Dr. Machar In Kampala To Meet President Museveni
Jan 24, 2016(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s former Vice President, the leader of the armed opposition and the First Vice President designate, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has traveled this morning to Ugandan’s State House in Entebbe to meet president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Machar, who has spent the last one month at his headquarters in South Sudan’s Pagak, re-organizing and restructuring the SPLM/SPLA in Opposition, briefly addressed the media on Sunday evening at Bole Sub city on the outstanding issues before proceeding to Uganda to meet President Museveni.
The meeting which will take place in a few hours, on Monday morning, is expected to persuade the Ugandan government to intervene in pushing the Salva Kiir’s government to revoke a presidential decree that creates 28 unconstitutional states in attempt to derail the recently signed peace agreement.
Although the opposition leader proposed 21 states in accordance with the former Colonial districts, the creation of Salva Kiir’s 28 states has delayed the formation of Transitional Government of National Unity.
According to the opposition, the 28 states violates the peace agreement which was signed on the bases of 10 states and also violates South Sudan’s transitional constitution.
The oppositions have called on Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission(JCE), Inter-governmental Author on Development(IGAD), TROIKA and the international community peace guarantors to pressurize Salva Kiir government to commit to implementation of the peace agreement but all in vain.
Despite that Machar’s has downplayed Ugandans call to visit Kampala and meet president Museveni in the past two years, this visit is seen as a game changer between the two parties which fought in South Sudan for more than a year.
Museveni’s government is the only government that openly took side in South Sudan conflict in support of Salva Kiir’s government.
While Museveni proudly announced the victories of his troops in South Sudan conflict and traded military equipment and technologies with Salva Kiir’s side, president Museveni denied the allegations of coup against Dr. Machar and his colleagues in presence of Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa in 2014.
The Ugandan president also stormed out of the peace signing venue in August 2015 after he was accused by the IGAD leaders of derailing the regional efforts to end the South Sudan’s conflict.
Despite that Uganda has not fully withdrawn its troops from South Sudan’s territories as required by the Compromised Peace Agreement, SPLM/SPLA-IO sees Ugandan government as an important partner to engage to end the conflict in South Sudan.