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Uganda’s Museveni warns of power struggles within S. Sudan ruling SPLM


January 16, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said power struggles with South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) caused the current crisis in the country, urging dissatisfied party members to quit and form their own parties.

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (R) receives a salute as he arrives in Addis Ababa for an African summit on October 12, 2013. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

"What is clear is that the problem started within the SPLM, the ruling party, as a power struggle. You detect ideological, organizational and discipline issues in this situation", asked Museveni while addressing International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in the Angolan capital, Luanda on Wednesday.

"Why should there be sectarian undertones or overtones in a political debate?"

He also stressed that those dissatisfied with the SPLM should go out and form another party and that government should neither stop nor impede party opposition.

The Ugandan leader, a close ally of South Sudan’s Salva Kiir, said members of the SPLM should have resolved their disagreements within the set structures, rather than going public.

“Why should intraparty matters go public before they are resolved within the party?” he asked, adding that it was "unacceptable" to turn a political problem into a military one.


Confirming the involvement of Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) in South Sudan’s conflict, Museveni also accused the country’s former vice-president Riek Machar of an “attempted coup” in the capital, Juba.

“If Riek Machar did plan a coup in Juba, then why did his supporters capture Malakal, Bor, Akobo, etc?” The SPLA has flushed them out of Bentiu and Malakal”, he said.

He said Machar should have withdrawm to a remote area of the country to avoid attacks and start talks unconditionally so as to quickly resolve the problem and not to protract it, if he had no hand in the alleged coup.

Museveni has publicly admitted that both his army and the SPLA had lost soldier during these battles, but stressed that the rebels had suffered more casualties.

“We also took casualties and also had some dead”, he said, giving a chronology of several battles between the rebels and pro-government forces.

Clashes erupted in Juba mid-December following a dispute among the presidential guard, rapidly spreading to the country’s states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity. Over 1,000 people, according to the United Nations, have died and nearly 200,000 displaced since fighting started in mid-December.

But while South Sudan President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Machar over the incident, the latter denies, alleging it was a move by his former boss to silence critics with the SPLM.


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  • 17 January 2014 07:35, by Gat Gan Kiir

    M7 must be crazy, SPLM is not form for foreigner like you it’s south Sudanese political party. It came to the whole world attention that M7 became chairman of SPLM and the president in the shadow. We are South Sudanese made in South Sudan and we will never allow to be rule by remote control. Your friend Salva must join you in Kampala otherwise we will defeat you in the coming days

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    • 17 January 2014 07:43, by Mi diit

      Crazy Museveni has declared himself the defacto president of South Sudan, playing with the little mind of incompetent Kiir, who is coward, begging for protection by the foreign forces. He is scared of Dr. Riek Machar to death. Without Ugandans protecting his palace, Kiir would have fled long time ago. He proves to be a coward sell-out stooge to Museveni.

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      • 17 January 2014 07:46, by Mi diit

        Look, Museveni as the defacto president of South Sudan and chairman of the SPLM has even suggested that those who are dissatisfied with the status quo should quit and form their own political parties. He has humiliated Kiir, showing it to the world that Kiir is nothing but his puppet who follows what Museveni suggests. Shame on my cousins, Dinka leaders.

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        • 17 January 2014 07:52, by Mi diit

          Foolish Museveni, in few months time you will be crying about war inside Uganda, close to Kampala and inside Kampala. Mark my words. You have grabbed a bee-hive and expect the consequences soon. I like your open declaration that you have involved in the war. This will give us justification to fight you inside your territory soon.

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          • 17 January 2014 10:38, by Sudan virus

            Mi Diit
            What is the title of your movement?Rebel!Which country supports rebel in the world?This means u were helping rebels while leading South Sudan as SPLM.

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    • 17 January 2014 07:55, by Tong dut

      Ugandan death in south sudan is for south sudan oil, fuck Museveni and all ugadans.
      That is not you country, we are going to fight you till uganda will fall into our hand.

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    • 17 January 2014 09:50, by mathem jech amer

      Gat Gan Kiir
      Before complaining to Museveni, pls remove all your wives and children you sent to Uganda who are feeding in Uganda food plus 30,000 refugees all pure Nuers in Ajumani, arua etc. Museveni is helping both sides not government alone, he is sheltering rebels relatives

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    • 17 January 2014 11:28, by Sir King

      Dear South Sudanese,
      I totally condemn what Museveni and Kiir are doing to this country. First of all, I wish Dr. Riek Machar had never started it that way, could have waited for 2015 for Stupid Kiir to rig the election. This is where he should face total burning of his underwear, but now, Riek is losing supporters largely in Dinka and part of Equatoria. Please We want changes.

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      • 17 January 2014 11:33, by Sir King

        ...........Kiir Mayardit is doing nothing in South Sudan. His government is full of corruption, inequality, ethnicity, nepotism, tribalism, disunity, and it is because Kiir is a primitive leader, who does not work on measures of uniting the national. What a Gogrial that God has given us as a punishment or curse to this nation.
        1. Dinka marginalise should struggle against this man

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        • 17 January 2014 11:39, by Sir King

          - for the sake of democracy
          2. All South Sudanese must put in minds that Kiir is doing nothing to this nation and so, we should be supporting changes for better future of this country.
          3. Kiir refuses to make army a national army because he knew that he will use it for getting rid of political opponents.
          4. Poor management of national resources is another problem because he rules the country as

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          • 17 January 2014 11:43, by Sir King

            - a personal property.
            5. Nuer has started it not this war is between Nuer and Dinka but it is because Nuer are the starters and other communities who are disgruntled will later join the revolution. Kiir must make sure that revolution is not for one day, whether he brings in Museveni’s army. Did Arab defeated us when they used to bring army from Egypt and Irag? Answer is no.

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            • 17 January 2014 15:32, by Bungachier 50

              Dear Mr. Sir King,
              You are right, but look at these Nuers liars. You better accept to die in the battle field than leaving Nuers rebels to take power by force.

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            • 17 January 2014 23:34, by Rancol

              Dear Sir King,
              Just as a matter of debate, let say the things you mentioned are true. The government can be reformed by sacking people who are not successful in their jobs. That’s what Kiir did. The people (Riak, deng Alor etc) who wanted to force themselve into government had failed when they had the opportunity to serve pple. Your agenda is known and it has hit the wall.

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  • 17 January 2014 07:46, by Raanchol

    Stupid Gat Kan Amook,
    Mind your own business ya muopin inta, we will teach you a lesson with your Dr.Bleack monkey without tail.

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    • 17 January 2014 07:56, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Where is the lesson you are going to teach us with? We thought that you are real human who can defence yourself from others. Why you invited foreigners to protect you from Nuer tribe? You bring shame to all African communities because in African culture you can’t talk about war while you can’t do for yourself. It’s better to say sorry to mighty Nuer warrior than to invite Ugandan

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  • 17 January 2014 08:06, by choldit

    O dear lord! What a sellout of ss by Dinka tribe to Ugandan. What a shame to see ss being rule by proxy from Uganda!

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    • 17 January 2014 08:50, by LL Reuben

      Nuer Boys,
      You all followed Riek to Khartoum in the 90s and the Dinka remained fighting until you all came back after the peace was signed with your ally Omar Bashier. What on Earth are you people talking about? The role the Uganda soldier in RSS has nothing to do with protecting the Dinka. Why are you all scare of the Ugandan soldiers as if they’re all over the country. They’re only in Juba...

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      • 17 January 2014 08:56, by LL Reuben

        please capture Bentiu, Malakal, Kuacjok, etc then talk about Juba or some sort of bravery. This severe primitivism will not do your people any good. Riek is not the Ngundeng foretold person, it is Salva and late Garang and it all ends there. We could’ve ridden Salva as a nation but of course as always some quarters in Nuer are never in patience. Please stop crying, and win the war!

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    • 17 January 2014 08:52, by Wicdail

      Wow, How did this one eye-man, so call presidential spokesman (Aten) feel now, when M7 exposed their weakness? Will they not release their preys (political detainees), when their husband (M7) tell them to do so? Kirr and his thugs has brig shame to the whole nation (RSS) for the rest of its history. M7 is a thrust dragon who will never satisfy with the bleed of innocents.

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  • 17 January 2014 08:42, by cholabdi

    Both M7 and Kiir should be known in the South Sudan history as they killer of our great leaders

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  • 17 January 2014 09:51, by Marco Bul

    It’s Nuer who have brought shame to this country.All Southerners and neighhbours were living in peace till you tried to take power by force.Your believe that you are mighty will be prove only when you win this war.But mind you,you wives and girls will remain single for the nxt 15 years.Women will be chiefs.You know why??

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