August 18, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) – In a surprising turn of events that could send shockwaves down nerves of officials in the government of President Salva Kiir, The Government of Uganda has on Tuesday released a statement calling on all the warring parties in South Sudan to sign peace agreement immediately and put their country above their personal interest and personal egos.
Speaking to media in Ugandan capital Kampala, the government spokesperson said his government was just part of the mediation and expected all parties involved to take responsibility of putting their country first.
“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 spokesperson Shaban Bantariza told media in the Capital Kampala.
The statement could up the pressure on President Salva Kiir’s who’s already under massive pressure regionally and internationally for failing to sign IGAD peace agreement to bring peace to his young country.
A close ally of President Museveni, Kiir’s government depends on Uganda for military support to fight the opposition.
The statement from the Ugandan government which comes just one day after a peace agreement was reached in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa to stop the war in South Sudan indicates growing frustration by regional countries and international partners over lack of will by warring parties to end the current conflict ravaging the worlds youngest nations of South Sudan.
Fighting in the young nation has left more than 10 thousand dead, while more than 2 million civilians have been displaced from their homes with thousands more fleeing as refugees and internally displaced.
The IGAD regional body have been hosting a peace talks to end the conflict and together with the international community had given the warring sides until 17th August to reach a compromise agreement brokered by IGAD-PLUS, African Union, UN, US and several partner countries.
However South Sudan’s President Kiir failed to sign the agreement, while the rebel leader representing SPLM in the opposition Riek Machar and another SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum representing former political detainees decided to sign the compromise peace agreement.
Salva Kiir told mediators at the last minute that he needed another 15 days to consult and would return to put his signature on the peace agreement, however the president initialled the agreement.
The Ugandan government spokesperson said his country and others could only mediate the parties to reach agreement, but the outmost responsibility of putting the country first and above personal interests lies solely with the South Sudanese themselves.
“We can only continue to mediate, to encourage every side to realise that their country is superior to every one of them individually,” he added.