Museveni: “No single reason for reducing number of 32 states which are demanded by the citizens”

President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni criticized the presentation of the ministers of IGAD for dancing to the tune of SPLM/A-IO.

President Museveni rejected the recommendation given by the ministers of IGAD saying coming down to 23 States is not supported by any reason.

“I don’t see any reason which is supporting coming down to 23 States as demanded by SPLM/A-IO,” said President Museveni.

The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Amb. Smaїl Chergui commended President Museveni for his peace efforts in South Sudan.

He urged all parties in South Sudan to respect the extension of 21st February and form a unity government.

South Sudan Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth said the position of government remains clear, the government should be established, maintain the current states and after that, it should be decided whether to go for referendum or to push it to constitution making process and if rejected by the opposition we will go for a popular consultation immediately.

The meeting was attended by Presidents Museveni of Uganda; Salva Kiir of South Sudan; Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of Somalia; Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti and representatives from Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea among others.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is an eight-country trade bloc in Eastern Africa. The member States of IGAD are: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.