Museveni’s threats to Riek Machar deemed “unhelpful”

By Henry D Gombya

 (L-R) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni -Two IGAD leaders on different paths concerning South Sudan.
(L-R) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni -Two IGAD leaders on different paths concerning South Sudan. While Kenyatta insists Machar is part of the solution to the South Sudan conflict, Museveni has threatened to send his troops after Machar if he does not agree to a ceasefire by today.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has come under heavy criticism for comments he made Monday when he visited his beleaguered friend, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and threatened to use force against former South Sudan Vice President Riek Teny Machar if the latter does not accept a ceasefire offer made by leaders of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) last Friday.

Speaking to journalists soon after arriving in Juba, President Museveni revealed that East African countries had agreed to move in to defeat South Sudanese rebel leader Dr Machar if he rejected a ceasefire offer, threatening to turn an outburst of ethnic fighting into a regional conflict.

Reuters news agency quoted Museveni as saying: “We gave Riek Machar four days to respond (to the ceasefire offer) and if he doesn’t, we shall have to go for him, all of us.” Asked what that meant, Museveni said: “To defeat him.” IGAD had last Friday at a hurriedly-arranged summit held at State House Nairobi given both sides in the South Sudan conflict that has so far claimed an estimated 2000 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands, until December 31st to agree to a ceasefire. This statement by Museveni has not been confirmed by others in IGAD.

Speaking to The London Evening Post from his Nairobi home, the Chief Executive Officer of the Pan African Forum (PAF) Dr David Nyekorach Matsanga referred to President Museveni’s comments in Juba as ‘unhelpful and very regrettable’. He said while IGAD and others like the PAF were seeking peaceful means to end the South Sudan conflict, it was quite uncalled for when a member of IGAD comes out and threaten to use force against one side in the South Sudan conflict.

3 thoughts on “Museveni’s threats to Riek Machar deemed “unhelpful”

  • December 31, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Museveni has a backing of USA government and also being rewarded for being helpful intelligence stooge to th US against oboe and he Museveni being a “good” student, has mastered the art of manipulations and impunity because he appear to work for Russians yet we all know the USA has ever since been grooming him to do their dirty job for them to help lessen the 90′ incident in Somalia and political risks involved. And Museveni being Museveni, he is a desperado maniac who only cares about himself.

  • December 31, 2013 at 6:06 am

    coalition of the willing may solve this as Tanzanian we need strong SADC only.

  • January 1, 2014 at 5:33 am

    New Year Resolution. Considering that Museveni has committed Ugandan military to fight in the Sudan without parliamentary authorization, the name Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) should be changed to Museveni’s Personal Defense Force (MPDF). No leader sends a national army to fight and kill two different tribes that seem to have a misunderstanding over power. This is a domestic affair which does not require foreign military intervention until a clear understanding is made. With the speed Museveni deployed his military into the Sudan, one wonders how long he has actually been involved in the Sudanese conflict. Finally, with information emerging that there has been massacre something which Museveni is known for both within and without Uganda, will he be responsible should this case be referred to the ICC?


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