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Uganda and S. Sudan rebels blame poor communications for failed meeting


July 22, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Senior officials of Ugandan government and South Sudanese opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-in-Opposition) have blamed the recent aborted mission to Kampala of the rebels delegation on poor coordination and communications.

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An unidentified man sits in the gun turret while leading a convoy of armoured vehicles from both the South Sudanese government forces and the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in the streets of Jonglei capital Bor on 19 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

South Sudanese rebels who travelled to Uganda pleading for Kampala to pull troops out of the war-torn nation left without meeting officials, the Ugandan foreign ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

President Museveni in mid-December sent thousands of troops to South Sudan with dozens of tanks and helicopter gunships to fight alongside the government army.

The rebels have been since demanding the withdrawal of the Ugandan troops.

On Sunday the SPLM-in-Opposition announced that their delegation was going to Kampala on Tuesday, but instead arrived on Monday a day earlier.

A senior official of the ministry of foreign affairs in Uganda said they were surprised by the arrival of the delegation.

“They never communicated they were coming, they just arrived,” Ugandan foreign minister Henry Okello Oryem told AFP, who said the team had arrived on Monday and then left.

“That is not the way we do things here, if a foreign delegation is visiting, they communicate.”

Oryem said Uganda was not bothered to talk to the rebels, adding it was in the interest of the rebels to talk to his government.

“It does not bother us. It is in their interest to talk to us, not us,” he added.

The remarks by the foreign minister contradicted the claims by the rebels that it was president Museveni who had been asking for a meeting with the leadership of the rebel group.

However, Mabior Garang de Mabior, who chairs the rebel national committee for information and public relations on Tuesday said it was important to engage the Ugandan leadership which he described as a party to the internal war in South Sudan.

“Uganda is a warring party in the conflict, so it is important to include them in the mediation efforts,” Mabior said, confirming the delegation had since returned to Ethiopia on Monday.

Mabior who is also a member of the composed delegation to Kampala confirmed poor communication as the cause for the failed mission.

“There was a mix-up in communication, it is not the end,” he said, implying that the rebels may try again to travel back to Kampala.

Earlier, rebels said Kampala was aware of the whole process and that its embassy in Ethiopia was involved in the travel arrangements to Uganda.

The process, they said, was also facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which mediates the peace process between government and the rebel group.

Analysts however downplay the seriousness of a one-day gap of communication, saying Ugandan government should have positively remedied the situation if they were serious about the meeting instead of avoiding the delegation which was already in their capital.


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  • 23 July 2014 08:11, by Mi diit

    If you expected a guess to come to your house next tomorrow but happened to come a day early can you reject that guess? Ugandan leaders must be experiencing some mental problems in their heads.

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    • 23 July 2014 08:34, by Chol A.

      Midiit why are you commenting in sudantribune? You swear on Sunday that if your rebels are not in full control of Nasir than you will never comments on this site! Have you confirm that you are crash? I told you not spread misleading information now you felt ashamed because you disappeared from the site yesterday. What I know rebels experiencing mental problems by going to Kampala in rebels way

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    • 23 July 2014 09:03, by Chanson

      Rebel thought the way they left JUba for Addis,will also be the way they will be visiting any country they like.They got it wrong. @Mabor grow up if you think you can go to Ethiopia at any time then UG is not like Ethiopia please! Good luck Mr.Rebel Mabor.

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      • 23 July 2014 09:44, by Mi diit

        Chol A,

        You a liar, twisting my comment. I never said it in that way. What I said last month is that I will stop commenting on sudan tribune if kiir will reach next December 15 as president, the day he massacred innconent Nuer civilians in Juba.

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        • 23 July 2014 09:54, by Mi diit

          All Ugandan mercenary soldiers in South Sudan will die this WET SEASON unless they smell the situation and withdraw. They must withdraw otherwise they will all be dead by September. I know Kiir begs his step father Museveni not to leave him alone. But is it wise for both to die together, or should Kiir be left to carry his own cross?

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        • 23 July 2014 10:49, by Chol A.

          @Midiit it seem you really suffering of brain colonting can you check your Sunday comments about Nasir? Why should I twisted your stupid words. If you also said Kiir will not reach December as president then it still laughable because December could be the day you dead and off from this site not because Kiir not will be president!!

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          • 23 July 2014 20:06, by Mi diit

            Chol A,

            You are a shameless liar. Below is my only comment about Nasir on Sunday.

            "So the new Chinese weapons did not help, ah? IGAD should learn about the first violation by Kiir’s forces when they attempted to capture Gen Gathoth Gatkuoth. Why do they only react to the retaliation, leaving the cause of the fighting. Shame on you IGAD."

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    • 23 July 2014 09:22, by Force 1


      It’s only in your Nuer brain that scheduling is not respected. Do you expect everyone living in bush where schedule is none-existence? You should stay in the bush and that’s where you belong.

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      • 23 July 2014 10:05, by Mi diit

        Force 1,

        You are so naive to believe your master Uganda. The rebels had a good coordination when they visited Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Djibouti. Why would Uganda be an exception? And if Uganda is civilized, why would they avoid a delegation which is already in the country as analysts said. Mad Museveni did this?

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    • 23 July 2014 10:08, by Mayom County Boy

      Madiit Uganda government does not invited your rebel
      you may be aware of that please !!!

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    • 23 July 2014 12:27, by Wendemagangdit

      What is there to talk about? Uganda and the world knows that these vunerable, ill and hungry rebels are looking for away back to Juba like the biblical wayward son. Let see how it will end. Vet me, this might be the last rebellion by "nuer" rebels against the people of South Sudan

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  • 23 July 2014 08:31, by Madina Tonj

    TO: Ugandans president and many others citizens, during the rebels attacked in Jonglie State,Upper Nile State and Unity State as well as Juba attacked, there were Ugandans citizens that were kills by these rebels. Kenyans also lost lives in both States mentions if you guys forgotten then you may go ahead with them. Also they Banks from these 4 States were loots including Ethiopia Commercial Banks.

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  • 23 July 2014 08:32, by Madina Tonj

    TO: Ugandans president and many others citizens, during the rebels attacked in Jonglie State,Upper Nile State and Unity State as well as Juba attacked, there were Ugandans citizens that were kills by these rebels. Kenyans also lost lives in both States mentions if you guys forgotten then you may go ahead with them. Also they Banks from these 4 States were loots including Ethiopia Commercial Banks.

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    • 23 July 2014 10:59, by Gangura

      M7 think they way he killed Dr. Garang he can do the same to Dr. Machar without knowing that we the citizens of this country as known his trick of killing our heros. we loved Machar and we want him to become our next President after this idiot Kirr is gone after 60 days given to him. otherwise we love Machar toooo much

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      • 23 July 2014 11:31, by jwok


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        • 23 July 2014 12:00, by Gangura

          I thought u can reason well and say something which can suport this Nation but still u want to suport Kirr, anyway we will see who will win.

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  • 23 July 2014 12:02, by Kerem

    The best thing for you guys is to make nuer areas a different country where Riek will lead you. You will still Kiir in the coming December

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  • 23 July 2014 14:55, by Chamwaranywaa

    This is the nature of immature politics....it always culminates into bringing an utmost shame upon any who pursues it....Weird Nilotes and cattle herders

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