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Uganda Lauds S. Sudan Factions for Assenting to National Unity Gov't

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his political nemesis Dr Riek Machar on Wednesday agreed that the much-awaited transitional government will start on Saturday, February 22, as agreed in a summit held in Entebbe last year. The current government is going to be dissolved today and subsequently, Machar will be appointed the first of the four vice presidents while Kiir will remain president.
21 Feb 2020 18:34
The government of Uganda has welcomed the decision by South Sudanese warring parties to form a Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity that will come into force tomorrow.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his political nemesis Dr Riek Machar on Wednesday agreed that  the much-awaited transitional government will start on Saturday, February 22, as agreed in a summit held in Entebbe last year.

The current government is going to be dissolved today and subsequently, Machar will be appointed the first of the four vice presidents while Kiir will remain president.

Speaking to reporters at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, Ambassador Alfred Nnam, the head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Uganda is happy that her efforts together with other members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development-IGAD is finally paying off.

The regional body brings together seven countries in East Africa and the horn. These countries include Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

“Uganda has been working tirelessly for the return of peace and stability in South Sudan. We have participated and continue to participate with all the countries of the region to ensure that South Sudan becomes stable.

For us a neighbour it will give us business opportunities if a government of National unity is formed,” Nnam said.

South Sudan got independence from Sudan in 2011 after fighting a protracted war that killed over two million people. However just two years under self-rule, the country descended into chaos following what president Kiir termed as an attempted coup by forces loyal to now opposition leader, Riek Machar.

Efforts by IGAD to broker a peace deal in 2015 fell apart after renewed fighting broke out in the capital Juba less than three months after the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity.

This renewed fall out resulted in fresh fights between Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-SPLM-in-opposition forces and what was left of the national army under the control of Kiir.

The conflict is said to have killed tens of thousands of South Sudanese, uprooted a million others from their homes hence becoming internally displaced and others as refugees in neighbouring countries including Uganda.  

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