South Sudan

UPDF General: We're Ready for Combat Against Machar Rebels


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“I have been visiting the troops to do inspection to establish their combat readiness; that is, their ability to fight in event of an attack so that they are not taken by surprise,” said Angina.

Gen Angina added that the military Inspectors found the UPDF troops with high morale and appropriate knowledge of what they are supposed to be doing in South Sudan

“They understood their mission and would be able to perform very well in case of any enemy attack or in case called upon to do anything in line with the war fighting.

The timing of the visit is very crucial considering that rebels loyal to Riek Machar have reportedly been mulling a potential attack on SPLA positions in the Upper Nile with the view of proceeding to Juba.

He said that Inspection is part of UPDF routine to ensure there is smooth running of the Force and added that the coming of his team was not in response to indicators of inefficiency.

“It’s very important to inspect on routine basis on the principle that you don’t expect where you don’t inspect,” Gen Angina said.

Angina being welcomed at Juba Airport

He observed that the good performance of the UPDF is responsible for a change, to good, of security situation that was hinging between genocide and ethnic cleansing at the time UPDF deployed.

Gen Angina refuted claims that UPDF had deployed beyond the three official places giving the tactical significance of each of the three deployments.

He said UPDF deployment in Bor is to block any forthcoming attacking forces from the Northern axis, whereas the troops in Nisitu is to deal with any flanking (encircling) attack on Juba, and the Deployment in Juba is to ensure the stability of the center, including the airport.

“I am very happy that Ugandans gave us their sons and daughters to come and do this noble responsibility”, Gen Angina said

Angila (R) meetinf South Sudan’s IGP

The Inspector of UPDF welcomed the idea of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs visiting the troops in operation theatre saying that it is good for them to come and face the reality of the troops’ conditions and appreciate, by engaging the people, what the UPDF has done, that qualifies them for heroes.

“UPDF are recognized as heroes because of their gallantry in war fighting,” he said, adding that it would have been very good for IGAD to include UPDF as part of the IGAD force in South Sudan because it is a lead force already on ground.

“But in case the warring parties are not comfortable with Uganda, we would not mind if other countries take over the roles we are playing and create conditions that can allow the democratic general elections in the offing in South Sudan next year,” said Angna..

During the Visit, Gen Angina also paid a curtsey call not only to the Inspector General of Police, Gen Pieng Deng Koul, but also visited his counterpart, the Chief of Defence Forces of South Sudan, Gen Malong with whom they discussed a number of issues geared toward ensuring continuity of the stabilization in South Sudan and mapping a way forward on how UPDF can assist South Sudan to develop its capacity through training.

He left South Sudan for Uganda aboard Kenya Airways on Friday June 27, 2014 afternoon after touring the three deployments using SPLA helicopter.


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