Ramaphosa set to get S Sudan mission underway

Deputy President, Cyril Ramapahosa, has arrived in Nairobi on his first leg of a two-nation visit aimed at boosting the stalled peace talks in South Sudan.

The Deputy President is expected to meet Kenya President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and former detainees of South Sudan’s SPLM party.

Ramaphosa and the Secretary General of Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi, will seek to understand the progress made so far in implementing an agreement signed to reunite South Sudan’s ruling SPLM.

Apart from Kenyatta, Ramaphosa will also meet former political detainees who were released to Kenya weeks after a civil war broke out 18 months ago. South Africa and Tanzania spearheaded the signing of an agreement to reunite the ruling SPLM, while East Africa’s regional bloc, IGAD, is leading the stalled Addis Ababa talks.

The two initiatives will be merged according to Kenyatta and Ramaphosa will be hoping to give fresh impetus to the stalled peace process.

In South Sudan, Ramaphosa will hold meetings with President, Salva Kiir, and members of the SPLM Politburo.

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