museveni blames south sudan leaders
President Museveni blames South Sudan Leaders for unending war and suffering. Photo/Agency

“A leader should learn to satisfy all races and regions equally,” – President Yoweri Museveni tells South Sudan Leaders

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni has called on leaders in South Sudan to consider treating all their citizens equally without basing on races or religions in case they want to stabilize and end the persistent conflicts.

While speaking at the launch of the Sudan peace talks in Juba, South Sudan on 14th October 2019, Museveni said that leaders should use public offices to serve and not to cause even more suffering to citizens.

“If you don’t know what to do, go back home and mismanage your home. Don’t come to a public office to cause suffering for the people,” Museveni said before adding that African as a continent has moved away from the era of racism.

“Ideologically bankrupt people have no alternative but to use opportunism of religion, tribe, and race. This is a crime against Africa.”

Of recent, people from regions of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions have over the years conflicted with the Khartoum government over what they call “neglect and marginalization” particularly under the rule of Sharia law.

However, Museveni who was one of the main speakers and visitors at the peace talk meeting organized by South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir indicated that if a leader wants prosperity for his people then he or she must desist from putting differences in colour, religion or tribe first.

“It is absolute rubbish to waste even one afternoon to talk about hawiya(identity) of tribe and religion among others. These mistakes have been going on because of this rubbish of identity and we have killed each other. When you want the prosperity of your people and yet you front hawiya(identity)? Why to spend time on hawiya and forget masilaha(unity) of the people,” Museveni added.

Meanwhile, Salva Kiir, the country’s President called on his locals to put behind their cultural differences and embark on seeing the country’s development.

“Time has come for us in Africa and in our region to rise to the challenge of addressing our differences and conflicts,” Kiir said in a statement.

This is one of the many peace talk meetings that have been held by Salva Kiir in the country with an aim of finding a lasting solution to the civil war in the Blue Nile and Darfur regions where the states which both have large ethnic minority populations fought alongside South Sudan during the 39 war between the Juba and Khartoum establishments.

President Museveni from Uganda among others including the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who recently won a Nobel Peace prize was in attendance to give their views.

By John Dalton Kigozi