South Sudan’s Kiir, Machar Arrive in Uganda to Discuss Peace

South Sudan's President, Salva Kiir (R) shakes hands with Dr Riek Machar at a previous event as President Museveni (C) looks on.

South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir together his his former Vice President, Dr Riek Machar have Thursday arrived in Uganda as part of the ongoing process to resolve the long-standing conflict in South Sudan.

President Kiir and Dr Machar who heads the SPLMO-IO arrived in Uganda and were received by Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni.

It is expected that together with President Museveni, the two parties in the South Sudanese conflict will discuss measures aiming to create lasting peace in Africa’s youngest country.

It follows a launch of the Sudan peace talks at the Freedom Hall in the South Sudan capital of Juba last month. It was attended by Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Egypt, Mostafa Madbouly and members of the diplomatic corps.

During the launch, President Museveni stressed that prosperity can not be achieved by promoting identity based on religion or tribe as history has shown that sectarianism usually breeds conflict.

The President said that many people have lost their lives whenever sectarianism based on tribe and religion is put before prosperity.

This has been going on for a long time and it must stop, Museveni said.

The two-months peace talks convened by the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit are aimed at bringing together the leaders of the Transitional Council of the government of Sudan and the over 9 opposition parties in that country.

In September of last year, Kiir and Machar signed the last revitalized peace agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the auspices of the regional political bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, (IGAD).

This was during the 33rd Extra Ordinary Session of the IGAD Heads of State and Government.

At the signing ceremony, President Museveni expressed optimism that the peace deal would end the fighting and restore peace in the young nation.

Museveni said that the restoration of peace in South Sudan would enable refugees return home and embark on their normal lives.

The conflict in South Sudan which broke out on 2015 has claimed tens of thousands of lives, driven about 4 million people from their homes. Previous cease-fire agreements made by the government and rebels were quickly violated.

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