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The East African : Aug 4th 2014
8 TRANSITIONAL GOVT STILL A DREAM US to hold mini-summit on S. Sudan alongside Africa meet in Washington Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia to be key playe≥s in finding solution to c≥isis By FRED OLUOCH Special Corresponent T he United States is trying to organise a mini-summit on South Sudan on the sidelines of the US Africa Summit this week in the hope of finding a solution to the Sudan crisis that has persisted since last year. Diplomatic sources said Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia would be key players in the meeting, where leaders of the three countries are expected to provide a regional solution to the standoff. “Our leaders need to agree on key drivers in terms of the agreement reached in Addis Ababa,” reliable sources said a day after a meeting between Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, Yoweri Museveni, Prime Minister Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and South Sudan President Salva Kiir at State House Nairobi. The leaders were meeting in Nairobi to have a common position on the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor (Lapsset) to be presented to investors during the US Africa summit this week. The sources added that the warring parties in South Sudan have almost reached consensus to create the position of a prime minister to lead the transitional government of National Unity, to be discussed when talks resume on August 4. According to the proposal, the president will remain the head of state while the prime minister will be head of government. The Prime Minister to be picked during the negotiations in Addis Ababa will run the transitional government and oversee the next elections and then leave politics permanently. The EastAfrican NEWS AUGUST 2-8,2014 Police p≥obe death th≥eats against antig≥aft boss By A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT The EastAfrican THE RWANDAN POLICE have launched investigations into alleged death threats targeting the chairperson of Transparency International Rwanda, Marie Immaculée Ingabire, after reports that a gunman on Tuesday approached the offices of the corruption watchdog demanding to see her. The armed man allegedly threatened a security guard, and the reports have ignited fears that anti-corruption activists in Rwanda could be under attack, a year after yet another employee of the TI was murdered. City police spokesperson Modesta Mbabazi said that investigations had started, adding that Ms Ingabire had been offered security. “Police have started investigating From right, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at State House, Nairobi. Picture: File While this proposal appears to be favourable to President Kiir’s side, the rebel side led by Dr Machar is yet to take a position. The proposal was put forward by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad), whose envoys are set to consult with Dr Riek Machar in Addis Ababa on Sunday over the issue. According to the chairman of the Law Society of South Sudan, John Clement Kuc, this proposal would be the best because it will be impossible to form a transitional government without the inclusion of both parties. They are likely to frustrate the efforts of the transitional government to change the Constitution and bring about national reconciliation and healing. He argued that there was need to create the position of prime minister so that if one sides gets the presidency of the transitional government, the other faction gets the premiership and other political parties get the vice-presidency. He argued that the biggest obstacle to the talks on a transitional government — whichhas resulted in unnecessary delays — are the advisers of both President Kiir and Dr Machar who fear that they will TRADE FORUM The four presidents issued a statement from State House Nairobi to the effect that the Africa-USA Summit to be held between August 4 and 7 will allow leaders to engage with American investors on the Lapsset project. This is a continuation of similar engagements that are being held with investors from across lose out once the transitional government is formed. However, Igad mediators have given in to demands by Dr Machar for the inclusion of civil society members in the diaspora in the multi-sectoral talks that will lead to the formation of a transitional government of National Unity. The seven additions now brings the number of civil society groups to 18. Earlier, the six groups that had nominated 74 negotiators were; the South Sudan government, the rebels, SPLM leaders (former detainees), other political parties, civil society and faith-based organisations. The government and the oppo- sition had been given 15 accredited delegates each but are only allowed to be represented by 11 delegates during the negotia- the Middle East and the Indian Ocean Rim. The US-Africa leaders’ summit will bring together African presidents and American business leaders in a forum expected to boost trade and investment between the two regions. This meeting comes as the United States seeks to flex its economic muscles in Africa in the face of increased activity from China. tions. The remaining four groups have been given 11 slots each but can only present 7 per group during the plenary. The resumption of the talks was further complicated by efforts by both sides of the warring factions to gain military advantage or win favours with regional countries. This means that the deadline to come up with a transitional government by August 10 will not be met as both sides give flimsy excuses not to resume the talks. “The negative attitude among some South Sudanese is frustrating Igad mediators, who depend on the goodwill of the South Sudanese to make peace with themselves in order for the regional body to succeed in bringing peace to South Sudan,” he said. the allegations of death threats with the aim of identifying the armed individual who attacked the offices of the organisation. We are also willing to accord Ms Ingabire security if she feels threatened,” Ms Mbabazi said. But Ms Ingabire declined the of- fer. “Police asked me a few questions regarding these threats and they have promised to investigate. The police asked to provide me with escorts but I told them not to bother because I am not threatened by those who wish to intimidate us,” Ms Ingabire told The East African. Ms Ingabire says that there have been some cases of intimidation involving her and TI staff relating to the work they do but not death threats, even though she said in the same week rumours were making rounds that she had been shot dead in Rubavu district. Ms Ingabire said that her organi- sation has furnished police with the details of the attack on the offices and the individual who wanted to force his way through. The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda is the only organisation in Rwanda that has condemned the alleged death threats and armed attack targeting Ms Ingabire. Frank Habineza, the president of Rwanda’s youngest opposition party, said the attacks are aimed at silencing both Ms Ingabire and her organisation, something that cannot be tolerated in a country that has a zero-tolerance stance on corruption.
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