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Machar Mobilised 7,000 Fighters In Bentiu Attack

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1:52pm: At Parliament, viagra http://cherrylanefarms.com/wp-admin/includes/options.php Chimp Corp Dickens Honeywell says the Appointments Committee has approved Gen KaleKayihura’s appointment police boss.

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11:55am: Parliament’s Appointments Committee is sitting Thursday to vet Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura.

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His five-year contract was this year renewed by President Museveni, page http://consolibyte.com/scripts/build/build_20130831/quickbooks.php who maintains the police boss is a “hardworking and loyal” officer.

Kayihura, who is the first police chief in Uganda’s history to be elevated to the rank of General, was also endorsed for another term by the Police Authority – the highest decision-making organ of the institution.

The IGP, who has served since November 2005, told the Police Authority in a letter that during his new term he will “acquire a critical mass of personnel and variety of equipment to build a modern and effective institution … to build modern and effective policing systems.”

It is hugely suspected Kayihura will be quizzed by lawmakers on militarising the police, a public law enforcement body, and using force to crush political dissent.

Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) recently appealed to Parliament to block Kayihura’s reappointment which would make him the longest serving police boss in recent times.

“Kayihura is more of a military man than a professional police officer whose period of reign has been characterised by gross violations of human rights and corruption in the Force,” said the UPC spokesperson Okello Lucima at the party headquarters in Kampala recently.

Lucima noted that given the different episodes that left Ugandan citizens and opposition political parties “terrorized and their rights trampled upon by the police force under Kayihura’s reign,” parliament should rise against his re-appointment.

He further stated that despite Kayihura being the longest-serving police chief since President Museveni took over power in 1986, little has been done to fully investigate the increasing corruption in the country and that instead the vice continues to haunt the force.

He added that it’s under Kayihura’s regime where traffic officers have turned into businessmen who openly extort money from drivers and other road users.

The IGP’s current term expires on November 10.

However, while speaking at a Police public lecture at Makerere University, Kayihura insisted that taking bribes by traffic officers and other police officers was illegal and unacceptable in the police force.

The IGP also defended the militarization of police, saying the emergence of new threats such as terrorism, hijacks, money laundering, drug cartels and sophisticated cyber crimes cannot be dealt with ‘batons’.

Kayihura said a force equipped with military tactics was the only way to combat the ever increasing but dynamic crime in the country and that those opposed to his reappointment as Inspector General of Government should reviews their opinions.
1:52pm: At Parliament, for sale http://chasingjamesbeard.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/comments/base.php Chimp Corp Dickens Honeywell says the Appointments Committee has given a green light to Gen Kale Kayihura’s reappointment as police boss.

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11:55am: Parliament’s Appointments Committee is sitting Thursday to vet Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura.

His five-year contract was this year renewed by President Museveni, site who maintains the police boss is a “hardworking and loyal” officer.

Kayihura, decease who is the first police chief in Uganda’s history to be elevated to the rank of General, was also endorsed for another term by the Police Authority – the highest decision-making organ of the institution.

The IGP, who has served since November 2005, told the Police Authority in a letter that during his new term he will “acquire a critical mass of personnel and variety of equipment to build a modern and effective institution … to build modern and effective policing systems.”

It is hugely suspected Kayihura will be quizzed by lawmakers on militarising the police, a public law enforcement body, and using force to crush political dissent.

Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) recently appealed to Parliament to block Kayihura’s reappointment which would make him the longest serving police boss in recent times.

“Kayihura is more of a military man than a professional police officer whose period of reign has been characterised by gross violations of human rights and corruption in the Force,” said the UPC spokesperson Okello Lucima at the party headquarters in Kampala recently.

Lucima noted that given the different episodes that left Ugandan citizens and opposition political parties “terrorized and their rights trampled upon by the police force under Kayihura’s reign,” parliament should rise against his re-appointment.

He further stated that despite Kayihura being the longest-serving police chief since President Museveni took over power in 1986, little has been done to fully investigate the increasing corruption in the country and that instead the vice continues to haunt the force.

He added that it’s under Kayihura’s regime where traffic officers have turned into businessmen who openly extort money from drivers and other road users.

The IGP’s current term expires on November 10.

However, while speaking at a Police public lecture at Makerere University, Kayihura insisted that taking bribes by traffic officers and other police officers was illegal and unacceptable in the police force.

The IGP also defended the militarization of police, saying the emergence of new threats such as terrorism, hijacks, money laundering, drug cartels and sophisticated cyber crimes cannot be dealt with ‘batons’.

Kayihura said a force equipped with military tactics was the only way to combat the ever increasing but dynamic crime in the country and that those opposed to his reappointment as Inspector General of Government should reviews their opinions.
More details have emerged on the South Sudan rebel attack on SPLA bases in Unity State, drug http://davepallone.com/wp-includes/update.php showing Dr Riek Machar mobilised at least 7, http://damadetrefla.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/admin/admin.php 000 combatants in a bid to capture the strategic oil-town of Bentiu.

The two has changed hands several times since war broke out in December 2013 in the youngest country in the world.

SPLA spokesperson Col Phillip Aguer told press on Wednesday evening that “over 7, http://christiansforve.org.au/wp-includes/embed-template.php 000 elements were mobilised to attack Bentiu. But our gallant forces managed to defeat and repulse them.”

He said the fighting which started at around 11:00am, last over hours.

“The rebels suffered many casualties. More details will be given as events unfold. I want to emphasise that Bentiu is still in the hands of SPLA.”

Rebel spokesperson, Brig Lul Koang had earlier claimed that Machar’s forces seized the town from government forces.

The fresh outbreak of deadly skirmishes between rebels and government forces underline the shaky ground on which the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement was signed by President Salva Kiir and Machar in Ethiopia this year.

It is widely thought that as Machar and Kiir move to sign a final peace deal, the rebels intend to capture more territory to enhance their leverage in the peace talks.

South Sudan’s major source of revenue is oil, meaning SPLA would be compelled to use all its military might to maintain a grip on the town as a way of securing the livelihoods of millions of people and the government’s survival.

Rebels condemned

In a related development, IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan have strongly condemned the action of SPLM/A (In Opposition) forces to initiate conflict in the area of Bentiu.

“This unfortunate development comes despite the significant progress in the peace talks: in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, where the parties took major steps forward in resolving their outstanding differences,” said IGAD.

The body cited the recent consultations in Addis Ababa, Khartoum, Nairobi and Juba with IGAD Heads of State and Government; the commitment by President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to work together and share power in the transitional government; and the decision by the three competing factions in the intra-SPLM party dialogue in Arusha, Tanzania to accept collective responsibility for the conflict, as witnessed by President Kiir and Dr. Machar as peace-bulding measures which should not be squandered.

“Furthermore, the violence comes at the start of the current session of peace talks in Addis Ababa, and on the eve of the convening of the Assembly of the IGAD Heads of State and Government and, at their specific request, direct negotiations between President Kiir and Dr. Machar,” said IGAD.

The regional body noted that the ongoing fighting in and around Bentiu, Unity State “demonstrates that the SPLM/A (In Opposition) has yet to abandon the option of war. The already dire humanitarian situation throughout South Sudan is further imperiled by this violence, and risks millions of lives and the international effort to address the humanitarian catastrophe induced by this war. “

IGAD’s next phase of action remain unclear.

However, Hon Oryem Okello, Uganda’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of International Affairs, has said that African union may consider putting sanctions on South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar if he does not cooperate in the peace process mediated by IGAD.

“Heads of State had resolved to take tough measures against Riek Machar but with intervention of John Kerry a follow-up summit was suggested and is to take place early November to have the two sides agree on the deal,” said Oryem in Kampala recently.

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