PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has assured Southern Sudan leaders that investigations into the death of former SPLA chief Dr. John Garang are still on.
Addressing the Parliament of South Sudan in Juba on Saturday, Museveni said the helicopter in which Garang and the crew died on July 30, was in perfect condition as confirmed by the investigators.
The same helicopter had flown Garang on many missions without any problem, the President explained. Museveni is the first head of state to visit semi-independent southern Sudan.
â€œMuseveni, however, assured SPLA leaders that he will not rest until â€˜we get to the bottom of the problemâ€™,â€ said a State House statement yesterday.
Museveni said he was in touch with South Sudan president Salva Kiir and Garangâ€™s widow Rebecca.
He said when the aircraft crashed, â€œit was a big shock.â€ The probe team concluded that the plane crashed due to pilot error.
Museveni commended the people of South Sudan for the peaceful succession after Garangâ€™s death and for the Comprehensive Peace Accord, which guarantees self determination.
Kiir said Museveniâ€™s visit was at a critical time when some elements were trying to undermine the peace they had got at a high cost.
South Sudan parliament speaker James Wani Igga asked Museveni to send teachers to Sudan, saying Ugandaâ€™s system of education was the best in the region.
Museveni was received at Juba airport by a jubilant crowd chanting â€œabeewoâ€, a campaign slogan urging Museveni to continue in office.
Garang crash probe still on â€“ Museveni