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I will come for you, Museveni warns Machar
Posted Tuesday, December 31 2013 at 02:00
“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,” he told reporters in Juba.
Mr Opolot said the President’s visit was part of IGAD effort to end the fighting that broke out on December 15 as a power struggle but has now turned tribal.
Asked to deny or confirm whether the UPDF was actively involved with his government’s forces in combatting the rebels, Ambassador Luate said: “I have no idea whether Uganda is fighting in South Sudan.”
However, he later said that UPDF’s welcome in South Sudan “depends on whether they (UPDF) want to evacuate people in one day or to go on and evacuate in other states”.
South Sudan peace talks to open in Ethiopia - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
South Sudan peace talks to open in EthiopiaPosted: Jan 01, 2014 2:55 AM CSTUpdated: Jan 01, 2014 7:45 AM CST
South Sudan government, rebels set for New Year's Day talks
states, dividing the country along the ethnic lines of Machar's Nuer group and President Salva Kiir's Dinkas.
Machar accuses Uganda of fuelling South Sudan conflict
Posted Wednesday, January 1 2014 at 02:00
But Dr Machar’s group said in their statement that IGAD’s efforts could be compromised by the actions of the Ugandan army. “If not stopped, the UPDF’s aggression may compromise IGAD attempt to remain instrumental and neutral in bringing an end to the crisis in South Sudan,” the statement said.
State House sources yesterday took the view that the South Sudan rebel forces are missing the point. Presidential Press Secretary Tamale Mirundi told the Daily Monitor that Dr Machar was misguided in attacking Mr Museveni in person.
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The MPs warned that President Museveni’s Monday statements in Juba places Uganda on a collision path with South Sudan and puts the lives of Ugandans there at risk. Mr Katuntu said South Sudan’s political problems cannot be sorted out militarily. “If we begin taking up arms and start shooting, this would be the biggest mistake we will have undertaken,” said Mr Katuntu.
Keep off Kenya affairs, Raila tells Museveni
Posted Monday, December 30 2013 at 02:00
President Museveni’s spokesperson, Mr Tamale Mirundi, accused the former Kenyan Premier of trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, saying “the President does not meddle in the affairs of other nations unless the situation warrants his intervention”.
However, despite his disclaimer for not interfering in Kenya’s domestic affairs, Mr Odinga took offence.
Speaking at a memorial service in Butangi, Busia County [Kenya] at the weekend, Mr Odinga urged Mr Museveni to desist from Kenyan internal affairs.
“A very irresponsible statement was made during the 50th day celebrations, a very solemn occasion when the President of Uganda said Kenyans voted against imperial dictation that Kenyans rejected what they were being asked to do at the polls and even liken this election to a second Mau Mau revolution,” Mr Odinga said.
He added: “He implied that those people who were running those election were being sponsored by some foreign powers.”
“Kenyans know what they want, they know their leaders and they know what they want. They know what they want and they vote according to their choices. They do not need any kind of advice from
Mr Odinga lost the presidential race to Uhuru Kenyatta in the March 4 polls.
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On 31.12.2013, at 20.40, "Maurice Oduor" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
CourageI'm glad that Riek Machar has taken Bor. That's the only way that Kiir will now agree to sit down to a negotiating table.Human beings, especially Africans, only compromise when they are losing but never when they have an upper hand.
On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 1:33 PM, Judy Miriga email@example.com wrote:Good People of the world,These are constitutional practical, justified and genuine isues that demanded a hearing of President Salva Kiir and it was wrong todismiss peoples Referendum demanding their democratic spaceand unity for common good. It is fair to pay attention and hear fromboth sides something IGAD Leadership with Museveni failed to do.People of South Sudan are not basket of potatoes, they are humanbeings and they have rights.......It is unfair to shut and close theirvoices of reason............which is why, their voices must be heard.....For this, I ask the world to keep Museveni far from South Sudan byall means. He is the trouble maker in the Great Lakes Region ofEast Africa and African all over the world shall not tolerate any ofMuseveni's nonsense. Museveni must be stopped and accused forinsurgencies, terrorism, genocide and atrocities of South Sudanpeople. He is a bully and he must be stopped.Judy Miriga
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South Sudan rebels take most of strategic Bor
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Anti-government rebels in South Sudan took control of nearly all of a strategic city on Tuesday even as officials announced that representatives from the government and the rebels agreed to hold talks for the first time.
- Fresh fighting in S Sudan as peace deadline nears Associated Press
- Uganda deploys troops to South Sudan amid unrest Associated Press
- Uganda warns South Sudan rebel leader Associated Press
- South Sudan: 'White Army' militia marches to fight Associated Press
- South Sudan forces battle "White Army" ReutersThe announcement that talks would soon take place in neighboring Ethiopia was the first political breakthrough since ethnically-based violence began coursing through South Sudan late on Dec. 15. The violence has killed more than 1,000 people — a number that is believed to be a low estimate — and has seen the country's two most powerful ethnic groups fight each other.The United States envoy to the region, Donald Booth, met with President Salva Kiir on Tuesday — their fourth meeting in eight days — and spoke on the phone with the former vice president, Riek Machar, who is accused by the government of having tried to carry out a coup, a charge he denies.Booth told reporters in Juba that the commitment to meet by the two sides was a "first step but very important step" toward achieving a cessation of hostilities and substantive talks to resolve the underlying political issues that could bring a halt to the violence.Earlier in the day, heavy fighting erupted in Bor, the contested provincial capital of Jonglei state, which is a short drive from the capital, Juba. Government troops battled renegade forces loyal to Machar including the Nuer tribal militia known as the "White Army," said military spokesman Col. Philip Aguer.South Sudan's government had been warning of a looming battle for Bor, at one point saying 25,000 armed youths were moving toward the city. That number was later lowered but enough forces converged Tuesday to take control of most or all of the city, said a senior U.S. official who insisted on anonymity.
View galleryDisplaced women, including foreigners, queue inside the United Nations camp where they have sought s …Bor is the town where gunfire hit three United States military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens on Dec. 21, wounding four U.S. service members. A pro-Machar commander who defected from South Sudan's military, Peter Gadet, mobilized "elements of the White Army" in a bid to retake the town, according to Aguer. The White Army is so named because of the ash fighters put on their body to protect themselves from insects.The recapturing of Bor, which is only about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from South Sudan's capital, Juba, could give Machar an upper hand at the negotiating table. But international officials urged Machar not to move his troops past Bor toward the capital, Juba, said an international official who insisted on anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the press.On Monday Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni warned Machar to report to the negotiating table, or "we shall have to go for him, all of us." Ugandan troops and several of their attack helicopters are already in South Sudan assisting the military, and international officials do not want to see more countries become involved in the warfare. Because of its long years fighting in Somalia, Uganda has perhaps the most seasoned military in East Africa.Machar appears to be sending representatives to the negotiating table even though one of his earlier demands — that about a dozen high-level political prisoners being held by the government be released — has not yet been met. Machar has not repeated his demand in recent days that Kiir step down as president, the senior U.S. official said.South Sudan has been hit by unrest since Dec. 15, when fighting among presidential guards later spiraled into ethnically-based violence across the country. Although an uneasy calm has been restored in the capital, Juba, violence persists in other parts of the oil-producing East African country. Rebel forces still control the oil-producing center of Bentiu, said army spokesman Aguer.
View galleryA United Nations armored vehicle passes displaced people walking towards the U.N. camp where they ha …Regional leaders under a bloc known as IGAD last week set Tuesday as the deadline for Kiir and Machar to start peace talks.Although Kiir insists the latest unrest was sparked by a coup mounted by soldiers loyal to Machar on Dec. 15, this account has been disputed by some officials of 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 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 United Nations, South Sudan's government and other analysts say the dispute is political at its heart, but has since taken on ethnic dimensions. The fighting has displaced up to 180,000, according to the U.N.___Muhumuza reported from Kampala, Uganda. Associated Press reporter Elias Meseret in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, contributed to this report.
South Sudan town of Bor partially in rebel hands
South Sudan's strategically-important town of Bor was in danger of falling into rebel hands on Tuesday, as the mayor admitted they were under attack and had lost part of the city
A South Sudan army soldier stands next to a machine gun mounted on a truck in Malakal town, 497km (308 miles) northeast of capital Juba Photo: REUTERS/James Akena10:51AM GMT 31 Dec 2013Rebels against the government of President Salva Kiir have launched an attack on South Sudan's key town of Bor, wrestling part of the area from government troops and battling to control the entire area.Bor, 125 miles north of the capital Juba, has been the focus of clashes between Mr Kiir's forces and rebel militias loyal to the former vice president, Riek Machar.The town fell to the rebels in mid December, but was recaptured last week. Since then, residents have been bracing themselves for another attack by the anti-government forces, and in recent days thousands have fled in fear of an impending counter-attack by rebels – including an ethnic militia force dubbed the "White Army", reported to have been marching on the dusty town for days."The town is still partly in our hands and partly in the hands of the rebels," said Nhial Majak Nhial, mayor of Bor, on Tuesday morning.Michael Makuei, the information minister, said: "This morning (the rebels) advanced to the centre. The fighting is still taking place."
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- 25 Dec 2013A UN spokesman in Juba, Joe Contreras, said fighting started before dawn and involved tanks, rockets and small arms. He said the airstrip in Bor was also closed and that it was unclear who was in control of the town.Thousands of people are feared to have been killed in over two weeks of fighting, pitching army units loyal to Mr Kiir against a loose alliance of ethnic militia forces and mutinous army commanders nominally headed by Mr Machar. The conflict has also fanned ethnic differences between Mr Kiir's Dinka group and Mr Machar's Nuer clan.Regional leaders have demanded a ceasefire be agreed by Tuesday – a deadline that appeared to have been ignored.The United States, which was a key backer of South Sudan's independence struggle, has warned of a "very complicated, tenuous situation" and has sent a special envoy in a bid to kick-start negotiations.The world's youngest nation plunged into chaos on December 15 when Mr Kiir accused his former deputy, Mr Machar, of mounting a coup. Mr Machar in turn has accused the president of using a clash between army units as a pretext to carry out a violent purge.Mr Kiir has described the war as "senseless", but ruled out power sharing with the rebels."What power sharing? It is not an option. This man has rebelled. If you want power, you don't rebel so that you are awarded with the power," he said."You go through the process. When I came here I did not come through a military coup, I came because I was elected by the people."When there is fighting, you lose people. I don't want the people of South Sudan to die in a very reckless way that has been initiated now by my colleagues."=========================
Sudan protesters call for president Omar al-Bashir to step downMedia blackout imposed after Khartoum gripped by anti-austerity demonstrations during week in which dozens were killedAssociated Press in Khartoumtheguardian.com, Monday 30 September 2013 04.48 EDT
Sudanese anti-government protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Khartoum on Sunday. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/APThousands of Sudanese protesters have taken to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, chanting "freedom" and renewing calls for their longtime autocratic president to resign after dozens of people were killed in a week of demonstrations prompted by austerity measures.The government, which has imposed a media blackout, moved to appease the rancour with cash, saying it would distribute money to half a million families to offset higher fuel and food prices in a country where nearly half the population lives in poverty.The street demonstrations, which began after subsidies were lifted last week, have been the most widespread in Sudan since Omar al-Bashir seized power 24 years ago.Waving pictures of protesters who died, thousands of people held a memorial on Sunday night for Salah al-Sanhouri, a demonstrator shot on Friday during an earlier protest in Burri, an old Khartoum district.Women called for the end to the regime and chanted "freedom, peace and justice".Residents cheered on the marchers from rooftops while nearby security forces were stationed in pickup trucks carrying mounted machine guns near the spot where al-Sanhouri was shot."The protests will continue and will reach a general strike. This is our aim," said Ghazi al-Sanhouri, a nephew of the dead protester. "We will keep uncovering the regime's brutal tactics in suppressing the protests by killings and atrocities."Al-Sanhouri's father, Moudthir al-Reih, said: "This regime will come to an end … God willing it will be over."Public discontent had been growing over failed economic and political policies that led South Sudan to break off and became an independent state in 2011, taking approximately three-quarters of Sudan's oil production with it. Critics also blamed Bashir for draining the country's coffers by battling armed rebel movements on three different fronts.The unrest began in the city of Wad Madani, south of Khartoum, but quickly spread to at least nine districts in Khartoum and seven cities across the country.The crackdown on thousands of protesters has left at least 50 dead, according to international rights groups. Doctors and activists put the death toll higher, claiming it stands at more than 100. The government has acknowledged 33 have died, including police officers.In a latest blow to freedom of the press, Sudanese authorities also forced the country's largest daily newspaper, al-Intibaha, to stop printing, according to the paper's website. The country's largest paper is owned and run by an uncle of Bashir, Al-Tayab Mustafa. Mustafa could not be immediately reached.Several dailies came under pressure to depict demonstrators as "saboteurs". The government also closed the offices of Gulf-based satellite networks al-Arabiya and Sky News Arabia. Several newspapers were ordered to stop publication while others stopped voluntarily to avoid government pressure.In an interview with al-Arabiya Sunday, Sudan's foreign minister defended the move, saying: "Media make revolutions"."If the revolution is created by media, we have to be serious in dealing with it," he said from New York, where he was attending the UN general assembly.Diaa Eddin Belal, editor-in-chief of al-Sudani newspaper, said editions of his paper were confiscated and they have been ordered to stop printing three times since Wednesday. Back to work on Sunday, Belal said that in one incident on Friday the papers had been on their way to distribution centres when he received a phone call from police telling him that there would be no papers that day."The government feels that its own existence is endangered and the press is playing a role in influencing public opinion … they want papers to turn into official gazettes that reflect only [the government's] point of view with no criticism or negative feedback," he said.In a move aimed at pacifying a frustrated public, the government said on Sunday it would distribute one-off payments to families in need, raise the minimum wage and boost public sector salaries.The official Suna news agency reported that the minister of social solidarity, Mashair al-Dawlab, ordered 500,000 families to be given 150 Sudanese pound (£13) aid packages in early October. It also quoted the deputy finance minister as saying the public sector salary increases would start at the same time.Meanwhile, Sudan's main labour union said a rise in minimum wages promised since January would be implemented in the next two days.Still concerned about lingering protests, however, the education ministry said on Sunday that schools would remain closed until 20 October. Schools have been closed since Wednesday after high school students led protests against Bashir in different districts of the capital.