By Uganda Vanguard
STATE HOUSE ENTEBBE – President Yoweri Museveni has received and held a meeting at State House Entebbe with his South Sudan counterpart, Mr. Salva Kiir.
In a press statement issued Thursday April 4th 2019, Mr. Kiir, who was accompanied by several high-ranking, officials of his government, was in Uganda for a one-day working visit on the invitation of President Museveni.
“In a bilateral meeting, President Kiir briefed his host on the progress of implementation of the Peace Agreement, indicating that it was largely on course with the exception of a few issues that needed to be resolved,” reads the statement.
“One such issue, he observed, was the disagreement over some state and district boundaries,” it further reads.
Responding, President Museveni advised that the leaders should not be consumed by fights over boundaries; instead they should channel their efforts towards improving their people’s welfare and incomes.
“It does not matter what state or district you are in. It won’t change much if you are poor. What is important is to work towards eradicating poverty and improving your income,” said President Museveni.
He, however, added that if they must, it would be best to follow the colonial boundaries for both internal and inter-state demarcations in order to ensure security.
In August 2018, South Sudan warring parties signed an Agreement in Khartoum, Sudan to end four years of hostility and fighting. President Kiir signed on behalf of SPLM while Riek Machar signed on behalf of the rebelling groups.
Presidents Museveni and Omar al-Bashir of Sudan were the agreement’s guarantors.
President Kiir was accompanied, among others, by the Minister of the Office of the President, Mayik Ayii Deng.
Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Kutesa, Presidency Minister Esther Mbayo, were also present.