By Jackson Onyango
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has overseen a safe handover of 125 prisoners of war (PoW) by Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/ Northern sector (SPLM-N) rebels to the Sudan, Khartoum government.
Speaking before the former captives and a high-profile delegation at state house Entebbe, President Museveni, has expressed gratitude to both the Sudan government for accepting the PoW and SPLM-N for exhibiting peace gesture.
“There are certain governments that never allow to receive such prisoners of war but for this case, the government of General Bashir has,” said President Museveni.
Museveni commended SPLM-N for not killing the captives. He said such cowardly acts strengthen the enemy instead, because it discourages the others from surrendering.
“Why would you kill a soldier who is already injured,” he asked. “The fact that you say that you do not kill the prisoners of war, means Garang listened to my lessons.”
The group of the former PoW was released through Uganda as president Museveni was instrumental in negotiating for their freedom in an ongoing effort to usher in peace through engaging the Sudan Government, SPLM-North, and Darfur rebels.
Museveni says that for the last 55 years, he has followed the events in Sudan which explains why he contacted the Khartoum government to assist in this particular issue.
“Some months ago, I told General Omar Al-Bashir that maybe I could help him quietly with the issue of Sudan,” added President Museveni. “I speak the truth, I am not a diplomat looking for Nobel Peace prize, and we need to be frank with these issues.”
The former captives were scheduled to arrive in Khartoum from Uganda at about 7:30PM (EAT).