Machar, Kiir Resolve Impasse over Weapons

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Information Minister Michael Makuei said after a cabinet meeting yesterday, CTSAMM, the verification body will send a team to Gambella to verify Machars soldiers plus their individual weapons. It is based on their recommendation that government will issue the necessary clearance for the planes that will bring them, Makuei added.

South Sudan Vice President Designate Riek Machar will not return from Pagak to Juba today even after both the government and SPLM-IO nominally accepted an international compromise proposal on his return.

A senior South Sudan government official this morning said that there was no reception planned for Machar today, also reiterating that they wanted ceasefire monitors to first go to Gambella to check the weapons that Machar would be bringing with him.

Information Minister Michael Makuei said after a cabinet meeting yesterday, "CTSAMM, the verification body will send a team to Gambella to verify Machar's soldiers plus their individual weapons." "It is based on their recommendation that government will issue the necessary clearance for the planes that will bring them," Makuei added.

Early this week, the Salva Kiir government accused Machar of wanting to carry with him "an arsenal of arms inter alia; anti-tanks, laser-guided missiles and heavy machine guns and deploy 2,910 as opposed to a government threshold of 1,370 soldiers.

David Amuru, the Spokesperson of the South Sudan Embassy in Kampala told URN that after exploring the avenues, President Salva Kiir has finally agreed to a compromise proposal allowing Dr Riek Machar to come with any type of weapons in his custody in order to avoid further complication of the process.

According to Amuru, this will enable the government to ease re-integration of the former rebel fighters and their collaborators in to the government without any kind of suspicion.
 
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David Otim, an envoy of Dr Riek Machar to Nigeria and ECOWAS, who is currently in Kampala, says Machar's advance team is already in Juba awaiting the resolution of logistical challenges. He says Dr Machar will join them by Monday.
 
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Information Minister Michael Makuei says the government will not accept postponements beyond Monday.
 
"Any delay the day after the government will not be ready for it. Any further conditions will not, and I repeat, will not be accepted by the government of South Sudan," he said

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.