Machar given VP seat in Kampala peace deal

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Kiir and Machar shake hands

South Sudan is likely to see a massive change in its leadership after the peace talks the two opposing leaders in the country’s civil war, Salva Kiir and Riek Machar are having in Uganda.

The peace talks are hosted by President Museveni at the State house in Entebbe with an added mediator who is the president of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir.

According to reports, one of the agreed positions that are expected to promote peace in the world’s youngest country is that there will be four Vice Presidents aiding the President, Salva Kiir.

NTV Uganda’s Herbert Zziwa who is at the peace talks says that rebel leader, Riek Machar will be one of the four Vice Presidents and that one slot will be reserved for a lady.

The meeting in Uganda, is a continuation of another convened two weeks ago in Khartoum, Sudan which discussed outstanding issues on governance, security and measures to rehabilitate the economy through bilateral cooperation between South Sudan and Sudan as neighbours.

Bashir too was present

The peace talks at State house Entebbe happen days after a ceasefire the two opposing leaders had put in place last week on Wednesday, 27th June was violated.

Kiir and Machar have had various attempts at promoting peace in their country through peace talks all of which have failed.

The South Sudan conflict started back in 2013, around 2 years after the young nation had gained independence from Sudan.

The President, Salva Kiir had accused his then-deputy Machar of trying to overthrow him.

The civil war has claimed tens of thousands of lives and has displaced millions of the country’s nationals. Many of these displaced have found refuge in Uganda where they have lived in refugee camps for years.

Credit: NTV

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