South Sudan

South Sudan: Govt, Rebels Battle for Oil Town

The ruling National Resistance Movement party`s Central Executive Committee is yet again expected to sit on Wednesday at State House Entebbe to deliberate on an unannounced agenda.

This website has learnt that party chairman; President Yoweri Museveni summoned all CEC members many of whom are still enjoying festive season at their upcountry homes, order visit this to converge in Entebbe in the morning on January 7th.

The Wednesday meeting according to sources is to conclude on the new NRM Secretariat officials who were recently appointed by the party chair and forwarded to CEC, thanks to new amendments that granted the powers to him. CEC`s conclusion of tomorrow shall be sent to the National Executive Committee meeting that is expected on Friday.

“Yes, we have been called to report to State House Entebbe on Wednesday but we don’t know the agenda yet since the communication to us did not indicate.” A CEC member who asked not to be named since he is not the one supposed to speak to the media and also fearing Museveni`s previous threat towards any member who discloses CEC matters to the media, said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, sources close to the party chair revealed that they are indeed going talk about the new officials.

“The CEC meeting is simply to iron out everything about our new secretariat officials before presenting them to NEC on Friday.” A source close to the party Chairman`s office privy to the arrangement said on Tuesday.

Museveni recently appointed Justine Kasule Lumumba, the current Government Chief Whip as the new Secretary General of the ruling party that has now been in power for 29 years, replacing Amama Mbabazi who got technically knocked out by the new amendment.

Others include Richard Todwong, the current minister without Portfolio and in charge of Political Mobilization who is now going to deputize Lumumba, Rose Namayanja Nsereko, the current minister for Information and National Guidance takes Treasury and is going to be deputized by Kenneth Omona, the current Kaberamaido Member of Parliament.


The party is yet to conclude on the principle of all new appointees resigning their parliamentary seats which many are still debating. Resigning ministerial positions has been concluded though.



The forces of South Sudan government and those of the rebel movement under Dr. Riek Machar spent the better part of last weekend battling for the control of the oil richest Bentui Town.

Bentui, this site the capital of the Unity State which is by far the largest oil producing state that is currently under the control of the government SPLA forces, ed registered heavy clashes starting Saturday to Sunday night.

Fighting started 37km north of Bentui as both sides accused each other in the new phase of renewed violence to gain more position. Rebels earlier accused the government forces of attacking civilians and also stretching to their defensive positions in the state.

“The genocidal forces of Salva Kiir (SPLA) attacked our defense areas today with the aim of dislodging us but they met serious fire and many of them died in the attack.” The rebel spokesman, sildenafil Brig. Lul Nyadiate Koang said on Saturday.

SPLA also counter accused the rebels for instigating the renewed clashes with the spokesman Col. Philips Aguer describing the incident as lack of quest for peace.

The town still remains under the control of government forces but sources say both sides are preparing for eminent offensive which might not be far.

The war that started late 2013 entered the second year with heavy exchange between the two forces.

Peace Talks that also started last year have been going on slowly in the neighboring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and currently under adjournment.

The mediator, regional body IGAD is expected to convene the Heads of State summit very soon to brainstorm on the critical areas derailing the talks more especially the power sharing and security arrangement.



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