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.
The youth groups which include; Jonglei Youth Union, Equatorial Students Union in Uganda, Support the Children, Juba University, SPLM-DC Youth group, Democratic Forum, ANC Youth Sector among others are demanding for direct youth representation and participation in the peace process.
Samuel Luate Lominusk, the Republic of South Sudan Ambassador to Uganda says his government released the two leaders as part of the commitment to the resolutions of the Extra-ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
The Government advises Ugandans caught-up in the war situation in South Sudan to observe the following measures:
â€¢ If possible, seek sanctuary at Ugandaâ€™s Embassy in Juba, South Sudan.
â€¢ Where possible, seek alternative sanctuary at the nearest offices of the UN/Humanitarian
During the Anthem rehearsals both old and young were visibly moved, as they raised their right hands to their hearts singing the lines; â€œsing songs of freedom with joy, for peace, joy and liberty will forever reignâ€.