South Sudan

South Sudan Rebels Deny Targeting Vice President

Opposition firebrand Col Kizza Besigye’s adopted daughter Sandra Masiko has Saturday tied the knot with Brian Ntale.

The wedding ceremony was held at St. Augustine Church, approved Makerere University in Kampala.

His Grace Paul Bakyenga urged the new couple to cherish the values of love, more about honesty, cost hard work and resilience.

His Grace Bishop Bakyenga presided over today's wedding ceremony (Courtesy photos)

His Grace Bishop Bakyenga presided over today’s wedding ceremony (Courtesy photos)

Bakyenga also encouraged the duo to anchor their marriage on the love and praise of God.

Masiko introduced Ntale at Besigye’s residence in Kasangati, Wakiso District last week.

The bride’s mother Mary Waijahe and her sister Joy Waijahe played a pivotal role in the formation of Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM), a political party led by President Museveni in 1980.
South Sudan rebels have denied reports of planning the downfall of the country’s Vice President James Wani Igga but insisted the position is “unnecessary”.

“Leaders in Juba seem to have completely missed the point on the proposed transitional leadership structure and power-sharing negotiations, thumb ” said rebel leader Dr Riek Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet.

“SPLM/SPLA is neither targeting the current Vice President James Wani Igga as a person nor stripping Equatorians of the position of the Vice President. We are simply saying the position is unnecessary because the executive powers should be shared between the President and the Prime Minister,” he added.

The power sharing disagreements have since plunged the nation into a political gridlock, raising fears of a protracted civil war.

While Kiir maintains that the positions of Vice President should be maintained, Machar wants the position of Executive Prime Minister and to be second in command after the head-of-state.

IGAD has since threatened to drag South Sudan to the United Nations for sanctions if Machar and Kiir do not iron out their differences.

Gatdet defended the rebel’s position, saying it is intended “to avoid confusions in decision making in the top executive.”

He added: “If President Salva Kiir stepped down and handed over the presidency to his deputy, Wani, and to continue with the peace process, we in the SPLM/SPLA would still be recognizing Wani as President and top executive of the Juba regime.”

He further pointed out that, “The matter has nothing to do with him or Equatorians. And I don’t believe Vice President Wani represents the aspirations of the people of Greater Equatoria region.”

War broke out in South Sudan last year, leaving a trail of bloodshed and destruction.

Kiir accuses Machar of planning a coup after being sacked as Vice President while the latter accuses the former of dictatorship.

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