Presidents Kiir, Museveni ready to strengthen bilateral ties

By Bida Elly David

The government of South Sudan and Uganda has reached into consensus to strengthen their security ties to enable free movement of passengers and cargo along the borders of the two countries as well as pave ways for the upcoming generation.

This development came during a meeting between the President of Republic of Uganda and his South Sudan counterpart amid the Celebration of the 60th anniversary and Diamond Jubilee of the Ugandan Independence which took place on Sunday.

Recently, the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) was accused of boarder encroachment into South Sudan territory causing insecurity to some of the livelihoods.

It was reported that the Ugandan forces entered deeply into the Country’s territory and camped at one of the zones in the Eastern Equatoria State triggering persistent insecurity to the locals.

The accusation planted panic into the hearts of many residents settling in the area as reports on insecurity caused by the Ugandan forces almost torn apart the relationship between the two countries.

In a statement seen by No.1Citizen Daily Newspaper on Kiir’s official presidential Facebook page, the two presidents had on Sunday resolved to improve the crippled security between the two East African nations to ensure affirmative progress in all sectors of production.

The meeting between the duos resolved that peace between the two countries was the only mechanism to foster economic progress with cultural diversity thus making citizens of the sisterly countries to interact and move freely without any blockage.

The duo further agreed to establish an affirmative future for the coming generation through security stability and economic sustainability.

During their meeting at Munyonyo, president Kiir recognized the efforts invested by the late heroes and heroines who sacrificed their lives to rescue the citizens from colonial era and congratulated president Museveni for having played a bigger role in contributing much to Pan Africanism.

“Guided by our common values and interests to effectively determine our shared destiny, we must strive to build a better future for the next generations and collectively overcome the patronizing foreign control of our affairs,” President Kiir stated during his speech.

Kiir reiterated that it was through trade and bilateral cooperation within borders that the two countries would achieve their objectives.

“It is only through strengthening inter-regional trade and cooperation within our borders that we as Africa can achieve our objective of economic prosperity in East Africa, and across the continent,” he further added.

The two heads of states have agreed to continue working together to fulfil all their objectives meant to move the two EAC sisterly countries into economic, cultural and political prosperity.

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