Museveni heads to Juba, Kiir signs treaty today


President Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet are welcomed at Juba International Airport by the little girls Peace Keji (left) and Emmanuela Jackson as Vice President James Wani (right) looks on/ July 2015

President Yoweri Museveni is expected in the South Sudan capital Juba Wednesday to witness government signing the peace deal.

Uganda Media Centre has confirmed the president will be travelling to South Sudan anytime today.

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, is also expected to sign the compromise peace agreement, according to presidential press secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny.

Museveni is among the IGAD leaders including; Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan that will witness the signing of the agreement.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has already left for Juba.


Uhuru leaving for the capital Juba

Kiir refused to sign the peace deal earlier requesting for 15 days to consult with a Council of Ministers, state governors, heads of commissions and other government institutions, on the matter.

He cited contentious issues in the agreement including power sharing, system of governance, demilitarization of Juba and reintegration of forces during the transitional period.

The regional bloc IGAD that has been mediating talks to end the war between Kiir’s government and rebels led by his former deputy, Riek Machar, confirmed yesterday that he accepted to sign the document.

Machar signed the agreement in Addis Ababa on August 17, but Kiir refused, saying that peace under the deal could not be sustained.

The United States has threatened sanctions against leaders on both sides of the conflict unless they make progress toward ending the war.

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