Leaders from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) are currently meeting in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa to review the progress made in the South Sudan peace process.
The IGAD members have regularly met in efforts aimed at restoring peace in Juba since the breakout of civil war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir fell out with his former deputy, Riek Machar in two years after the nation’s independence in 2011.
Meanwhile, the United States government has intensified its pressure against Uganda and Kenya to freeze all assets acquired by Salva Kiir and Riek Machar arguing they used money from war profit.
Sigal Mandelker, the US Treasury’s under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence told a press conference in Nairobi on Wednesday last week that those who profit from human rights violations and corruption, preying on the poor and innocent and mothers and children, must heed our warning.
“We will cut off your access to the US financial system and we will work with our partners in this region and elsewhere to do the same,” Mandelker said.
United States has asked respective governments in the region to crack down on South Sudan elite investing ill-acquired wealth in the region.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley and the African Great Lakes.