Kiir, Machar coming to Kampala to meet Museveni

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Kiir and Machar shake hands after peace deal

By Radio Tamazuj

The South Sudan presidency has confirmed that President Salva Kiir Mayardit will attend a meeting to be held in Kampala, Uganda on Thursday.

Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar will meet in the presence of the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and the president of the Sudanese Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al Burhan.

The meeting was supposed to take place Tuesday but was delayed.

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Radio Tamazuj that the meeting was postponed due to the president’s busy schedule.

“The meeting has been postponed because the president is busy holding consultations with the peace signatories in Juba, but the president will travel to Kampala on Thursday,” he assured.

The meeting, which will be the third face-to-face meeting between the two principal leaders, is expected to discuss outstanding issues in the implementation of the peace agreement before the expected formation of a transitional government on November 12.

The opposition SPLM/A-IO on Tuesday said they received a formal notification postponing the meeting due to ’administrative reasons’.

The key outstanding issues include the creation of unified forces, deployment of soldiers meant to protect top government officials, agreeing on the number of states and drawing internal boundaries.

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Meanwhile, Kiir maintained his position to form a revitalized government of national unity as planned on November 12.

Kiir was addressing national parliamentarians at the opening of the second session in Juba on Tuesday under the theme ‘Moving forward in the spirit of Peace, Unity, and Nation-building’.

He said all other signatories to the peace agreement, except SPLM-IO, are opposed to the formation of the government as scheduled.

“The government, the Former Detainees(FDS) South Sudan Opposition Alliance(SSOA) and other political parties(OPP) are willing to form the government of national unity on November 12 expect the SPLA-IO. I have consistently reiterated my position to form the unity government as agreed upon on November 12, 2019,” he said.

President Kiir in the past few days has been echoing the same message at different national functions, ignoring calls by the opposition SPLM-IO and National Democratic Movement to extend the pre-transitional period to allow the implementation of key pending tasks.

The key outstanding issues include the creation of unified forces, deployment of soldiers meant to protect top government officials, agreeing on the number of states and drawing internal boundaries.

There is also growing international pressure for the parties to respect the November 12 deadline and form a unity government.

Riek Machar, leader of the SPLM-IO has stated that until security arrangements are implemented and parties reach an agreement on the number of states and their boundaries, they will not be part of such a government.

The two leaders are expected to meet in Kampala, Uganda on 7th, ahead of a planned IGAD summit for all signatories on 8th November 2019 to discuss a way forward on the pending tasks in the implementation and formation of a unity government.

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