South Sudan

S. Sudan Admission into EAC Deferred

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In his address to the EAC Heads of State Summit, President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is the chairman of the summit, said the war in South Sudan is a betrayal of the independence long sought by Kenya’s northern neighbour.

“The interests and rights of the people of South Sudan come first; and peace is the only course of action that respects those interests and rights” President Kenyatta said.

He said the warring leaders must stop the fight and fulfill the aspirations that their people struggled for decades.

President Kenyatta said the EAC doesn’t live in isolation and has been ready to respond to the cry of its neighbours.

“We have heard our neighbours’ cry, and given every help to the ongoing reconciliation processes of restoring their security,” he said, as he also pointed out the progress that has been made in restoring stability in Somalia.

Kenya, Uganda and Burundi have deployed their soldiers on the ground in Somalia and a turnaround has been witnessed as normalcy returns to many parts of the country ravaged by war for more than two decades.

“Under extremely difficult conditions, there has been commendable progress made in bringing law and order which has eluded the country for over two decade,” he said as he applauded the people and government of Somalia who have tirelessly faced terror threats to bring back stability.

President Kenyatta called on the international community to support and build-on the initiatives spearheaded by the regional bodies.

On South Sudan, a decision on the admission of the young nation into the EAC block was deferred on its own request to allow national preparations for the process.

Meanwhile, President Museveni on Wednesday returned from Arusha where he joined other Heads of State for a one-day 12th Extraordinary Summit of the East African Community.

The President was this evening received on arrival at Entebbe International Airport by the Commander of Uganda Air Force, General Sam Turyagyenda.

Others were the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija and the Acting Director of Traffic and Road Safety in the Uganda Police, Mr. Steven Kasiima.


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