KAMPALA, July 10 – President Yoweri Museveni has returned to Uganda from the South Sudan capita after a brief visit to Juba Wednesday to join in celebrations marking the 3rd anniversary of South Sudan’s independence.

South Sudan attained independence after seceding from from its northern neighbour, Sudan, on July 9, 2011. The Republic of South Sudan with a population of nearly 11 million, is the newest nation in Africa and in the world.

Addressing the people of South Sudan at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba, President Museveni urged the warring parties in the country to stick to the Addis Ababa Accord that is supported by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a Horn of African grouping which is brokering the dialogue between the warring factions of South Sudan.

He said the accord provided an avenue for the two parties to continue their dialogue so that the people of South Sudan can learn to find solutions to their challenges.

He added that a lot of achievements have been registered in the three years of South Sudan’s independence, adding that independence is irreversible.

The President reiterated Uganda’s commitment to continued solidarity with the people of South Sudan.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir dismissed calls for the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) to leave South Sudan, saying that had it not been for the UPDF, millions of people in his country would have died and a lot of property would have been destroyed. –


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