South Sudan

Kiir, Machar Agree to End War in South Sudan

IGAD leaders mediated talks between President Kiir and Machar

It was a mouth-watering game at Namboole stadium on Saturday evening as giants MUBS locked horns with Kyambogo in the University Football League finals.

The much anticipated game started on a high note for Kyambogo as they dominated the first minutes of the game and created a lot of chances only to be missed.

Kyambogo University supporters came in big numbers but their team lost.

Kyambogo University supporters came in big numbers but their team lost.

However, capsule the Nakawa based University through their danger man Aaron  Adula  after a shot from Musa Esemu hit the bar giving the unmarked Adula chance to find the back of the net.

The first half goal boosted MUBS who continued with numerous attacks throughout the game on their opponents’ goal only to be saved by the Kyambogo custodian.

Much hype was added into the game by the supporters of both sides who renewed rivalry between the  2 giants as they chanted songs praising their teams but the Nakawa based fans laughed last as their team lifted the trophy .

MUBS coach Charles Ayiekho lifted high by supporters.

MUBS coach Charles Ayiekho lifted high by supporters.

In an interview with ChimpReports, there MUBS coach Charles Ayiekho said winning the trophy was the reward for resilience and hard work by his boys.

“We deserved to lift the trophy because of team work and good player scouting done by our technical staff. We always stayed focus however much we were losing but fought on and in the end this has paid off,” Ayiekho noted.

He added, “We left them drain themselves but in the end we attacked them with fresh energy and eventually we beat them.”

After their team lost, Kyambogo University supporters destroyed seats at Namboole stadium.

After their team lost, Kyambogo University supporters destroyed seats at Namboole stadium.

Ayiekho however revealed that this was just the beginning stressing that his players will only rest for 3 days before resuming training ahead of the 9th edition of the East African University games set for 17th to  21st December 2014 at the Mukono based Uganda Christian University.

Meanwhile, Kyambogo coach Deo Sserwada blamed his team’s defeat to injuries and exams which he said made his players miss training for most of the time.

MUBS players celebrating the win.

MUBS players celebrating the win.

“Most of our players were always out with injuries or doing exams and we suffered a lot. Today we missed our top strikers and that’s why we wasted a lot of chances,”Ayiekho noted.

Kampala University were the 2013 champions after beating Mbarara based MUST 3-1 in the finals.

University Football League awards

Most Valuable Player –Aaron Adula (MUBS)

Fair Play award – Busitema University

Most disciplined team – UCU

Best fans – UCU


International Office of Migration and UNDP have hosted a two-day workshop in Khartoum to bring together 45 Sudanese NGOs from Blue Nile, viagra South Kordofan and West Kordofan States to discuss their role in strengthening the resilience of conflict-affected communities and reducing tensions.

The event was part of the IOM/UNDP Joint Conflict Reduction Programme (JCRP), which is funded by the European Union, and aims to build the capacity of civil society in peace building, establishing trust and stabilizing communities.

Participants agreed to create an NGO network, with the support of IOM and UNDP, to share their experiences and strengthen links established at the workshop.

Sudanese state actors including the Humanitarian Aid Commissioners (HAC) from South and West Kordofan States, the Blue Nile Peace Council Chairman, Head of the

South Kordofan Social Peace-Building and Peaceful Co-existence Committee (SPPCC) and Head of the West Kordofan Reconciliation and Peaceful Co-existence Mechanism (RPCM) also took part in the event.

European Union representative Francesca Arato, who also attended, noted that one of the key outcomes of the workshop was to bring together civil society representatives and their state counterparts. This would strengthen their cooperation in building the resilience of communities to achieve peaceful coexistence, she said.

The workshop marked the official launch of the second phase of the JCRP. The programme, which was launched in May 2012, also supports community infrastructure projects such as the construction or rehabilitation of water yards and schools, which help to sustain social stability.

The President of South Sudan, abortion Mr. Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar, have unanimously agreed to end hostilities and war in their country and ordered their troops to lay down arms and stay in the barracks for the National Army and for the opposition forces to remain in their locations.

The resolution was reached Friday night  at the conclusion of the 2-day 28th Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit of Heads of State and Government that took place at Sheraton Hotel in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

The Summit was convened by the current Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly, who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, to discuss the situation in South Sudan.

The IGAD meeting was attended by Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Ismail Guelleh of Djibouti, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia and Omar Hassan al- Bashir of Sudan.

The resolutions issued at the end of the Summit and read by IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, included the acceptance by IGAD Assembly to grant a request by the warring parties in South Sudan a grace period of 15 days, to complete consultations on the outstanding issues.

The Summit directed the two sides to commit to an unconditional, complete and immediate end to hostilities and end the war with immediate effect.

The conflicting parties were further called upon to commit themselves to stopping the recruitment and mobilization of civilians to their ranks and file.

The IGAD Assembly also warned the two sides that any violation of the cessation of hostilities by any party, will certainly invite some drastic action by the IGAD region against the perpetrators

The action may include the freezing of assets of violators, imposing a travel ban on them in the region, as well as denial of supply of arms and ammunition or any other material that could be used in war.

The IGAD Assembly further resolved that member states will take the necessary measures to directly intervene in South Sudan in case of any continued hostilities and war in that country, to protect life and restore peace and stability.

The Heads of State and Government indicated that in case of any necessity to implement these measures, the regional body will call upon the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), the Security Council of the United Nations and the entire international community to render all possible assistance.

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Dr. Riek Machar committed themselves to end, with immediate effect, all hostilities and war in their country.

They called on their forces to stay in the barracks for the National Army and the opposition SPLM/Army to stay in their locations.

‘I would like to recommit ourselves before IGAD leaders that what we are saying here is what we are going to implement. The people dying are our people and we the leaders of South Sudan should take the lead to stop the war. I call upon the forces in South Sudan, especially the National Army, to remain in the barracks,” President Salva Kiir said in his brief remarks.

The leader of the opposition SPLM/Army, Dr. Riek Machar, said he was happy to note that they have reached on an agreement on important issues, especially that of the transitional government of National Unity.

He strongly reiterated his stand to end hostilities and end the war.

“I order, from now, all SPLM/A Forces to cease hostilities and remain in their locations. We do not want any soldier or civilian to die again,” Dr. Machar said.

The Summit that ended early Saturday morning was also attended by the Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Dlamini Nkosizana Zuma, the Executive   Secretary of IGAD, Ambassador Mahboub Maalim and Special IGAD Envoys on Sudan, General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, General Mustafa El Dabi and representatives of the international community.

President Museveni who was seen off at Ethiopia Bole International Airport by Senior Ethiopian government officials, State Minister for International Affairs, Hon. Henry Okello Oryem and Uganda’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Mull Katende, was received on arrival at Entebbe International Airport by Minister for Security, Mr. Muruli Mukasa, the Commander of the Defence Forces, General Katumba Wamala, the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija and Assistant Inspector of Police Haji Balimwoyo Moses.


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