President Museveni has jetted into South Sudan’s Capital, Juba ahead of the peace day celebrations proceeded by a new conclusive peace deal signed between the government of war-ravaged South Sudan and the country’s main rebel group led by Riak Machar to end conflicts.
According to the agreement, Machar will act as the first vice president, the current vice president will act as the second vice president, the third one will be a woman from opposition and the fourth will be appointed from the general public.
Rebel leader, Riek Machar returned yesterday to seal a peace deal after two years since he fled the country following the collapse of an earlier accord.
Mr. Museveni said, the long South Sudan conflict has had a huge effect on trade and people at large, for our country specifically, export revenue to South Sudan reduced by $500m, while at least a million South Sudanese sought refuge in Uganda.
“I believe with this peace process, the refugees can return home and participate in rebuilding their country,” he noted. Celebrations are scheduled to take place in john Garanga memorial stadium.
The world’s youngest nation plunged into civil war in late 2013 when troops of Kiir clashed with forces of rebel leader Machar in the country’s capital Juba, spread across the impoverished state, shutting down oil fields, forcing millions to flee and killing hundreds of thousands of people.
Machar fled to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016 after fierce fighting broke out again in the capital, killing hundreds. He later traveled to South Africa, where he was held under house arrest until earlier this year.