INTELLIGENCE: Sudan Plans War Against Uganda
The Uganda army is on red alert after actionable intelligence trickled in that Sudan President Gen. Omar Al Bashir had directed his generals to prepare for an attack on Uganda.
A State House source says Bashir intends to use war planes to bomb Uganda, a country he accuses of propping up rebel groups that have destabilized the Khartoum government.
The tension between Uganda and Khartoum hit peak levels on Tuesday after a contingent of well trained and battle-tested South Sudan commandoes fought to their last drop of blood thus pushing Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) from the oil-rich town of Higlig.
Despite allocating all possible resources to Sudan’s elite forces, which were backed by dangerous war planes, tanks and heavy artillery, SPLA Special Forces pushed SAF from their defence lines before capturing Higlig in one of the most epic battles Bashir has ever witnessed.
Efforts to reclaim the town were futile as the SPLA elite forces, supported by Sudan rebels, maintained their hold by repulsing SAF in thrilling but bloody confrontations. It’s reported rebel group JEM senior commanders Sidig Nasir and Mohamed Jari were killed in the town.
The loss of Higlig and South Sudan’s decision to block her oil pipeline through Sudan, was a huge blow to the limping Sudan economy.
Moments after losing the Higlig battle, said a State House source, a furious Bashir told his generals that Uganda and Israel had planned and supported SPLA to defeat his men.
According to a brief to President Yoweri Museveni, Bashir said there was a grand plan to cause the collapse of the Sudan economy to trigger an internal rebellion that would topple the Khartoum regime.
The Sudan dictator then directed that a special Parliamentary session be held to declare an immediate general mobilization of at least 50,000 men into the armed forces; recall of all retired servicemen and creation of para militaries to fight SPLA up to Juba and then Kampala.
The new development underscores fears war between old foes Sudan and Khartoum is around the corner.
Contacted, army spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye said: “UPDF is a professional army. If there are mercenaries supporting SPLA, then I cannot talk for them.”
Kulayigye added: “I speak for professional soldiers. But one can be a professional soldier before and then turn into a mercenary.”
When the Sudan Parliament extraordinary session of the two houses (the National Assembly and the Council of States) sat, the country’s Defence Minister Abdel-Rahim Hussein vowed to attack South Sudanese troops and other rebels that captured the town.
By Wednesday night, Sudan Generals were reportedly drawing a master plan of recovering Heglig, a move that South Sudan and friendly forces is likely to repel.
The Sudan Parliament also resolved to withdraw its negotiating delegation and halted talks brokered by an African Union panel between the two countries.
Information released by the Sudan Media Centre shows deputy governor of the state Salah Sir Al Khatim held an emergency meeting shortly after an attack on Higlig.
Members of higher committee in charge of human resources in Red Sea Rashid Himat said they were preparing thousands of Mujahedeens to face Southern Sudan commandoes.
On its part, the radical Sudanese General Student Union declared students have been set on alert to prepare for combat alongside Sudan Armed Forces in a battle to “expel invaders from Higlig” while in Nahr AL- Neil considerable numbers of Mujahedeen have “joined deterrence brigade set to back SAF and liberate Higlig.”
DISSIDENT HIDING IN UGANDA
It has also emerged that Bashir accuses Museveni of giving sanctuary and facilitating travel of the leaders of rebel Sudan Revolutionary Forces.
Sudan claims Ugandan authorities have issued rebel SPLM-North Deputy Secretary General, Abdul Abdel Aziz Al Hilo a Ugandan citizenship status stating he was born at Mulago Hospital in Kampala and given a passport issued in Kampala with No; B0B34356 dated 20, 8, 2008.
Al Hilo is well known as a dangerous man, having ignited the war in South Kordufan, returning the thundering of guns to the area in a bid to topple Bashir.
Khartoum further says AL Hilo was also guaranteed US$11m in five Ugandan commercial banks and a house registered as No. 8/7 in Nakasero, a leafy Kampala suburb.
As the Sudan economy crumbles, the international community is mounting pressure for the arrest of Bashir for committing atrocities in Darfur.
Sources in the army say Bashir could be funding rebel groups in Eastern Congo in retaliation for Museveni’s reported support of Sudan rebels.
Bashir is on record for funding Libyan opposition fighters that toppled and later killed Col. Muammar Gaddafi and LRA leader Joseph Kony.
Kulayigye says Uganda’s army has the ability to defend herself from any external aggression.
Uganda’s expenditure on arms surpassed Kenya’s for the first time in 2011.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, an international institute that carries out research into conflict and arms control, Uganda forked out a staggering US$270 million to fund the usual defense budget (food, salaries, research, training etc) and US$ 750 million on jets thus US$1.02 billion.
The Ministry of Defense also recently acquired 6 Su-30MK Russian jets Uganda’s air force to one of the deadliest combat aircraft squadrons in the Great Lakes region.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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