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Uganda urges Kiir to sign peace agreement despite Museveni pull out

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August 18, 2015 (JUBA) - The government of president Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, a close military and political ally of president Salva Kiir, has unexpectedly urged South Sudanese leaders to the conflict to forgo their personal ambitions and interests and sign the peace deal in order to return the country to peace and stability.

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President of Uganda, Youweri Musevenni (Reuters)

This came a day after president Museveni stormed out from the venue of the talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday due to clashes with other regional leaders and left for his country before the rebel leader could sign his part of the agreement.

Ugandan government’s spokesman however later on urged South Sudanese leaders who have not yet signed the agreement to do so, saying it had experience in how to bring down “egos” of individuals without a specific reference.

“The Ugandan government knows how strenuous it is to achieve peace between belligerents, especially when the belligerents have big egos and when those belligerents put their personal egos above national interests," Ugandan government’s spokesman, Shaban Bantariza, said in Kampala in an indirect reference to non-signatories.

Bantariza, according to Reuters news agency, said his government would continue to mediate the differences between the rival parties or push for others to sign it with a view to help them realize the supremacy of the country.

"We can only continue to mediate, to encourage every side to realize that their country is superior to every one of them individually,” he said.

Observers however hinted that the change of language by the regional power despite boycotting the signing ceremony on Monday could result from pressure exerted on Kampala by the international community to reign on his ally president Kiir and convince him to sign the peace agreement.

MUSEVENI CLASHED WITH IGAD CHAIRMAN

The Turkish news agency Anadolu attributed the departure of president Museveni from the venue of peace talks on Monday to exchange of words between the Ugandan leader and the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haile Mariam Desalegn which probably resulted to the decision by president Museveni to leave Addis Ababa while the final peace agreement was being worked out by the two parties and the IGAD Plus mediation.

The Ethiopian premier and chairman of the regional body, IGAD, reportedly told president Museveni that Uganda’s support to president Kiir was complicating their efforts to persuade the South Sudanese president to sign the peace agreement, a comment that angered the Ugandan leader and stormed out to the airport and returned to his country.

“If I am your problem then I will leave,” Museveni reportedly told the Ethiopian leader before leaving the room and going to the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

President Kiir afterwards also said he would not sign the agreement despite optimism from even the rebel leader, Riek Machar that earlier signs indicated that both top rival leaders were going to sign the deal per earlier interaction between the two during the day.

After signing the agreement, rebel chief, Machar, revealed to reporters that he did not expect that president Kiir would change his mind at the last minute.

“We had hoped president Kiir was going to sign. I didn’t know he wasn’t going to sign because when I came to the room I met him here and greeted him before we sign but then after 10 minutes I was told he [president Kiir] wasn’t signing” he told reporters in a press conference he later held on Monday evening in Addis Ababa.

However, South Sudanese government’s spokesperson and member of the negotiating team told journalists in a separate interview on Tuesday that his government rejected the internationally backed regional brokered peace deal because “it is a sellout deal” that did not serve the interest of the people.

"We strongly believe that such a peace cannot serve the people of South Sudan. It is a sell-out and we will not accept that," President Kiir’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, told reporters on Tuesday.

The government had earlier expressed its readiness to sign the draft peace proposal, hoping it was going to be based on a revised version worked out in Kampala.

POLITICAL PARTIES SUPPORT DEAL

Lam Akol, chairman of the opposition SPLM-DC and leader of the alliance of major political parties outside the government, said he and his group welcomed the peace deal signed in Addis Ababa despite few reservations, including the power sharing.

The reservations, he said, should not stop the parties from accepting and implementing the deal in order to move the country forward. He argued South Sudanese to be vigilant and frustrate plans of the country’s leadership looking for an opportunity to derail it.

Peter Mayen Majongdit, leader of the People’s Liberal Party (PLP), also welcomed the deal and, describing it as a major milestone towards lasting peace in the country.

“We welcome the agreement reached and we congratulate the signatories, the SPLM-IO, FD, and all the mediators for having reached this important step,” he said.

He however said president Salva Kiir’s position to have an inclusive consultation with the rest of his government is essential, adding that there was need to know who are against peace in the country.

“We need to know who is against peace here, now that the SPLM-IO and FD have made their stand clear, the people’s eyes are now on the government,” he added.

The opposition leader expressed hope that the government will eventually sign the agreement.

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  • 19 August 2015 00:50, by Eastern

    Those against peace in asouth Sudan are soon to be identified; it may not be the common poor and innocent dinka in the villages in BAhr El Ghazal after all. Museveni has shown his position through his loud mouth Shaban Bsntariza. Kirr should be smart or he would be undressed soon!!!!

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    • 19 August 2015 06:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Eastern
      Have you ever see that peace must be force which is not durable and people accept it.
      Please Salva Kiir, need peace which will take people long without automatically reverse people back to war.

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      • 19 August 2015 12:41, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Museveni is MR big FOX otherwise one day one time he will let Mr Kiir into a very big Hole and he is out,Kiir should be careful from Museveni.Although they are best friend.

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  • 19 August 2015 02:21, by lino

    Juba must sign or clear the way for other South Sudanese sons and daughters.
    All South Sudanese Parties have spoken and now the ball on Kiir’s Court. Don’t hide it in your big hat!!!

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  • 19 August 2015 02:43, by dinkdong

    Fellow readers,
    Read the entire article and tell me if a child is not better than Kiir Mayardit. He first told people he was committed in signing the peace agreement, but when he saw Museveni walked away, he decided not to sign the papers. What a crook!

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    • 19 August 2015 03:37, by Uncle J

      Dinkacock,

      The right dudes to re-read this article is you and Mr.Riek, Why I am suggesting you guys to re-read this article is because you have a problem of reading between the lines/poor listening skills, I believe Riek was framing up the agreement just for the media. Important bit of this article says "president Kiir was committed to sign revisited draft" not the colonial masters draft

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      • 19 August 2015 09:17, by dinkdong

        You got it right and you seem to like it Uncle J. You beat your sis to it. Congrats!

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        • 20 August 2015 04:54, by Uncle J

          DinkaCock,

          hahaha Dinkdong u funny bro, how about you shut up your mouth and leave your ass open coz am coming to get flexy with you not in a easy way but in a hard way like Michael Jackson????? he was a bad Nigga Michael Jackson

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  • 19 August 2015 02:47, by Uncle J

    But how can the opposition parties be so sure to the point of supporting the sell-out deal that gives Mr. Riek the powers lover opportunities to lead the country if I am not wrong? This sell-out deal is well triggered to depost Kiir because the US realised afterwards they already issued a warning that Mr. Riek should not acquire powers by military means. I hope those oppositions wouldn’t regret l8

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    • 19 August 2015 03:18, by Uncle J

      ...pls don’t get deprived with your own right identity, you have to think before echoing all those calls on president Kiir to sign the deal. Kiir should not sign that deal even if he was to face the noose like Sadam Hussein, why? because Salva Kiir is a true patriot of that country. After this deal get implemented SS is going to become a unisex loo where any outsider wants to take shit can run

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  • 19 August 2015 04:40, by Hardlinner

    south Sudan should make sure that all foreign countries medalling in south Sudan affair should now be considered hostile nation. USA and British should be kick out of south Sudan. they r Evils who care only about their interest. Aides groups need to be kick out in about year also. all S. Sudanese must embrace hard work all sort. if work kills, then let it kill us all.

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    • 19 August 2015 05:17, by Uncle J

      They will not leave South Sudan peacefully unless our citizens start war against foreigners (except Ugandans) similar to what happened in South Africa this year. I don’t get it how Americans define South Sudan, I think they assume it is their territory just because they help us to liberate it from Arabs

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  • 19 August 2015 08:21, by Son of Ngundeng

    Above all this Dinka are afraid of the revenge from (NUER)
    Does why they are some how to agree, but for how long Uganda will still backup you?

    .....................Son of prophet.....................
    .....................currently in front...........
    Line Pathay Jonglei
    .......STAE.......

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    • 19 August 2015 14:56, by Panda Odhie

      Devils of Riek Machar
      deleted by commence wow, good luck

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