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Uganda Army Speaks on Nimule-Juba Attacks

Deputy CDF, Lt Gen Charles Angina in Juba last year to monitor progress of UPDF soldiers in stabilising the war-torn country
Deputy CDF, Lt Gen Charles Angina in Juba last year to monitor progress of UPDF soldiers in stabilising the war-torn country

    By: Dickens H Okello

  • Dec 17,2014
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12:22pm: The Ugandan army has appealed to travelers and traders using the Nimule-Juba road to be more careful following an attack on two vehicles on the route to the Capital of war-torn South Sudan.

“This is a caution to Ugandans plying Juba Nimule road. UPDF and SPLA are concerned and assessing the security situation, http://csautomation.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader-skin.php ” said UPDF spokesperson, http://delightstudio.co.rs/wp-admin/includes/image-edit.php Lt Col Paddy Ankunda on Wednesday.

“Two vehicles were burnt and one John Tamale injured. Take caution along Juba Nimule road.”

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8:30am: The South Sudan rebels have boasted of destroying a military convoy loaded with food items meant for government soldiers in the Equatoria region, http://cocomoonthesea.com/wp-includes/session.php raising fears that a peace deal between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar won’t be realised soon.

The rebels’ publicist, Brig Lul Koang told Chimpreports on Tuesday night that they had closed the Nimule-Juba road which links Uganda to South Sudan.

“The gallant SPLM/SPLA Forces under the command on General Martin Kenyi marked the day this morning by closing Salva  Kiir Mayardit lifeline to the outside world linking him directly to his mentor President  Yoweri Museveni of Uganda,” boasted Koang.

“In two separate combat actions, Salva Kiir’s first bloody nose in Equatoria, the SPLM/SPLA Forces under the command of Lt. Jada Anthony Tibi, attacked, demolished and burnt down three trucks loaded with food items intended for Salva Kiir’s militia,” he added:

“The local people helped themselves with the food. The rescue forces that came was also attacked, one Toyota pickup mounted with heavy machine gun was destroyed and the remaining force ran in disarray in the direction of Juba. The SPLM/SPLA have now closed the Nimule-Juba road to traffic.”

This website was yet to verify the rebels’ claims of shutting down the highway to Juba.

Uganda army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said he would keep us “updated” on the latest developments.

However, if true, this could compel Uganda Special Forces commando units to use combat action to clear the rebels’ pockets of resistance along the Juba-Nimule road.

For some time, reports have indicated that Machar’s plan has been cutting off Uganda’s access to South Sudan before rebels launch a huge offensive on Bor and Juba.

This would hurt Uganda’s economy since South Sudan traders use rad transport to carry merchandise to the war-torn country.

Statistics from the Ministry of Trade indicate that South Sudan is Uganda’s large trade partner with annual export revenue of over $358 million, implying a monthly income of about $28.4 million per month and over $900,000 per day.

In an article to the Washington Post this week, U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry said, “to move forward, a transitional government with a mandate to create security agencies that protect all of South Sudan’s people — regardless of ethnicity or political alignment — is imperative.”

He added: “That government must develop a transparent system for managing the country’s resources and agree on an inclusive constitutional drafting process that focuses on improved governance. Given the level of past violence, a reconciliation plan must also be established, accompanied by efforts to investigate atrocities and ensure that those involved are held accountable for their crimes.”

The South Sudan rebels, who don’t appear to be inclined towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict, said the latest “military action in Equatoria will drive the last nail into the coffin of Salva Kiir’s regime.”

Koang added: “Taking place just at the borders with the neighbouring Uganda, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni must now be worried and panicking about the fate of the soldiers he brought into South Sudan to assist Salva Kiir.”

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  • Atwooki

    ”Taking place just at the borders with the neighboring Uganda, President Yoweri Kaguta
    Museveni must now be worried and panicking about the fate of the soldiers he
    brought into South Sudan”.

    You rebels you like propagating a lot,..The M7 you’re talking about is a die heart I don’t
    think whether he panics besides,

    When UPDF went to fight in Mogadishu was there border
    between Somalia and Uganda? You must be worried for your own actions anyway.

    • GatNor

      Fighting with Somali pirates is not the same as fighting South Sudanese though those who are financing M7’s activities in Somalia are the same powers encouraging his stay in South Sudan. If you are boasting and pushing out your chest hoping for M7’s Air Power then that’s expected with intention to bring those planes down like birds with clipped wings. Ground forces of UPDFs will be at the mercy of a well equipped white Army Fighters. Remember that the war has been regionalised by your tribal puppet(Kiir) not knowing the consequences and with more players on the scene, M7, Kiir, Rwandan Forces, North Sudan Rebel’s Combined Force and the Egyptians risk a devastating defeat by Freedom fighters namely SPLM/A-In Op and the Equatorian Defence Forces. The anticipated Ugandan uprising against Muesevini’s dictatorship will be welcome by many. Imagine Special Forces from the New South Sudan’s Arm Force and White Army Volunteers escorting a new leader of Uganda into the Capital, Kampala for the sole purpose of retiring Museveni with South Sudan flag flying next to Machar welcoming change and congratulating the brave Ugandans while you Atwooki watch in shame and defeat.

    • Andrew

      For your info Mr. Awooki, Mr. Museveni panicks a lot and in fact he is a known coward. You may recall how he had already packed up and ready to flee back to Sweden when the Lakwena forces reached Jinja town in late 1987. So stop being overly presumptous of anything Museveni.

      • GatNor

        Thanks Andrew for pointing that out to Atwooki.

  • Madong Kuoth

    you will see mr. Atwooki, this is planning by the Rebels for while so that it is very easily to close Nimule Road in which it will affect all militarizes front either UPDF or spla.

    • Atwooki

      According to my predictions and if am not mistaken I see
      this as a wrong gambling and if true, all what I can say is all the best, let’s
      sit and watch as the game begins, then I will remind you at the end of it if
      you will be interested to read from me of what I knew would happen.

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