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January 28, 2018 (JUBA) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has called for elections in South Sudan to achieve peace and stability.

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Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni speaks at the national dialogue launch in South Sudan, May 22, 2017 (PPU photo)

Museveni made these remarks while speaking to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the African Union Heads of State summit taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The two leaders, officials from both South Sudan and Uganda told Sudan Tribune on Sunday, mainly discussed issues regarding peace and stability in the Great Lakes region and the reforms being undertaken by the world body, especially on peacekeeping fronts.

On achieving peace and stability in war-torn South Sudan, the Ugandan leader reportedly reiterated his position on the need to hold elections so that the populations legitimately elect their leaders.

“It is the population which can hold leaders accountable. They should hold elections for this to happen,” stressed Museveni.

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General said he would rally the international community to offer more support to the African peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and further briefed Museveni on efforts underway to reform UN peacekeeping missions.

“We want the peace missions to be more agile, more effective with better intelligence and better movement,” said Guterres, adding “We must also have an exit strategy for our missions.”

Museveni, however, advised that the reforms should emphasize the need for the missions to work closely with communities they serve.

The Ugandan leader reportedly stressed that UN reforms should try to address the question of “ideological leukaemia”, which has sometimes seen the UN support “sterile political opportunists”.

The two leaders also agreed that they would follow up on pledges made during the refugee solidarity summit held in Kampala in June last year to ensure they are fulfilled and host communities supported.

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  • 28 January 22:11, by Augustino

    Good friend has started but in right direction, only elections can help South Sudan.

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    • 28 January 22:43, by Nairobimitot

      That is excellent News. Thank you, President Museveni, for your support of the need to hold elections in South Sudan. That is what a good friend to the country do. Your unyielding support will always be welcome to your friends and your blood relatives of South Sudan.

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    • 28 January 23:24, by garrak1520

      You can’t talk election when over half of the population is displaced. Guns have to be silent, transitional government in place, return of South Sudanese to their home, then organize what we call election; duration of such process may be 2 yrs but for South Sudan 3 yrs. Let’s be realistic. Musoveni does not want to let down his ATM machine.

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      • 29 January 06:35, by choldit

        Garrak19520, thanks for pointing the figure to realty. Our people are too naive to see that others will spot what is behind. How one can do election with only the people that the govt chosen not to chase out of the country leaving the disadvantaged people in the camp then claim did free and fair election? Museveni is not ready to let his ATM, as u put it dear. In South Sudan we have only Dinka in

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    • 29 January 01:02, by The Rhino

      Augustino and Nuerpöt,

      Both you morons must understand that this Museveni of Uganda is truly a ravenous hyena who wouldn’t for a second hesitate to devour your Jieng or Nuer foolishness in South Sudan,just to improve his national economic challenges at home.Museveni, although he has the grip on the army and security,still faces mounting challenges on...

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      • 29 January 01:10, by The Rhino

        ...1).Ailing economy 2).Youth unemployment and 3).Waves of insecurities at the borders and inside his country.If he militarily keeps supporting you dumb idiots in Juba just to salvage his domestic problems,then forget your premature peace and elections in South Sudan,the war must go on to the bitter end! Its chillingly true,that these useless african leaders are the root...

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        • 29 January 01:21, by The Rhino

          ...causes for slavery in Africa 300 years ago and now.They are too weak to protect themselves or the interests of the next generations in Africa...good for nothing! e.g IGAD or AU...all useless and worthless entities.Tell me one good thing they’ve ever than for Africa?..Why are you people so cheap and weak to be manipulated?Why can you stand up for your basic Rights?...

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          • 29 January 01:31, by The Rhino

            ...See, God himself had long blessed the continent Africa with everything...70 to 80% of all precious natural resources come from Africa...from South to North,East to West...all there,but ironically enough 70 to 80% of Africans are either dreadfully struggling hunger,kill one another through unnecessary wars or get drowned to death in the mediterranean ..just to survive!....

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            • 29 January 01:49, by The Rhino

              ...What the fuck is going on here?Why are you African leaders wibbling wobbling to face challenges and say e.g yes to investments but Africa First!Making good deals that primarily benefit Africa...You idiots should never blame troll Trump for calling you "Shithole" countries, for you deserve it, you gave him all chances to do so.Do something!!!

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    • 29 January 04:09, by Mayendit

      Agustino and Nairobimitot

      Do you guys thinks, there will be balance and fair election? Just asking some questions which will lead us to find answer. What kind of our government’s system? The current government system in South Sudan is a Militarily dictatorship. Looked all MPS, governors, and the Locals government Officials are not elected to serves in Bomas, Payams, Counties and States.

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    • 29 January 04:23, by Mayendit

      Augustion and Nairobimitot
      I think there is a lot of works needed to be done first before going to Poll. There is no money to run the election. 2 million refugees living at camps be arranged to go back in to their communities and to do that, the government have to proved budgets and not relying on UN. Huge reforms are need.Rebels have to accepted peace because it will be difficult to run election.

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  • 28 January 23:09, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Peace comes before elections otherwise it will be a sham election that takes place in East Africa. We can not afford to copy and cut Ugandan way of doing things because we are totally different. Elections can only take place on an equal political playing field.

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  • 28 January 23:16, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Peace comes before elections otherwise it will be a sham election that takes place in East Africa. We can not afford to copy, cut and paste Ugandan way of doing things because we are totally different politically. Elections can only take place on an equal political playing field.

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  • 29 January 00:58, by Games

    Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is really a confuse old man. Speaking with the trust, who they are going to do the election with, where 4.7 million living outside the country, 1.4 million are locked inside UN bases and remaining 7 million are facing starvation.

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  • 29 January 01:53, by Kush Natives

    Mr. President, have an election helped Uganda in 80s, when you were a rebels? Do you think the rebels in south sudan will go to the polling stations with the guns? And if they’re allowed, then they will grabbed such a boxes with them to the bushes thinking that they won the election. We needs to be precise and put the right logic conclusion. Rebels pretend like they have no idea of what’s going on

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  • 29 January 03:54, by Mayendit

    Election is good but the problems in South Sudan will not allowed citizens to have balance and fair election. Think about interim constitution which were amended and the president violated all amendments. What we have now is the school theories of dismissing people and appointed frequently. There is no democracy system in order to hope that, election will come positively for change. Nothing at all

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  • 29 January 05:47, by Kenyang ll

    Elections are not feasible with current situation in South Sudan. Pres Salva Kiir will not be flying to Akoba for election campaigns or vice versa. Hence, war need to be stopped, and prior to that, disposal of Kiir and traces is necessary and be replaced with temporary administration. Otherwise, all would be another waste of time and foreigners’ hard earned resources.

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  • 29 January 06:09, by Eastern

    Calling for elections in South Sudan now is akin to inviting more rebellions. Kiir cannot be the referee and a player at the same time!

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  • 29 January 06:44, by Sunday Junup

    Collect all Dinka to vote in Uganda if they were from your area! South Sudan is in war and there is no need for election

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  • 29 January 06:48, by Lenin Bull

    Thank you Mr.Museveni. You are 100% right. The road map to getting to presidential chair/seat in South Sudan is through elections only but not back door such military coup ’etat, or regional invasion and colonialism. Keep that spirit.

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    • 29 January 06:52, by Eastern

      The surprises await you folks in Addis Ababa....!

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      • 29 January 07:46, by South South

        Eastern,

        Going to Addis Ababa is not new to all of us. We are going there for peace which I think is the best thing for South Sudan. If you think someone will impose peace on us, then you are dreaming. People have to agree in Addis to have transition government led by Kiir, then election. People who don’t want that can stay in the bushes or refugee camps.

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        • 29 January 07:58, by Eastern

          South South,

          Keeping in power after the discussions in Addis Ababa are concluded will continue CONSUMING 1,000 SOUTH SUDANESE LIVER PER MONTH. These will be lives lost through bullets, hunger and dieseases. If Kiir is that indispensable, let’s get prepared to face the costs!

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          • 29 January 08:07, by South South

            Eastern,

            Well, we will see soon what will be the outcome of Addis Ababa peace talk. Kiir is going to be there until election is done, very straight and very clear. I just ask myself why do rebels who have no army, have no people, have no agenda and have no organization will give pre-conditions to one of very strong government in Africa in term of military. You people need to know yourselves

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    • 29 January 07:05, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool,
      M7 was a runaway fugitive in the 70s while Idi Amin was Uganda’s president. Instead of joining Amin to hold elections, the fugitive M7 together with other Ugandan rebels decided to fight. Only with Tanzanian help, Amin was deposed. M7 would still fighting with pangas and machetes to liberate Uganda. Short-legged shithole has forgotten all that. Lol!

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      • 2 February 09:41, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Jubaone,

        This guy disappeared into the bushes of Luwero to wage war against Obote II after his UPM party failed to win the election. Since when he grabbed power from Okellos he has been conducting pseudo elections to whitewash international community that democracy exist in his country which is not true. Kiir must not be allowed to borrow a leaf of treachery from him.

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    • 29 January 07:13, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool,
      Africans like you have to be led like cows to a luak. On a similar note, your type don’t need free opinions or elections, leaders have to be imposed on you bcoz you’re democratic rights are irrelevant. Jienges like you don’t choose, they’re imposed on you. That is the nature of things.

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      • 29 January 07:58, by Lenin Bull

        Jubaone good morning my brother. I missed you for long darling. Your opinion especially on Jienge are phenomenal" Jeinge don’t have democratic rights. Leaders have to be imposed on them." Fantastic opinion.

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        • 29 January 08:40, by jubaone

          Lenin Fool,
          You said it. Your democratic opinions are irrelevant in choosing leaders in your society. Benydits and bandits are a law and no Jienge would ever dare do the contrary. You risk getting ostracized or outright eliminated. You have no choice but follow submissively like a cow. The truth is bitter but has to be told.

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          • 30 January 06:30, by Lenin Bull

            Hahahahahaaaa! Jubaone. You must have stayed long with jienge because your knowledge of them is deep. I love you so much for your opinions on jienge. I love your tribe too because God create them and they are good.Let there be peace and love in our beloved homeland SOUTH SUDAN.

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      • 29 January 08:01, by South South

        Museveni is right, after transition government period led by Kiir, we should have free election, period. Talking about democracy, Equatoria is the worst place I have seen on the face of earth. People put down their knees and heads while crying when their paramount chiefs are just crossing their areas to show their respect to them. All paramount chiefs in Equatoria are hands picked.

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        • 29 January 08:07, by Eastern

          South South,

          In Equatoria, leaders (the paramount chiefs, etc.) follow the people not the other way round. Since the traditional leaders are just figure heads, nobody cares much about them. In the Dinka culture, the traditional leaders posture to wield power in the course of many have been assassinated by disgruntled and powerful youths. Equatorians value human life hence the mode of mourning....

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          • 29 January 08:45, by South South

            Eastern,

            You see what I say all the time. Equatorias when they come to towns and cities they drop their culture and just take what is in these places. Like language, Equatoria abandoned their languages and they speak Arabic Juba. You need to know this, people will look back where you come from and that is the root of your culture, not the one you just pick up.

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            • 29 January 11:04, by jubaone

              South South,
              No Equatorian has welcomed you to come to Juba and no Equatorian even wants you in Juba bcoz you have no added value to what we do, think and say. Rather, your type have been a "terrible human burden and inconvenience" to us. Let us speak Juba Arabic as we want and you freely can speak "thokjienge" in your areas as you wish. Is that difficult to understand?

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        • 29 January 08:20, by jubaone

          South South,
          Equatorians have respect and pay tribute to their loved ones, the jienges on the other hand have no regard for their dead ones. Often, they leave their dead to be eaten by hyenas and vultures or simply migrate like what’s happening in SS.

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          • 29 January 08:28, by jubaone

            South South,
            I asked a friend in Yei early 2006 who witnessed how late Garang made his body made the last trip. I asked him, why he could not be buried in his ancestral place as common in Equatoria. A fellow jienge who accompanied the late, was even surprised that Equatorians wept more than those un Bor who seemed not to care.

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            • 29 January 08:34, by jubaone

              Again in 2016, Baba Africa was buried at Simba Grounds in Juba, people asked why are these people burying their dead in Juba and not in their ancestral lands? It’s not part of your culture to mournfully bid farewell to your loved ones. Your culture honors those that live and a human being becomes useless once dead. Complete opposite of what Equatorians do. Death 💀 is for jienges a normal. Strange

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            • 30 January 13:58, by Lenin Bull

              Waaaaaa, Jubaone!! You must be an accomplished comedian and using jienge as your favorite subject.

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          • 29 January 08:34, by South South

            jubaone,

            Is it having sex during funerals (KARAMA) is a respect to dead people in Equatoria? Please give me a break.

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            • 29 January 08:40, by South South

              jubaone,

              I thank those women from Equatoria who cried for the death of Dr. John Garang. In Dinka culture men are raised to be strong and to be great fighters. Crying for a young man in Dinka culture is a sign of weakness for someone who will not be able to fight for his people. Dinka honored Garang’s will, freedom of South Sudan and that’s a big thing then just sitting and weeping.

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              • 29 January 08:49, by jubaone

                South South,
                Killing, death 💀 and absence for the value of life in your culture is the reason why we are saying, your lives don’t really matter. Kill, don’t bury your dead that is your jienge shit 💩, we don’t want you to interrupt our way of life. See how you kill yourselves every day!

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            • 29 January 11:53, by jubaone

              South South,
              No break! Having sex during karama symbolizs procreation. It is the end and start of a new lives. It has a deeper meaning whch is hardly discernible to such small-brained people of your type. We Bari dont do this practice, but I respect those who do it. I dont disregard it. What do you do jienges wih your dead? Just migrate and then squat in Equatoria?

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              • 29 January 12:03, by South South

                jubaone,
                So people who dance, having sex and drink alcohol during funerals (KARAMA) are the one now lecturing us about the respect of dead people? In Dinka, if someone dies is a sad thing to community and they mourn death for 2 days ( no fire, no loud talking, no cooking) people sit in dark for two days. We bury our dead people and all world knows that.

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                • 29 January 13:28, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  What I know is, you leave your dead to be scavenged on by hyenas and vultures or migrate entirely to a new place. This explains why you have all run away into hiding in Equatoria. We dont see you taking your dead to the ancestral lands. Most end up abandoned in the bushes. by the way,I want elections but first each one goes back to his ancestral land. We elect Baris not jienges

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                  • 29 January 15:22, by South South

                    jubaone,

                    Please respect yourself and say thing that make sense. Dinkas are more respectful than other tribes in South Sudan in term of respecting death people. You keep repeating yourself about Dinkas move to Equatoria. No, Dinkas are in Juba, a capital of South Sudan. Dinkas are in other parts of Equatoria as soldiers to protect South Sudan. If you want election, let’s go for it.

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          • 29 January 08:45, by Kenyang ll

            Jubaone,
            You can say whatever you want but all sections of Dinka bury their deads exactly same way. Matter fact, for fear of dead being dug out by wild animals, Dinka don’t just bury dead but are required to dig grave way deep, bury the dead within the compound and guide that grave for a month or two. Maybe you referring to Taposa who i know for fact some don’t bury dead.

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            • 29 January 09:00, by Kenyang ll

              If you’re referring to Dinka SPLA soldiers whose bones are scattered all over South Sudan towns than it is a matter of you knowing little about war/Dinka or simply an ignorance. Soldiers at war all over the world (Bari SPLA soldiers included) have few luxury and time to focus on deads. So it isn’t even part of SPLA culture not to bury deads let alone Dinka.

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            • 29 January 09:13, by South South

              Kenyang ll,

              jubaone knows very well that Dinka bury their deads. He lived in Aweil, Wunrok, Turali and Wau. He did see how Dinka respect their dead one. What you see coming out from him is making story and hatred. When a member of a family die in Dinka community everything stop in that family even cooking, food has to be brought from neighbor.In Eqautoira, people dance, drink and have sex.

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              • 30 January 06:41, by Lenin Bull

                Dear Kenyang II, and South Sudan, this guy called jubaone just wants to entertains folks in this platform with myths on Jienge/Jieng nation. In fact his deep insight knowledge of Jienge indicates that he likes them and only pretends to hate them. Let us conqer him with love and true patriotism not tribal hatred like he preaches in this forum. Let us respect the Great Bari nation. They are innocent

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  • 29 January 07:32, by lino

    Before the elections, they are legal procedures that must be followed; these are just wishes Mr. President!!!

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