JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
East Africa ministers met in Juba on Monday to
help revitalize peace process in South Sudan.
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said the
planned High Level Revitalization Forum provides warring parties
with opportunity for the broadest consultation, inclusivity to
end the more than three years of conflict.
The Chairperson of
IGAD Council of Ministers Workneh Gebeyehu told regional leaders
and diplomats in Juba the revitalization forum will help restore
permanent ceasefire and create conducive environment for broad
consultations among the warring parties.
forum is not a fresh renegotiation or negotiation to implement
Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS)
rather it is a window of opportunity for all South Sudanese
stakeholders to return or join the implementation of the August
2015 peace agreement,” he said.
“I would like to
call upon the transitional unity government and other parties
and non-parties of the ARCSS to lay their arms down and join the
revitalization of the peace process once again,” he added.
On June 12, regional
leaders who met in Ethiopia decided on a High-Level
Revitalization Forum of the Parties to the ARCSS which would
include all opposition and estranged armed groups.
He disclosed that
South Sudanese, the region as well as the wider international
community are looking at the IGAD and partners to help the
war-torn country achieve enduring sustainable peace through the
High Level Revitalization Forum.
that this process will explore all inclusive peaceful ways to
fully implement the weakened August 2015 peace agreement without
“The high level
revitalization forum has already started to take effect through
endorsing terms of reference and implementation matrix with a
view to systematically carry out immediate priorities in
implementation of the peace agreement with a revised timeline,”
He added in spite of
the enormous challenges in peace building, the forum is also
expected to develop a realistic timeline towards democratic
election at the end of the transitional period.
of IGAD Mahboub Malim said they have already embarked on work to
ensure peace deal revival yields results.
“During the last
Heads of State Summit expectations were raised and of course a
lot of work has been done. Since then we have so far embarked on
the matrix time lines and the modus operandi on how things
should happen in this revitalization process,” he said.
“We interacted with
members of civil society, faith-based organization and women and
youth. A lot of ideas were generated. We are now in full
picture to reenergize the process,” he added.
called for immediate deployment of the much-awaited Regional
Protection Force (RPF) and that the Chiefs of Defence (CDF)
forces of the African troops contributing countries are meeting
in Addis Ababa to sort out final critical operational matters.
Chairperson of the peace monitoring body Joint Monitor and
Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Festus Mogae urged all parties to
restore the permanent ceasefire by renouncing violence.
“It is reasonable
and fair that the turmoil last year has led to estrangement of
some parties and new groups have emerged. All South Sudanese
leaders must renounce violence and get back to negotiating
table,” he said.
Mogae added that the
outcome of the forum will help improve on humanitarian situation
resulting from close cooperation between government, UN and JMEC
and other humanitarian agencies.
He also noted that
though there has been some progress, the fact that the permanent
constitution making process is behind schedule and lack of
gender balance in government should be tackled.
“Today the peace
agreement has stalled...this is the time to restore it,” he
The Minister of
Cabinet Affairs Elia Lomuro said they will work closely with
JMEC clusters to create conducive working environment for both.
He added the
national dialogue launched December last year by President Salva
Kiir will work alongside the peace deal revival forum to achieve
descended into violence in December 2013 after political dispute
between President Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar led to
fighting that pitted mostly Dinka ethnic soldiers loyal to Kiir
against Machar’s Nuer ethnic group.
The 2015 peace
agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016
when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital forcing
Machar to flee into exile.
The conflict has
killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions that
have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
Uganda beat South Sudan 5-1 in
2018 CHAN qualifier
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda Cranes have qualified for the next round
of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier after
they beat visiting South Sudan 5-1 on Saturday.
After ending with a
goalless draw in the first leg last week in Juba, hosts Uganda
clinched the second-leg win to qualify for the next round where
it will face Amavubi of Rwanda. The two will compete in two legs
in August to decide who can go through to the finals.
The South Sudan team
defended in numbers from kick-off before the hosts took the lead
after 33 minutes.
playing his third full match for the national team nodded the
ball past South Sudan’s goalkeeper Daniel Khamis Dak after a
well taken cross by defender Nicholas Wadada.
collided with the goalkeeper and needed medical attention before
he was replaced by Paul Mucureezi.
The substitute made
sure his impact was felt when he made it 2-0 after 44 minutes
with a neat finish.
Ismeal Watenga later punched James Saeed Moga well taken shot.
In the second half,
Mucureezi made it 3-0 after 46 minutes.
With the Uganda
Cranes midfield well controlled by Muzamil Mutyaba running rings
around the South Sudan team, the hosts made it 5-0 with
Mucureezi again getting his name on the score sheet.
Daniel Boki Olivier
netted a last minute consolation goal for South Sudan who had
held Uganda to the goalless draw in the first leg in Juba last
“I am happy that the
boys responded well and got the goals. It is always important to
take the chances and now we wait to face Rwanda,” said Uganda’s
Coach Milutin Sredojevic.
South Sudan’s coach
Felix Bilal Kumuyange said his team had been outplayed.
“We started well,
but failed to keep pace with the Ugandan team,” said Kumuyange.