ANC Pledges Support For South Sudan Peace Process

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The introduction of the ANC comes after interventions from Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who argued that the two warring factions were not upholding resolutions taken by IGAD and as such they were delaying the peace process.

South African ruling party, African National Congress has staked it's self as a second gurantor for the South Sudan SPLM party re-unification.


In a communiqué issued to the press after four days of meeting, the SPLM tripartite committee that had been established to harmonise the divisions within the party said that the ANC had pledged to join Tanzania's ruling party Chama Cha Mapenduzi as a second guarantor that the peace process will go on as planned.


The introduction of the ANC comes after interventions from Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who argued that the two warring factions were not upholding resolutions taken by IGAD and as such they were delaying the peace process.


In the communiqué, a copy of which URN has obtained, the warring factions have pledged to stick to the agreed roadmap to a peaceful end to the conflict. Part of the process to end the conflict includes a revocation of an earlier declaration that had suspended the rebel leader Riek Machar and four other ministers.


The meeting seems to have struck a breakthrough chord for the peace process that had earlier been contested on by both sides. In the meeting, the Salva Kiir government agreed to reinstate the ministers and unfreeze their bank accounts that had earlier been blocked. The meeting also agreed that the exile status of the four ministers would be revoked. The South Sudan government will also provide redress for damages that the suspended members suffered when they were chased out of the party and jailed for close to three months.


In February, after a month of fighting, the SPLM dismissed Riek Machar,Pagan Amum,  Taban Deng Gai and Alfred Lado Gore from the party and the three of them (with the exception of Machar) were arrested. They were later freed after intervention from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.


The conflict which started as a split within the ruling SPLM has continued for 13 months with Machar's rebel group, the SPLM - IO controlling some parts of the country. 

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.