South Sudan

Museveni in Arusha for SPLA Agreement Signing

President Museveni has Wednesday left for a one day working visit to Arusha, information pills advice Tanzania to witness the signing of a ‘symbolizing’ agreement between the warring Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) factions.

The ceremony will also be witnessed by President of Tanzania, price Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete; Zanzibar’s Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein; Museveni; South Africa’s Jacob Zuma; Kenyan leader, Uhuru Kenyatta; South Sudan’s Salva Kiir; Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn and Former Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar.

The President was seen off at Entebbe International Airport VVIP section by the Head of Public Service John Mitala, Deputy Commander of Air Forces, Col. Charles Lutaaya and the Assistant Commissioner of Police Michael Mugabi.

He was received at the Kilimanjaro International Airport by The Hon. Jumanne Magebe Minister of Water of the Republic of Tanzania, Foreign Minister Bernanrd Mende, Deputy Minister for Communication Umi Mwalimu and Uganda’s State Minister for Regional Affairs Asuman Kiyingi.

The rebellion against the government of President Kiir in South Sudan entered a decisive stage with the insurgents’ leadership setting fresh demands including the head of state stepping down from office to face a war crimes tribunal.

The demands were contained in a detailed document of resolutions of the rebels’ leadership meeting that sat at Pagak between December 6 and 12.

Reports that the two parties have agreed to sign a symbolising peace agreement revives hopes that the conflict could soon be resolved.

The rebels last year said President Kiir “is directly responsible for the Juba genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during this current war. Therefore he has lost legitimacy and does not deserve to lead the transitional period.”


Yet, Kiir maintains Machar wanted to overthrow his government after the latter was sacked as a Vice President.

In his address to the UN General Assembly’s annual debate last year, President Kiir said Member States had no doubt watched in shock and disbelief as fighting erupted last December, “which was plotted by my former Vice-President [Riek Machar] who wanted to seize power by force”.

“He was too impatient in his thirst for power and did not want to wait for the general elections, which were scheduled to take place in 2015…” said Kiir, adding, “the failed coup and the rebellion that followed resulted in the loss of too many innocent lives, destruction of properties, and damage of community relationships.”

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