South Sudan

President Kiir Meets Museveni in Kampala

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir on Saturday morning departed Juba for Kampala to meet his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni.

The visit only came to light when Kiir was entering the plane at Juba International Airport.

The South Sudan Presidential Press Unit posted pictures of Kiir clad in his signature cowboy black hat, boarding the plane.

“The President of the Republic, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit left Juba this morning for a State visit to Kampala,” said a brief statement from South Sudan Presidential Press Unit.

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Kiir was accompanied by his Minister in charge of the Office of the President, Mayiik Ayii Deng.

Museveni, Kiir meeting comes at a time when South Sudan warring parties are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to map the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (RARCISS).

The IGAD sponsored engagement is mainly deliberating on the clauses of the contentious security arrangement.

Integration of forces remains a big challenge in ending the 6 years bloody civil war which broke out in December 2013 when Kiir and his former vice president, Riek Machar disagreed during a ruling SPLM party in Juba.

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The national army, SPLA split into two and started serious offensive each other as those loyal try to dislodge Kiir from power.

Kampala swiftly deployed UPDF in Juba and Jonglei state capital, Bor to avert an imminent genocide since the war had precariously taken ethnic inclinations.

The second agreement of September called for the integration for forces and formation of a 3 years unity transitional government. Parties are however yet to agree on the command structure of the proposed integrated army.

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