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Briefing: Uganda Police Team in Ethiopia; Kiir’s Vatican Trip Meets Resistance; Rwanda Bans Boeing Max 8s

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Salva Kiir’s Vatican Trip Meets Resistance 

South Sudan President Salva Kiir

A South Sudanese activist has penned an open letter to Pope Francis, protesting Vatican’s invitation of President Salva Kiir to Rome.

“I am saddened to learn President Salva Kirr Mayardit will be travelling to Rome on Saturday, March 16, 2019,” said Gatluke Chuol Reat, Leader of Workers’ Party in Malakal, Upper Nile, South Sudan.

Reat observed that while forgiveness is a virtue among Christians, human rights abusers must always answer for their deeds.

“Yes, with all the works by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, there is a room to forgive and acknowledgement of reasoning behind our decision as Christians. However, we also have to hold ourselves accountable as fellow Christians for the sake of humanity,” said Reat in a letter dated March 14 which ChimpReports has seen.

The Church D’affaire of the Vatican to South Sudan has since confirmed President Kiir will visit Pope Francis this weekend.

Monsignor Mark Kadima said Kiir and his team will arrive in Rome today Friday, March 15 and will meet the Pope tomorrow.

The President’s advance team arrived in Rome on March 12, 2019.

Reat said before entering Vatican, Kiir should answer for the current situation in South Sudan.

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“Although there is only one day left before the President of South Sudan visiting your Highness in Rome, I wish this visit could have not take place to begin with,” said Reat.

Kiir’s government is accused of committing human rights abuses during the civil war that broke out in 2013. He says soldiers responsible for killing civilians were being held to account.

Uganda Police Team Arrives in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Airline flight crashed on Sunday

Uganda Police Force on Thursday evening dispatched its senior medical officer to help in the identification process of the remains of Commissioner of Police Christine Alalo who perished in this past Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash.

All 157 passengers aboard Ethiopian airlines flight number ET 302 died when the aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff at Bole International Airport,

Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said the law enforcement body sent Dr Moses Byaruhanga, a pathologist with vast experience in handling identification processes of victims, to facilitate the daunting process.

Dr. Byaruhanga, who doubles as Director Medical Services of the Uganda Police Force, left with Mr James Okello Gregory and Alvin Asiimwe, a brother and son of the deceased respectively.

Mr Enanga said the duo shall be joined later by the elder son of deceased officer in Ethiopia identified as Emanuel Ahimbisibwe. He is scheduled to travel from Canada where he attends school.

“The sibling and son will help in availing DNA samples, if necessary to aid in finding a match to the body remains of the late among those that could be recovered,” said Enanga on Thursday night.

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While in Ethiopia, Dr Byaruhanga and his team will link up with AIGP Xavier Rwego who is attached to African Union and will jointly work with other forensic experts tasked with identification and recovery of remains of victims especially at the scene of the crash.

Daunting task

However, as countries and families of deceased persons continue sending teams of experts to identify remains of their loved ones, chances of finding them remains minimal.

Reports from the crash scene indicate that most of the crash victims were burnt to ashes. Others were burnt beyond recognition and deformed.

On Tuesday, Authorities in Ethiopia asked families of those killed aboard the ill-fated flight to wait at least five days to begin receiving some victims’ remains.

The Ethiopian Airlines said identifying remains of the deceased might take much longer.

“The process of identifying the victims will take at least five days,” Ethiopian Airlines spokesman Asrat Begashaw said in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

“Families will be notified.” he added.

Rwanda Bans Boeing Max 8s from Its Airspace

Boeing 737 Max 8 jets are being grounded

Rwanda has joined the rest of the countries around the globe to issue a ban on the embattled aircrafts of Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace.

According to the safety and operational directive issued by Director General Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, Mr Silas Udahemuka, the troubled aircrafts of that type will not be allowed to fly in or over the country’s skies.

“The Rwanda civil aviation authority in exercise of its powers under article 16 of the Rwanda aviation law, Directs pilots and aircraft operators of any Boeing 737 Max 8 and Boeing 737 Max 9 not to conduct any flights in the airspace of Rwanda with immediate effect,” he said

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The ban which remains in effect until further notice, places Rwanda as the 51st country to ban the aircraft type.

Rwanda’s directive followed Mexico that also grounded it max 8s on Thursday.

The suspension of Boeing Max 8s across the world was sparked by the crash of the Ethiopian airline flight number ET 302 this past Sunday.

The plane went down shortly after takeoff at Bole international airport, killing all 157 passengers on board.

Reports from Ethiopian airlines revealed the ill-fated 737 Max 8 plane had just been delivered by Boeing four months earlier.


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