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Machar Meets Kikwete in Tanzania

Saad Kibirango has promised to score goals for The Saints.

Kibirango joins on a yearlong loan from Uganda Premier League side Lweza FC.

The midfielder started training Monday with his new teammates and was very excited to be part of the Sainthood.

“I am very excited to join The Saints, sildenafil all I am here to do is score goals, prescription I love scoring goals and I believe I will score goals, page ” Kibirango promised.

Kibirango joins forwards Alex Kitata, Viane Ssekajugo, Fred Kyambadde, Nicholas Odong and Jordan Tamale in the offence as The Saints continues to seek promotion to the top flight.

Saints Coach Mark Twinamatsiko said: “We are happy to have Kibirango on our team, he’s a fantastic player. We hope to make a few more additions to the squad before this window ends.”

The Saints officially resumed training today at Namboole ahead of the FUFA Big League second round that starts mid next month.
John Ochan, cost a police officer in charge of Kasasa police station in Rakai has been arrested over the Sunday shooting of Duncan Senyama, there a student of Kabaale SS.

Fighting occurred among drunken youth during the after-party at a wedding in Kabaale village, attracting police’s attention.


Cops from a nearby station intervened in a bid to arrest the situation but later started shooting as the scuffle got out of hand.

Senyama was shot in the right leg and is now under medical attention at Rakai hospital.

Officer Ochan was arrested immediately and according to information from his superiors, he had not been deployed at this place.

“We are inquiring why the police officers resorted to shooting at people attending a party,” said the deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye.

“Meanwhile we have the OC in custody, because the DPC at the station says he was in a wrong place at the time.”

Ochan joins Sembabule chief detective Geoffrey Mwiima who was arrested on January 2 over abuse of office. Mwiima reportedly let suspects out of cells before stealing their possessions kept at the station as exhibits.

Last week, Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye was suspended for shamelessly clobbering journalists who wee covering a peaceful city protest organised by unemployed youth.
The leader of South Sudanese rebel movement, medicine SPLA/M- In Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar, is in Tanzania for the second phase of the Intra-SPLM Dialogue.

Dr. Machar arrived at the East African Community headquarters in the town of Arusha on Sunday to be physically present at the opening of the dialogue expected today Monday.

The Tanzanian ruling party Chama Chama Mapenduzi which is unarguably the most coherent party in the tricky continental political environment, started efforts to bring together SPLM last year in an initiative sponsored by the  Finland based-peace resolution Nongovernmental Organization, Crisis Management Initiative.

The first phase that witnessed a breakthrough in signing a number of agreements was convened in October 2014 and attended by both the two principles, Kiir and Dr. Machar.

South Sudan started falling apart in July 2013 when President Kiir dissolved the government structures just months after sacking then Secretary General Pagan Amum and another Finance Minister Costi Manibe.

The crisis hit peak levels on the night of December 15, 2013 when top leaders of the ruling party failed to agree on the party’s political future at the National Delegates Conference.

War broke between supporters of Machar and the mainstream army loyal to President Kiir.

The conflict has now entered the second year with no hope of being resolved soon.

The regional body, Intergovernmental Authority on Development has been mediating the talks between the government and rebels.

Machar and Kikwete in Tanzania on Sunday night
Machar and Kikwete in Tanzania on Sunday night

The IGAD Heads of State Summit expected to open the 7th Session of talks was supposed to sit on Sunday in vain.

The summit was also supposed to sit in late 2014 when the Peace Talks delegation from both sides sharply disagreed on two critical areas of power sharing and security only to be pushed forward due to lack of time.

Kiir and Machar had already been called to Addis Ababa before Christmas but the decision was reconsidered.

Last year, IGAD said the two parties should resolve their conflicts especially on power sharing lest the matter is referred to the African Union and Security Council that could see both Machar and Kiir face serious sanctions including travel bans and the freezing of their assets.

Power sharing remains a contentious and emotive issue during the peace talks, with Machar insisting on taking over as the Executive Prime Minister.

He wants the position of Vice President scrapped, a move rejected by Juba.

At Pagak last year, rebels said they want 70 percent of government positions and that the sitting government in Juba should retain only 20 percent and other stakeholders 10 percent.

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