South Sudan civil war will never be resolved peacefully if the East African regional bloc, IGAD, stands idly while Uganda wage a double standard role in the war-wracked young nation, an IGAD secretariat internal memo leaked to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) shows.
The documented dated August 15, 2019, claims that the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is the real threat to peace in South Sudan and that South Sudan has become the second source on income for the Ugandan leader.
“We [IGAD] are playing with our minds. There will never be peace in South Sudan as long as other IGAD member states keep quiet. The real threat in South Sudan is Uganda, and we must confront Uganda if we want peace to return to South Sudan,” the seemingly frustrated IGAD official wrote.
“One million dollar a month is the one keeping Uganda in South Sudan. This new country is now the second source of Museveni finance,” the source claims.
South Sudan’s rival leaders Kiir and Machar were invited to have a face-to-face meeting in Ethiopia early this month. The SPLM/A-IO leader Dr. Machar went to Addis Ababa but his rival Salva kiir refused IGAD invitation, claiming that he is “very busy with other things.” Kiir later asked IGAD to allow Machar to go to Juba so he can meet him there. Machar refused. The rebel leader has returned to the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
The South Sudan News Agency was told by a high-ranking IGAD diplomatic source on Friday that the Uganda leader Museveni was the one who privately asked Kiir not to go to Addis Ababa. The source did not provide details of why Museveni asked Kiir not to meet Machar in Ethiopia.