South Sudan

Machar: Kiir Has Refused to Meet Me

Kirinya/Jinja S.S dominated from start to finish as they trumped Taban Amin’s VCC from Masindi district 4-0 in a Fufa Big League fixture at Jinja SS grounds in Eastern Uganda on Thursday.

Joel Wakalaita scored a first half brace with James Otim and Musa Magumba found the back of the net in a deserved win for Jinja troops ground in one of the 8 FUFA Big league games played.

Kirinya/Jinja S.S’ victory draws them closer to the leading side (Maroons F.C) in the Elgon Group.

Elsewhere, this site Abel Eturude scored the all important goal for Maroons over Kabale’s Creamland at the Uganda Prisons stadium in Luzira ensuring they extend their lead on top of the Elgon group while in the Rwenzori group, Water F.C and Jinja Municipal Council squandered a chance to cut down The Saints’ five point lead playing to a goalless stalemate at the Mengo Secondary School play ground.

Sporting United won 4-0 over Kumi United at the Lango Sports Ground before Ndejje University picked the three points at home with a slim 1-0 victory past a hard battling Soroti Garage outfit.

The Big league resumes on Saturday, 28th February 2015 with 3 games.

Full FBL results

Ngora Freda Carr 1-2 CRO


Namasagali 0-2 Baza Holdings

Water FC 0-0 Jinja Municiap Council

Ndejje University 1-0 Soroti Garage

Sporting United 4-0 Kumi United

Kirinya/Jinja SS 4-0 VCC

Wandegeya 1-1 Masaka L.C

Maroons 1-0 Creamland
President Yoweri Museveni has strongly warned the people of Rwenzururu Region in Western Uganda against tribalism and ethnicity that resulted in the recent tribal conflicts that led to loss of a number of lives.

He said that tribalism, this sectarianism and ethnicity have no place in the modern world as every human being needs the other to survive and prosper.

At least 100 people were killed when armed Rwenzururu tribal militants raided Fort Portal and Kasese towns last year.

Some fighters who tried to attack a military detach were gunned down.

The President made the remarks Thursday while addressing a public rally at Karugutu Primary School in Karugutu Town Council in Ntoroko district.

He said that the National Resistance Movement ideology rightly denounces sectarianism of any kind adding that any one promoting sectarianism and ethnicity is against the Movement ideology.

“Anyone promoting sectarianism is your enemy and you should never follow such a person. As Ugandans, buy information pills you have your own problems that range from poverty, medications illiteracy and diseases and anyone adding you an extra and unnecessary burden of tribal conflicts is your enemy and should be resisted,” he said.

Mr. Museveni told wananchi that in the Ugandan society we complement each other whereby everyone needs the other to prosper and as such there was no reason for one group to segregate against the other as the wellbeing of one is dependent on the other.

“Just imagine if my Banyankole neighbours and I did not have the people of Kampala to buy our milk, bananas and beef! Would we prosper and get rich yet we don’t buy from each other because we have the same products?” he observed.

The President strongly warned the people of the region in particular and Uganda against sectarian tendencies and reminded them that “when you sow the seeds of hatred you reap hatred and we told this to the Uganda People’s Congress government and they didn’t listen to us and promoted sectarianism. You know the results, they lost the government to themselves,” he noted.

Mr. Museveni said that the National Resistance Movement reinstated the traditional and cultural leaders because they cared about people’s cultural norms and heritage and warned that the institutions should not be used to divide Ugandans but rather unite them and promote their co-existence.

“The work of cultural institutions is to safeguard the culture of a particular area not to promote sectarianism and fighting for territorial supremacy. If there are cultural issues, the leaders should engage in dialogue not violence that results in loss of lives and property like it just happened recently,” he added.

The President also appealed to the masses to engage in modern agriculture that is profit-oriented noting that this was the only sure way to overcome poverty especially in rural areas.

He noted that although the government has introduced multiple programmes, such as NAADS, they have made no tangible impact on the ground due to corruption. He noted that his recent intervention of involving the Uganda People’s Defense Forces Officers in the new Wealth Creation Campaign, is meant to check on the corruption and ensure the effectiveness of the programme up to the grass roots.

He called for effective utilization of land where enough income can be generated from a small piece of land through intensive agriculture of high yielding crop that generate income.

“We want a revolution in villages to result in food security and sufficient income due to optimum utilization of agricultural land. He cautioned the population against land fragmentation which, he said, was a new problem that stems from ignorance and backward inheritance rights. He said land fragmentation affects everybody but hurts the poor and small land holders more.

“Even those with big pieces of land, dividing it is bad but for those with small land holdings, it’s a disaster as it will eventually lead to the disappearance of agricultural land,” he noted.

During the rally, the President received hundreds of converts who defected from opposition parties and embraced the National Resistance Movement.
South Sudan rebel leader, pharmacy Dr Riek Machar has cried out to President Salva Kiir to meet him for the last round of peace talks in Addis Ababa, ask Ethiopia.

The time frame of the talks expected to find a political and lasting solution to the turmoil in South Sudan ends March 5.

Regional leaders and the international community have since warned of possible “consequences” which include sanctions should Machar and Kiir fall short of signing and implementing a peace deal.

Machar told ChimpReports in a brief statement on Friday that, “Following the break of February 7th, President Salva Kiir and I were to resume, in the context of the third and final phase of the IGAD-led Peace Process on South Sudan, the negotiation on the Rainbow Document, essentially is the IGAD proposed draft peace agreement consisting of points which required further negotiations and agreement by the principal of the parties to the conflict.”

He added: “The third and final phase of the IGAD led Peace Process started on February 20 and I have been waiting here in Addis Ababa since the 29th Extraordinary Assembly of IGAD’s Heads of State and Government on the conflict in South Sudan. It is now one week and President Salva Kiir has not shown up for the talks.”

Sources in Juba say Kiir has previously expressed frustrations with Machar’s stone-heartedness and unfeasible demands during the peace negotiations.

Koang, who was the military spokesperson of South Sudan rebels since the war broke out in December 2013, last week accused Machar of harbouring “dangerous and destructive leadership ambitions that keep on plunging the country to chaos from time to time” before defecting to the government side.

The Brigadier further said Machar continues to “solicit support from the government of Sudan in order to continue destabilising the country.”

I am available 

On Friday, Machar said, “I avail myself of this opportunity that the conflict in South Sudan can only be resolved by peaceful means through negotiations,” adding, “I want to reaffirm my commitment and the commitment of SPLM/SPLA to the IGAD mediated process and indeed I want to assure the Chief Mediator Ato Seyoum Mesfin and his colleagues Gen. Lazaro Sumbeywio and Gen. Dahbi of my confidence in their mediation.”

Observers say Machar’s tone departs from his earlier hardliner views during peace talks that included Kiir’s abdication. This could be premised on the fear of the consequences of the looming UN sanctions.

“I am aware of the immense suffering the war brought to bear on the people of South Sudan. This is time to procrastinate but to expedite the peace agreement such that our people reunite, recreate their lives in peace and harmony and we restore law and order to South Sudan,” said Machar.

“I call on President Salva Kiir to heed the cries of our people for peace. It is time he packed his suitcase and came to Addis Ababa such that together we quickly work out the terms of the peace agreement before the date line set by the IGAD mediators.”

Addressing the United Nations Security Council this week, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, said the peace talks between both sides have succumbed to “a serious failure of leadership that remains focused on its pursuit for power rather than care of its people.”

“The likelihood of either side softening its stance remains low,” the UN official continued. “In the light of the fragile security environment, the ongoing round of peace talks is not likely to achieve much progress.”

Ladsous said, “There is now an urgent need to reinforce the mediation efforts, as well as to impose consequences on the parties if they fail to show willingness to compromise and continue engaging in a conflict that will result in further loss of innocent lives.

“I urge the Council to consider issuing a strong Presidential Statement calling on the parties to immediately cease all military operations and make the necessary compromises to reach a comprehensive peace agreement during this round of talks, or face the consequences.”

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