South Sudan

Machar Group to Arrive Juba Today

Through the program Oil for Development, viagra dosage Norway will support Kenya in improving management of its natural resources and protection of the environment with the objective that oil and gas resources to benefit the country and its people, according to Børge Brende, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Norwegian Government approved December, 17  that Norway will enter into an agreement with Kenya to cooperate in the Oil for Development programme.

The aim of the programme is to build capacity and resource management skills in the public sector in developing countries.

The programme provides assistance in the areas of resource management, environmental management, revenue management, safety and preparedness. It promotes transparency and measures to prevent corruption.

‘Kenya is an engine of economic growth in Africa, and is becoming increasingly important for Norwegian interests. Sound and transparent management of its oil and gas resources will strengthen Kenya’s economy and create jobs, as well as bringing in revenues to the state. This agreement shows how development cooperation can mobilise capital for development,’ said Mr Brende.

The Oil for Development programme was established in 2005. Kenya will be the third partner country in East Africa.
The South Sudan rebel movement under former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar are finally expected to in the capital Juba on Monday after months of contention with the government that wanted several requirements met prior to their arrival.

Machar, this who has been based in the neighboring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa since early 2014 was expected to return to South Sudan with his group immediately after the peace talks to form a transitional government of national unity with mainstream SPLA under President Salva Kiir.

The question of security composition in Juba remained a big stumbling block between the two groups.


The SPLA in Opposition members wanted a good number of their soldiers deployed in Juba before they could set foot there but the Juba regime was also conscious of the strength of Machar’s men supposed to take parallel positions in the capital.

In November the rebel movement sent a list of 550 members of the advance team who were expected to arrive in Juba by the end of the month.

The government however queried the list saying all necessary information about the individuals in the team was not included.

The minister of Information and National Broadcasting, Michael Makuei and Presidential Spokesman, Ateny Wek uniformly said the government was strict on the list to avoid the entry of foreigners to the world’s youngest nation.

The bickering between the two groups forced the signed peace deal mediator, IGAD to come in and dictate the trend of events that had stalled.

IGAD issued a statement early December saying the rebels who are already gathered in the border town of Pagak in Upper Nile state to start movement to Juba on the 18th of this month.

The rebels were supposed to move in four phases but 18th didn’t materialize. They are expected to start the movement today.

Their arrival will kick start the formation of the transitional government that is expected to reign for three years and organize a national elections before its expiry.

The transitional government that will have Kiir in his position as the president and Dr. Machar as first vice president is also expected to formulate a constitution.

South Sudan is still governed by the transitional constitution made in 2011 when breaking away from Khartoum government.

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