South Sudan

Uganda Will Keep Trying to Bring Peace to South Sudan – Gov’t

Government through the Foreign Affairs Ministry has expressed resolve to continue participating, with other countries in the region, in efforts to bring peace and stability to the war torn South Sudan.

South Sudan, which split from Sudan in 2011 to become a sovereign state has not seen peace for nearly 7 years after a civil war broke out in June 2013.

The clash between the Government of President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr Riek Machar has left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands seeking refuge in neighbouring countries especially Uganda which hosts the largest number of them.

President Museveni has been at the forefront of reuniting the two leaders to ensure that peace returns to this troubled country of the East African region.

Ambassador Alfred Nnam, the head of public diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told reporters yesterday, that Uganda will continue to participate in the South Sudan peace process.

“Uganda is a country in this region that has been working tirelessly for the return of peace and stability in South Sudan. We have participated and we continue to participate with all countries of region to ensure that South Sudan becomes peaceful and stable,” he said.

Yesterday evening, in what is hoped to be a major milestone in the peace process, President Kiir dissolved his government ahead of the formation of the transitional government of national unity, which is expected to be announced in the neighbouring Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa today, Saturday.

The transitional Government which was meant to be constituted in May 2019 as per September 2018, was postponed twice over issues concerning security and the number of States.

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Last week, Kiir in an amazing move conceded ground and dropped his earlier position of maintaining 33 States against that of opposition to revert to 10 States.

On Thursday, the opposition leader Riek Machar and Sudanese deputy head of Sovereign Council Mohammed Hamdan Dangalo met at Presidential Palace in capital Juba.

Kiir reportedly reached common ground with Machar and resolved to form a transitional Government on time.

It should however be noted that ever since war broke out in South Sudan in 2013, President Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have signed a number of peace agreements which are later revoked.

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