Manawa Peter Gatkouth, the Deputy Chairperson of the National committee for information and Public relations, says the two parties have committed to the principle of peace, which includes a ceasefire and call for democracy.
The Transitional Government of South Sudan faces tough times as revenue from oil continues to fall due to the ongoing fighting. It now plans to seek other sources of revenue to help revive the sinking economy.
Under the auspices of Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative - ARLPI, the clerics want IGAD and the international community to pile more pressure on parties in the conflict to peacefully negotiate their differences.
Maj. Gen Julius Oketta, the former director of National Emergency Coordination and Operations, in the Office of the Prime Minister says that the deployment of peacekeepers will only stop direct confrontation between warring factions but cannot address the root causes of the conflict in South Sudan.
Professor Mahmood Mamdani the Director Makerere University Institute of social research says although Uganda was credited for stopping the war in 2013 when fighting broke out, Uganda was also blamed for supporting one of the warring parties.
Professor Mahmood Mamdani, the Director Makerere Institute of Social Research says the solution to peace in South Sudan requires a political process under which the political transition would unfold, and this cannot happen under the same people who are political responsible for the conflict.
Patrick Lumumba, the LC III Chairman Bardege Division in Gulu Municipality told journalists on Friday that he received information about the condition of the Ugandans from James Okello, a teacher who has been working in Torit
South Sudan President Salva Kiir issued a statement through the national broadcaster SSTV directing all commanders of the forces to cease any hostility, control their forces, and protect civilian population and their property. His Deputy Riek Machar said he would reciprocate.
He arrived aboard a chartered Tarco Aircraft that also carried 195 soldiers together with 20 PKMs and 20 RPGs. The weapons were agreed by the government and opposition in a plan last week for the arrival of SPLM-IO Chairman Riek Machar.
The British Embassy noted, however, that there is also lack of preparation for Machar to arrive on Monday. We regret in particular the Governments denial of landing permission to flights scheduled on April 23 for the return of opposition leader Dr Riek Machar. There has been a further lack of action to enable flights on 25 April.
Lt Gen Akol Koor Kuc, the Director General of the NSS Internal Security Bureau has written to the Director of Juba Airport giving urgent clearance for two aircraft carrying Machar and his accompany delegation from Ethiopia to Juba. The letter stated, however, that the two aircraft could not arrive until Monday.
The United States is deeply disappointed by Riek Machars failure to return to South Sudans capital of Juba to form the Transitional Government of National Unity. This represents a willful decision by him not to abide by his own commitments to implement the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, Kirby said in a press statement.
They said that the SPLA-IO Chief of Staff General Gatwech Dual who was meant to fly to Juba ahead of Machar on a separate flight had not obtained flight clearances. General Gatwech Dual had earlier been reported to be in Gambella, Ethiopia waiting fly to Juba ahead of Dr Riek Machar.