Uganda Says It’s Ready to Defeat Rebel Leaders in Sudan

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uganda and sudanBy Lillian Armstead

East African nations will strategically move in on the hostile leader of South Sudanese, Riek Machar if the rebellious leader does not accept their offer to end the attacks which could prove detrimental to large numbers of people, said the president of Uganda.

Shortly after President Yoweri Museveni made a broadcast to cease fire, hostilities broke out with the “White Army” and other agitators started fighting with military personnel outside the capital Bor of the Jonglei state, reported officials.

The government is preparing for a vicious outbreak from the Sudanese who attacked the town several weeks ago – this was also the same place of a vicious bloodbath in 1991.  The attacks of the past led many people to run and hide in other areas for safety.  In the last two weeks, almost 1,000 innocent individuals have been slaughtered.

Museveni told reporters in Juba – the capital of South Sudan, “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.”

Museveni concluded: if they do not respond by our deadline of December 31, 2013, we will have to defeat him.  Although Museveni offered little specifics in regard to sending troops to the outbreak that occurred on December 15, 2013.  However, his voice and diction was indicative of the huge concern over the areas that produce oil, as well as the fighting located extremely close to ethnic lines between the Machar’s, Nuer, and President Salva Kiir’s Dinka.

In recent attacks, South Sedan enlisted refugees to sequester the outbreaks – they also sent the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.  A spokesperson for the Kenya government said to make comments before the deadline is over would be a misstep.

According to Michael Makuei, the Information Minister, the rebels want to make an attack ahead of the deadline – this will give them a strong position when the discussions on peace begin.   “This is why he has been intransigent,” Makuei said.

Other countries have provided monetary assistance, and support to stop the conflict.  Secretary of State John Kerry has assisted in orchestrating a cease fire, according to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.  “What we have said is there is no place for violence here and the sides need to take a step back and move towards a mediated negotiated political dialogue,” said Harf.

South Sudan, U.S. special envoy Donald Booth is in Juba “attempting to work with both President Kiir and former Vice-President Machar to finalize details of a political dialogue and arrange for negotiations to begin in coming daysIt is a very complicated and tenuous situation, 400 U.S. official and private citizens had been evacuated from South Sudan since the trouble erupted,” added Harp.

The continued fighting has caused 180,000 to find homes outside the area; including 75,000 in search of safety inside United Nations military confines throughout the country, according to the United Nations.   A decrease in the price of oil remained steady, due to anguish in a decrease to South Sudan –  BP says the South Sudan holds the most oil assets in sub–Saharan Africa.   The overall oil business has declined – a fifth of 200,000 containers each day since other oil carriers closed due to fighting.

Paul Gabriel, a Control Risks analyst said, “Museveni’s words were probably aimed at pressing Machar to join talks, rather than a threat of imminent intervention.”  Gabriel added, No one wants to get into a war. “That might change quickly if there is a situation where Juba or President Kiir is threatened.”

A longtime friend of Machar was fired earlier this year due to accusations of initiating the fight to control and influence.  Machar said the allegation was incorrect.  His response to cease fire has been cold.  Sudan People’s Liberation Army is persistent in to continue with the fight.

The SPLA forces in Bor town are on maximum alert,” said SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer. “White Army “consisting of Nuer youth – these militia place white dust on their bodies – have typically sided with Machar.  A government spokesperson denied the allegiance the “White Army” has with Machar.  Thousand have been forced to flee Bor and enter the White Nile River, Makuei told Reuters.  The Dinkas were executed in Bor during the 1991 attack.

They (the White Army) have attacked the village of Mathiang (18 miles from Bor), killing civilians and burning civilian houses down. They are butchering civilians,” said Bor’s mayor, Nhial Majak Nhial.

Nhial recommended civilians leave Bor because of the “White Armies” close contact to them.

News of disruption came from areas far away where news reporters and correspondents were not accessible. The leaders of tribes urged Nuer groups of youth to cease their hike to Bor, however, some refused the mandate.

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  1. Oil who said something about oil. Find oil we must save lives, rawanda no oil. Oh let the africans kill them selves. I just would love to see africa take off and become a super content.

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