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South Sudan crisis: Kiir okays rival Machar’s return to Juba2 minutes read

As the war rages on, Machar is concerned about his personal security should he return to the capital, Juba.

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South Sudan crisis: Kiir okays rival Machar's return to Juba
South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) attends a session at the National Parliament in Juba, on May 14, 2019. - South Sudan is in its sixth year of civil war. (Photo by CHOLMAY AKUOT / AFP)

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir on Tuesday urged rebel chief, Riek Machar to return to Juba during a speech to parliament in which he vowed to uphold a shaky peace deal.

Kiir said he was deeply touched and had “trembled” in April when Pope Francis kneeled to kiss his feet at a Vatican retreat with his rival, adding that this had laid a heavy responsibility on his shoulders.

“I have completely forgiven him (Machar) and all I ask from him is to become a peace partner, for he is no longer my opponent,” Kiir told the opening of a new session of parliament. 

“In the spirit of (the peace deal) and our experience in Rome, I once again extend my invitation to Dr. Riek Machar to return home.”

The two main actors in a devastating conflict that is now in its sixth year, signed a peace deal in September 2018 which was meant to culminate in a power-sharing government on May 12.

However, numerous issues such as the creation of a unified army have yet to be dealt with and the formation of the government has been delayed another six months.

Machar is also concerned about his personal security should he return to the capital, after fleeing on foot under a hail of gunfire when a previous peace deal collapsed in July 2016. 

He is currently living in Khartoum, Sudan.

Kiir’s political will to implement the deal has been in question, particularly after it emerged he had hired a US lobby group to block the creation of a war crimes court that is part of the agreement.

The president, nonetheless, insisted he was committed to the deal.

Country at a crossroads –

“Our country stands at a crossroad, to embrace and consolidate peace or to slide back to war. I stand for peace and stability and I completely reject war. My government shall, therefore, spend all resources at its disposal for the purposes of consolidating peace and stability in our moral and religious duty to bring peace to our people.”

Kiir also reflected on his time with the Pope, who stunned the world by kneeling to kiss the feet of two men accused of responsibility for heinous war crimes.

“To be honest, I was shocked and trembled, but I also knew deep down my heart that his Holiness did this to show Christ’s humility. 

“Pope Francis’ act of humility is both a blessing and a curse on all of us. A blessing, if we heed to his call for peace and a curse if we play games with the lives of our people.”

South Sudan’s war has left 380,000 people dead and forced more than four million South Sudanese -almost a third of the population- to flee their homes. Numerous attempts to restore peace have failed.

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Heavy rains threaten Uganda’s coffee crop quality

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Uganda’s coffee crop quality could see a decline in the coming months as heavy rains across the country have reduced the amount of sunshine necessary for bean drying.

Uganda is Africa’s largest exporter of coffee followed by Ethiopia and grows mostly robusta variety.

The country has been pounded by unusually heavy rains that started in August resulting in deaths, displacement and extensive damage to roads and other infrastructure.

Western Uganda, including the foothills of the Rwenzori mountains , some of the biggest coffee growing areas, has received some of the most intense rains.

Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), the state-run regulator, forecasts Uganda’s bean exports will climb 16 percent to 5.1 million 60-kg (132-pound) bags in the current crop year ending September.

The country’s coffee output has surged in recent years, the fruition of a government programme that has been distributing free seedlings to farmers to expand acreage and replace aging trees.

Authorities say their target is to help boost annual production to 20 million bags by 2025.

The beans have traditionally been Uganda’s biggest commodity export but were recently overtaken by gold which now annually earns the country over $1 billion.

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Tanzania, France sign water supply loan agreement

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Tanzania has signed a loan agreement with France to finance water supply projects that will benefit about 770,000 people in the country’s Morogoro municipality.

The French government will extend the loan worth about $76 million to Tanzania through its French Development Agency (AFD), according to Dotto James, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning who signed the agreement on behalf of Tanzania.

“Upon completion, the water supply in the Morogoro municipality will increase from the current 37,000 cubic meters a day to 108,000 cubic meters a day,” James told a press conference following a signing ceremony in Morogoro.

AFD Country Representative for Tanzania, Stephanie Mouen says the project will improve the well-being of the people in the municipality and it will also improve the environment.

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Uganda approves return of over 2,500 nationals stranded abroad

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Over 2,500 Ugandan nationals stranded abroad amid the Covid-19 pandemic can now return home as approved by the Ugandan cabinet.

The cabinet on Monday, agreed that Ugandan nationals trapped in 66 countries can return home at their own cost.

The government is making arrangements with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to fly the stranded citizens home, Judith Nabakooba, the country’s minister for information, communication technology and national guidance says, adding that all the returning citizens will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory institutional quarantine. 

President Yoweri Museveni last month, directed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to study the possibility of evacuating dozens of citizens stranded abroad amid Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions. 

To contain the spread of Covid-19, the country on March 22 suspended all incoming flights, except cargo flights. 

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