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Machar sends team to meet Museveni

stronKampala-stron President Museveni is today slated to meet representatives of South Sudan Vice President-turned rebel leader Riek Machar.

According to an email sent to newsrooms by James Gatdet Dak, the group spokesperson, the meeting was brokered by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“A high-level delegation of SPLMSPLA will travel to the Ugandan capital, Kampala on Tuesday to meet the Ugandan top leadership. This is in response to requests by President Museveni to meet our chairperson, Dr Riek Machar Teny,” the statement reads in part.

It adds: “President Museveni has been asking for a meeting with Dr Machar in order to sort out any misunderstandings between the two leaders in the aftermath of the December 15 crisis in South Sudan.”

Gatdet said the delegation will be led by Gen Alfred Ladu, who is Dr Machar’s deputy.

He said the purpose of the visit is to make necessary preparations for the expected face-to-face meeting between the two leaders due to take place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, “any time soon”.

However, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary James Mugume said: “I don’t have this information and I don’t know where it is coming from. I am aware these detainees (Machar’s comrades who were held for treason) are here but I was told they came to attend a wedding. I don’t know whether the arrangements are being conducted informally.”residential Press Secretary Tamale Mirundi said there is no meeting scheduled between the two sides tomorrow.

However, he said a meeting involving Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), a delegation of representative from Dr Machar and President Museveni had taken place last week.

“Those people (rebels)ame with UPDF and met with the President last week. There is no meeting scheduled for tomorrow (today) and in any case, meet for what when they have launched new attacks?” he said.

News of the meeting came as South Sudanese rebels on Sunday launched an offensive to the town of Nasir near the border with Ethiopia in what the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development said was a clear violation of a truce agreement.

rwanambwa@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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