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July 24, 2016 (JUBA) – Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has advised his South Sudanese counterpart, President Salva Kiir, to not reject deployment of additional regional third party force in Juba, but to instead focus on negotiating the level of their mandate as they deploy in the country.

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President Salva Kiir (L) shakes hands with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (R) after signing a peace agreement on August 26, 2015 (Photo AFP /Charles Lomodong)

Museveni said failure to comply with the African Union’s endorsed deployment of the troops to Juba will complicate the matter and result to further tougher measures which can be taken against the country and its leadership, cautioning President Kiir not to fall into “traps of western countries.”

This came in a meeting on Saturday in Kampala between President Kiir and President Museveni.

President Museveni, according to a presidential source who accompanied President Kiir to Kampala, said he made the remarks during their discussions on regional peace and security, particularly the proposed deployment of additional foreign troops in South Sudan.

This week, President Kiir vowed to not allow even a “single foreign soldier” to deploy in South Sudan in his reaction to the AU’s resolution to deploy a third party force to separate rival forces loyal to President Kiir and those loyal to his first deputy, Riek Machar. The government also organized demonstrations in Juba and in some states to reject the deployment of additional foreign forces with senior officials vowing to fight them should they deploy.

The force would also provide protection to the South Sudanese leadership, essential government infrastructures including the Juba airport as well as citizens at risk of violence in the capital.

There were no details of the issues the two leaders have discussed and resolved, as there was no official statement issued by the office of South Sudan president before and after the return from Uganda.

However, the high level presidential source told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that president Kiir travelled to Uganda to seek advice with president Museveni, who remains the only ally in the region.

President Museveni’s influence in the region, he said, has however been overshadowed by an unanimous regional consensus to dispatch additional foreign troops to shore up the fighting and protection capacity of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the country.

Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda are some among the countries in the region backing up the decision of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member countries and African Union (AU), asking countries in the region to contribute and dispatch additional troops with a stronger mandate to protect civilians at risk or exposed to an extreme violence and to act as buffer for rival armed groups in the country.

“President Kiir went to Uganda at the invitation of president Museveni over regional matters. He advised him not to accept provocations and fall into the traps of western countries. The western governments are desperately looking for an excuse to go to the country and that the president should be extra careful,” he quoted the advice President Museveni had given to President Kiir.

“He advised him to negotiate the mandate of the regional force instead of an outright rejection. So president Kiir was basically going to seek audience with president Museveni and to share ideas on the regional intervention force and how this situation could be handled,” he told Sudan Tribune.

Meanwhile, president Museveni in his Facebook page released after the meeting with president Kiir on Saturday confirmed holding talks on regional matters but did not divulge into the details of the discussions.

“I have today held talks with my South Sudan counterpart, His Excellency Salva Kiir, at State House, Entebbe. We focused on regional issues but importantly how to ensure peace and stability returns to South Sudan,” said president Museveni, according to a post on his Facebook page.

The African Union has endorsed the deployment of the forces, saying the troops deployment will take place whether President Kiir liked it or not.

Opposition party led by Riek Machar also supported the deployment of the forces, saying their leader, Machar, will immediately return to Juba from his hiding place once the troops are on the ground to ensure his safety.

Machar fled the capital on 11 July after four days of clashes between his small number of troops and forces loyal to President Salva Kiir. His officials said he is still around Juba and will return any time soon.

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  • 25 July 04:16, by Reuben

    No way Kiir you have to comply. You do not know the rules if you do not comply, you will face the hard way.

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    • 25 July 04:58, by Malakal county Simon

      Museveni is powerless to stop regional forces as it had been agreed!!!! You either accept them or face them on your and on sounded citizen that’s will on your behalf since you don’t about other people’s lives!!!!!!

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      • 25 July 06:33, by Eastern

        Malakal county.....,

        I couldn’t agree more. Museveni has felt the heat coming. Within two weeks since the conflict erupted, Kiir made a record 4 trips to Uganda to consult with Museveni.

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        • 25 July 10:39, by Akuma

          Malakal County & the alikes who are jubiliating on that message. It is just a white lie and Museveni has no powers to intervend in the affairs of South Sudan as President Kiir has always made his final decision.

          Those information are SudanTribune commentts. Anyway, South Sudanese people have decide not to allow any foreign troops in their soils not even single soldier to enter to South Sudan

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  • 25 July 05:58, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Barbayo,
    The reality is becoming apparent for Kiir. Museveni is a super fox in the region and he knows Kiir’s era is coming to an end after having sucked all the petro dollars out of this foolish lunatic. Tricks and foul play have limits. I once said whatever Kiir rejects he will accept at the end.

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  • 25 July 06:35, by Eastern

    Kiir and a few of his Dinka diehards will be left naked and alone opposing a regional force that will isolate and send them to rear skinny cattle in Akon. The country is tired of these obstinate and "majority" people. Lol!!

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  • 25 July 07:18, by Joseph Canada

    Kiir have just been issued divorce warrant from his partner in Uganda. The Bribing money to keep Ugandan soldiers in South Sudan to protect one tribe is over. Soon you are going to be a lone wolf in Hague!!.

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  • 25 July 07:35, by Deng II

    Believe me or not there will be no Regional forces coming to South Sudan.Riek Machar will never become President in South Sudan.

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    • 25 July 07:49, by Deng II

      Until Machar quit politics and go to his own Luak for private uses only and leave us alone we Dinka to lead. This is where we Dinka will allow non Dinka to lead with no absolutely an association with Dr.Machar.

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      • 25 July 07:58, by Deng II

        Dr.Machar think that marriages Western world women would gives him legitimate reasons to killed his own people to get lead over them. He is kidding his self, we will keep President Kiir,Kuol,Malong,as long Machar still breathing in and out.

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        • 25 July 08:09, by Deng II

          Regional forces will do nothing than coming to spread diseases, trafficking young girls, enjoying raping with no accountabillity. Why do we like to be raps by others Countries people? It’s better to raping our selves than being raps by outsiders.

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          • 25 July 09:22, by Thokidine

            Deng II has said it all that they better rape our women and in fact that is what they doing now. It’s an agreed principle by Dinka and their JCE to rape any female human in SS. They ve shamelessly gone as far as offering rape in lieu of salary for soldiers.

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          • 25 July 18:22, by jubaone

            Deng II,

            Now you think like a real aryan jienge: foolish, stupid and naive. Your twisted logic is the reason you jienges have messed up your areas and now messed up, Malakal, Wau and now Juba. Wherever you go (MTN), it is always anarchy. Sometimes I think, it was wrong that God put us with such tailess monkeys

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      • 25 July 08:04, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Mr Deng II

        We have heard your song and so we will sing it with you the hard way if you think our land belongs to you Dinka. From Renk to Nimule and from Ezo to Boma you can count how many Non-Dinka are numerically. We hate supremacists and imperialists that you have become for greed. South Sudan is for all of us and not for Jieng Council of Elders.

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        • 25 July 08:18, by Deng II

          My messages to you is,if you keeps follows killer than we Dinka have no choices but struggle to prevent killer from getting power to finishing us off the face of earth.Remembered the killer collaborate with Arab to an exterminate Dinka.We will never allow him presidency.

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        • 25 July 08:19, by Deng II

          My messages to you is,if you keeps follows killer than we Dinka have no choices but struggle to prevent killer from getting power to finishing us off the face of earth.Remembered the killer collaborate with Arab to an exterminate Dinka.We will never allow him presidency.

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          • 25 July 11:06, by Whortti Bor Manza

            Deng 11,
            The greatest collaborators with Arabs are the Dinkas; George Kongor Arop, vice pres to Omer Bashir of Sudan a Dinka, Prof. Moses Machar Kashoul a Dinka VP to Bashir too. Dinka militiamen under sultan Abdel Bagi ravaged NBGS and Warrap and captured Gogrial from SPLA. Where were you? You are a great liar. Sudan currently is full of Dinkas fleeing hunger and starvation. Soon you will get it

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            • 25 July 14:37, by Khent

              Whortti Bor Manza

              When will you stop repeating the same debunked nonsense? The Dinka are 3-4 million and all you could do was list a small handful of quislings that couldn’t even garner notworthy support from even their own sections let alone the entire tribe. I doubt that people like Abdel Bagi had more than a hundred like-minded traitors...

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              • 25 July 14:51, by Khent

                ..The other tribes in South Sudan by contrast had over a 100, 000 slaves working for Khartoum in the form of the various Nuer militias, the Equatorial defence force, The Bari dominated Popular Resistance Movement/Army as well as a multitude of Khartoum supported tribes like the Toposa, Lotuka, Didinga, Boya, Acholi, Murle, Fertit and many more.

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                • 25 July 14:52, by Khent

                  There is a big difference between a small handful of traitors from the Dinka tribe betraying their people and entire tribes in Equatoria, Upper Nile (Nuer) and Western Bahr el Ghazal (Fertit) going rogue and becoming traitors in their tens of thousands in their respective militias.

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              • 25 July 16:10, by Whortti Bor Manza

                Khent,
                You should answer those points I raised. The Dinkas benefited from being in the gov and they used this opportunity to arm all individuals Dinkas. We tried you in Wau and we know your weakness . I promise you in the name ofJesus you will get it soon . We the fertit we don’t joke. You are now testing it in Wau. That’s why you lend on innocent civilians.
                Why don’t you go to Namatina for IO.

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                • 25 July 16:28, by Khent

                  Whortti Bor Manza

                  You live in some kind of inverted world where black is white and up is down. It was the Fertit that were armed by Khartoum... and it was with Khartoum’s assistance that you decided to attack the Dinka in Wau. Try it now and be exiled to Darfur. You’re Muslims so I don’t know why you’re mentioning Jesus.

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                  • 25 July 16:29, by Khent

                    Before South Sudan’s secession, the Dinka were the largest tribe in all of Sudan and so Khartoum probably thought that we would stop fighting them if they relegated the likes of Moses Machar and George Kongor as 2nd Vice-Presidents - a position that did not allow them to exercise any power...

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                    • 25 July 16:30, by Khent

                      ..The 2nd Vice-President post was entirely symbolic; it was an insincere ploy by Khartoum to convince the world into thinking that Sudan was actually pluralistic. The position was worthless, the same way that Riek being accorded the President of south Sudan was worthless - precipitating in the abrogation of his pathetic agreement...

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                      • 25 July 16:36, by Khent

                        ..The essential difference between us and virtually all of you is that the Dinka didn’t have thousands of Dinka militiamen fighting for Khartoum, and unlike the Nuer, we didn’t enable the Arabs to sequester and control the oilfields — allowing them to purchase billions of dollars in weaponry that they then unleashed on those they targeted and fought in the South...

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                  • 25 July 16:35, by Whortti Bor Manza

                    You are a big liar. I say you will get it soon. Your exodus to Sudan in search of food is yet the beginning. Why do you depend on UPDF, JEM and Congolese mercenaries ?
                    Come on you are used to lies and distortion.

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                    • 25 July 17:30, by Khent

                      Whortti Bor Manza

                      You really have to provide specifics if you believe you have reasonable grounds to call someone a "liar". It’s not some kind of trump card with an intrinsic value. What lie (s) did I put forward? Did I lie when I asserted that the Dinka were the largest single tribe in a united Sudan?

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                      • 25 July 17:36, by Khent

                        The South is predominately inhabited by African peoples, compared to the rest of the country where the majority claim Arab descent. The majority of southern peoples are Nilotes (Dinka, Nuer, Anuak, and Shilluk). The Dinka are the largest single ethnic group in Sudan. (Civilian Devastation: Abuses by All Parties in the War in Southern Sudan)

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                        • 25 July 17:39, by Khent

                          Did I lie when I rightly pointed out that the Fertit were part of Khartoum’s militia network and that they worked in tandem with Khartoum to attack the Dinka? Let’s investigate, shall we and find out just who worked for Khartoum. You won’t like this one bit:

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                          • 25 July 17:53, by Khent

                            The Fertit militia operated in close coordination with the army. In August hundreds of Dinka civilians in Wau were massacred by the army and Fertit militia. (Denying "the Honor of Living": Sudan, a Human Rights Disaster)

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                            • 25 July 18:00, by Khent

                              On August 11-12, 1987, and again during September 6-11, 1987, between one and two thousand Dinka civilians were reportedly killed by army and militia forces in Wau, Bahr el Ghazal province. This massacre followed an attempted missile attack on a government aircraft and was accompanied by the killings of Fertit militiamen by Dinkas. (The Middle East from the Iran-Contra Affair to the Intifada)

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                              • 25 July 18:06, by Khent

                                Did I lie when I said that individual traitors like George Kongor and Moses Machar did not have Khartoum compliant Dinka militiamen doing their bidding the same way that all of you did with a combined force of a hundred thousand traitors? Admit it Jack, you got bodied hard.

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                                • 25 July 18:16, by Khent

                                  There is not a shred of evidence for your claim that any Congolese armed group took part in this war. The Ugandans were brought in after that idiot [Salva] allowed the Nuer to account for 70% of the army after they had just returned serving Khartoum for decades — which perfectly accounts for their initial successes...

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                                  • 25 July 18:19, by Khent

                                    Salva’s incompetence and short-sightedness is to blame for necessitating the need for the Ugandans in this conflict. Salva Kiir didn’t have enough troops. He was quite simply outnumbered and made it worse by alienating huge chunks of the Dinka tribe. The people who actually fought the war against Khartoum largely went home in 2006 — the same year that Matip came back with around 50, 000 troops.

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                                    • 25 July 18:20, by Khent

                                      The Ugandans have thus far only provided and deployed three [3] to four [4] battalions in South Sudan, interspersed in Juba, Bor and Western and Eastern Equatoria. The Ugandans gave Kiir the necessary respite to restructure the army and mobilize more fighters.

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                                      • 25 July 18:34, by Khent

                                        You can’t compare this with what you people did... which was to work hand in hand with an entire army against the Dinka. We’re talking about a military that had an air force and relatively modern weapons and over a hundred thousand fighters using another hundred thousand tribal militiamen in South Sudan against one tribe.

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        • 25 July 14:29, by Khent

          jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          As usual, you Nuer posture and grandstand and claim to be opposed to imperialism and supremacy when your entire culture reeks of it. When can we expect you to condemn the Nuer for occupying entire Counties belonging to the Anyuak and Burun?

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          • 25 July 14:30, by Khent

            .. You have stolen entire counties from the Anyuak and Burun since the 80s and refuse to return those lands. You killed Chol Odio, the Anyuak paramount chief in 2013. Are you really ignorant of the fact that the Mor Lou continue to encroach upon the lands of the Anuak? The Mor Lou routinely intimidate and kill the Anyuak in Akobo in order to displace them from their ancestral lands.

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            • 25 July 14:30, by Khent

              The people who have stolen the lands of the Anyuak and Burun are the same people that now pretend to be rightious by condemning a small group of Dinkas for stealing plots of land in Equatoria, when entire Nuer sub-sections take entire payams and counties from smaller tribes.

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  • 25 July 08:11, by Eastern

    Deng II,

    Forget this chest thumping; that Dinka arrogance will evaporate soon. Museveni your ONLY ally in the region has thrown in the towel by telling Kiir to allow the third party force set foot in South Sudan. The petrodollar you dinkas were using for renting a foreign force and buying arms to fight instead of reaching a political solution is no more!

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    • 25 July 08:23, by Deng II

      I’m talking for only one person called Machar.He will never become President. I’m talking about big traitor.

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      • 25 July 08:33, by Deng II

        Eastern
        If you still believing that Machar is your President, then you are dreaming. It’s better for you to run for president so that i can vote for you, but quit advocates for Killer (Machar) please. What do you want Dinka to do? Allow their serial killer to lead them? Go ahead get rid of Dinka if you will be able to finishing them. The

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        • 25 July 08:52, by Eastern

          Deng II,

          Stop being diversionary and delusional. No where has Dr Machar indicated that he wants to be president through unconstitutional way. Dr Machar wants to vie for the leadership of SPLM which I think is his constitutional right. Reform, which I also support, is where I agree with him. Anything "SPLM/SPLA" doesn’t have my support!

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          • 25 July 15:00, by Khent

            Eastern

            This isn’t a question of methods... it’s a question of objectives. His objective is to become President, and we will do everything to prevent that. He has in the past expressed delight in the fact that his forces murdered tens of thousands of Dinka civilians at the heels of his collaboration with Khartoum, so why on earth would we ever allow him to be President?

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          • 25 July 22:02, by jubaone

            Eastern,

            Just as an anecdote: A Bari undressed himaself and went to swim in the River Nile around Konyokonyo. Soon a naked and insane jienge came around and snatched his pant that was hung onto a mango plant and ran away. Frantically, the Bari dashed out the water and run after the naked jienge. Now both were naked and running. Which of them was crazy?

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            • 25 July 22:05, by jubaone

              ...the more you debate with a jienge, the more the differences become blurred and the more it just becomes one messed up thing. You both are the same. Please stop trying to convince Khent. It is just the way things are with them.

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        • 25 July 10:33, by Malakal county Simon

          Deng 2/slave

          You must quit the past if you really love your country because non-of those SPLM/A leaders are clean, that being said, we must stop that’s backward primitive thinking if we really love our country and want to move it forward in order to catch-up with the rest developing countries......

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          • 25 July 10:42, by Malakal county Simon

            Cont...

            Otherwise, rejecting Dr Machar mean paralysing the country and the rest of the countries look and laugh at us due to this minor issues that’s hold us back just this and that!!!! It’s pathetic and primitive at its best......

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          • 25 July 15:10, by Khent

            Malakal county Simon

            The irony of a death-deserving traitor so insouciantly calling somebody else a slave. You defected in 91 and returned en mass in 2006, so choose your words carefully, you boot-licking Nuer oilfield guard-dog.

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    • 25 July 15:15, by Khent

      Eastern

      Our survival as a people is not contingent on any external force. We defeated Riek’s forces in the 90s even as we fought the Sudanese military and its assortment of militia groups in both the North & South. We were bombed by an air force much larger and more sophisticated than the Ugandan air force, so keep dreaming.

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  • 25 July 08:26, by Dengda

    dependency Syndrome from our Leader( Kiir) we have thousands of expertise born in South Sudan, no matter where they are staying now they can give good advise rather than depend on other country, which have different interest. If u, don’t want intervention, better clean and maintain your house, fail to do so will result to even drone intervention . Holding country and citizens hostage is not right

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