Kiir visits Uganda for SPLM reunification
President Salva Kiir chats with the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai at
Juba International Airport before traveling to Uganda for
SPLM party reunification follow up meeting with
Yoweri Museveni (Photo: Moses Gum)
By Moses Gum
President Salva Kiir Mayardit travelled to Uganda to follow up the process of reunification of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Party.
Yesterday morning, President Kiir travelled to Kampala and was accompanied by government Ministers including Nhial Deng Nhial of Foreign Affairs and Mayiik Ayii Deng of the Office of the President, and Paul Mayom Akech Minister of Trade and East African Community Affairs.
The Presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny told the press that Kiir’s visit was meant to discuss issues pertaining to the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement and the reunification of the SPLM splinter factions.
“The President’s visit was to follow up with President Museveni the reunification of SPM factions. We want the three factions of SPLM to unite and form a block. If the SPLM factions come together they will start to negotiate with other parties,” Ateny said.
He said as the reunification process of the SPLM factions continued, it was high time for the leaders to also discuss issues of refugees and an end to the crisis.
The Presidential Press Secretary added that Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s involvement in pushing for peaceful resolution in South Sudan will help to stabilize the region.
“Museveni believes in resolution of conflicts in South Sudan. Regional leaders feel that there must be peace in South Sudan since this war also affected the region,” Ateny stated.
According to Ateny, the regional bloc Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the East African Community (EAC) were determined to ensure that peaceful resolution of the conflict through implementation of the peace agreement to alleviate sufferings and refugees crisis was achieved.
“In order to stop crisis, the existing peace is a must for implementation,” said Ateny.
Since 2017, the splinter factions of the ruling SPLM party have been working towards reunification of the party.
Agreement on the Reunification of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement known as the Arusha Agreement was signed by both factions as a sign of commitment to the process.
However, SPLM party split into three groups of SPLM in Government, SPLM-IO and SPLM Political Detainees after the eruption of the conflict in 2013.