President Museveni Under Attack over Riek Machar Ultimatum Top story

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The MPs have asked the international community to restrain president Museveni from making any statements about the War in South Sudan and stop any plans of deploying Ugandan forces in the war ravaged country.


A cross section of Members of Parliament have attacked President Yoweri Museveni over a statement warning to attack Dr Riek Machar, the South Sudan rebel leader if he fails to embrace a suggested ceasefire offer.
 
The offer was made by Regional leaders from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an eight-country bloc based who gave Machar and President Salva Kiir up to December 31 to lay down their arms and start peace talks. This was during an IGAD regional leaders meeting held in Nairobi.
 
But President Museveni reportedly suggested yesterday that Machar would face “defeat” by the regional forces if he does not respect the offer
 
However, Mps Theodore Sekikubo, Barnabas Tinkasimire, Joseph Sewungu, Abdul Katuntu, Wilfred Niwagaba, Medard Seggona and Gerald Karuhanga describe the development as unfortunate.
 
They asked the international community to restrain president Museveni from making any statements about the War in South Sudan and stop any plans of deploying Ugandan forces in the war ravaged country.
 
MP Theodore Sekikubo say there is no reason why President Museveni should involve himself in a tribal warfare in South Sudan by siding with the Dinka’s against the Nuer. He pleads with the president to withdraw the statement and adds that such dangerous and reckless statements are putting the lives of Ugandans at risk.
 
He also wants government to explain the presence of Ugandan forces in south Sudan without approval from parliament


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Under Article 210(b) of the Constitution of Uganda, Parliament must be consulted before the Country’s force is deployed in a foreign country.  The MPs now demand that Parliament be recalled from recess to debate the developments in South Sudan vis-à-vis Uganda’s involvement.
 
MP Abdul Katuntu, the Shadow Attorney General noted that the problem in South Sudan cannot be solved by the region saying that it can only be solved by negotiations among the fighting groups.

“It is a mistake that Uganda becomes one of the armed groups within South Sudan, we are supposed to mediate but if we now start taking up arms and shooting Sudanese I think we are not going to be good neighbors” Katuntu stated.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.