EXCLUSIVE: Rebel Generals to Ask Machar to Step Down

African Ministers of Energy from Ghana and Zambia are amongst the attendees who graced Norway – Africa Energy Summit organized by Norfund and the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA).

The African Ministers of Energy, illness alongside energy companies, investors and researchers, highlighted the current status on energy in Africa.

They underlined the necessity of putting in place a robust energy system, which will ensure electricity for the population and serving both the public and the private sector.

Sub-Saharan Africa is rich in terms of energy resources, but lags behind in terms of energy supply. According to figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA), only 290 million of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population of 915 million currently has access to electricity.

Not enough investments are being made in developing viable energy systems, and the population growth is a contributing factor to the increase of people without access to electricity.

In order to create growth and lift people out of poverty, it is essential to have access to stable electricity. Few from the Western world have taken into account the size of the challenge when developing the energy systems in poor countries.

In energy aid, it is easier to have a focused effort on simple and immediate measures which will provide temporary and second-class solutions for the poor, than to focus the efforts towards the core task: To develop good energy systems that supply the population, both public and private sectors, with stable electricity in sufficient quantities.

“It is therefore an urgent need in Sub-Saharan Africa for long-term capital investment in infrastructure. There is also a need for dedicated apparatus that help reduce the risks associated with the long investment horizon in energy developments,” says Kjell Roland, Managing Director of Norfund.


Nearly 80 per cent of all proposed energy projects are abandoned at an early stage due to a magnitude of reasons.

“It is almost only investors like Norfund with a development mandate, which are willing to invest in early phases of projects. Amongst the private investors, KLP are among the few who also invests in energy for development,” adds Roland.

The conference was held at Latter in Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway.
Uganda is scheduled to start the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers at home against Botswana.

Fufa said Thursday that, more about Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic “will start his preparations early enough” following the draws of the AFCON 2017 to be hosted by Gabon.

The Cranes were drawn in group D alongside Burkina Faso, Botswana and Comoros.

According to the dates announced by the Confederation of African Football, the Ugandan team will start their campaign on the week of 8-16 June 2015 with the first fixture versus ‘the Zebras’ as they are popularly known.

The closing fixture will also pit the same side but in their own backyard in Gaborone in exactly a year after.

Uganda vs Burkina Faso

In what is termed as the deciding fixture of the campaign, the Cranes will have to fight against all odds to overcome 2013 Afcon finalists, Burkina Faso.

The Burkinabe are touted as group favorites and will be the first to host the mouth-watering fixture on the week of 23-25 March 2016 before honouring the reverse tie just a week later.

The Comoros is the most underrated team in the pack, having the lowest FIFA rankings of recent (177).

It should not be forgotten that the islanders were eliminated by neighbours, Kenya in the second phase of the AfCon2015 qualifiers.

They will play Uganda between 4-6 September 2015 and 2-4 September 2016 in Kampala.

Uganda’s Full fixtures;

Uganda vs Botswana 12-14/June 2015

Comoros vs Uganda 4-6/September 2015

Burkina Faso vs Uganda 23-25/March 2016

Uganda vs Burkina Faso 26-29/March 2016

Botswana vs Uganda 3-55/June 2016

Uganda  vs Comoros 2-4/ September 2016
The South Sudan rebel movement generals under Dr. Riek Machar are set to ask their leader to down and let them get another figure to face and remove President Salva Kiir from power militarily.

The rebel generals who have battling the national army, tadalafil SPLA for now 16 months want Dr. Machar who arrived in Pagak, what is ed Upper Nile State on Thursday, about it to simply forego the  soon resuming peace talks and let them concentrate on the power of the barrel since they suspect the Juba regime is not ready to accept any deal them.

In the event of Dr. Machar insisting on dialogue as a solution to the current status quo, the generals shall ask him to pave way.

Our sources currently in Pagak for the Second SPLA-IO Leadership Conference where Dr. Machar who has been remotely commanding the group from Ethiopian, Addis Ababa is expected to interface with the rebel commanders, supporters and well-wishers, say the mood is tense though all arrangements are in place for the success of the event.

Dr. Machar commanded his forces from South Sudan for months from their headquarters at Nassir, Upper Nile State up to when he relocated to Addis Ababa to concentrate on the peace talks and bolster regional and diplomatic frontier.

“All is ok and set here at Pagak where our Chairman (Dr. Machar) arrived yesterday. Everyone is enthusiasm at the conference but there is one important point to notice, the peace talks is not proving its worth and commanders here are ready to ask the chairman to allow us fight to remove the “killing” (Juba) regime.” A source from Pagak said.

“If the Chairman, who we believe is wholeheartedly interested in the return of to our country through dialogue is still insisting on peace talks with “killers” (Juba), the commanders are ready to ask him to give them way.” The source added.

SPLA-IO drifted from the national army following the 15th December 2013 incident when President Kiir bitterly disagreed with his former vice, Dr. Machar. The two sides have been fighting in a bloodiest internal conflict since world`s youngest nation`s independence in 2011.

Peace talks have also been on and off in Addis Ababa mediated by the regional body IGAD. Talks collapsed on 6th March 2015 during the African Union and IGAD`s Heads of State and Government Summit in Addis Ababa, when the worrying parties failed to meet the deadline of 5th March that they were expected to accept a power sharing deal.

A new arrangement has however come in place where the IGAD is going to be joined by the United Nations, European Union, Torika (US, UK, Norway), China and other African countries. The new arrangement dubbed IGAD- Plus is expected to put enough pressure on Kiir and Dr. Machar to accept the peace deal.



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