A HIGH-LEVEL DELEGATION OF SPLA-IO LED BY DEPUTY CHAIR HENRY ODWAR, ARRIVED IN KAMPALA TO MEET MUSEVENI
Kampala, 2 May 2018; A high-level delegation of SPLA-IO led by the deputy chairman, Henry Odwar and Angelina Teny, the wife of SPLA-IO chairman Riek Machar, has arrived Kampala yesterday. It is expected the team will be joined by some senior SPLA-IO members in Kampala before meeting the president Museveni.
The diplomatic ploy by senior SPLA-IO leadership came just a day after president Museveni of Uganda came back to Kampala from unannounced one-day visit to Juba, a day earlier. It is not clear the motive of the mission of the Ugandan president to Juba. His meeting with his counterpart president Salva Kiir has also remained unannounced to the public. Some sources with access to the state house in Entebbe say president Museveni is expected to travel to Juba again within two days.
While the public in both South Sudan and Uganda are kept in the dark, regarding the diplomatic gambits by the leaderships in Juba, Kampala and SPLA-IO, it seems something very serious is taking place behind the scenes. One can only speculate whether these activities are preparations by the players for the grand game, the third round of the High-Level revitalization forum to take place in Addis Ababa in two weeks' time.
This is first ever high-profile meeting between Kampala and senior delegations of SPLA-IO since the second phase of South Sudan's conflict which broke out last July at Presidential Palace also known as J1.
Source at Nimule border crossing revealed to this reporter two days ago heavily armed convey of Uganda's people Defense Force/ UPDF entered into South Sudan territory via Nimule. It was expected the troop were send on land a head of President Museven's unannounced visit to Juba to provide security for him.
Opio Okello Onen