South Sudan

US, EU Pile Pressure on Kiir Over New States

Kanungu Resident District Commissioner Harriet Nakamya and the district NRM register John Byaruhanga have been dragged to the High Court by two  NRM party members  whose nomination in the elections to choose party flag bearers last month were cancelled.

Last month, page erectile Nakamya ordered  the   NRM registrar John Byaruhanga  to cancel  the nominations  of   Kenneth Tumuhamye, decease the LC3 chairman for Kanyantorogo Sub-county  and Allen Atuhaire standing  for Kihihi town council councillorship   on allegations that they were de-campaigning President Yoweri Museveni “sole” candidature.

The two politicians on Monday filed their petition at the Kabale High Court through their lawyers of Bwagi and Company Advocates.

In their petition the members accuse the two officials of being responsible for “illegal cancellation” of their nominations.

They want the court to declare that the NRM primaries held in respect of the various positions for which they had been duly nominated but later excluded are null and void.

Tumuhamye was nominated on 4th September 2015, to compete as the NRM party Kanyantorogo Sub-county chairperson flag bearer, while Atuhaire had been nominated for NRM district councilor flag bearer for Kihihi Sub-county.

They are also seeking a declaration that the interference of the RDC in the NRM party primary elections is unlawful.

“On 16th September 2015, the date slated for the NRM party primary elections, the complainants proceeded to the polling stations to participate but was dismayed to receive letters signed by the NRM district registrar, John Byaruhanga, cancelling their participation. Such acts have not only violated the rights of the complainants, but also denied the citizens a chance to exercise their democratic right to elect a candidate of their choice,” the petition reads in part.


When contacted Nakamya  said that  the two were  campaign agents of former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi and that the party leaders in the district were right  to cancel  their nominations.

The two were also last month disqualified from participating in the elections after they were suspected to be sympathetic to Amama Mbabazi and were found campaigning for his Go Forward Pro Change pressure group yet they are seeking to be elected on NRM ticket as flag bearers at their respective sub county levels.

The others  are Zepher Mugisha of Kihihi Town council who has been the Kihihi town council mayor ,  Caleb Tumwesimire Kipande of Mpungu , Paison Ndyabawe of Nyakinoni

However, the ongoing disqualification of NRM members from the party has created sharp divisionism in the district with most of them declaring that they will convince their supporters to leave the party and formally join Go Forward pressure group of Amama Mbabazi.


The Troika (Norway, click the United Kingdom and the United States) has expressed “serious concern” about President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s 2 October announcement that he plans to replace South Sudan’s 10 states with 28 new states.

The association which has been facilitating talks between government and the rebel movement led by Dr Riek Machar, troche said Kiir’s announcement “directly contradicts the Government of South Sudan’s commitment to implement the peace agreement it signed on August 26.”

Troika said one of the primary tasks of the soon to be formed Transitional Government of National Unity is to initiate and oversee a process to complete a permanent constitution that will address such fundamental issues as the structure of the state.

President Kiir’s government said the new states will lead to decentralisation of power, visit create more jobs and improve efficiency in service delivery.

South Sudan Vice President Wani Igga recently said the Constitution will soon be amended to cater for the new changes.

“We recognise that the people of South Sudan have long been interested in the issues of federalism and decentralisation,” said Troika.

“However, we strongly urge President Kiir to defer action on this fundamental matter until the Transitional Government of National Unity is formed and a national constitutional dialogue can take place.”


Meanwhile, the group also strongly condemned the current resumption of fighting in Unity State which it said underscores the urgent need for all South Sudanese stakeholders and members of IGAD Plus to move forward with the full and timely implementation of the peace agreement.

Heavy fighting in Unity State has worsened the humanitarian situation in the country, pushing thousands to the brink.

Troika called for prompt establishment of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission and mandated security arrangements.

“We also call on the Opposition to resolve outstanding security-related issues and for both parties to allow full and unfettered humanitarian access.”

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