South Sudan

Government Promises to Protect Machar

Dr Riek Machar

State Minister for Finance and Economic Planning David Bahati has assured the people of Kibaale that government is ready to fund and support their cooperative enterprises with the aim of boosting their incomes.

Presiding over the handover of two heavy duty tractors to two area Cooperative Enterprises of Kakindo and Kasambya sub-counties at Kakindo Sub-county Headquarters Kibaale District on Monday, online the
minister was optimistic that the machines would go a long way in easing their work on the farm.

He reechoed government’s commitment to support farmers under the UPDF- geared Operation Wealth Creation by injecting Shs 460 billion in the coming financial year budget.

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The state minister was representing the finance minister Matia Kasaija.

Mark Twinomugisha, information pills the Director World Vision Uganda which lobbied for the machines assured the minister that they would be used effectively to increase crop acreage.
The government of South Sudan has promised to protect the country`s rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar and his group when they get to the capital Juba.

The security promise was made by the minister of Defense, medicine Kuol Manyang Jok on the floor of the National Assembly on Tuesday while briefing the house on the security situation, buy mainly the renewed fighting in the oil richest Unity state.

Dr. Machar and his SPLA- In Opposition group are supposed to return to Juba for the formation and commencement of a joint government together with the mainstream SPLA under President Salva Kiir.

Their return has however been shadowed by the concerns of security in Juba. The security arrangement was agreed upon by the two groups in Addis Ababa at the end of October, detailing the numbers of troops from each side to be stationed in the capital.

The presidency announced recently that Dr. Machar who is also the designated First Vice of the incoming Transitional Government of National Unity, is arriving tomorrow Thursday together with the Egyptian Prime Minister Haillemariam Dessalegn.

This website understands a special IGAD Heads of State meeting is also underway this week in Juba. The Defense minister came out yesterday and cleared the air on the safety of Machar and his group who are still in exile in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

“The government is positive that the former Vice President (Machar) is interested in peace and I am assuring this house today that we are going to do everything possible as far their security here is concerned,” Mr. Manyang said.

The Defense minister also told legislators that the fighting on Sunday in Nhialdiu north of Unity State capital Bentui should not be the cause of worry and the plans for the joint government is still on.

“It is true there was some exchange of fire between our forces and that of the SPLA-IO but let us forget about it. Let it not stress us anymore. There must have been some weaknesses somewhere that resulted to it and can be rectified,” Manyang added.

Dr. Machar fled from Juba in December 2013 when his home in the capital was razed to the ground during a fierce attack by the elite presidential forces that kicked of the 20 months of internal conflict.


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