USL Loses Case Against FUFA/Azam

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has finally signed the peace agreement in Juba.

He appended his signature to the document at 4:53pm local time at Freedom Hall.

Officials said Kiir signed the same hard copy document signed by rebel leader, dosage Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon in Addis Ababa on 17 August 2015.

Before signing the document, capsule Kiir spoke about about government’s reservations in the peace agreement which he said should be addressed.

He went ahead to present a document detailing government’s concerns in the agreed to mediating body, rx IGAD.

Dr Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet said, “The reservations have no bearing now on the peace document he signed. They are the same reservations IGAD Plus rejected in Addis Ababa. The document has remained the same.”

Gatdet welcomed Kiir’s decision to sign the peace deal, saying, “South Sudan will never be the same again.”

Kiir’s allies say the agreement weakens the powers of the president through the formation of the position of First Vice President which will be taken by Machar and sharing power with rebels.


According to the structure and composition of State Governments, not later than one month of the commencement of the Transitional Period, Transitional Governors of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states shall be appointed for the duration of the Transition.

For two of the Governors position in Upper Nile and Unity States, the South Sudan Armed Opposition shall nominate the candidates which the President shall appoint respectively.

The government will nominate the Governor of Jonglei State.

The State Council of Ministers in the States of Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile shall be reconstituted and appointed at the beginning of the Transition, and not later than a month with government taking 46 percent and South Sudan Armed Opposition settling for 40 percent and the rest to former detainees and other Political Parties.

In the remaining seven states government will have 85 percent of the Executive while the South Sudan Armed Opposition will have a representation of 15 percent in the Executive of the respective states.

The power-sharing formula that shall apply to the Council of Ministers and any other institution reconstituted by this Agreement is that government will take 53 percent of Ministerial portfolios (16 Ministers); and South Sudan Armed Opposition: 33 per cent of Ministerial portfolios (10 Ministers) and the rest to former detainees and other groups.

The President and the First Vice President shall consult regularly in the exercise of their functions. Consultations may be made through different means but all shall be officially recorded in writing, to preclude misunderstanding and any conflict.

The President and the First Vice President may include the Vice President in such consultations when the President and the First Vice President agree to do so.

In the event of a deadlock in the exercise of joint Executive powers, the matter shall be decided by the Council of Ministers, which shall require the agreement of two-thirds of the members of the Council of Ministers (67 percent), with a quorum of at least twenty-three (23) of the Members of the Council of Ministers present.

For the President to declare war of state of emergency he will need to see agreement of First Vice President and Vice President.

Kiir will also have consult Machar on the nomination and appointment of Constitutional office holders including state governors; Commissioning, appointment, promotion, retirement and dismissal of officers of the NDFSS (armed forces) and other organized forces with the approval of the National Defence Council (NDC) or National Security Council (NSC).

The President will also have to agree with Machar on the nomination and appointment of the members of independent Commissions, interim and ad hoc Commissions and Committees;

Machar’s powers

According to the peace agreement, for the duration of the Transition, there shall be established the office of the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, to supervise the implementation of the reforms.

The office of the First Vice President shall cease to exist at the conclusion of the Transition Period unless otherwise decided in the permanent Constitution.

The First Vice President of the transitional government shall be selected by the South Sudan Armed Opposition and will serve as Commander-in-Chief of the South Sudan Armed Opposition forces during the Pre-Transition Period and the period or until the establishment of the shared unified command of the NDFSS (National Defence Forces of South Sudan).

He will serve as the Acting Commander-in-Chief of the unified South Sudan National Defence Forces in the event of any temporary absence of the President after the unification of the forces; Chair the cabinet clusters; serve as Deputy Chair of the National Security Council and National Defence Council.

Machar will as well oversee the preparation and consideration of national transitional government business and programmes; follow up and ensure the implementation of Council of Ministers’ decisions with the relevant Ministries and institutions.

In the event that the post of the First Vice President falls vacant during the Transitional Period, for any reason, including mental infirmity or physical incapacity of the office holder, the replacement shall be nominated by the top leadership body of the South Sudan Armed Opposition as at the signing of this Agreement. Such a process of replacement shall not exceed forty eight (48) hours.
Brig. Gen. Gatwech Puoch, approved the overall SPLA commander of Lake State is set to defect to rebel movement SPLA-IO under Dr. Riek Machar today.

Reliable sources have told this website that Brig. Gatwech has already left South Sudan territory and in neighboring Kenyan capital Nairobi where he is expected to release a statement denouncing the Juba regime and declaring allegiance to the rebel movement on Friday afternoon.

Brig. Gatwech is instrumental in SPLA and President Kiir’s administration establishment as he is also the brother of Upper Nile State governor Simon Kun.
Fred Mwambu

Court of Appeal has this morning dismissed with costs the appeal lodged by Uganda Super League Limited (USSL) challenging the judgement of Justice Yasin Nyanzi who had earlier dismissed their application for a temporary injunction against FUFA and Azam Pay TV.

USSL appealed after High Court dismissed their application challenging FUFA’s termination of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) they had signed to broadcast the top flight league.

‘Football has won again. Our colleagues at USSL should now join us to develop football in the country. Let us support Azam as they do the best for the game’ said Alex Luganda, shop chairman of the FUFA Legal committee.

The judgment at the Court of Appeal was passed by Justice Remmy Kasule.

‘We are happy that our legal team is doing a good job.  They have patiently handled all the cases with utmost research and knowledge about the 17 cases won by FUF A when dragged to court by various people on matters regarding football’ said FUFA CEO Edgar Watson.

The FUFA legal committee has: Luganda Alex- Chairman, Kabega Musa- Vice Chairman, Members; Robert Kayobyo, Candia Alex and and Mulangira Arthur.

Counsel Evans Ochieng and FUFA Legal Officier Denis Lukambi have also done a wonderful job on the legal part of the federation.

The decision by the Court of Appeal gives Azam Pay TV the unconditional live broadcasts of the Azam Uganda Premier League.



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