South Sudan

EU Sets Deadline for South Sudan Peace Talks

All Students admitted on the MUST-UTAMU PhD programmes, order natives of the five East African countries and students from South Sudan will all pay uniform fees.

Burundi, this Kenya, diagnosis Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda form the East African Community, an economic alliance geared towards economic cooperation and regional integration.

The move is a huge departure from the Uganda tertiary institution’s policy where international students are charged a higher rate of tuition fees than natives.

The tuition payment discrimination was last year criticised by international students, saying it defeats the spirit of regional integration.

According to the Director for Academic Affairs, Prof. Rehema Baguma, students hailing from the five countries and South Sudan will be able to enroll for a PhD programme at UTAMU without having to dig deep in their pockets.

Baguma said the decision to harmonise the fees structure for all students is part of UTAMU’S initiative to boost regional integration following a recent Heads of State summit held in Kigali.

This comes after partner states; Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda holding consultative talks aimed at fast tracking the Northern Corridor Integration Projects.

“Uniform fees in our opinion will accelerate free movement of students across borders, exchange of knowledge and unquestionably address the doctoral gap in the region which ultimately will enrich learning and teaching processes, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Jude Lubega said.


The harmonized fees structure is expected to take effect in the 2015/2016 academic year beginning with the January 2015 intake.

PhD programmes offered under the MUST-UTAMU partnership are in; Science, Computing, Public Administration, Economics, Management, Business Administration and Development Studies.
The European Union has set a deadline OF March 5 for the ongoing Peace Talks between the government of South Sudan under President Salva Kiir and the rebel leader, online Dr. Riek Machar that started in late 2013 when the war had just broken out.

EU, which is alongside United States and Norway, the biggest funder of the regional body Intergovernmental Authority on Development`s led Peace Talks want the dialogue to be concluded by next month, less than one month from today.

In a statement released from EU headquarters Brussels, Belgium on Thursday and seen by Chimpreports, the EU spokeswoman, Catherine Ray said it is important for the on and off process to swiftly bear fruit.

“It is essential the current negotiations are completed no later than March 5. The EU supports the IGAD-led process and encourages a closer involvement of the international community,” part of the statement reads in part.

President Kiir and Dr. Machar who were expected to finally sign a peace agreement during the recently concluded African Union and IGAD`s Heads of State and Government summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa only agreed to a cessation of hostilities.

The conflicting parties have so far signed six peace pacts before the 2nd February Addis Ababa event which all were violated mainly on Cessation of Hostility and humanitarian access by international agencies.

At least two million people remain on the edge of a possible hunger catastrophe.

The EU even now wants AU`s Obasanjo inquiry into the violations of human rights by both sides to be published to restrain the two sides from committing more violations.

“The EU believes that publication of the Commission of Inquiry’s findings and its recommendations on accountability are necessary to ensure that such violence against civilians cannot be undertaken with impunity,” another part of the statement reads.

The EU statement came the same day when the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovi?, told reporters in capital Juba that he has confirmed that even when fighting has decreased, rights violations continue in the world’s youngest country by the forces under direct control of Kiir and Machar.

“I have met victims of recent violations – victims who are survivors of killings – so violations are ongoing…It is appalling to hear that in certain areas of the country, I think it Page 2 of 2was the month of August, a ‘month of rape’ was proclaimed. This is absolutely intolerable,” the UN Humanitarian chief who is in the country until 6 February assessing the human rights situation, said in Juba.

The African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) led by the former Nigerian President, Olusequn Obasanjo was handed over to the continental body`s Secretary General, Dr. Dlamini Zuma on 29th January and was supposed to be released to Heads of State and Government summit that very day.

The release was however indefinitely deferred when Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haille Mariam who has been IGAD`s chief negotiator and host, proposed that the report only be published after signing the final power sharing agreement which unfortunately did not happen.

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