President Yoweri Museveni has on Monday called upon the South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar to respond to ceasefire proposal or face military action.
President Museveni told reporters in Juba, South Sudan that this was agreed upon by the regional countries in Nairobi, Kenya.

“We (regional countries) gave Riek Machar four days to respond and if he doesn’t we shall have to go for him, all of us, that is what we agreed in Nairobi,” Museveni said.

He emphasized that if Machar rejects the government’s offer of Ceasefire, then the government will have, “to defeat him.”

President Museveni has sent Ugandan forces to South Sudan and put them under the command of President Salva Kiir in order to help defeat Riek Machar if he does not respond to a mediation initiative by South Sudan’s African neighbours.

On Sunday, Ugandan warplanes provided air support to SPLA forces loyal to President Salva Kiir after a group of Nuer fighters chased the SPLA out of Mathiang, a village north of the fiercely contested capital of Jonglei, Bor.

“We sent some forces. They are under the orders of President Salva Kiir, to see how we can help restore order. It is solidarity. That is all,” said Museveni. He did not clarify whether they were ground forces or air forces.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir accuses his former deputy Riek Machar of a failed coup, although the wife of the late John Grang insists there was never a coup as the President claims.

“I don’t agree that there was a coup because you can’t stage a coup and go back to your bed and sleep,” Mrs Rebecca Garang recently told BBC.

“I have said this over and over, there was a power struggle between the President and his former vice-President Dr. Riek Machar.”

More than a thousand people have died and at least 122,000 displaced since the fighting began two weeks ago, with some 63,000 having taken refuge in UN bases in the country.

UN has called on all those with influence to convince them to immediately halt their advance and avoid a further escalation of the current crisis.

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