South African peace envoy to Juba returns home upbeat

South Africa's Deputy President David Mabuza. Photo : Reuters

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza is expected to return home tomorrow, Wednesday after a four-day tour or eastern Africa to press for the implementation of the latest South Sudan peace agreement.

Among other things, the agreement calls for the immediate halt to hostilities and the formation of a national unity government that will enable the speedy return of millions of internaally displaced and refugees to their homes.

During his tour, the South African special envoy is expected to hold several meetings with the presidents of Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya as well as with civil society groups and strategic stakeholders and peace guarantors to implement the South Sudan peace agreement.

On Monday, he told reporters in Juba after his meeting with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir that their meeting was “positive”, adding that the latter assured him of his readiness to implement the agreement to the letter.

Earlier, he met with Sudanese President Omar Bashir in Khartoum.

“Generally, the mood that I am getting is a very positive, Mabuza said, adding I am grateful that all the participants are optimistic that this kind of agreement that is before us now must be implemented and they request all our support to make this a reality.”

“We are confident that tomorrow will be a better day for the people of South Sudan,” he concluded.

Today, Tuesday and tomorrow, Mr. Mabuza is scheduled to meet with Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya respectively.

“This is so that all of us are seen to face one direction and support the people of South Sudan to implement the peace agreement,” he said.

“Our main objective of being here is to support all the initiatives that are here…that are aimed at finding long lasting solutions and peace for the people of South Sudan.”

The leaders of South Sudan have been fighting for power since five years now, but civil society and activist groups in neighbouring Kenya believe their country was bellowing the flames of discord in Juba and have called on the international community to push President Kenyatta to back out of the crisis.

President Kenyatta had repeated denied the allegations even though an independent international commission had blamed Kenya for its involvement in the crisis.

© Bur-csa – N.A – A.H / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)