. Henry Okello Oryem, Kenya’s High Commissioner to Uganda, Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Geoffrey L. Okanga and Kenya’s Consular, Ambassador Daniel Mutinda were also in attendance.

The meeting comes at a time when Addis Ababa peace talks are faltering and war resuming in high gear across South Sudan.

We are yet to learn the details of the special meeting.

President Museveni is an influential head among other IGAD Heads of State, especially seen after the Nairobi IGAD Special Summit when he visited and urged South Sudan rebels to accept talks.

The talks indeed followed suit after the president’s visit to Juba.

Also, with IGAD mandate, Ugandan troops were able to avert the collapse of President Salva Kiir’s government at the hands of his former deputy Dr Riek Machar.

IGAD is a regional body that was formed in 1986 to tackle issues of drought and desertification.

But in the 1990s, the organisation became the accepted regional vehicle for regional security and political dialogue.

In September 2006, the African Union Peace and Security Council approved an IGAD proposal to deploy the region’s Peace Support Mission in Somalia (IGASOM) to which Uganda has contributed a large peace keeping contingent in Somalia.

IGAD member countries include Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.


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