Uganda President Invites South Sudan Leaders For Talks

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Following the 2018 peace agreement to promote peace in South Sudan, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called for a review and evaluation meeting to discuss the progress of the implementation of the peace agreements.

The meeting is to be attended by President Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and four other vice-presidents to discuss the challenges facing the implementation of the peace deal agreement.

Uganda as one of the guarantors of the peace deal continues to challenge and follow up with the leaders in question to ensure peace and stability in South Sudan and in the Region.

A source in South Sudan who preferred to remain anonymous, said that the biggest challenge that the parties are facing is the power sharing.

Disagreements continue to arise between the South Sudan parties due to the percentage in the formation of the unified command structure.   President Kiir and members of his group are pushing for a 60% share in the overall unified command structure, his deputy is advocating for a 50%-50% split of the military command structure.

The Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) on 12 September 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was commended and as a significant step towards rebuilding of South Sudan.

The peace deal is an effort to resuscitate the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) of 17 August 2015, which had apparently broken down as a result of the outbreak of civil war triggered by the violent confrontations that erupted on the night of 7 July 2016 in Juba.

The parties have also been unable to organize their forces in a way reflective of a conventional military structure in which a ranking is determined by size of military force under command of a particular officer.

Different stakeholders across Africa and beyond continue to be hopeful with an expectation for peace and stability.

Other leaders and concerned party have asked South Sudan to consider a political model that uses consensus and inclusion to decide the country’s future. Turning against each other only destroys the country and affects its growth and development.

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