President Yoweri Museveni has received a special message from President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.
The message was delivered to President Museveni this morning by Mr. Jeff Radebe, Special Envoy of the South African leader, during a meeting held at State House, Nakasero.
Mr. Radebe is also South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development.
The message comes ahead of an upcoming visit to the South Sudan capital Juba.
Zuma and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe will attend South Sudan’s Independence Day commemoration in Juba on July 9.
Information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, disclosed this after the cabinet meeting on Friday, reports National Courier.
Makuei said Awan Gol Riak, the minister in the office of the president was this past week sent to deliver the invitation letters from President Salva Kiir to the two African head of states in Pretoria and Harare respectively.
“The objective of the [Awan’s] mission was to take letters from H.E the president to the presidents of the two countries and extend invitation to them to attend the 9th July Independence celebrations,” NC quotes Makuei as saying.
He added: “They accepted the invitation and have expressed their willingness to attend.”
South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011, following a referendum that passed with 98.83% of the vote.
It is a United Nations member state, a member state of the African Union, and a member state of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
In July 2012, South Sudan signed the Geneva Conventions.
South Sudan has suffered internal conflict since its independence.
SPLM factions to meet in South Africa
Meanwhile, representatives of three SPLM factions have been invited to meet next week in South Africa as part of a tripartite committee tasked to follow-up the implementation of the Arusha SPLM Reunification Agreement.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Michael Makuei Lueth told Radio Tamazuj that the ruling faction (SPLM-Juba aka SPLM-in-Government) have received an invitation letter with regards to the meeting of the three SPLM factions.
For his part, SPLM-IO deputy head of information and public relations Manawa Peter Gatkuoth told Radio Tamazuj in an interview that they also received the invitation about the next consultative meeting in order to reactivate the Arusha Agreement after the recent IGAD peace talks failed.