As part of the deal to reconcile Africa’s youngest nation, the rebel leader Riek Machar has agreed to return to Juba and take the position of the Vice President. This is after a delay of a whole week that threatened to scatter the peace deal.
It is expected that he will be sworn in later on as first VP in the new unity government.
This is part of a deal that targets to put to a stop to a two year conflict that has led to the deaths of thousands and left 2 million people homeless.
Mr. Machar fled Juba when the conflict started in December 2013.
At that time, he had been accused that he was organizing a coup but he denied. However, it set off tit-for-tat attacks that later on grew into a conflict.
Ministers and diplomats greeted Mr. Machar as he stepped out of his plane.
He will immediately go to the presidential palace where he will be sworn in as the deputy to President Salva Kiir.
The civil war started as a result of intentions between Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar, who was sacked as the VP in July 2013.
The coming back is a good sign but it is not necessarily the end of the conflict because there are still clashes.
Some rebel groups are also yet to append their signatures to the peace deal.