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February 11, 2018 (JUBA)- The Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Sunday has assured South Sudan President Salva Kiir never be afraid of United States arms restrictions on his country, pledging his government would facilitate delivery of arms defying the weapons ban and other sanctions.

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Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni (L) and his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir (AFP/ file photo)

Last Wednesday, President Kiir received Ugandan First Deputy Prime Minister, Moses Ali who delivered a special message from President Museveni.

Neither the South Sudanese presidency nor the visiting guest didn’t reveal the content of the letter.

“I want to you tell this, and whether you believe it or not, the government will never fail to acquire weapons by any means. What the foreign countries, including the United States of America, are doing is a pursuit of regime change which nobody will entertain even in America," said a presidential aide asked what actually was the message Ugandan envoy had delivered.

"Nobody will accept that a democratically elected government be changed through the force or by an imposed agreement,” he further told Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity.

Following the repeated violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement, State Department on Friday 2 February imposed a U.S. arms embargo on South Sudan and called on the United Nations and other countries to do the same.

In its decision the State Department has restricted all sales of defence equipment and services to all parties to South Sudan’s conflict, stressing it is "appalled" by the continuing violence.

The South Sudanese senior official said President Museveni advised President Kiir and the transitional government of national unity not to panic from Washington unilateral decision to impose an embargo on weapons export to South Sudan.

“President Museveni is indeed a friend of the people of South Sudan. He sent the special message for two purposes. One, he assured his excellency, General Salva Kiir Mayardit of the support of the people and the government of the Republic of Uganda to the people and the Republic of South Sudan. His Excellency President Museveni gave the assurance of highest support in this situation. Two, in case of sanctions, the government of Uganda would do its best to ensure all weapons and associated services destined to South Sudan are facilitated,” he said.

The State Department addressed a special call to South Sudan’s neighbours, to cut off the flow of weapons to the land-locked country and to "halt support to actors who are working to destabilize the country".

Further, Washington which facilitates the ongoing African Union and IGAD efforts to end the civil war in the country had called on the two regional bodies to consider sanctions measures against those who undermine the peace process".

Weapons are delivered to South Sudan through Kenya’s port of Mombasa, but also they can be destined to Kampala which will then expedite to Juba.

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  • 11 February 23:08, by Kush Natives

    That’s purely a white lies, Uganda want to see peace come back to South Sudan, so all such propagation are not correct. FYI, the government peace delegations will not just sign a documents that only talked about position and 2 army. Rebels think that we in the government are sleeping, no we re not. Rebels MUST be very careful!

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    • 12 February 15:22, by dinkdong

      If that is true, then the Americans should cut aides to Uganda. Museveni is a fool.

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  • 11 February 23:20, by Kenyang ll

    That emotional, American whore with zero foreign experience has yet to learn the United States sanctions and arm embargo have little effect anywhere in the world let alone Africa. For South Sudan, it’s bordered by six countries and weapons can be delivered at any point including aerial delivery. Foreigners simply need to stay out of South Sudanese affairs if they have no better alternative.

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  • 11 February 23:48, by john locke

    Kennyang, so are you happy with what kiir and his people are doing? Buying weapons to kill his own people to stay in power. Are you happy that 1/3 of the population has left the country? And the remaining are starving as we speak? Are you happy that musevni is supporting a man who’s willing to kill his people to stay in power? This is a senseless war but in the long run will haunt every jiang

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    • 12 February 01:30, by Kenyang ll

      John,
      There is war in South Sudan, people suffer and die during war. The war is here because Dr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amum, Nyandeeng Garang and Majak Agoot were not patience. It is not anywhere in the world can a sitting Vice President (from same party) insult and challenge to place sitting President. So, this war has nothing to do with Dinka as a tribe, it won’t "haunt" them.

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      • 12 February 01:36, by South South

        Kenyang ll,

        I am so happy you pointed out how this war started at the first place. It’s SPLM leadership which caused this war to start. It’s Reik, Pagan, Nyandeeng and Majak Agoot who came out openly and wanted to push Kiir away from presidency before the election. This is what caused the war, but some anti-Dinka find a room to blame Dinka tribe.

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        • 12 February 02:20, by Kenyang ll

          South South,
          Yes brother, I thought i’m "pointing out" the obvious which we all know and happened in front of all of us.

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      • 12 February 01:38, by Kenyang ll

        ... If your point is to question why majority Dinka support Kiir regime, you should be able to find answer between the line, by answering why is Nuer always (1991 & 2013) the one to support Riek frequent rebellions.

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        • 12 February 02:05, by Kenyang ll

          .... An embargo can’t be the solution to stop our short sighted, selfish conflict which in long run would weaken gallant SPLA. We have Kafia Kingi, Abyei, and many South Sudanese legitimate territories still occupied by Sudan. Sudanese will never abandon these territories with weak SPlA but they can, same way they left South Sudan with mighty, strong SPLA.

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  • 12 February 00:05, by Games

    You guys relax, Uganda is not regional power. And its so good news to hear from M7 himself that he doesn’t want a peace in South Sudan. The others IGAD countries and the rests of the world as large will take note on the M7 words. Minds you too guys, M7 is one of those dictatorship few leaders still around and Donald Trump has issues with them

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    • 12 February 01:27, by South South

      I think having a very strong army in South Sudan will bring lasting peace. South Sudan cannot has weak army and thinks that peace will come. Museveni is right, sanctioning South Sudan means USA is now punishing our government alone and leave wicked rebels free. Rebels do not buy guns to sanction them. No single one in Africa should listen to Trump after calling them bad names.

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    • 12 February 06:02, by jubaone

      Games,
      M7 has over the years lived at the expense of SS. Flashback: Soon after the SPLA established itself around 1984, M7 had a ragtag army that lookefd like a bunch of wayward criminals or matoke cutters. Soon after taking power in Jan 1986, he made contacts with Garang and so all military and logistical support was to pass through Uganda.

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      • 12 February 06:05, by South South

        jubaone,

        That’s good point you made. Museveni is a real friend of South Sudan. He helped us to fight fake Arabs of Sudan.

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      • 12 February 06:08, by jubaone

        M7 exploited this opportunity as much help then from US, Libya, Ethiopia had to reach SS. According to our informers over 1/3 of all military hard ware was expropriated by M7 to build his ragtag army and to fight LRA in N.Uganda. Garang was unable to raise this concerns for reasons of secrecy. The SPLA had to live with it. Between 1991-2003, Uganda had strengthened it’s UPDF significantly.

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        • 12 February 06:15, by jubaone

          Until the signing of the CPA and as Garang was made FVP of Sudan and President of Southern Sudan, Garang was interested in now transforming and strengthening the SPLA into a professional army. But he needed to address the huge military hardware that M7 had promised to hand in, what indeed was given to SPLA by it’s supporters. This was a turning point and M7 was clearly uncomfortable with this.

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          • 12 February 06:21, by jubaone

            With intra-SPLA troubles that had mounted between Garang and Kiir, M7 saw that as a golden opportunity to now subtlety get rid of Garang. And so that fateful flight that finally took Garang from Entebbe to New Kush and crushed. Sad, Garang wanted another SS that would be "free" with it’s friends but not bullied or patronized by them. Kiirminal is the anthesis of Garang was, namely a puppet.

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            • 12 February 06:28, by jubaone

              Today SS is at the mercy of Uganda and SS is now more of a "Ugandan district" devoid of any sovereignty. With the petrodollars Uganda has transformed it’s worthless "matoke economy". Between 2005-2012, SS was Uganda’s largest export land with annual trade balance of over $300m in goods and services. Uganda doesn’t want SS to develop its agriculture, infrastructure and systems, it wants

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              • 12 February 06:34, by jubaone

                SS to be entirely dependent on it. This explains the poor food security, lack of energy for industrialization (Uganda had developed Karuma Dam) to later supply SS and so completely dependence. Uganda can only do better as long ad SS is messed up, bcoz otherwise it would hardly compete with Kenya or Tanzania. SS is now Uganda’s "junkyard". M7 once alluded that Uganda is free of criminals

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                • 12 February 06:42, by jubaone

                  and prostitutes as many had come to SS thereby raising crime rate and prostitution and increased HIV/AIDS. The then Customs market (Hai Nyakama) where Freedom Hall is now and Jebel Markets are proof of this. M7 wants SS to continue disintegrating as it annexes part of it or economically controls it. He has found the Kiirminal a "useful idiot", Garang was to smart to be fooled. What does all mean?

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                  • 12 February 06:50, by jubaone

                    With over 1 million SS refugees in Uganda, international help will flow and benefit Uganda’s local economy and labor markets. Many SS have families in Uganda, school children, house rents, remittances from relatives in we diaspora pump ose to $120m annually. Uganda is a big-time beneficiary of our chaos system and it will ensure that doesn’t change in the immediate future.

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                    • 12 February 06:58, by jubaone

                      M7 is indirectly emboldening intransigency of govt delegation at the peace talks and a successful and amicable peace in SS is not in Uganda’s interest. What next? Should the US, Troika, AU push through, M7 may shift suddenly and drop Kiirminal. M7 wants to safeguard his national interest. But should that fail, we’ve to be ready for another 20-30 war.

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                      • 12 February 13:31, by The Rhino

                        Jubaone,

                        Viva and thank you.Your crisp elaborations pinpointed the exact sequence of events and many reasons connected to them respectively.South Sudanese are in such a predicament b’cos of Dinka’s total foolishness,period! Believe me,its extremely difficult to stay still not to pull out derogatory words when dealing with them.Now,this Bantu M7 surely is the one cashing in the big money(exports..

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                        • 12 February 13:39, by The Rhino

                          ..of arms,agricultural products,etc).This M7 will never desist to squeeze out the last penny in South Sudan as long as Kiir and his ghouls are in the government.South Sudan will never have peace unless M7 is deleted out of the equation.So,with the fight against Al Shabaab in Somalia now trickling down,his soldiers will be sent back to Uganda leaving him with less interest to the United States,...

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                          • 12 February 13:43, by The Rhino

                            ...here is where his vulnerability will then float and come into play.Besides,the short-legged Bantu is getting too old,thats another factor to consider for his soonest departure.

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                            • 12 February 14:22, by jubaone

                              Rhino,
                              It is only logical that M7 must literally "own" SS, if Uganda has to economically remain sustainable. With rapidly increasing population growth rate @ 3%/year, limited resources, SS offers the best opportunity. Ideally, SS should focus more on the LAPSSET Project through Kenya, but M7 has made sure our ties with Kenya never develops.

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                              • 12 February 14:28, by jubaone

                                M7 has successfuly muzzled the opposition and our Ugandan friends have been made to drink, enjoy life and shun politics. He has "dictated" Uganda to the point Uganda´s oposition has become timid, docile and hopeless. It is this view that Kiirminal wants to adopt. Sadly, SS are not Ugandans, here we dont demonstrate in the streets, we rebel and go to the bushes, that simple.

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                                • 12 February 14:35, by jubaone

                                  Just imagine SS were peaceful and on the path of development, honestly every SS would be having more or less a foreigner (Ugandan, Kenyan, Ethiopian, Congolese etc..) as domestic servants (just joking). But the Kiirminal has reduced our rich country with good loving people to a state of destitition, poverty and our neighbors can only make silly jokes about us. It bothers our national conscience

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                                  • 12 February 17:00, by The Rhino

                                    Jubaone,

                                    Yes indeed,all over the world,people are looking at South Sudanese thinking they’re all wild animals just like their dumb "president".Now,speaking of domestic servants,we have lots of them right here at home(Jienges)!We must first get back,secure what is ours,then position these scumbags(Dinkas) into their original position in society "the stinky position"..emptying pit latrines...

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                                    • 12 February 17:09, by The Rhino

                                      ..at least here they don’t need to think to much to do the job.See,these Jienges must leave solving complex issues to others,otherwise we’ll never move forward!

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  • 12 February 01:55, by garrak1520

    If true, this confirms that South Sudan is the cache-cow of Uganda. Let’s sell them arms,10 times the price, and let them finish themselves.

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  • 12 February 02:49, by john locke

    Kennyang, you are ignorant if you truly believe that riek and the rest plotted against kiir. Kiir is the one who plotted and killed thousands of innocent nuer civilians in juba to start this war. This war won’t stop until kiir is removed from the presidency and replaced with a competent person. Kiir is unfit to lead. The Jiang in bhar ghazel are starving. The nuer in upper Nile are dying by milit

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  • 12 February 07:27, by real Dinka

    Both Museveni and Kiir are very stupid enough to lead they people, where on this world will you find president leading the country in to war just like this S.Sudan and people are suffering all over but you don’t even feel like you will leave them a chance.
    This country is much bigger that any one of us, therefore let all mind freedom of our nation than supporting useless Kiir and Riek

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  • 12 February 21:19, by Kaya-Man

    Both Museveni and Kenyatta took advantage of the idiot in J1 to exploit the country. Let it be clear to these greedy misLeaders that the PRODUCT OF AFRICAN SLAVERY MOTHERHOOD in J1 will be in the abyss very soon.

    The God of South Sudan will deliver the country and its people from the greed of the misLeaders.

    South Sudanese should also style up and ensure they are not divided by the greed of a fe

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