This article was last updated on May 27, 2022
Hon. Akol Paul Kordit, Spokesman of the members of Political Bureau, told the reporters at Juba International Airport just after the arrival of the delegation from Kampala Uganda.
Kordit said the Chairman of the SPLM and President of the Republic of South Sudan Comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit, accompanied by high- level delegation, comprising of the members of SPLM Political Bureau, Members of the SPLM National Liberation Council (NLC), and other senior members of the SPLM, met with the G-11 group in Kampala.
“This trip came about on invitation by the Chairman of National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President of the Republic of Uganda, Comrade Yoweri Museveni,” said Kordit.
“It is worth mentioning that the SPLM and the NRM have long cordial relationship, looking back at the period of Struggle,” he said.
“During our stay in Uganda, we met with the SPLM former detainees to discuss how the crisis can be addressed in our country,” he added.
The spokesman told the reporters that all the political detainees were met, with exception of FormerAmbassador Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth who he said has joined the SPLM/A In Opposition.
“It is worth mentioning that this meeting was good and cordial and I would like, therefore, on behave of the SPLM leadership, to assure our membership, the people of South Sudan and the entire region that the SPLM leadership under the leadership of Comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit, is committed to peace, to see that the suffering is brought to an end,” he explained.
Kordit said the president is committed to bring peace back home and to reconcile the war affected communities.
“We are optimistic and we are hopeful that peace is a round the corner and for sure the nightmare of conflict will come to an end and this Country will be at peace with itself and enjoy prosperity,” he said.
“Peace is not an event. Peace is a process and for that it will be unrealistic to predict a process that is to materialize over time. Since it is a process, we will not cross the river before we reached the bridge,” he said.
“This was not part of IGAD consultation but we are all aware that there is a Regional Initiative to see that the conflict is resolved,” said the spokesman.
“So this is part of the regional initiative to resolve the conflict in South Sudan,” said Kordit.
Gurtong understands from Uganda State House that President Yoweri Museveni has called on the warring factions in the South Sudan Conflict to reconcile and unite, saying the people of South Sudan were suffering and the neighbouring countries have been let down by these conflicts.
“If you continue you will be called mistake makers and these mistakes are costing your people and the neighbouring countries. We must liberate the people of South Sudan and address all other upcoming conflicts like the borders issues,” Museveni said.
The President who, invited the two teams separately for the meeting, said ever since the conflict begun he didn’t get involved because there were other leaders like the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn and President Uhuru Kenyata of Kenya who were already involved.
“We don’t want South Sudanese to finish themselves. What is most important is not to continue with thesemistakes. South Sudan had become a big supporter for East Africa, we must support you,” said Ugandan President Museveni.
The meeting comes at the heels of a resolution issued at the end of IGAD Assembly on November 7, 2014 to grant a request by the warring parties in South Sudan a grace period of 15 days to complete consultations on the outstanding issues. IGAD also directed the two sides to commit to an unconditional, complete and immediate end to hostilities among other things.
President Kiir led a 23-man delegation, including Hon. Gen. Mark Nyipouc Deputy Speaker of NLA, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Chief Negotiator at Addis Peace Talks, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Awan Guol Riak Minister in the Office of the President, Micheal Makuei Lueth, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. John Gai Yoah, Minister Education, Science and Technology, Jeema Nunu Kumba Minister of Electricity and Dams and Awut Deng Achuli, Minister for Gender and Child welfare among others.
Maama Rebecca Nyandeng Garang led a high-level delegation of the former SPLM detainees, also known as G-11, including Oyay Deng Ajak, Pagan Amum Okiech, Majok D’Agot Atem, Cirino Hiteng, Chol Tong Mayai, John Luk, Kosti Manibe, Deng Alor, and Gier Choung.
The Uganda peace support team was lead by General Caleb A Salim Saleh who is also the patron of the team, Sagal Abraham Emong whon is the Chairman, Ambassador. Busho Ndinyenka the Vice Chairman and Mr. Ndiwalana Herbert as the coordinator/Emissary.
President Salva Kiiri was received on arrival at Entebbe International Air port by the State Minister for foreign affairs Mr. Okello Oryem and the Head of Public Service John Mitala.