On Friday, 5 August 2016, at a special meeting in Ethiopia, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) agreed to deploy a regional protection force to help restore sanity and calm to the embattled South Sudan. For a war that broke out in 2012, this action is long overdue, writes Alex Taremwa.
“Don’t expect us to live beneath our status”. That’s the reaction of South Sudan’s presidency to an explosive corruption report released earlier this week. The report, with meticulous detail, illustrated how president Salva Kiir, former vice president Riek Machar and the country’s military top brass have profiteered from civil war by siphoning off the proceeds of the young nation’s oil wealth. Kiir’s office called the report “a piece of Hollywood theatre” and has threatened to sue the people behind the exposé in the US
Whatever happened to African countries looking out for each other? Some Africans love talking up the existence of a vast Western conspiracy to loot the continent by fueling ethnic conflicts. Turns out African countries are just as good at that game themselves. A new explosive report by watchdog group The Sentry, has revealed how Kenya and Uganda have for years looked the other way as South Sudan’s leaders have stashed billions of stolen wealth in their banks and real state markets, all the while spilling the blood of innocents back home. If President Salva Kiir, former vice president Riek Machar and their generals, all have blood on their hands (which they do), then so do Kenya and Uganda for taking their money
Uganda has received widespread praise from the international community for its ‘open door’ policy for refugees, but the country is now overwhelmed by the soaring numbers of asylum seekers, especially from war-torn South Sudan, writes Arthur Matsiko.
While the rest of the world is nervous and choosing to take an emotional position on matters of forced migration and refugees, sometimes closing their doors in the face of people who are running from persecution, Uganda’s refugee policy and practice continues to be liberal, with an open door to all asylum seekers, writes Arthur Matsiko
Africa has a very serious justice deficit. That should really be the lens through which to view the controversy about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its alleged bias against Africa. Justice simply cannot keep up with atrocities on the continent. This was again brought home forcefully by the horrifying details that are now officially emerging from the Obasanjo report into the civil war in South Sudan.
On Sunday, just before President Salva Kiir of South Sudan jetted off to Ethiopia for peace negotiations on the crisis in his country, he made murder threats against journalists at the airport for reporting “against the country”. A day later, he refused to sign the peace deal