South Sudan

Kiir, Machar To Meet in Ethiopia

Kenyatta (C) with Gen Karangi (L) at a function in Kenya this year

2:27pm: Uganda State House issues a press statement on the IGAD meeting in Ethiopia:

President Museveni is in Addis Ababa, treat ambulance the capital of Ethiopia, information pills where is expected to join other regional leaders for the 28th Summit of Heads of State and Government Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) with the crisis in South Sudan top on the agenda.

The President was received on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport this afternoon by Senior Ethiopian Government officials.

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Others at the airport to receive him included State Minister for International Affairs, Mr. Henry Okello Oryem and Uganda’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Mull Katende.

According to reports, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and his former Deputy, Riek Machar, are expected to meet on the sidelines of the Summit to discuss their country’s 10-month civil conflict.

The two are expected to address the question of what powers the proposed Prime Minister would have in the South Sudanese transitional government.

President Museveni was earlier seen off at Entebbe International Airport this morning by the Commander of Air Forces, General Sam Turyagyenda, the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura and the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija.


12:00pm: Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has Thursday departed to Ethiopia, where he will join regional leaders for the 28th Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development.

The IGAD meeting comes against the backdrop of heavy clashes between rebels and South Sudan government forces especially in Unity State, leaving a trail of blood and destruction.

President Salva Kiir last week pulled his negotiating team from Addis Ababa where it has been holding talks with the rebels as a response to the insurgents’ fresh offensive.

It is thought this time around, leaders will take a robust action against the rebels.

African Union, sources say, could impose sanctions on rebel leader Dr Riek Machar over the escalation in the fighting in South Sudan.

The IGAD summit is expected to sit this weekend to brainstorm on easing the crisis in South Sudan.

Regional leaders will also push for the immediate resumption of the peace talks between Dr Riek Machar’s rebels and the government of President Salva Kiir.

The Summit was supposed to sit on Monday last week week was adjourned to allow the presence of President Museveni who had travelled to Rome on a four-day working visit.

President Museveni is expected join his counterparts at the National Palace to find a final solution to the bloody 10-month internal war that has killed thousands and displaced millions.

The talks were suspended on October 5 to allow for more consultations.

The first breakthrough in the peace talks happened on May 9 when the two key principals, Kiir and Machar met for the first time since December 2013 and agreed to end the fighting and find a political solution to the conflict.

Hon Oryem Okello, Uganda’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of International Affairs, recently said African Union may consider putting sanctions on South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar if he does not cooperate in the peace process mediated by IGAD.

The Minister said the Heads of State have suggested a “broad based government as measure to bring peace in South Sudan.”

He said, in the deal, “Riek Machar has been asked to nominate a Prime Minister. While President Salva Kiir agrees with the deal, Riek Machar is demanding for the position of Executive Prime Minister.”

Okello further revealed that “Heads of State had resolved to take tough measures against Riek Machar but with intervention of John Kerry a follow-up summit was suggested and is to take place early November to have the two sides agree on the deal.”

Okello said he was optimistic that the deal would be signed basing on the information from his counterpart in South Sudan that informal talks are going on well.

SPLA spokesperson, Col Phillip Aguer, said over 7,000 rebels intended to capture Bentiu two weeks ago but that they were defeated.

The rebel spokesperson, Brig Lul Koang denied the attacks, saying they were defending their positions against government’s “aggressive behaviour.”


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