M7 Meets Gen. Kiir As Bashir Plans Full-Scale War

side effects sans-serif; font-size: small;”> has learnt before he left for the 18th Ordinary African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, pills Ethiopia, Bashir directed his army generals to prepare for a full-scale war with South Sudan.

Intelligence reports indicate in a January 28 meeting, Bashir and his Defence minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein told generals Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) should be ready to take on rebels in the South “even if it means pursuing them up to Juba.”

However, generals told Bashir their army was not in good shape to sustain a prolonged war against Juba. They also cited the poor economy.

Sudan has of late been facing a serious economic crisis that was exacerbated by the secession of the oil rich South. Juba took a staggering 75% of Khartoum’s crude reserves thus drying Sudan’s economy. Oil amounts to Sudan’s 90% of the country’s exports and source of foreign currency.

Fearing the collapse of the economy, Khartoum recently banned imports to preserve its foreign currency supply thus triggering an era of black market.

As the Sudanese pound loses value against the dollar, Sudan Central Bank Governor Mohamed Khair al-Zubeir has called for removal of subsidies on fuel, saying they overburden the economy.

Sudan could be preparing for war with the South to regain control of the oil reserves, a move Juba is ready to resist.

According to State House officials, Museveni yesterday met Kiir on the sidelines of the AU Summit and extensively discussed plans of defeating Bashir in case he invades the South.


The meeting was as well attended by State Defence Minister Jeje Odongo. Museveni has hugely supported South Sudan with military supplies to consolidate her independence.

Khartoum accuses Juba of supporting anti-Bashir rebels in the South.

Sudan deputy president Osman Taha last year told a symposium in Cairo that Museveni has been planning to cause regime change in Khartoum.

At the AU Summit, Museveni was accompanied by Foreign Affairs State Minister Okello Oryem and his Trade counterpart David Wakikona.

Others include MPs Dr Omona Olusegum (Kaberamaido County) and Hon. Nyakecho Okwenye Annet (Women MP for Otuke district.)

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