President Museveni has told United States officials that Uganda is ready to deploy 5,000 additional troops to bolster military operations of the African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM) against the resurgent al-Shabaab insurgents.
THE chief mediator mediating the peace talks between the two warring parties in South Sudan under the auspices of the African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has insisted that SPLM-In-Opposition led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, did in fact sign the matrix on ceasefire agreement despite dismissal by the rebels.
In a briefing to the press in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin said the two parties had on Sunday signed the matrix for implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement (CoHA) which they signed since 23 January 2014 and called on them to abide by it and implement it fully. Continue reading IGAD is Failing in South Sudan Mediation: Rebel Spokesperson→
THE South Sudanese government has failed to pay the Ugandan People Defence Forces (UPDF) for the past two months, casting doubt on the future of the mission, a well-placed military source told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.
President Kiir and rebel leader Machar are expected to form a transitional government of national unity with in sixty days. It seems that both leaders have lost appetite on the peace process altogether. Ethiopia needs to play a neutral force and not be seen to side with Dr. Machar, since Uganda has declared support for President Kiir and its troops are fighting alongside the South Sudanese army.
THE United Nations Security Council has approved three battalions of East African peacekeepers to try to prevent further fighting between South Sudan government forces and rebels as they vie for control of the country’s oil-rich east.
The 2,500 troops from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda should begin deploying in the world’s newest nation within weeks. Their aim is to enforce the May 9 truce agreed to by President Salva Kiir and his rival ex-Vice President Riek Machar, according to Getachew Reda, adviser to Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Continue reading Can 2,500 More African UN Troops Contain South Sudan Carnage?→
An East African regional heads of states and governments summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday authorised the prompt deployment of a Protection and Deterrent Force (PDF) from the region to help restore peace and stability in South Sudan.