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South Sudanese rebel leader wants Uganda investigated over war

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July 24, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese former vice-president, Riek Machar, and leader of the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), has called on the international community to investigate Ugandan government over its direct involvement in the ongoing 19-month long civil war in the country.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni attends a session during the 25th extraordinary summit of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on South Sudan in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 March 2014 (Photo: Reuters//Tiksa Negeri)

In a statement on Friday, a copy of which was extended to Sudan Tribune, Machar objected to inclusion of Uganda in a committee formed on Friday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, by the African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) to study final report on atrocities committed in South Sudan.

AU’s PSC met on Friday and discussed the report on crimes committed by the warring parties in South Sudan. President Salva Kiir’s government participated in the discussions on the document which copy the government received earlier.

Also a committee of 7 members was formed to study the document. Among the committee membership include Algeria, Chad, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

However, the rebel leader said Uganda should be removed from the committee, saying it is a party to the conflict.

“SPLM/SPLA strongly objects to the inclusion of Uganda in the committee. Uganda has been a party to the conflict from since the beginning (15th December 2013),” partly reads the statement, dated 24 July, and signed by the top rebel leader.

“Therefore, the inclusion of the Republic of Uganda in the committee is tantamount to making her a judge in its own case,” he said.

Machar said the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) were still in the country fighting alongside president Kiir’s forces in carrying out “genocide” against the civil population.

He also reiterated protest of the opposition group not having been invited to the PSC meeting on Friday and for not being served with a copy of the report on the atrocities.

The top opposition leader also decried conditioning the expected summit of AU’s heads of state and government to discuss the report on the IGAD member states agreeing to its convening.

“We view this as a subversion of justice,” he said.

He called on the AU’s Peace and Security Council to serve the opposition faction with the copy of the report and to be invited to the upcoming summit where the report shall be discussed.

(ST)

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  • 24 July 2015 23:57, by Developer

    M7 with his brother Shelum shali are looters. They are scooping revenues of S.Sudan iligaly.

    • 25 July 2015 05:44, by Mi diit

      How can a thief (Uganda) study how it stole somebody’s property. This country should be sanctioned by the international community. AU is so blind and insensitive in dealing with Uganda. IGAD is so weak and cannot even ensure that Uganda respects ceasefire agreement it brokered between the warring parties in South Sudan. Dark continent, as they say!

      • 25 July 2015 17:17, by Clausewitz

        Mi diit:

        Don’t complain — you are in no position to complain. Where was this faux moralistic outrage when your people allied with Khartoum during the civil war? Where were the calls for sanctions when Khartoum used a palette of destructive weaponry against us that you were complicit in helping them acquire?

        • 25 July 2015 17:27, by Clausewitz

          Khartoum was able to purchase billions of dollars in weaponry precisely because you helped them to secure the oilfields. You were allies of the SAF, PDF and Baggara Arab tribes of the Murahaleen when the Sudanese State killed 100, 000 people in the Bahr el Ghazal region through the use of an artificial famine in 1998. Hundreds of thousands died before and after that, so don’t complain.

  • 25 July 2015 09:02, by LOJUBA

    I don’t see any Isil in South Sudan, let’s be realistic current regime in Juba will not long, I was supporting them, but I lost.
    Tribalism empower by primitive villagers will last short, and matured ones will take over soon and very soo.

    No one born holding gun or trained how to use gun with her mothers stomach



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