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Sources told Chimpreports the rebel delegation spent the better part of the day loitering in the Airport lounge waiting for a call from State House or Foreign Affairs Ministry in vain.
Efforts to reach out to high ranking government officials did not bear fruit.
Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Amb James Mugume says he was “not aware” about the rebels’ trip to Kampala.
The rebel movement intended to finalise preparations for Museveni’s face-to-face meeting with Dr Riek Machar in Addis Ababa.
“Our nine-member delegation led by the deputy chairman, General Alfred Ladu Gore, arrived at Entebbe Airport on Monday at 11am, morning. Unfortunately they were not received by Ugandan authorities. The officials stayed in the Airport the whole day until they decided to return to Addis Ababa in the evening,” said Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak in a press release.
He added: “The Ugandan government refused to receive them despite President Museveni himself having made the request for a meeting. The Ugandan embassy in Addis Ababa also facilitated the travel and had informed the government accordingly.”
Dak further thanked the media for “publishing and broadcasting the visit to the public. Otherwise we wouldn’t have known what would have happened to them if the visit was made a secret.”
The latest development is a huge embarrassment to the rebels in their diplomatic assault on President Kiir.
Sources said President Museveni intended to meet Machar not his juniors.
Museveni recently met Machar’s ally and departed SPLA founder John Garang’s wife, Rebecca Garang with whom they discussed critical issues affecting the war-torn South Sudan.
Uganda maintains some of its finest and battle-hardened crack military units of the elite Special Forces Command in South Sudan.
Backed by armoured tanks and Russian-made warplanes, the heavily-armed Ugandan forces were deployed just three days after war broke out in Juba between the Neur and Dinka within the elite Tiger Battalion that guards President Kiir.
Having synchronised the operations of the artillery wing, airforce and commando units, UPDF were able to block the rebels’ advance onto Juba.
During the battle for Bor, thousands of poorly equipped rebels were annihilated in just a space of hours. Ugandan army officers say since then, rebels have never attempted to attack UPDF.
At that time, Machar who boasted support of thousands of the White Army, had vowed to remove Kiir “in the next two hours.”
Uganda had tactfully shifted some of its commandos from Central African Republic where they are hunting LRA leader, Joseph Kony and his bandits, to give Machar’s rebels a thorough beating.
With top SPLA commanders defecting to Machar at an alarming rate, Machar rode the Neur tribal card to mobilise thousands of the White Army to strike the heart of the nation – Juba.
In Kampala, Museveni was in the war room, monitoring each and every step of preparations being made by UPDF in South Sudan.
Another contingent of UPDF stationed in Northern Uganda as a precautionary measure, started drills.
With the alleged support of senior United Nations officials in South Sudan and western media, Machar decided to move onto Juba.
Sources say over 4,000 rebels were put out of action. UPDF dug deeper into the insurgents’ territories, pushing them hundreds of kilometres away from Bor. The SPLA would later pursue the rebels up to the Upper Nile States.
It should be noted the rebels’ trip to Kampala came just a day after their colleagues on the battlefield launched attacks on the strategic town of Nasir in which hundreds were killed. The SPLA were able to repulse the fugitives after a heavy gun battle.
UN condemned the attacks before warning Machar of “consequences” if his rebel movement continued violating the May ceasefire agreement signed with Kiir in Ethiopia.