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Kony Strains Uganda-Sudan Relations

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“Regional bodies are trying their best to get peace in the region; I urge all sides to act with maximum restraint especially to avoid killing of civilians,” he said adding, “It’s uncalled for.’

Violence, fighting and killings involving civilians erupted since South Sudan President Salvar Kiir sacked his Vice President Riek Machar last year.

The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Wafula Oguttu (FDC, Bukooli Central) said there was a likelihood that Ugandans including soldiers and civilians were among those killed and shown in gruesome media photos published today.

Hon. Jack Wamanga Wamai (FDC, Mbale Municipality) inquired whether the conflict in South Sudan was to blame for the recent recall of the Sudan Ambassador to Kampala.

“I have no report that Ugandans are among the dead; but even if they are South Sudanese, these are human beings and they all deserve better; I don’t think it’s better to kill other people,” added Hon. Mbabazi, who is also the Leader of Government Business in Parliament.

The Prime Minister said that Uganda still has problems with Sudan, which he accused of continuing to support Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). He denied counter accusations by Sudan that Uganda is also supporting rebellion against it.

“It is common knowledge we have been having problems with Sudan; we had hoped we would put that behind us,” Hon. Mbabazi said adding, “Our relations have not been warm as we speak now; Sudan has not stopped supporting Kony.”

He said that at the recent Meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) countries, it was agreed that the Conference would consider the issue.

Mbabazi’s statements came against the backdrop of the capture of Lt Charles Okello, a top Lord’s Resistance Army Commander by the UPDF Contingent of the African Union Regional Task Force (AURTF) in Central African Republic.

Earlier in the week, another LRA Commander 2Lt James Onen surrendered to a UPDF detach at Zombo in Arua.


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