The White Army, a South Sudanese anti-government militia. Now the rebel group, led by Dr Riek Machar, supports the continued stay of Ugandan soldiers in the country. FILE PHOTO | AFP
The official opening of a liaison office in Kampala, players say, now gives Uganda leverage over the rebels and it is also seen as a sign of improving relations between the rebel movement and the government of Uganda.
The developments in Kampala come at a time when China, one of the major oil players in South Sudan, has summoned Dr Machar to Beijing to discuss the crisis.
Sources said China hopes to rein in Machar to commit to the peace talks and get a guarantee from him on protection of its interest in the oil fields.