South Sudan

Ex South Sudan Political Detainees Return Home

Drama ensued at the launch of the NRM registration exercise in Fort Portal when a Reverend Father attached to Fort Portal diocese went on rampage and fought with the chairman LC3.

It happened on Monday at Kagote SDA hall, seek West division, order Fort Portal municipality when Fr.Baryabuza Leo the NRM vice chairman Kyenjojo exchanged blows with Mr.Sanyu Rwamyeri the chairman LC3 Nyantungo sub county, Kyenjojo District accusing him of defaming him in public.

Trouble started when the NRM delegates from Kyenjojo rejected Mrs Winnie Ngobi as NRM district Registrar on claims that her name had been proposed and submitted by Minister Aston Kajara with the intention of sabotaging the NRM primary elections.

Fr. Baryabuza who was not in support for Ngobi’s election proposed Muhumuza Stephen alias Emboko who was also backed by LC5 chairman Kyenjojo James Byamukama.

Byamukama, who doubles as the district NRM chairman said, “I’m not in support of Ngobi because some of the aspirants in different positions in the 2016 general elections were fronting her and if elected as registrar she would be used to rig elections in their favor”.

This however did not go well with Chairman Rwamyeri who accused Fr. Baryabuza of being used by NRM district chairman James Byamukama to front a registrar who will favor them in rigging elections during primaries in Mwenge South where Byamukama plans to unseat Minister Kajara.

Mr.Rwamyeri further said that Fr. Baryabuza was some time back arrested on allegations of vote rigging in Kyenjojo.

Infuriated by the allegations Fr.Baryabuza got up and slapped Rwamyeri’s several times before a fight ensued. The duo was however rescued by the NRM delegates who were in a closed meeting.


Despite the protests, members ended up voting Winnie Ngobi as NRM registrar who won with 22 votes beating Muhumuza Stephen who garnered 11 votes.

James Byamukama the NRM chairman stormed out of the meeting after members elected his enemy Ngobi as registrar, leaving his boss Kenneth Omona who represented the NRM secretary General Kasule Lumumba in the hall.

Omona asked the members to go with this decision as the secretariats looks into their grievances.

Former senior officials previously accused of attempting a coup against the government of President Salva Kiir in South Sudan have returned home, dosage Chimp Corps exclusively report.

The political detainees who were released through Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta’s intervention during the early days of the conflict in South Sudan were on Wednesday received at Juba presidential palace by President Kiir.

The move is seen as a big step forward in reconciling warring SPLA factions and restoring peace and stability in the war-torn country.

A disagreement between President Kiir and his sacked deputy Dr Riek Machar in December 2013 sparked off a deadly gun battle among the Dinka and Neur soldiers in the elite presidential guard before chaos spread outside Juba.

Thousands have since perished in the fighting as the country teeters on the verge of a humanitarian crisis.

Kiir was quoted by officials as saying “the return of SPLA top members was beginning of a new chapter in healing old wounds.”

He also asked the returnees to work towards the nation’s unity and prosperity.

Kenyatta last week broke the news of the return of SPLA top brass.

Speaking at State House, Nairobi, after a lengthy meeting attended by representatives of the IGAD peace process, the Arusha peace talks and 10 former SPLM officials, President Kenyatta announced that the South Sudan peace process will now have a new impetus to bring the war to an end.

The IGAD peace process has been ongoing for two years but has been marked by lack of adherence to agreements by the two warring sides led by President Kiir and Machar.

The Arusha peace talks to re-unify SPLM was an initiative by Tanzania and South Africa.

Despite being complimentary to each other, the two processes have not resulted in an end to the conflict.

It is for this reason that President Kenyatta embarked on a mission to merge the two peace processes so that they can have one focus.

He had also said that the former political detainees should play a bigger role in the reconciliation process without taking sides.

The President then announced that the two processes have been merged and the former detainees will go back home to start reconciling President Kiir and Mr Machar.

“Today, the two processes have come together and the former detainees who have been in Nairobi are ready to go back home to bring peace back to their country by reconciling the warring leaders,” he said when he addressed a press conference at State House last Friday.

New chapter

“Five of the former detainees who are here today will head back home to lay the groundwork for an all-inclusive process to bring together the two sides in the conflict,” he said.

The former detainees were accompanied to South Sudan by the Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa; IGAD ministers and Secretary General of Tanzania’s ruling party.

President Kenyatta called on the former detainees, six of them former Generals, to be selfless to ensure the people of South Sudan get peace.

“We want the people of South Sudan to enjoy the prosperity that independence should have brought them,” he said.

He urged them to care about the people of South Sudan and not the positions in government.

“Go back home where you belong with a spirit to heal and the whole region is ready to help you but you have to help us help the people of South Sudan. Talk to the two leaders and also the Generals in the bush,” said the President.


Pagan Amum, who held senior positions in South Sudan including being the Secretary General of SPLM, said one of the reasons that motivate them to reconcile the warring groups was to pay back President Kenyatta for his efforts to bring peace in their country and for his intervention to have former SPLM leaders freed.

He said President Kenyatta saved their lives when he personally called President Kiir and asked him to release the former detainees to Kenya.

“You have saved our lives from our own hands but what is the use of our lives if we cannot go back and save other lives,” said Mr Amum, who spoke on behalf of the other South Sudanese leaders in the meeting before the press conference.

He said they are not interested in any position in Government but will use all efforts to reunite President Kiir and his former Vice President for the sake of the people.

“It is not moral for us to continue staying in the safety of Kenya because we still bleed when our brothers and sisters die back at home,” he said.

Mr Amum said the peace talks have not made significant progress so far because the South Sudanese leaders, including himself, have been stubborn.

“Your efforts have not failed. We will restore your dignity and the dignity of South Sudan,” said Mr Amum.

Amum said their first task is to unite the SPLM party and to deal with obstacles blocking the IGAD process.

Others who accompanied Mr Amum are Deng Alor, Kosti Manibe, Cirino Hiteng, Chol Tong, Rebecca Garang, John Luk, Oyai Deng, Madut Biar and Majak Agot.

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