Kiir flies to Kampala to discuss electoral roadmap with Museveni

Kiir flies to Kampala to discuss electoral roadmap with Museveni
President Salva Kiir waving goodbye before he left for Kampala. [Photo: PPU]

​Discussions about a possible extension of the transition period of unity government is expected to dominate talks talks between President Salva Kiir and Yoweri Museveni when the two leaders meet in Kampala.

The head of state flew to Kampala on Thursday where he is expected to attend the Inter-Ministerial Conference on Migration, Environment and Climate Change.

President Kiir will meet his Ugandan counterpart to discuss the electoral roadmap – a thorny issues currently being discussed in hushed tones, in political corridors.

“The President is expected to hold a sideline meeting with President Yoweri Museveni, one of the guarantors of the Revitalised Peace Agreement, to discuss the proposed roadmap that will pave the way for the transitional period,” Ateny Wek Ateny, the Press Secretary in the office of the President, disclosed.

Like Sudan, Uganda is among the guarantors of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

The regional leaders are also expected to discuss the contentious dredging of the River Nile ahead of the 27th UN Climate Change conference that will be held in Sham-el-Sheik, in Egypt, from November 6-18, 2022.

The president was accompanied by the Minister for Presidential Affairs, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Dr Martin Elia Lomuro, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mayiik Ayii Deng, and Minister for Interior, Mahmoud Solomon Agok and the Minister for Environment and Forestry Josephine Napwon.

Since last week, the parties to the revitalised agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), had been holding discussions on how the transitional period will end.

On Wednesday, the government trashed allegations that the partners in the revitalised peace agreement had extended the transitional period due to expire in February 2023.

Michael Makuei, the Minister for Information, said no decision has been reached on the matter yet.

Makuei termed the reports on the extension of the transitional period as “unofficial” and misleading to the public.

“We are still discussing the roadmap and people should wait until we finish the discussion. Then we will announce the outcome of the roadmap.” “We cannot declare to the public the position of the parties to the agreement now,” Makuei stated.

Brig Samuel Chan Mut, the SSOA’s official spokesperson, argued that the roadmap was not ready for public consumption.

Chan said the roadmap will be sent to the presidency within this week for them to hold discussions on it before it is released next week.

R-ARCSS states that the election should be held two months before the end of the transitional period, which places it in December 2021.

But a lot of prerequisites have not been put in place including the passing of the election act, permanent constitution-making process, and dignified repatriation of refugees among others.