South Sudan

Kenyatta Roots for Stronger Dialogue in South Sudan Conflict

The National Resistance Movement’s highest decision making organ, find Central Executive Committee is expected to sit on Sunday afternoon to endorse the party’s presidential flag bearer and vet candidates vying in different internal positions.

The meeting which comes high on the heels of the 2016 national elections is scheduled to take place at State House Entebbe.

An earlier meeting on Monday this week resolved that committee members convene today for an extraordinary sitting that will officially come out with the name of the party member who is going to carry the yellow flag in the presidential poll.

The same sitting shall also scrutinise the particulars of NRM aspirants for the top positions of National Vice Chairpersons and Chairpersons of Leagues.

Mr Museveni is the only party member who has picked the nomination forms for the NRM presidential flag bearer as well for the chairman of the party.

This means he is most likely to be endorsed as NRM’s flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections.

The president who is also the founder of the ruling party is expected to present and defend his credentials before the CEC members.

He is likely not going to face much hurdle since at 72 years of age he is within the required minimum of 35 and maximum of 75.


The minimum academic requirement is at least A-Level certificate and Museveni is a known Political Science graduate of Dar-salaam University in the neighbouring Tanzania.

CEC will as well investigate whether aspirants have criminal records.

Some of the top shots expected to face the CEC panel are State Minister for Housing, what is ed Sam Engola and the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanya who are vying for the National Vice Chairperson Northern Uganda.

Generals Matayo Kyaligonza, Kahinda Otafiire and businessman Odrek Rwabwogo who have picked forms for Western Uganda, will also meet with CEC.
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the international community to encourage dialogue among the South Sudanese parties to the current peace agreement for smooth implementation.

President Kenyatta said it is gratifying that President Salva Kiir, this site who was granted a request for a 15 day window to consult his constituents before appending his signature on the compromise peace agreement, sildenafil signed the document a week later in Juba, South Sudan.

The President spoke when he held talks with South Sudan special envoy Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin who delivered a special message from President Salva Kiir at State House, Nairobi.

President Kenyatta assured the government and people of South Sudan that Kenya stood by them as they implemented the peace agreement and would offer all necessary support.

Dr. Benjamin briefed the president on the progress in implementation of the peace agreement signed by Dr Machar in Addis Ababa and President Kiir in Juba.

The Special Envoy assured President Kenyatta that his government was implementing a ceasefire as per the peace agreement.

“SPLM government troops are in abeyance,” Dr Benjamin, who is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, told the President.

He thanked the President, other regional leaders and the international community for the role they played in brokering peace in South Sudan.

Heavy fighting continues in the Unity State in South Sudan despite the two warring parties declaring a permanent ceasefire.

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