We Will Crash You, M7 Warns Machar

Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni warned South Sudan’s rebel chief Riek Machar to comply with a ceasefire deal ending Tuesday or face action by regional nations.

The world’s youngest nation plunged into chaos on December 15 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy of mounting a coup, sparking deadly violence believed to have left thousands dead.

Regional leaders at the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have set December 31 as a deadline for face-to-face talks between Kiir and Machar.

“We gave Riek Machar some four days to respond, and if he doesn’t we shall have to go for him, all of us (IGAD), that is what we agreed in Nairobi,” Museveni told reporters after meeting Kiir in Juba.

Museveni did not clarify if his threat involved military action by regional nations in support of the government, but Ugandan troops deployed in South Sudan days after the fighting began, both to support Kiir and to help evacuate its citizens.

“The AU (African Union) bans all coups so when we had some problems here… we sent some forces here under Salva Kiir to see how we can help to restore order, it’s solidarity,” Museveni added.

“People here have suffered. Don’t you see the suffering here? I want to congratulate General Salva for defeating these fellows in the town here.”

While the government has said it was willing to observe a ceasefire, Machar – who was sacked as vice-president in July – has made demands including the release of his arrested political allies before committing to a truce.

The IGAD deal agreed in Nairobi on Friday said only that leaders would “consider taking further measures” if hostilities did not cease within the timeframe.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom both flew into Juba Monday for fresh talks with Kiir for a “follow-up on the decisions of the IGAD summit”, he said in a statement.

Additional Reporting By AFP

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6 thoughts on “We Will Crash You, M7 Warns Machar

  1. But I thought we were told UPDF went to south Sudan to evacuate Uganda and now the president is telling us they went to help Salva Kiir restore order and for solidarity. Hmmmm

  2. This shows that the oposition in Uganda are not so strong to handle M7, now he is a cross boarder Lion,

    Hope he finds his black Gold there

  3. One day what we are looking for in other countries will back fire and follow us up to Kampala. That day excuses like solidarity, restore order etc will not be listened to.

  4. Remember 1979 TANZANIA, what Amini saw coming after him. Banage History repeats it’s self. But we do not want a war in Uganda. For heaven’s sake.

  5. Museveni is right to intervene in Juba issue but he should know that what led to that stand off is also in UPDF; Look at promotion and deployment of the soldier and police forces just based on tribal line. Please as to look at Juba yours will be even worst

  6. Museveni needs to know more about reconciling two people fighting and if he cannot comprehend this should remove his nose from South Sudan immediately for in case he causes more messy By fueling fire among the Dinka and Nuer Clans.

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