Monday, December 30, 2013

Uganda President threatens South Sudan rebel chief with 'defeat' if no ceasefire

Good People,
Museveni must be stopped urgently and immediately from destroying the Great Lakes of East Africa. He has equally spread out his insurgency and terrorism committing genocide and atrocities in the South Sudan and he is the problem why tension is high and things are not working. He stole Migingo in Kenya and was the main financier of M23 insurgency and terror attacks in Congo a situation that has taken a different shift. The world must not let things fall apart before situation is put right by stopping Museveni from his conspiracies of crimes, violation and abuse of humanity Rights and as well destroying livelihood and survival of many. It is simply unacceptable.
The Great Lakes of East Africa has investments from different parts of the world and people will not sit as their interests are invaded and destroyed.
It is the reason why Museveni’s insurgencies and terror attacks with his network must be stoped before Civil War in East Africa spill over and spreads out to retaliation on his own Country and eventually spread out to the whole world and ignites the 3rd world war as interests from different angles are beginning to mount and grow from all corners of the world……...

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,


Uganda President threatens South Sudan rebel chief with 'defeat' if no ceasefire

JUBA (Reuters) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Monday East African countries would have to defeat South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar if he rejected the Juba government's offer of a ceasefire.
"We (regional countries) gave Riek Machar four days to respond and if he doesn't we shall have to go for him, all of us, that is what we agreed in Nairobi," Museveni told reporters in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.
Asked what that meant, Museveni said: "to defeat him."
(Reporting by Carl Odera; Editing by Richard Lough and Patrick Graham)

Uganda deploys troops to South Sudan amid unrest

Associated Press
A young displaced girl starts crying after the relative she was with disappears into a row of latrines, at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Some 25,000 people live in two hastily arranged camps for the internally displaced in Juba and nearly 40,000 are in camps elsewhere in the country, two weeks after violence broke out in the capital and a spiralling series of ethnically-based attacks coursed through the nation, killing at least 1,000 people. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Violence since mid-December in South Sudan has displaced up to 180,000 people, the United Nations said Monday, as regional leaders intensified efforts to bring South Sudan's president and his main political rival to the negotiating table.
A meeting of East African leaders last week said it "welcomed the commitment" by South Sudan's government to cease hostilities against rebels, but hopes for a cease-fire.
Riek Machar, the fugitive former vice president who now commands renegade troops, instead called for a negotiated cease-fire that includes a way to monitor compliance.
Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry said Monday that a regional bloc known as IGAD has named a Kenyan and an Ethiopian as special envoys who will "spearhead mediation and broker peace" between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and the opposition, the ministry said in a statement. IGAD members must create an environment "conducive" for both sides to participate in direct talks, it said.
In Uganda, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni visited South Sudan Monday "in the spirit" of IGAD's diplomatic efforts to forge a political solution in South Sudan.
"The mood among regional leaders, and in Uganda, is that these guys must get to the table and talk," said Fred Opolot, talking about Kiir and Machar.
Uganda's influence is strong in South Sudan, where special forces from the neighboring country have been deployed at the request of Kiir, raising questions about the impartiality of Uganda as a possible mediator in a conflict that many fear could lead to civil war in the world's newest country.
Museveni and Kiir are strong allies. The Ugandan leader is believed to be concerned about the security implications for Uganda of a violent takeover of South Sudan's government.
For years the brutal warlord Joseph Kony, who once operated in the expansive jungle that now falls within South Sudan's territory, was a source of tension between Uganda and Sudan. Sudan's government faced persistent allegations of supporting Kony's rebellion against Uganda's government. Kony was forced to flee, and is thought to have fled to Congo and then Central African Republic, as the south moved closer to independence from Sudan.
South Sudan peacefully broke away from Sudan in 2011 after a decades-long fight for independence, giving Uganda a new sense of border security. Uganda, one of the south's strongest supporters in its quest for independence, denies it has taken sides in South Sudan's latest conflict, saying its forces provided security as Western countries and others safely evacuated their citizens from South Sudan.
Ugandan military spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda insisted Monday that Ugandan forces are stationed only at the international airport in Juba, the South Sudan capital, and that their task is to "facilitate evacuation of civilians." But United Nations workers in Juba told The Associated Press that Ugandan troops have been guarding the only bridge that crosses the Nile River.
Although Juba is now calm, unrest persists in other parts of the country.
Col. Philip Aguer, the South Sudanese military spokesman, said Monday that, although there was "no major fighting" over the weekend, tension remained because "Machar has not committed himself to a cease-fire. We've not seen one." Pro-Machar forces still control Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity state, and renegade troops are poised to attack Bor, the contested capital of Jonglei state, according to Aguer.
"There's a force advancing toward Bor," he said.
Although Kiir insists the latest unrest was sparked by a coup mounted by soldiers loyal to Machar late Dec. 15, this account has been disputed by some officials with the ruling party who say violence broke out when presidential guards from Kiir's majority Dinka tribe tried to disarm guards from the Nuer ethnic group of Machar.
South Sudan has been plagued by ethnic tension and a power struggle within the ruling party that appears to have escalated after Kiir sacked Machar as his deputy earlier this year. Machar has criticized Kiir as a dictator and says he will contest the 2015 presidential election.
The U.N., South Sudan's government and other analysts say the dispute is political at its heart, but has since taken on ethnic overtones. The fighting has killed more than 1,000 people, according to the U.N.
Muhumuza reported from Kampala, Uganda. Associated Press reporter Elias Meseret in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, contributed to this report.

Uganda's Museveni threatens S. Sudan rebel leader with "defeat"

By Aaron Maasho and Carl Odera
JUBA (Reuters) - Uganda's president said on Monday East African nations had agreed to unite to defeat South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar if he rejected a ceasefire offer, threatening to turn an outburst of ethnic fighting into a regional conflict.
Two weeks of clashes have already killed at least 1,000 people in the world's newest nation, rocked oil markets and raised fears of a civil war in a region ravaged by fighting in Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.
"We gave Riek Machar four days to respond (to the ceasefire offer) and if he doesn't we shall have to go for him, all of us. That is what we agreed in Nairobi," Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni told reporters in South Sudan's capital, Juba.
Asked what that meant, Museveni said: "to defeat him."
There was no immediate confirmation of the pact from other countries, including economic powerhouses Kenya and Ethiopia, who have been trying to mediate and last week gave the sides until December 31 to lay down their weapons.
The United Nations, Washington, and other Western countries who have poured millions of dollars of aid into South Sudan since it won its independence from Sudan in 2011, have also scrambled to stem the unrest.
Fighting between rival groups of soldiers erupted in the capital Juba on December 15, then triggered clashes in half of South Sudan's 10 states - often along ethnic lines, between Machar's group, the Nuer, and President Salva Kiir's Dinka.
Kiir, who sacked Machar in July, accused him of starting the fighting in a bid to seize power - a charge denied by Machar. He has since retreated into the bush and acknowledged he is leading rebel fighters.
The fighting, alongside unrest in Libya, has lifted oil prices, holding it above $112 a barrel on Monday. South Sudan has the third-largest oil reserves in sub-Saharan Africa after Angola and Nigeria, according to BP.
Machar has responded coolly to the ceasefire offer and the army has said it has continued to fight his soldiers.
Thousands of people fled South Sudan's flashpoint town of Bor as the army warned of an imminent attack by the Nuer "White Army" militia on Monday, officials said.
The White Army - made up of Nuer youths who dust their bodies in white ash - has in the past sided with Machar.
But a spokesman for the government of South Sudan's Unity state, now controlled by forces loyal to Machar, on Sunday denied he was in control of the White Army fighters, raising the prospect that the violence was spreading beyond the control of widely-recognised ethnic leaders.
"The (White Army) are now not very far from Bor so an attack is imminent," Sudan army (SPLA) spokesman Philip Aguer said by phone from Juba, 190 km (120 miles) south of Bor by road.
Civilians had fled the town, crossing the White Nile river and heading for the swamps, Information Minister Michael Makuei told Reuters. Nuer militias massacred Dinkas in Bor during an outburst of ethnic fighting in 1991.
Bor's mayor, Nhial Majak Nhial, said he was urging civilians to escape Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, as the White Army militia neared.
"They have attacked the village of Mathiang (18 miles from Bor), killing civilians and burning civilian houses down. They are butchering civilians," Nhial told Reuters from Bor.
The reports of clashes and advances came from remote areas largely inaccessible to journalists and it was not possible to verify them independently.
SPLA spokesman Aguer said an SPLA reconnaissance unit clashed with White Army militia on Sunday night. Tribal elders over the weekend persuaded many of the Nuer youths to abandon their march, but officials said about 5,000 refused to turn back.
"People in Bor are scared," Makuei told Reuters. "Some of them have turned towards the swamps, and motorboats are crossing frequently to the other bank of the (White Nile) river.
Hello4 hours ago
Museveni is a war monger himself! He has been linked to wars in Rwanda, DRC, CAR, Somalia and now S. Sudan. Remember that came to power in 1986 through the burrow of the gun..after wedging a guerrilla war against an "elected" government of Obote. He has been clinging to power since then for the last 27 years, stealing votes along the way.

Odongo1 hour ago
Ugandan armies may create other new rebels groups to South Sudan because this is an opportunity for the president Museveni of Uganda and he has just been driven out from DR Congo in the name of M23 rebels and his UPDF may renter DR. Congo for second time. Right now the Uganda’s, presidential guards are operating in the Lira City of northern Uganda both day and night to oversee the situation in the region. The insecurity in South Sudan might lead to the death of people of northern Uganda which comprises of the Acholi, Langi, Iteso, Karamojong and west Nile people due to UPDF patrol at night. Presently the UPDF high command has order the local militia forces, for example the Amuka boys, Arrow boys of Teso subregion and other veterans who served in Obote 2 government which fought Joseph Kony and his Lord Resistance Rebels but they are not willing because some of them said that they are not spanners and toilet tissues. The UPDF fear Joseph Kony and his forces so much and if he comes back to Uganda this time, president Museveni of Uganda may go and many Ugandans does not want him in power now across the countries. Uganda must leave South Sudan alone.
Dr. Machar cannot be among the three snakes inside the house. The peace talk was organized by people who are completely condemned by the UNICC. The people who disowned Machar are the one on the chair to preside over his case and very impossible. Salva Kiir must leave power at will, if he want peace in South Sudan and he does remember that he came in power by accident, otherwise he would not have been their competly. Salva Kiir being so closed with Mr. president Museveni of Uganda has brought to him problems. I pray that the revolution in South Sudan will or shall open a way in East Africa. When you do bad things to people, people will one time do bad things on you and the reverse is true.


Gunmen attack state TV, airport in Democratic Republic of Congo


By Bienvenu Bakumanya
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked the airport and seized control of the state television headquarters in the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday in what appeared to be an attempt to seize power by supporters of religious leader Paul Joseph Mukungubila.
Police put a security cordon around the state television building where gunmen had taken several people hostage, journalists told Reuters. Witnesses also reported shooting at the Tshatshi military camp, close to the Defence Ministry.
Congo, a vast country at the heart of Africa, is struggling to emerge from decades of violence and instability, particularly in its mineral-rich east, in which millions of people have died, mostly from hunger and disease. The country is home to a 21,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO).
Before transmission was shut down at state television, two gunmen appeared on camera to deliver what appeared to be a political message against President Joseph Kabila, who took office in 2001 after the assassination of his father Laurent.
"Gideon Mukungubila has come to free you from the slavery of the Rwandan," said the message, according to a Reuters reporter who saw a tape of the transmission. Gideon is the nickname used for Mukungubila by his followers.
Mukungubila, who calls himself 'The prophet of the Eternal', ran unsuccessfully for the presidency against Kabila in 2006.
He has been an outspoken critic of a peace deal signed this month with the Tutsi-led M23 rebel group in eastern Congo, accusing Kabila's government of bowing to Tutsi interests and pressure from neighbouring Rwanda.
Information Minister Lambert Mende said security forces had the situation under control.
"The attackers presented themselves as supporters of Mukungubila. We are checking because this could be an attempt to fool us," he told Reuters.
In central Kinshasa, the streets emptied and shopkeepers closed their shutters. A customs official at the international airport on the outskirts of Kinshasa reported heavy gunfire there just minutes after the attack on state television.
"Shooting has started here," the official told Reuters. "They are shooting everywhere. We are all hiding."

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