Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has advised his South Sudan counterpart, Salva Kiir, not to tolerate impunity in the armed forces.
“Don’t tolerate impunity in the army,” Museveni told Kiir at Freedom Hall in the capital Juba on Monday.
Museveni said his army, Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] has built Uganda because “we insisted on discipline”.
“We killed soldiers who raped or killed people.”
He commended Kiir for initiating the dialogue to avoid violence because “if you don’t have peace in the country, the private sector will run away and the country’s economy will decline”.
He added: “Your children will lose jobs and you will lose many years of economic development.”
He said Uganda suffered this because leaders didn’t know that wealth comes from the private sector.
“In Africa, we are always asking who should be in power, instead of asking what we should do with power,” Museveni stated.
He added: “I see the people who have been chosen to head this dialogue, I know some of them and I think this will succeed because they are serious people. I wish you success.”
In February this year, while visiting Yei, Kiir also made similar remarks when he ordered the SPLA General Command to report to him any soldier accused of raping women or girls anywhere in the country.
“From today onward, if it [murder or rape] happens, I want them to bring me a report that somebody has committed such a crime and has been shot [dead],” Kiir is quoted by Eye Radio as saying.
“Let us do one thing; we get rid of bad elements among us and we remain clean, pure and perfect,” he added.
President Museveni also told South Sudanese to shun politics of division using tribal affiliations.
He said politics based on identity is one of the biggest challenge facing Africa.
He also encourage South Sudanese leaders to use ideas to defeat their opponents rather than resort to violence.