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Machar Khartoum Trip Angers Uganda, South Sudan

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“Our leader is committed to peace and has already met Kenyan officials including the president and his deputy who all honourably cooperated with us during the visit. The second stop from here is Khartoum,” said a source on Friday afternoon.

The SPLA in Opposition political spokesman James Gatdet Dak also confirmed to journalists in Nairobi last night that his boss is destined for Khartoum.

Machar had planned to start the regional tour right from Khartoum but stunned everyone on Tuesday when he surprisingly landed in Nairobi.

It is believed the change of programme was tactical since the troubled administration in Juba is suspicious of Machar’s dealings with the northern neighbour which they separated from few years ago.


Immediately after the news of Machar’s planned visit to Khartoum was broken by this website, South Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Benjamin Marial Barnaba raised queries over the rebel’s motives.

Meanwhile, Uganda which deployed in South Sudan on President Salva Kiir’s side is as well uncomfortable with Machar’s direct dealing with the Khartoum regime which is considered hostile to Kampala.

Machar maintains Uganda must pull its troops from Somalia.

Ugandan State Minister for International Cooperation, Henry Okello Oryem while said Machar’s decision to visit Khartoum was counterproductive.

“Let him to Khartoum and ignore us; we shall view him as rebel forever and he is the one going to lose,” said Oryem.

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