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South Sudan rebels send high-level delegation to meet president Museveni


July 20, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – A high-level delegation of the rebel faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, will soon travel to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to meet president Yoweri Museveni.

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Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni (Photo: Carl Court/AP)

Rebels spokesman said the visit comes in response to requests by president Yoweri Museveni to “sort out any misunderstandings” between him and the rebel movement.

In a press release issued on Sunday by the opposition leader’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, a 10-man delegation led by the deputy chairman of the SPLM/A [in opposition], General Alfred Ladu Gore, is expected to arrive in Kampala on Tuesday.

“A high level delegation of SPLM/SPLA will travel to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Tuesday, to meet the Ugandan top leadership. The delegation will be led by the deputy chairman, General Alfred Ladu Gore,” partly reads the press release.

“This is in response to requests by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda to meet our chairman Dr Riek Machar Teny,” Dak said.

He further explained that president Museveni since June has been requesting for a meeting with Machar to sort out any misunderstandings between the two leaders after the 15 December crisis in which Ugandan forces interfered in the internal conflict by fighting alongside Salva Kiir’s forces against the opposition group.

“President Museveni has been asking for a meeting with Dr Machar in order to sort out any misunderstandings between the two leaders in the aftermath of the 15 December crisis in South Sudan. The process has been brokered by the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, since 11 June,” Dak added.

He said the delegation led by Machar’s deputy Alfred Ladu Gore will include Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing, chairperson for external relations, professor Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, chairperson for political mobilization, Mabior Garang de Mabior, chairperson for information and public relations, Hussein Mar Nyuot, chairperson for humanitarian affairs, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, deputy chairperson for external relations, among others.

Dak said the delegation will prepare for the expected face-to-face meeting between Machar and Museveni which is expected to take place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, any time soon.

South Sudanese rebels led by Machar have been accusing Uganda of involvement in the internal conflict which started within the ruling SPLM party.

Kiir accused his former deputy of allegedly attempting coup, which Machar dismissed as a ploy to silence political reformists in the party.

Uganda immediately deployed its troops days after the violence in which they actively involved in combats using both ground and air attacks against Machar’s rebels in many parts of the country.

The rebel leader had been resisting meeting Museveni, saying the Ugandan leader had to first withdraw its forces from South Sudan.

Uganda also insisted it would withdraw its troops only after deployment of proposed alternative IGAD regional forces, arguing that South Sudan leadership would collapse under the weight of Machar’s forces should the forces withdraw.

However, during the June IGAD regional summit, president Museveni surprisingly admitted in front of regional leaders that there was no coup attempt in Juba as alleged, a previously sole reason for its forces deployment to save president Kiir’s government.

He also agreed to withdraw his forces at an unspecified time.

The joint military effort by Uganda and South Sudan however failed to crash the opposition group, proving the war may become protracted for so long.

Analysts say Museveni’s expected meeting with the rebel leader Machar could be an opportunity for him to discuss an exit strategy.


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  • 20 July 16:20, by Malakal county Simon

    Shameful Museveni underestimated how powerful is Dr Machar is, and now he realized it and want to discuss his UPDF safe exit without embarrassment hahah!! But rushed in first place????

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    • 20 July 16:21, by Malakal county Simon

      But why rushed in first place????

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      • 20 July 17:12, by Mi diit

        Ahahaaa...Museveni is wickedly clever. He has realized how unpopular Salva Kiir is becoming in South Sudan, the region and the world at large. He also knows fighting has failed to crash the rebels. He may want to make a deal with Dr. Riek Machar and turn things around. Well, the best deal should be to lure Kiir to Kampala and capture him alive to face court charges of mass murders.

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      • 20 July 21:22, by Tibs

        Arrest them, and sent all these fugitive to Juba

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    • 21 July 02:13, by Ito

      Political prostitute and opportunists like Museveni always switch according to the side which is seen to be winning. In the case of South Sudan, he first supported Salva thinking Dr. Riek and supporters will be crush within one day and now he came to realize that it is the opposite. Dr. Riek has majority of support and winning is certain and museveni will lose money. Now he has to befriend him.

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      • 21 July 02:16, by Ito

        This is what we have been saying time and again that the current government is a one man show and others are just required to sit in parliament without speaking as some analyst have already observed. The best option is for Salva to accept the adoption of a federal system of governance for him to step down or else be force to do so; the ball is in his court.

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  • 20 July 17:43, by Kim Deng


    You thought this war between Jaang and Nuer would last only for 4-7 days, but you’re very wrong. You shamelessly believe that $3 million a day is worthy than your own soldiers’ lives. For your info, the Mighty Nuer Warriors alone are more than ready to face this war no matter how long it takes.

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  • 20 July 17:47, by Kim Deng

    After 6-7 months, you realized that Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon is a man who cannot be arrested/eliminated without paying a big price from Mighty Nuer Warriors. Shame on you!!!


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  • 20 July 18:25, by Dengic

    Kim and Midiit,one thing you should know is that,people who are dying in large numbers are Nuer.Your brothers,mothers and children are the ones dying.Thus,it’s better to stop this senseless war and saves the few people suffering in the muddy place of yours. Stop praising your foolish and mad man called Machar.

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    • 21 July 06:01, by Wicdail

      Dengic and like,
      The matter is not about how much destruction or how many innocents have been killed. Rather, it’s about victory which would follow by a true democracy and a rule of law through a federal system and governance where every citizen in this country will have a fair go. I hope you haven’t forgotten that the dead are the heroes and heroines of the living. Because they had willingly—

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      • 21 July 06:08, by Wicdail

        poured out their precious blood to change a bad system so that the living generation would live freely. Likewise, living people are the heroes and heroines of the dead, because they (living) fulfil their inspirations and dreams. Back to topic, M7 has apparently realised that the coexistence between the two nations (RSS and RUD) defended on mutual interests; rather than dictatorship and---

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        • 21 July 06:10, by Wicdail

          manipulation. If the people of RSS say that Kirr must go because he has misguided our nation and killed the very people who voted him to power, I hope he (M7) must to accept that [full stop].

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    • 21 July 06:22, by Mi diit

      Good for you to count and acknowledge only the Nuers who die in this war, not counting the Dinkas who also die in Jonglei, Upper Nile, Unity, Warrap and now Northern Bahr el Ghazal. They die simply to defend a useless dictator. But the Nuers die to bring freedom, justice, democracy, development, democracy and all the good things we will enjoy. It is a sacrifice not in vain.

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  • 20 July 20:29, by pata mike

    If Machar is not careful he will be poisoned by the dictator or even sent to an early grave otherwise. It has happened to very many people: in 1988 after peace talks with rebels in nothern Uganda all those who met him died of slow poisoning either in Uganda or outside. for example Major Angelo Okello, Lt Ochero NAngai,Otema Allimadi, Paul Mwanga, John Garang (SPLA)

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    • 21 July 01:08, by Mohamed

      And don’t forget George Athor.

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      • 21 July 06:30, by Mi diit


        Don’t be so worry. God is always with Dr. Machar. Those who want to kill him will instead die first and he (Dr. Machar) will attend their burials. This is the secret formula. God is great, isn’t HE?

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    • 21 July 10:41, by 4Justice

      Nullify Every satanic Poison with the Blood of Jesus Christ

      Father i bind every poising from this food, in Jesus name we pray

      The bible says:

      "they[a] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:18 NKJV)

      “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19 NKJV).

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  • 20 July 23:01, by Black Africa

    If president Museveni withdraw his forces out of South Sudan, Kiir will be remember as "The raise of Kiir Dinkas Kingdom and the collalse of Dinkas Kingdom in South Sudan ".But if Equatorians form a joint forces with Nuer Warriors that will be the elimination of Dinkas tribe plus whoever support them in South Sudan.

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  • 21 July 01:47, by wang

    M7 should have waited till the end of September and sees how thing will end up on Mrs. Kiir’s side…this stupid president had messed up with wrong people

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