Express, Villa to Test Cranes Ahead of Sudan Job

Cranes players in training.

The United Nations Security Council has approved the deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles commonly known as drones in South Sudan against the will of Juba administration.

The 15 country-member body which is one of the 6 main organs of the United Nations with the primary responsibility of maintenance of international peace and security sat on Friday to amend the UN mandate in South Sudan to accommodate the implementation of recently signed peace talks.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) that has been in the oil rich nation immediately after it attained independence from the northern Khartoum administration, more about is now set to work hand in hand with the conflicting parties in the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (ToGNU).

The Peace Talks that was signed by the rebels of Dr. Riek Machar and government of President Salva Kiir on 17th and 26th of August respectively put in place the formation of joint government that shall operate for three years and organize national elections before its expiry.

It will also formulate and make a permanent constitution since South Sudan is still governed by the 2011 Transitional Constitution. More importantly, rx the UNMISS is going to actively participate in the monitoring of ceasefire and Verification Mechanism.

The unspecified numbers and technological modules of drones are going to be deployed in South Sudan for aerial electronic surveillance of frontline and contentious combat areas to establish whoever is breaching the permanent ceasefire that both parties agreed to observe.

Russia had earlier rejected the plans to impose sanctions on South Sudan political and military leaders by the UNSC and together with Venezuela; it questioned the deployment of drones in the troubled country.

During Friday`s sitting Russia and Venezuela however, prescription the two countries did not reject the move but simply abstained from the vote in which 13 other member countries led by United States approved the deployment of drones.

The South Sudan UN ambassador, Alfred Deng early this week said his country is not ready for the said drones.

The Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative, Peter Llichev had this to say. “We’re against attempts to force South Sudan… the use of UAVs despite the repeated energetic objections by the government of that country. The absence of Juba’s consent could turn into problems for the deployment and functioning of UAVs. The wording in that regard effectively undermines the state sovereignty of South Sudan and therefore is unacceptable.”

However the United States maintained its position that swayed the significant majority members into approving the deployment.

“This resolution expresses our continued commitment to maintain pressure on both sides, neither of which has fully complied with its ceasefire obligations. This is fully consistent with the strong warning issued by the AU in its Sept 26 communiqué by its PSC and I quote: ‘that it will not tolerate any further violations and in line with its previous pronouncements expresses its determination to impose measures against all those who would impede this agreement’,” says Ambassador David Pressman.

African governments all voted in favour of the resolution but warned that the question of sanctions had to be treated with care to avoid exacerbating existing problems on the ground.

“Our vote today expresses support to UNMISS mission and the troops, despite the different of views between the members of the SC on a number of issues. This is a question of sanctions which remains very sensitive and I think this council will have to address it with extreme care to avoid creating problems rather than resolving problems,” said Angola’s Ambassador Ismael Gaspar Martins.

South Sudan’s Ambassador Dr Francis Deng said the deployment of drones would invite controversy and potential hostility from the Government, but assured the Council they remain committed to working with the UN mission and the international community at large.
Ahead of the highly billed clash against Sudan, sildenafil Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ has organised two build up friendlies against local traditional giants Express Fc and SC Villa to test the team’s preparation.

“The Cranes is to play against Express on Monday 12th October at Mutesa 11 Memorial Stadium Wankulukuku and then another encounter with SC Villa on Wednesday 14th at Nakivubo Stadium, order ” Micho confirmed.

The Cranes will play host to Sudan on Saturday 17th 2015 at the Nakivubo Stadium and head for the return leg in Khartoum a week later. The aggregate winner qualifies for the 2016 Africa Nations Championship in Rwanda.

Uganda Cranes squad in  Training:
Mathias Kigonya (Bright Stars FC), Isma Watenga, James Alitho -(Vipers SC)

Defenders: Denis Okot (KCCA FC), Ibrahim Kiyemba (LwezaFC), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA FC), Muleme Isaac (SC Villa Jogoo),  Shafiq Bakaki (Vipers SC), Hassan Wasswa Dazo (KCCA FC), Ayub Kizza (Express FC), Bernard Muwanga (Bright Stars FC), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Henry Katongole (SC Villa Jogoo)

Midfielders: Ivan Ntege (KCCA FC), Deus Bukenya (Vipers SC), Peter Katumba (Sadolin Paints FC), Hakim Senkumba (KCCA FC),Muzamil Mutyaba (KCCA FC), Keziron Kizito (Vipers SC), Faruku Miya (Vipers SC)

Strikers: Robert Ssentongo (URA FC), Caesar Okhuti (Express FC), Frank Kalanda (URA FC), Erisa
Sekisambu (Vipers SC) and John Ssemazi (Vipers SC)


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