Uhuru heads to Ethiopia for South Sudan peace talks

President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the IGAD-led South Sudan peace talks, June 21, 2018. /PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the IGAD-led South Sudan peace talks, June 21, 2018. /PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday for the IGAD-led South Sudan peace negotiations.

Uhuru and other regional leaders will meet South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar.

The President left the JKIA in Nairobi at about 2pm and was seen off by

Governor Mike Sonko, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and other government officials.

Machar arrived in Ethiopia on Wednesday for a meeting with

Kiir, as part of talks to try to negotiate an end to a five-year-old civil war.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the civil war that broke out in late 2013 when troops loyal to Machar, the former vice president of South Sudan, launched a rebellion against the government.

All sides in the now complex and multi-faceted war stand accused by the United Nations and other bodies of committing atrocities against civilians.

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