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Sudan, Uganda Diplomatic Row Deepens

viagra geneva;”>The NCP spokesperson Badr al-Deen Ibrahim was on Sunday quoted by the Sudan Tribune that Uganda is now classified as an enemy state adding they have no mutual interests with Kampala.

Ibrahim said Uganda is not home to a large number of Sudanese and as such any move to downgrade diplomatic relations would not impact their citizens living there.

“Even if a community of Sudanese exists [in Uganda] their status will be arranged in accordance with diplomatic norms,” the NCP official said.

Ibrahim’s remarks come at a time when Uganda is accusing Sudan of stepping up supplies to warlord Joseph Kony’s LRA in Darfur.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi told journalists in Kampala on Sunday that government had ample evidence implicating Sudan in shielding and sustaining LRA who have since sought sanctuary in Darfur.

“Sudan continues to support LRA. They give them (rebels) logistical support after they ran into Darfur fleeing UPDF operations in Central African Republic,” said Mbabazi during a social function at his office.

The Premier said he raised the contentious issue during the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Cairo, Egypt, early this week.

“And Sudan did not deny it,” said Mbabazi.

He, however, observed Sudan contested the grounds of Uganda’s accusation, saying it was brought outside the procedure of OIC.

“But the Summit noted these accusations and mandated the Secretary General to report back,” clarified Mbabazi.

In January, Sudan said Uganda was happily embracing anti-Khartoum rebel movements.

The Undersecretary of Sudan’s foreign ministry Rahmatallah Mohamed Osman was recently quoted by the Sudan Tribune as saying Khartoum had filed “a series of complaints” against Uganda with the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

Osman alleged that the so-called “New Dawn” charter signed in January by Sudanese opposition and rebel groups was done in Uganda.

The charter calls for toppling the regime through different political and military means.

The Sudanese diplomat also threatened Khartoum would adopt a new strategy in dealing with the Ugandan government if it continues its “hostile positions” towards Sudan.

But Foreign Affairs State Minister Okello Oryem denied the allegations, telling Chimpreports “Uganda cannot spend resources on overthrowing any government in Africa or anywhere for any reason.”

“That is the usual Sudan rubbish; total rubbish, nothing but rubbish,” he said.

Last year, Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Aronda Nyakairima accused Sudan of renewing supplies to LRA leader Joseph Kony to wreak havoc.

“Having suffered a proxy war for over 20 years, we are now getting intelligence that Kony, who was left with less than 200 fighters, is now in contact with Sudan. That is intelligence,” said Aronda during a meeting with regional security chiefs in Kampala on Wednesday night.

“In one way or another we are going to get involved. We cannot sit and watch. As a member of this region, Uganda will intervene,” Aronda threatened.

Aronda was suggesting Uganda would intervene in a war between Sudan and SPLA during the battle for oil-rich town, Heglig.

LRA perpetrated massacres in Northern Uganda before the rebel group was kicked out of the country in 2006.

Three years later, UPDF war planes attacked LRA’s hideouts in Garamba thus sending the bandits into disarray.

Backed by US military advisors, Ugandan special intelligence squads have been hunting for Kony and his remnants in DRC and CAR.

Observers say Sudan intends to divert attention from the internal political turmoil that has sparked popular protests across Khartoum universities which are aimed at toppling President Omar Bashir.

Sudan’s economy has as well been performing poorly, with inflation hitting peak levels.

The economic situation in Sudan was aggravated by South Sudan’s announcement in January 2012 that it would shut down its oil production after Khartoum imposed exorbitant transit fees and tariffs and in protest of continued theft by Sudanese authorities of its oil.

This denied Sudan one of its major sources of tax revenue.

A few months ago, Israel warplanes bombed an arms depot in Khartoum, a strike that exposed Bashir’s weak security apparatus.

The battle of oil-rich Heglig at the border with South Sudan saw Bashir lose hundreds of soldiers amid international humiliation.

Sudan is not only facing an internal insurrection but also an external aggression by several groups.

Nevertheless, Uganda backed SPLA till the South split from Sudan.

Museveni accuses Bashir of abusing the rights and seeking to dominate black Africans.


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