South Sudan

South Sudan Rebel General Vows to Overthrow Kiir

Esther Akankwasa, drug one of the two Ugandan Big Brother Hot Shots has returned from South Africa where she spent only two weeks in the house.

Esther landed at Entebbe International Airport Thursday evening at around 7:30 pm and was welcomed by cheering crowds comprising of her parents, this friends, capsule scribes and a team from MultiChoice, Uganda.

She later headed to a function at Rosemary Courts in Entebbe where she shared her challenges and experiences from the Big Brother house with journalists including ChimpCorp, Michael Nteza.

She said that the two week stay was such a big Gift for a person from a humble background like her getting the golden chance to represent Uganda internationally.

“During my stay in the house, I had no strategy since I wanted to live my life so that everybody in the house and outside could know who I really am,” Esther said.

Esther added that her stay in the house was cool and that she met very many interesting people with some becoming very close friends citing an example of Tayo, the Nigerian representative who ended up becoming her half-brother of sorts in the house.

“Tayo is one person that we shared everything including his relationships issues but we didn’t go far.”

She then thanked MultiChoice staff for giving her the chance, something that has made her famous remarking that she is expected to sign advertising contracts with big companies.


“I have a lot of things that I am going to participate in after Big Brother. I am going to start with rapping, appearing in adverts and acting in a number of movies. I have several invitations from both Nigeria and South Africa to act so I have a bright future,” Esther asserted.

Esther further called upon Ugandans to continue supporting fellow countrymen and women in the house saying that without viewer’s support, housemates can’t really go far.

A child fan welcome Small Pepper
A child fan welcome Small Pepper
Esther shortly after arrival
Esther shortly after arrival
Esther flaunts the Ugandan flag
Gen Gathoth Gatkuoth, this site one of the top military commanders of the South Sudan rebellion, visit has expressed determination to press harder for the overthrow of President Salva Kiir even after the insurgents signed a deal to end hostilities and form a transitional government.

An IGAD mini-summit was held this week in Juba to iron out the remaining obstacles to the final peace agreement between President Kiir and rebel leader, Dr Riek Machar.

“At the Juba consultations, a breakthrough has been achieved on the outstanding issues to be finalised at the next IGAD Summit to be convened next week,” reads part of the Summit’s communique.

It is hoped that Machar will be appointed Prime Minister in the transitional government that will steer the country’s business ahead of the 2015 presidential elections.

David Deng Gach Pal, the Secretary-General of “Upper Nile State Military Government (in Opposition)” quoted the militant organisation’s commander, Gen Gathoth Gatkuoth as saying the signing of the “Framework for Intra-SPLM Dialogue” by SPLM-Juba, SPLM IO and SPLM former detainees in Arusha, Tanzania on 20th October 2014 was meant to strengthen Kiir’s rule.

“While some may receive it with optimism, others may associate it with pessimism,” said Gatkuoth.

Reacting to the Principle number 9, and Objectives 1 and 2 of the Framework Agreement, Gen. Gatkuoth said the terms would never bring about peace for its “overall objective is merely to reunite the party, reconcile party leadership, and by implication, consolidate Salva Kiir’s grip on power, which he is today losing much more spectacularly.”

Gathoth also describes himself as the ‘Military Governor and Zonal Commander of Upper Nile State.’

“Why give him a chance to prolong his brutally and devastatingly undesirable rule over people? This casts an air of pessimism over the prospects of peace, stability and prosperity in South Sudan,” he added, in reference to Kiir.

Central command 

This will confirm President Kiir’s argument that Machar is no longer in control of his fighters and commanders.

Gatkuoth was thought to be commanding Machar’s forces in military operations against SPLA.

But reports that he is now opposed to Machar’s decision to cooperate in the peace process will trigger fresh worries of a possible internal rebellion.

Gatkuoth said, “If the Intra-party dialogue aims to unite the party, then, that, at least in my view, is unrealistic. SPLM can never be reunited, and so will not make a reunion because it failed to resolve its internal crisis in December 2013, and instead Salva Kiir resorted to abusive use of power by trying to purge the party of its charismatic members as well as of democratic voices of reform.”

He added: “Objective 1 will not be achieved because reconciling the leadership of the parties was the failure of the December 14-16, 2013 SPLM Liberation Council conference. However had others including religious leaders attempted to reconcile the leadership, Salva Kiir would only turn his deaf ears to them, just for his self-interest to keep himself and his clique in power. Only if Salva Kiir steps downs from party Chairmanship as well as presidency of the Republic can sustainable peace, unity, and universal reconciliation be realized in South Sudan.”

The General facing sanctions for human rights abuses also slammed Kiir’s government for “failing miserably to even establish stability let alone prosperity in South Sudan. We need a good, probably public interest-oriented leader to take over the leadership of the country if SPLM is to achieve such items outlined by objective.”

On his part, Deng Gach pointed out that for sustainable peace to be attained both by SPLM and South Sudanese people, Kiir must, for some among many reasons, accept to resign his positions both as the Chairman of SPLM and as President of the Republic.

“He has lost legitimacy to rule South Sudan. Should he insist on holding such offices, then be assured that Salva Kiir will be made to leave power by force,” he charged.

The rebels’ attempts to remove Kiir from office in December 2013 flopped after Uganda deployed elite commando units in Juba and neighbouring areas.

However, the two hostile sides have been fighting especially in Upper Nile State, leaving a trail of bloodshed and destruction of property.

The Juba IGAD mini- summit came after another meeting on Monday, between President Kiir and Dr. Machar in Arusha, Tanzania at the invitation of President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, where they both agreed to address the 10 month old political crisis in South Sudan which has claimed thousands of lives with over a million people displaced.

“The IGAD heads of state and Government attending the Mini- Summit congratulated President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar for the courageous and visionary leadership in resolving the ongoing crisis in South Sudan,” reads part of the IGAD communique.

According to the communique, the IGAD leaders also thanked and encouraged the IGAD special envoys to continue with their effort until the crisis in South Sudan is resolved.

It should be recalled that IGAD Assembly of heads of State and Government endorsed the protocol on agreed principles on transitional arrangements towards resolution of the crisis in South Sudan in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in August 2014.

Representatives of different Stakeholders reiterated their commitment to the IGAD led negotiation process and expressed their resolve to address the root cause of the crisis as soon as possible.

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