Museveni, Kiir, Garang Widow Meet As Machar Remains in South Africa

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and John Garang’s widow, Rebecca Nyandeng on Thursday met President Yoweri Museveni at State House in Entebbe.

The trio, according to a release from State House, met to seek solutions to solve the conflict in the oil rich fragile nation that plunged into a bloody civil war in December 2013, just four years after attaining her independence.

“Museveni has this afternoon received his South Sudan counterpart, Salva Kiir and his delegation at State House, Entebbe to discuss pertinent political issues affecting South Sudan with a view to re-unite the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) so that Africa’s newest independent country could realize peace and stability,” part of the statement reads.

The initiative to reunite the now polarized SPLM party started on May 28 at Entebbe with Museveni and World Bank’s Director of Conflict, Violence and Fragility engaging the leaders of different factions.

The second meeting took place two days later but the rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar who didn’t attend the first one again failed to appear.

Machar’s faction also didn’t participate in today’s meeting but bringing Mrs. Garang on board is a huge step.

Other officials from South Sudan who attended the meeting were: Minister of Presidency, Mayiik  Ayii Deng, Minister of Defence Kuol Manyang Juk and Minister of Foreign Affairs Deng Alor Kuol.

Meanwhile Uganda’s Minister for Presidency, Esther Mbayo and State Minister for International Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, also attended.

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