Its 9:30 am in Juba South Sudan. Soldiers in their majestic green camouflage pack their belongings; most of them with smiley faces you cannot miss.
They quickly roll their tiny mattresses and drape the firearms, purchase sickness http://crijpa.fr/wp-content/plugins/googleanalytics/class/ga_hook.php ready to hit the road. They are going home. On the other side, patient http://deborahmillercounselor.com/wp-includes/pluggable-deprecated.php another batch donning slightly brighter colors is ushered in at the Juba Airport, which for the last 20 months has been the contingent’s tactical base.It’s the last batch of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces [UPDF] leaving South Sudan territory after spending almost 2 years in an operation that was codenamed ‘Kalongero’ due to the historical significance of the place during the 1986 NRA bush war .
The first phase according to Brig. Kayanja Muhanga, the Operation Kalongero Commander, was for evacuating equipment whereas the second one was for movement of troops from Bor, 200KM North of the capital Juba, while the third one involved moving of troops from Juba airport and Nisitu back to Uganda.
Speaking to Chimpreports yesterday, the commander Land Forces, Maj.Gen David Muhoozi was happy that the UPDF has left a land mark in South Sudan after performing to the expectations adding that it was a great achievement for the Uganda army.
“This is the tail-end of our withdrawal from South Sudan that started 3 weeks ago. We are happy that when our friends needed help we were able to provide it as they wished,” Maj. Gen. Muhoozi said.
The commander Land Forces said it was necessary for the UPDF to intervene as the war that broke out on December 15, 2013, so as to be able to promote the economic interests that Uganda has in South Sudan, as the country is one of the biggest importers of Ugandan goods.
“The SPLA and UPDF have a long history of working together. They worked as buffer zones when we were fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army and so we needed to keep the friendship flourishing by assisting them when there is need.”
The operation commander, Brig. Muhanga says the UPDF has been able to restore peace in the country as people for the first time managed to return to their homes; as well as ensuring flow of humanitarian assistance from the United Nations and other NGOs.
By the look of things, all is not smooth despite the peace agreement signed between the government forces and those loyal to former vice president Riek Machar, as Africa’s youngest nation might soon resume to war.
Peace is yet to be entirely established in a number of regions and gunfire has already been reported in few areas, since the peace agreement.
However, Maj. Gen. David Muhoozi says the UPDF has done its part and it’s now time for the SPLA to ensure they consolidate the peace and security partly brought by the Ugandan army.
“We were never meant to be guarantors of their security but only there to reinforce it and we have done that. We can never substitute the security,” Muhoozi said when asked on whether the country would have lasting peace despite their withdrawal.
He added,” Juba was a ghost town and dead bodies were all over the streets of Bor but that ended with our coming. There comes a time when you have to deal with your own affairs and now is the time for the Sudanese government to do so.”
Ugandans who work in the oil rich country on the other hand, aren’t overly optimistic they will be secure with the withdrawal of the UPDF; they believe that war might break out again.
“We are not sure if this relative peace will last after the withdrawal of the UPDF. We shall always be on alert but we are scared what might happen next,” said Fahad Kasujja a builder with Chinese harbor company.
To Benon Akankwasa, another Ugandan working in South Sudan, it will only be God’s mercy for the country to remain peaceful after the withdrawal of foreign troops.
The commander land forces however said that the United Nations and IGAAD have a big task to deploy a force that will ensure security as stated in the peace agreement. He was however quick to emphasize that the UPDF will always be ready to redeploy in South Sudan if called upon.
“If there is need for us and we have been called, we shall not hesitate to go back to South Sudan but we hope the peace last forever,” Maj. Gen. Muhoozi said.
Inspector General of Police Gen Edward Kale Kayihura has directed Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi to immediately disallow a city rally that was scheduled for Tuesday by Presidential Aspirant Hon Amama Mbabazi.
The Police boss reminded Mrs Musisi that managing such public rallies is the sole responsibility of the Uganda Police Force under the public order management act.
Mbabazi had planned the rally to be held at the Kololo Independence Grounds on Tuesday afternoon, unhealthy http://deltaalphapihonorsociety.org/wp-admin/includes/ajax-actions.php after being nominated by the National Electoral Commission at the Mandela National Stadium.
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Mbabazi on Tuesday 27th wrote to the KCCA ED, decease informing her about the planned rally which among others would include “a lot of pomp and cerebration.”
Kayihura says however, that the Police have not been informed about this program as required by Sec 5  of the Public order law.
The NRM on the other hand, Kayihura says, has duly informed him about their Kololo rally.
“Given that the activities are planned to be “accompanied by a lot of pomp and celebrations,” and will cover major routes leading to the city center, it is not possible to simultaneously police them both,” Kayihura informed Musisi.
“For the above reasons therefore, the planned activities by Amama Mbabazi are unlawful,” he added, before directing her to inform the Go Forward Campaign to align their programs with the law.
According to Mbabazi’s camp however, if their thousands of supporters are blocked by police from accessing Kololo, they will force their way onto the streets of Kampala.