UN points finger at Kenya, Uganda for South Sudan’s ‘dangerous stalemate’

A United Nations special panel of experts is blaming Uganda and Kenya for playing a significant role in South Sudan’s political stalemate


South Sudan President Salva Kiir and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) leader Riek Machar failed to implement the Revitalised Peace Agreement unity government with experts warning the world’s newest state is inching precariously closer to a new outbreak of civil war.

The panel reported that Uganda deployed troops in Yei River State last month, a move it described as a violation of the international arms embargo on South Sudan, the Daily Nation reported.

Dropping the ball

According to the panel Uganda’s involvement has also emboldened the hard-line positions of the South Sudan government while Kenya has failed to demonstrate sufficient political and diplomatic will to consistently support the peace process, the panel told the UN Security Council in a report.

Furthermore, Nairobi failed to respond to queries regarding violations of the UN asset freeze and travel ban on certain elements of the Juba administration.

However, Ethiopia also came in for criticism for failing to use its leadership role in regional bloc the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to exert regional leverage on South Sudan’s protagonists.

–       African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Devereaux Morkel