President Yoweri Museveni received and held a meeting with a delegation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Opposition who called on him at State House, Entebbe last evening.
The President told the delegation, which was led by Deputy Chairman, Gen. Alfred Ladu Gore, that South Sudan has suffered from the problem of ideology and as such he advised South Sudanese to be frank to each other in their discussions to consolidate peace in their country.
He strongly urged the delegation and other officials in that country to provide ideological leadership to the people of South Sudan.
He noted that there has been a misidentification of who is a friend and who is an enemy.
He, therefore, urged them to avoid tribalism adding that the vice is an enemy as it obstructs their prosperity.
“You people have got a big responsibility. The people of Uganda and those of South Sudan are one. The Kakwas, Madis, Acholis and others are in both countries,” the President told the delegation.
He further told them that Khartoum was fought against because South Sudan and Uganda have one people.
The President said that discipline, particularly of the armies, was a must.
He also reiterated that religious and tribal discrimination was false and reminded them that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) was able to build Uganda because of having a disciplined army.
Mr. Museveni called on the delegation cherish the value of the human resource noting that it was vital in the development process.
He cited Japan and China which are among the world’s leading economies adding that the 2 Asian countries have prospered because of their human resource.
He said that the 2 Asian countries have no minerals yet they have surpassed well-endowed Middle East countries with huge oil deposits.
South Sudan, Africa’s youngest country, got independence on 9th July 2011 after more than five decades of struggle for freedom in which 2 million lives were lost.
But the country had been rocked by 20 months of bitter fighting between the SPLA forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of his erstwhile Vice-President Riek Machar.
However, the 2 camps have signed an IGAD-brokered peace deal in Addis Ababa and in Juba last week to re-establish peace in the country.
The Deputy Chairman of SPLM in Opposition, General Alfred Ladu Gore, saluted President Museveni for ensuring that the peace process in South Sudan was completed successfully.
“You are the person who stood with the people of South Sudan from the time before independence. We look forward to your wisdom in helping us to bridge the gap between the team of Dr. Riek Machar and that of President Salva Kiir,” he said.
He reiterated that President Museveni has played the leading role not only for the independence of South Sudan but also for the peace process.
Gen. Ladu Gore stressed that the people of South Sudan must appreciate Uganda’s support to their young country.
He said they want even better relations to prevail than ever before between the two neighbouring countries.
He expressed the delegation’s strong hope that that President Museveni would continue helping and guiding the people of South Sudan.