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Machar Rebels Under Fire for Snubbing SPLM Reunification Process

Uganda Cranes have squandered two chances to pick maximum points in their first group D encounter allowing Mali to draw level twice in a four-goal thrilling end to end pulsating encounter played on Tuesday night at the Umuganda stadium in Gisenyi.

First Half Action

KCCA FC’s versatile full back Joseph Ochaya tallied the first goal of the game after just a dozen minutes played off Farouk Miya’s standard freekick from the upper left wing.

Mali proved dangerous henceforth piling pressure on Cranes box but Watenga was always on point to maintain the lead. However, advice The West Africans yielded on the 23rd minute after Sekou Keita struck in a powerful left foot shot from Lassana Samake’s cross which Cranes’ defense failed to intercept.

Cranes captain Miya Farouk restored Uganda’s lead in the 40th minute after his club teammate Erisa Sekisambu was brought down inside Mali’s 18-yard box.

Coach Micho was forced to make two changes for Farouk Miya and Goalie Ismael Watenga after both were injured. Mali got back to the game a minute after the interval.

Sekou Keita initiated an attack passing to substitute Mamadou Conlibaly who reduced the distance before setting up Hamidou Sinagoko in the extreme end for the equaliser.

Log standings Zambia leads the table with three points after edging out Zimbabwe by a single goal, stomach while Uganda and Mali are tied on second with a point each.


The Cranes return to action on Saturday 23 January versus Zambia as Mali plays Zimbabwe. Lineups:

Uganda starting XI: Watenga (GK), erectile Okot, Ochaya, Muwanga, Kasagga, Awany, Keziron, Sentongo, Okhuti, Sekisambu, Miya (Capt)

Mali starting XI: Djigui Diarra, Abdoulaye Traore, Assoko Hamed Marius (Capt), Diarra Sekou, Yves Bissouma, Hamidou Sinayoko, Lassana Samake, Mousa Sissoko, Abdoulaye Diarra, Aboul Karim Dante, Sekou Koita
The South Sudan rebel movement under former Vice President Dr Riek Machar has rejected accusations of snubbing the Arusha agreement for the unification of the ruling SPLM party.

President Salva Kiir who leads mainstream SPLM also known as SPLM- Juba recently organized an extraordinary SPLM Convention in Juba where all other factions including the Machar`s SPLM- In Opposition and SPLM- Former Detainees were invited.

The convention attended by the South African vice president Cyril Ramaphosa and the Secretary General of the Tanzanian ruling Chama Cha Mapenduzi party; Abdurrahman Kainana was to implement the articles in the Arusha unification agreement.

All factions agreed to bury their past in the agreement signed in January 2015 and get together as one party.

All former party officials were to resume their positions before the break of violence in December 20013 and the sackings made in June the same year.

The 7th-8th January SPLM convention was to officially operationalise the agreement by including in the SPLM constitution.

The Machar group led by the chief negotiator, medical Gen. Taban Deng had earlier refused to attend the convention and it took the intervention of Ramaphosa for the faction to appear.

Even after attending the contention, ampoule the rebel representatives declined to sign the implementation of the agreement saying many things were supposed to be done first before the event.

A section of South Sudanese public accused the Machar rebels of running away from the Arusha agreement that they also penned.

The SPLA/M-IO Chairperson National Committee for Information and Public Relations, viagra approved Mabior Garang de Mabior who is also the son of the SPLA/M founding father Dr. John Garang, released a statement on Tuesday punching holes in the accusations.

“The SPLA/SPLM In Opposition would like to assure all members and the people of South Sudan of our undying commitment to the categorical implementation of the ARCISS and the Arusha Agreements,” part of his statement reads.

He described critics as the enemies of peace inclined to delaying the process.

“The SPLA/M-IO would like take this moment to dispel the negative propaganda being concocted by the enemies of peace. They are completely false and (as usual) intended to derail the peace process.”

The statement added that the rebel team advance team is already in Juba for the implementation of the agreement despite provocations from some people in the government.

“Our advance team is in Juba to implement the agreement despite many provocations by hardliners in the government. The movement has dispatched a team to Pagak for consultations with the leadership and shall return to continue with the implementation of the peace agreement.”

He did not explain why the rebel’s team led by Gen Deng was recalled to Juba.

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