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Museveni urges rival S. Sudan ruling party factions to unite

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May 3, 2018 (JUBA) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has urged the different factions of South Sudan’s governing party (SPLM) to unite as one entity in order to resolve their conflicts.

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Presidents Yoweri Museveni (L) and Salva Kiir at South Sudan’s ruling party meeting in Juba, May 3, 2018 (Courtesy photo)

Museveni made these remarks while addressing the National Liberation Council (NLC) meeting of the SPLM in the capital, Juba Thursday.

"Force is like surgery. It should be the last resort to removing a tumour. If you use the knife to cut anyhow, you cease to be a surgeon, you become a butcher,” said Museveni.

He added, “Revolutionaries should know that violence is only for enemies. What enmity is there among the people of South Sudan?"

Museveni, one of the leaders involved in South Sudan’s peace process, was the only head of state who attended the NLC event.

The acting secretary general of the SPLM, Jemma Nunu Kumba said it remains the moral obligation of party members to end the suffering of the people of South Sudan by uniting as a means to end the war.

“We have no time to remain bitter and no time to dwell in the past, because the future is more important than the past, and because the hopes of our people depends on us,” Kumba told the meeting.

“It is high time we rise above our past and above our differences to deliver a peaceful environment in which our noble people will live and take care of their own aspirations,” she added.

The senior SPLM official, however, acknowledged the role regional leaders have played in the SPLM re-unification process since 2015,

In January 2015, delegates from three factions of the SPLM party signed a 12-page agreement in Arusha, Tanzania, laying out key steps toward reunifying the party.

The faction loyal to President Salva Kiir, the SPLM-in-Opposition led by former First Vice President, Riek Machar, and a third made up of party officials detained when the conflict began in December 2013, signed the accord.

The SPLM was initially founded as the political wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). The party, in the aftermath of the civil war that broke out in the country in mid-December 2013, split into the SPLM-Juba faction headed by Kiir, SPLM-IO led by Machar and that of the former political detainees.

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  • 4 May 07:02, by lino

    Same old same old talk!!! Peace has to be between the leaders and also among people then unity can follow! How you unite before peace?!
    M7! You have played a bad role in this country! If Gen. Kiir understands Peace and Unity, he wouldn’t have left you using him as a toy!!!
    Liberation Council meeting with the real liberators out is disunity itself!!!
    Kiir is still at large to kill anyone who object

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  • 4 May 07:05, by Lenin Bull

    President Museveni, you are 100% right and agree with you, " No enmity among the people of South Sudan" to warrant such mad magnitutde of hatred, killing, and destruction of civilian properties. As can be scanned or read in between the lines of your deduction, it is the idiots managing our state affairs in South Sudan that are political amateurs!

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  • 4 May 07:08, by Rumbek S. Sudan

    As long president Kiir still in power with his cliques, the SPLM reunification will never materialized and the current conflict will always be there. This statement from Museveni, and I quote " If you use the knife to cut anyhow, you cease to be a surgeon, you become a butcher,” is referred to president Salva Kiir but the demand president cannot understand.

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    • 4 May 14:36, by Mapuor

      Rumbek South Sudan
      We the mainstream SPLM have all along been resolute on our objectives and splinter groups who are often driven by their parochial and egoistic interests always come back to us when we use stick and carrot tactics. We believe in the theory of force and will always use force to discipline outlaws.

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  • 4 May 07:11, by Lenin Bull

    When these mediocre political elite in South Sudan resort to violence( surgery using double edged sharp knives) as the only means to resolve their own differences in their party in Dec.2013, they thought mistakenly that war would only kill other innocent ordinary folks in South Sudan! But now battles are being fought in J1. Both Kiir and Riek smelt blood, gun powder, and saw deaths in J1!

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  • 4 May 07:16, by Lenin Bull

    Riek unlike his first coup on the 28th August 1991, lost his beloved son Wang, and his US marine trained youngest brother, and all his body guards in the infamous J1 battle! President Kiir also lost some of his finest well trained SPLA Commando body guards known as Tigers! Both leaders don’t play sex daily as their wives don’t live with them in South Sudan because of war! War is bad!

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  • 4 May 07:22, by Lenin Bull

    The worst second battle in J1 is coming unless this clumsy peace talks in Addis which aims at sharing power among war-mongers and scoundrel politicians is deleted in mediation vocabularies and replaced with democratic elections! In that next second J1 Battle one or more of these mediocre politicians is going to die.

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    • 4 May 07:48, by Kuch

      Mr. Museveni, is absolutely right, but for our traitors, losers & thieves pandering to sell our country to their foreign masters in the US, the UK, their UN, NGOs, their evil juus, gulf Arab states’ paymasters, North Sudan & ethiopia in order to get their old positions back is unpalatable>>>

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      • 4 May 07:55, by Kuch

        and cannot be entertained at any turn by the South Sudanese people this time. The South Sudanese people have asked these traitors to come back to South Sudan, come & join our national dialogue, register their own parties, review our constitution & contest in the elections against the current government. And if they win in elections, then they win & they can rule us & our country & if they lose>>>

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        • 4 May 08:04, by jubaone

          Kuch aka koryom2
          Jienge hoards and scumbags are calling others for this jienge thrash or national dialogue as if the rest were joining some worthwhile matter. Jienges don’t reason amicably, they act impulsively and are unable to dialogue. If they can’t talk among themselves how are the rest supposed to understand savages? No. No dialogue with savages, only the guns. Either them or the rest. Case c

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          • 4 May 12:43, by South South

            jubaone,
            It’s time for peace, no more war. Riek did send his delegation to Uganda a few days ago to talk about peace. Museveni is a wise man and people need to listen to his wisdom. Dialogue is the only option for people of South Sudan. 5 years of war and rebels are holding zero village in South Sudan. Only stealing from the same people they claim to be fighting for is what we are seeing today.

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        • 4 May 08:04, by Kuch

          then they can fight another day. This is how politics is done in other countries & even here in our villages. But the losers, thieves & traitors & their foreign masters from the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus & some of their allies in between like North Sudan, ethiopia & their gulf Arab states’ paymasters think; the losers, thieves & traitors must be>>>

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          • 4 May 08:13, by Kuch

            be re-instated back to their old positions, come & loot our money again, do the same infighting in the same SPLM party, fight over it & run to neighboring countries again, go and ask for the humanitarian aid, and for the neighboring countries to negotiate for their return back to their old positions back in South Sudan. Good luck to our traitors, thieves & losers & their foreign masters>>>

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            • 4 May 08:22, by Kuch

              this is not gonna happen again. In fact, the traitors & thieves deserved ’death by fire squad’ for high treason and some of them are going to be killed anyway. Fellows, Salva Kiir is the one who let this happens in the first place---he tried to ruled our country like he is ’a messiah & all his sheep would not be thieves & lost angels’>>>

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              • 4 May 08:30, by Kuch

                but this? Fellows, remember, these losers, traitors & thieves cowering in foreign countries & would want to sell our country to their foreign masters in the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evils, North Sudan, gulf Arab states & ethiopia. But the traitors & thieves have gone to far>>>

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                • 4 May 08:55, by Kuch

                  South Sudan is not a US, European, their evil juus, North Sudan, ethiopia, their UN & their sleazy NGOs ’province or their over sea protectorate’. The fools are been warned, that this is a country of people who have an ’absolute contempt anyone on earth who thinks that he/she can stand over our necks’ never ever>>>>

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                  • 4 May 09:02, by Kuch

                    fellows, the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states & some of their creepy allies *usual regime change* business often work for them in Middle East, West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, South America, Asia & Eastern European countries, but here in South Sudan>>>

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                    • 4 May 09:12, by Kuch

                      that is not gonna happens under the sun, a lot of bloody noses. South Sudan is a Dinkas/Jiengs of the Sudan country. My South Sudanese fellows, we are here. Come back to South Sudan as SUGESTED by Mr. Museveni & go to your villages & be ELECTABLE if you can. But to be BROUGHT back to our country & be RE-INSTATED BACK TO THEIR OLD>>>

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                      • 4 May 09:15, by Kuch

                        POSITIONS in our country is a BIG NO BRAINER. Fellows, we are here. Our Country is not part an ’Anglo-America empire’.

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    • 4 May 07:55, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool
      This short-legged Bantu idiot with his Vietnamese hat should ask himself, why he didn’t reconcile with Idi Amin in the 70-80s, or with Obote and instead chose with Tanzanian help to oust Amin? His worthless ragtag army used pangas only and was lucky Tanzania stood by. He can’t pretend to be the smart Bantu, bullshit. M7 has enriched his country with our resources cuz of jienge idiots

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      • 4 May 15:45, by Lenin Bull

        Ahahahahaaaaa! Jubaone, jienge insults must be the pepper/shetta/mila with which you enjoy your writings. Museveni said we are all brothers and should not fight each other. We should reserve the fight or war for the enemy! Is that not enough son of Bari? "Ya morja pelegeleeng ya Bari"

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        • 4 May 17:10, by Eastern

          Even brothers fight and kill each other; Museveni is just playing politics. The solution to the problem is beyond Museveni and Kiir even if the refugees don’t go to Brussels but Uganda. The fight against subjugation continues....

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  • 4 May 08:42, by Joseph Canada

    It was Museveni who prolonged the war in South Sudan which lead to the death of many. He did this to enrich himself from the floating wealth of South Sudan, just like he did in Congo. Now that there’s no money to be paid is when he came to talk about the Unity. God will punish you.

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  • 4 May 09:31, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    He helped to create this theatre of human slaughter in the first place. He has now come to mock the tools he used to make South Sudan laughable. Those with scars on their faces that allowed intelligence and wisdom to evaporate still rate him their ally in this destruction of the land of milk and honey.

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