Ugandan President urges SPLM leaders to drop violence
May 4th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – Ugandan President on Thursday has urged the SPLM factions meeting in Juba for reunification to drop violence, unite and leave the use of force for the “enemy” and not for “brothers”. Museveni made these remarks during the 4th SPLM National Convention called upon by president Salva Kiir in Juba which aim to partially implement the Arusha reunification accord signed by Kiir’s SPLM faction, Machar’s SPLM-IO and the former detainees (FDs).
“My appeal to the leaders of the SPLM is to drop violence as a means of conflict resolution. Force should be reserved for the enemy. A disagreement among brothers should not be resolved through force,” he said.
The two day convention, which seek to reunite the deeply divided party based on the Arusha agreement, is being held in the nation’s capital Juba in absence of two of its main signatories. Machar is SPLM-IO and the SPLM-FDs under the leadership of the party’s secretary general Pagan Amum are not in attendance.
Museveni said South Sudanese leaders should only use dialogue and work towards preparing national elections accusing some people he did not mentioned of waging war due to allegations that Kiir is being controlled by foreign leaders.
“Whatever the political differences, South Sudan leaders should embrace dialogue and work towards having national elections,” he said.
“Some people have been coming to Uganda. They say they want to start a war because Salva Kiir is being controlled by some elders,” he added wondering whether this should also be a cause for the war.
Museveni urged the use of elections to solves differences and mismanagement.
“If there is mismanagement, work for peace then prepare for elections. You then resolve everything through the vote. Use the ballot to punish those who have misbehaved,” he said.