President will join other leaders at the meeting in the latest regional
effort to push for a lasting solution to the challenges facing the
world’s youngest nation.
Fresh fighting erupted in Juba early
last month between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his then
First Vice President Riek Machar, threatening to take South Sudan back
to civil war.
The renewed hostilities undermined a peace deal signed last August between parties involved in the conflict.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Ethiopian Prime Minister
Hailemariam Desalegn helped mediate the negotiations that culminated in
the signing of the peace agreement.
The plane carrying Uhuru departed from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 1pm.
The President was seen off by Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery and other senior government officials.