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July 21, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels said their delegation has returned to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, after Ugandan authorities failed to receive them at Entebbe Airport in Kampala on Monday.

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Rebel fighters greet one another at a rebel camp in South Sudan’s Jonglei state on 1 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The rebels of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-In -Opposition) on Sunday announced they would send a high level delegation to Kampala, led by Machar’s deputy General Afred Ladu Gore, for a preparatory meeting with the country’s leadership.

The purpose of what would have been the first visit to Uganda by the opposition faction was to make preparations for a face-to-face dialogue between the two principals per requests by the Ugandan leader.

The talks, rebels said, would take place in Addis Ababa “any time soon” under the auspices of the former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

However, the South Sudanese opposition group has revealed a surprising event in which their delegation which arrived in Kampala on Monday morning was not received at the airport, stayed the whole day in the airport until they decided to return to Addis Ababa in the evening.

“Our nine-member delegation led by the deputy chairman, General Alfred Ladu Gore, arrived at Entebbe Airport on Monday at 11am, morning. Unfortunately they were not received by Ugandan authorities. The officials stayed in the Airport the whole day until they decided to return to Addis Ababa in the evening,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, explained in a press release he issued on Monday evening.

He said the attitude demonstrated by the Ugandan leadership had clearly indicated president Museveni was not serious to dialogue with the leadership of the South Sudanese SPLM [in opposition] despite his personal initiative.

President Museveni since June, he said, had been asking for a direct meeting with Machar in which the former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, also approached the rebel leader on 11 June, in Addis Ababa, asking him to accept the offer.

Dak said the event has raised questions whether president Museveni was serious in making the request.

“Maybe the Ugandan leadership had a different intention,” he said.

“Maybe they didn’t like the fact that the mission to Kampala was made known to the world through the media.”

He said Kampala used to mislead the IGAD member countries that it wanted to dialogue and that it was the leadership of the South Sudanese opposition group which rejected the offer.

REBELS STAND BY CALLS

The South Sudanese rebels had been calling for withdrawal of Ugandan forces as a prerequisite before a meeting with the Ugandan leader could take place.

However, the rebels on Sunday agreed to initiate the dialogue with Kampala, which they have been accusing of interfering in the internal affairs of South Sudan by fighting alongside the government.

Asked whether the rebel leader had dropped the calls for withdrawal of Ugandan troops and unconditionally accepted to meet president Museveni despite their continued presence in South Sudan, Machar’s spokesperson, Dak, explained that they had always maintained the calls to withdraw all foreign forces fighting alongside the government.

“Our leadership has always maintained the calls that Ugandan troops should withdraw from South Sudan. And if this was to be one of the first items of the agenda which the Ugandan leadership would want to tackle in a meeting, our leadership would welcome such a dialogue,” he explained.

He however added that the rebel group was encouraged by president Museveni’s recent remarks in which he admitted there was no coup, denouncing the coup attempt narrative in Juba as untrue.

“If Uganda sent its troops to South Sudan with a mission to save an elected president from purported coup makers, this is not the case now,” he added.

He pointed out that the Ugandan leader had shown encouraging good gesture during the recent IGAD regional summit in Addis Ababa when he dismissed president Kiir’s claims of alleged coup in Juba.

Dak further claimed there was neither a “trustworthy or legitimate president to risk defending” nor “coup makers to fight against” in South Sudan, saying Uganda should withdraw its support from Juba.

Machar spokesperson added that the Ugandan government unnecessarily “implicated itself in the coup attempt narrative” or “was at least deceived to buy the concocted story” despite the fact that it was the only country in the region which “unfortunately” decided to believe the “faked coup.”

“By requesting to meet with our leadership we thought President Museveni might want to know the whole truth about the origin of the 15 December crisis and hopefully decide to play a positive, neutral role to end the war,” Dak further stressed.

He said after admitting there was no coup, Uganda should have realised that president Kiir started the violence “urged by his dictatorial tendencies to silence his political opponents and reformists in the ruling SPLM party.”

He further argued that the rebels saw no reason for “Uganda to continue supporting the regime or fighting in defence of somebody who instigated the violence and massacred tens of thousands of his citizens who elected him into office.”

The rebels’ spokesman further lamented that the continued presence of Ugandan troops would further encourage president Kiir’s regime with the attitude of intransigence in the peace process.

Fighting erupted in mid-December last year when president Kiir allegedly ordered commander of the presidential guards unit, Gen Marial Cinuong, currently under US sanctions, to disarm Machar’s ethnic Nuer soldiers, sparking the violence.

President Kiir accused his main political rival and former deputy of allegedly attempting coup, a claim which did not receive support from the region and the international community, except Uganda until June.

Machar dismissed the accusation as a false claim and said it was used by the president to get rid of the reformists in the ruling party.

Tens of thousands have died and over 1.3 million people have been displaced either internally or to the neighbouring countries for the last seven months of the fighting, according to estimates by the United Nations.

IGAD-mediated peace talks, now on hold, are seen as the best chance to bring the two warring parties to a peace agreement and end the crisis.

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  • 21 July 20:14, by Mi diit

    Museveni is a crazy mad man.

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    • 21 July 20:33, by laatmachol apac

      Hero President Kaguta
      how can you allow dog to enter into your compound when they are smelling like rotten fish. first clean your ass somewhere not in Ug. Museveni oyeei! please keep up that spirit. South Sudan will not and it will never be rule through bloodshed leader like Dr.Riak and his bitch.

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      • 21 July 20:46, by Force 1

        The rebels just need to stay in Ethiopia because that’s their new home from now on.

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    • 21 July 21:44, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Museveni want to kill Dr. Riek Machar like how he killed Dr. John Garang but he will not get, because Dr. Riek knows him (museveni)more than him.
      Museveni with cheap plan to eliminated him but because Dr. Riek told IGAD members that he never visited Uganda even when he was still with the government of South Sudan and he will never visit to Uganda

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      • 21 July 22:00, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        Museveni should be allow to read these, He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, Shun him.
        He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child. Teach him.
        So Dr.Riek should deliberately avoid and especially shuns Museveni for life period!!!!!!

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    • 21 July 22:40, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      You the rebel, you are lucky, they are suppose to face serious arrest and exediatic to Juba government.

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      • 22 July 06:27, by Mi diit

        Museveni, the murderer, was disappointed when he learnt that Dr. Riek Machar was not leading the delegation. He than reacted and acted in uncivilized way by not receiving the delegation. I heard the so-called g-10 led by Pagan are there in Kampala begging Museveni to reconcile them with Kiir and get back their jobs. They said they are hungry. Mad Museveni and mad Kiir are the only two friends...

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        • 22 July 06:33, by Mi diit

          Ayuiu Makuac Lam,

          I agree with you. The delegation was lucky because their visit was announced in the media and Museveni knew that if he arrested or murdered them the world would know.

          If their visit was made secret like that of late Dr. John Garang and late George Athor, they would have been dead by now and Kiir would say he killed them in Nimule.

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          • 22 July 08:34, by Kus al-Junub

            Riek, Monkey Diplomacy.
            What a shame, Riek keep running around in the region like prostitute. we in Sudan thought you were our ally, now running back to M7 to give your ass.

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  • 21 July 20:56, by pata mike

    Anyone who tries to talk to mMuseveni is out of his mind. Museveni is a murderer. If the rebel leaders start dying one after another they should only blame themselves. Museveni can use gas to poison you or skin poison or even intoxicate you in such a way that you will encounter an accident.. He has used chemical and biological weapons during his career in uganda and south sudan.

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    • 21 July 22:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Rebel leader, is surprise of the event.
      Kaguta is not joke with rebels, that is warning to Riek Machar.

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  • 21 July 21:00, by Dengic

    Well done Kampala. Midiit, Kim and Black Africa, we need your comments on the visit to Kampala and the SPLM IO military operation in Naser plus other nearby towns. I always say, running away in the name of regional tour will not bring peace, let your bosses leave luxiours hetols in Addis and come to frontline so that you finish the Dinka soon and install your Machar as President of Upper Nile.

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  • 21 July 21:13, by Kerem

    How dare that you rebels are attacking the government positions while you want to pay a visit to a democratic president who does not love war mongers?

    Just wait for international condemnation for what you have done so far. Stupid Riek and his bitch are misleading you

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  • 21 July 21:49, by Thondet Manyang

    Mi Diit,
    Can you accept that this problem needs resolution from South Sudan instead of going preaching Ngudeng Prophecies? Please come back get thing done.
    Well done Mr. President!!!!! I hope they will not play around you. Do they think Uganda palace(state house) is for rebels? That is the big shame. What do they want to tell you that you didn’t find when in bush. Stupid rebels!!!

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  • 21 July 23:41, by Machiek

    The big mistake is why allow them to return to Ethiopia! They would better be taught a lesson in their life! Those Rebels re not fit to live in South Sudan or Kampala neither!!! They falsely convinced themselves da the also represent any format of the movenemt! Unfortunately, M7 is so sorry to mentioned that he can’t talk with "traitors"

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  • 22 July 00:52, by Tambura

    They were planing to kill Dr. Reik in cold blood like the way they did it to Gorge Athor, and Dr. Garang. I warned about that meeting. no meeting with M7 before he withdraw his troops from south Sudan...Kiir said not long ago Ugandan troops will remain in south Sudan until peace ll come to that country. will not happen if you dont force them out of south Sudan...

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    • 22 July 06:42, by Wicdail

      LOOL! The Criminal (M7) has proved to the whole world that he is the one killing the people of South Sudan and needs this war to continue regardless of how much it cost as longer as he is getting his 3 million dollars a day. How embarrassed it will be for the people who coordinated this meeting. SPLA-in-Opposition must be very very vigilant. M7 and Kirr,want to murder even the junnor leaders.

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  • 22 July 06:09, by Madina Tonj

    Let us give Uganda president for his acknowledgement that, these arrogant rebels are not going to win but shameful yes. I personal appreciated him and Juba government will defeated them. You can see how arrogant they are now, they says, they have set up government while they are in Ethiopia’s holt. Afred Ladu Gore did not join SPLA Movement and I don’t know what let him join Riek Machar faction?

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  • 22 July 06:09, by Madina Tonj

    Let us give Uganda president for his acknowledgement that, these arrogant rebels are not going to win but shameful yes. I personal appreciated him and Juba government will defeated them. You can see how arrogant they are now, they says, they have set up government while they are in Ethiopia’s holt. Afred Ladu Gore did not join SPLA Movement and I don’t know what let him join Riek Machar faction?

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  • 22 July 11:34, by Padiet Deng Alony

    I proved to day that Kaguta is the only real friend to Kiir Mayardit.

    How can he recieve unjust rebelion from the food lover rebels

    if all Africa leaders do the same thing like M7 there would be no more unjust rebellion in South Sudan, a rebel with no manifesto, switching from coup to nuer killed in Juba, federalism and 21 states etc. the wonderers shame on them.

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