Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has met and held talks with South Sudan top government officials on the political situation in the youngest state.
The officials led by SPLA chief of staff, Gen Paul Malong, met Museveni at State House Entebbe on Friday.
“I have met South Sudanese security officials led by Gen Paul Malong, the SPLA Chief of General Staff,” Museveni later tweeted.
Don Wanyama, the Senior Press Secretary, told Insider the meeting was private and its details of what was discussed were still scanty.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I have met South Sudanese security officials led by Gen Paul Malong, the SPLA Chief of General Staff. <a href=”https://t.co/19kaw1ICSg”>pic.twitter.com/19kaw1ICSg</a></p>— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) <a href=”https://twitter.com/KagutaMuseveni/status/766644584734715909″>August 19, 2016</a></blockquote>
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Gen Malong is among the senior political and military figures from both sides of the conflict that the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in May 2014 slapped with sanctions for fomenting the civil war and holding to hard-line positions.
Before the civil war of independence broke out in 1983, he was largely unknown.
When the late Dr John Garang formed the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) in 1983, the largely unknown Malong helped mobilise militia from his home area of Bahr el Ghazal and took them to Bilpam SPLA military base in Ethiopia.
Also President Salva Kiir’s “polygamist warmongering puppeteer better known as King Paul”, Malong is accused of orchestrating the current conflict that saw former vice president Riek Machar deposed and sent to exile in Kenya.
Last month, Museveni held talks with President Kiir on regional issues and the situation in South Sudan.
Museveni had rejected an arms embargo on South Sudan during a meeting with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a meeting on the sidelines of the African Union summit held in the Rwandan capital Kigali.