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The East African : Jun 28th 2015
The EastAfrican NEWS JUNE 27 - JULY 3, 2015 SOUTH SUDAN PEACE TALKS Kenya, Uganda push for deal based on Accord Count≥ies want mediation to be d≥iven by neighbou≥s By FRED OLUOCH Special Correspondent K enya and Uganda are pushing for reconciliation of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement factions as agreed under the Arusha Accord to end the war in South Sudan. Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda want the restructured Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) mediation to be driven by neighbouring countries, and not seen as imposing the wishes of the Troika — US, UK and Norway, who are funding the Addis Ababa talks — on South Sudan. The latest Igad-proposed agreement would give rebel leader Riek Machar 53 per cent control in three oil-rich states, leaving President Kiir with less territory and fewer resources. Kenya and Uganda want to el- evate the Arusha Accord signed on January 21, which seeks to reunite the three factions of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM), as the main basis for the final agreement. The rebels, led by Dr Machar, who has been in Nairobi since June 21, watched as their leadership council converged in the Kenyan capital for week-long PROGRESS THIS YEAR January 21: Three factions of SPLM sign the Arusha Accord to reunite the party. March 6: Igad-led peace process in Addis Ababa collapses over disagreements on the structure of government, security arrangements and federalism. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar after they signed a peace agreement in Addis Ababa earlier this year. Picture: File Our plan is to discuss vigorously in Nairobi, before moving to Arusha for a meeting of the Tripartite Committee.” Former detainee, Cirino Hiteng discussions on how to respond to the latest developments. South Sudan deputy ambassa- dor to Kenya James Morgan told The EastAfrican that his government is supporting the approach because Igad talks are about peace in South Sudan, and if the Arusha Accord can speed up the process, the better it will be. “The Arusha Accord, if fully implemented, will nullify some of the demands by the rebels because the conflict started with a disagreement over how the party is run, and demands for internal reforms. The Arusha Accord addressed all these issues,” said Mr Morgan. The reforms in the Arusha Accord include restructuring of how top party leaders are elected, and the expansion of the political bureau, SPLM’s highest organ, to include members of the National Liberation Council. President Kenyatta has al- ready convinced President Kiir to return 10 former detainees — commonly known as G-10 — into his camp. Former SPLM secretary gen- eral Pagan Amum was reinstated to his post and sworn in on Tuesday, following a meeting of the National Liberation Council. Later, Mr Amum — who was accompanied to Juba on Monday by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Defence Raychelle Omamo — announced that the G-10 had been dissolved, and they will no March 10: Igad chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin announces restructuring of the process to Igad-Plus. June 2: Five out of 10 former detainees, who have been living in Kenya, visit Juba for the first time in 12 months. June 3: President Salva Kiir revokes the expulsion of Dr Riek Machar from the party, and reinstates former detainees to their former positions. longer be referred to as former detainees but SPLM members. President Uhuru met Dr Ma- char at State House on Monday evening, and the former detainees on Thursday morning. President Kiir was scheduled to arrive in Nairobi on June 27 for consultations that will al- so involve Dr Machar and the former detainees. On June 3, President Kiir issued a decree reinstating Dr Machar as the first deputy party chairman. Dr Cirino Hiteng, a former de- tainee, told The EastAfrican that all these heightened activities are aimed at unifying the party and signing a final agreement by July 8, to enable President Kiir to form an all-inclusive government after the fourth Independence celebrations on July 9. “Our plan is to discuss vigor- ously in Nairobi, before moving to Arusha for a meeting of the Tripartite Committee that is to spearhead the reunification of SPLM. After that, we move to Addis Ababa to finalise and sign the final peace agreement,” said Dr Hiteng. The SPLM-in Opposition, led by Dr Machar, has agreed to attend the reunification talks in Arusha, but maintains that the talks should now be between them and the government. “Since G-10 has dissolved it- self and become part and parcel of the government in Juba, the next round of peace talks whether in Arusha on intraparty dialogue or in the Igad-led peace process in Addis Ababa should be bilateral between us and the government,” said Dr Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak. Mr Dak said SPLM-IO will de- mand that the Arusha roadmap be translated into a new SPLM constitution that covers code of conduct, internal regulations and a manifesto. 3 KENYA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given for public information that there will be a stakeholder’s forum aimed at reviewing the Draft Policy On Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). 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