Museveni briefs US and UK ambassadors

President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that the real medicine to the South Sudan problems is elections.

Museveni said a meeting with US Ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown, and UK High Commissioner to Uganda Kate Airey and Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Robert Fairweather in Jinja.

“Elections will force political players in South Sudan to form alliances like it was in Kenya and that this will in turn create unity and peace in South Sudan,” he said.

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He said the same problem was in Kenya but was managed when they formed alliances and later held elections. “Me I want to push them (South Sudan) to elections. If South Sudan can do the Kenyan way, elections will force them to make alliances and this problem will be history,” Museveni said.

He advised the delegation to also go and meet President Salvar Kiir of South Sudan and Dr. Riek Machar to have their sides of the story so that a way forward is sought to solve the South Sudan problems once and for all.

The United State Special Envoy H Stuart Symington IV thanked the President for sparing time off his busy campaign schedule and commended him and the government for the efforts and role played to secure South Sudan.

“Thank you for sparing time talking about South Sudan, your neighbor. We have seen and appreciate the work Uganda and the neighbors are going in South Sudan,” Amb. Stuart Symington IV said.

Ambassador Stuart Symington warned about the insecurity that may arise out of failure by the warring parties in South Sudan not put the signed agreement in force. He asked the President to encourage them to do so and move forward.

“We are going to see them together (Dr. Riek Marcher and President Salvar Kiir) for the first time this week. We shall be lobbying them about the issue of governors and the contested state,” Amb. Syminton said.

The United Kingdom Special Envoy Robert Fairweather requested President Museveni to engage President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to take the direction of Kenya he talked about earlier.

“If you could advise President Kiir and Machar to take the direction of elections, this problem will be history. You are the person who can give them confidence,” Amb. Robert Fairweather said.

The meeting recommended that the US and UK delegations go and meet President Salvar Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to have a way forward.

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