South Sudan

Machar in Nairobi

thumb geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Machar, who will skip Kampala in his schedule, is visiting countries across the region mainly the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development members that are spearheading the peace process.

His first visit was scheduled for Khartoum but changed allegedly following claims by the Juba government that he had close ties with President Omar Al Bashir.

While in Kenya, he will meet government officials including President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

James Gatdet Dak, Spokesperson for the leader of SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) said Machar was embarking on a regional tour as a peace lover to consult as part of a concerted effort which the SPLM in Opposition committed to for a long lasting solution to our country”.

“The purpose of these visits is for our leadership to consult with the respective leaderships of these countries on the peace process to end the current crisis in South Sudan,” Gatdet explained.


“He will also brief them on the progress made so far as well as reassure the regional leaders on our commitment to reach a workable political settlement with Salva Kiir’s government.”

He said Machar would not visit Uganda because it played “a negative role by aiding President Salva Kiir”.

After Kenya, Machar is likely to head to Khartoum as earlier planned.

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