South African VP arrives in Uganda for Museveni meeting


South Africa’s deputy president David Mabuza arrived in Uganda on Friday, where he is scheduled to hold talks with President Yoweri Museveni over the peace efforts in South Sudan.

Mabuza is on a three-state visit to East Africa in his capacity as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s envoy.

Before Uganda, Mabuza visited Kenya where he held talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

After Uganda, he will head to Sudan, where he is also scheduled to meet President Omar al-Bashir.

South Sudan has been dogged by war since December 2013, sparked by a feud between President Salva Kiir and his then deputy Riek Machar.

The war has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions others, prompting the United Nations to rank South Sudan as Africa’s biggest refugee crisis, coming third worldwide after Syria and Afghanistan.

IGAD, alongside international actors have been calling for dialogue between the warring factions as a way of pacifying the country.

Dialogue between the sides culminated to a peace deal in August, which created a unity government and is hoped will lead to a presidential election.