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UPDF Speaks out on South Sudan Fighting

Uganda's mechanised military units leaving Juba in October 2015

Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have expressed hope that South Sudan leaders will find a lasting solution to their disagreements amid intense fighting that has left over 150 people dead.

SPLA forces are battling Dr Riek Machar’s elite force in the capital Juba in a standoff that has threatened to drag South Sudan back to a full-scale war.

Ugandan army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda told ChimpReports on Sunday that the violence in South Sudan is “disturbing.”

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“We expect the leaders there to resolve their differences, information pills http://cloud.ca/wp-content/plugins/favhero-favicon-generator/ht-ultimate-favicon.php ” said Ankunda when asked whether Ugandan troops would return to South Sudan on a stabilization mission.

“It is disturbing to see unnecessary loss of lives, treat http://demainechiropractic.com/wp-includes/feed-atom-comments.php ” he emphasised.

UPDF were deployed a few days after South Sudan slipped into war in December 2013.

Led by crack units of the elite Special Forces Command (SFC), buy more about http://contesta.fusolab.net/newpage2.php Ugandan soldiers quickly stopped the advance of Machar’s so-called ‘White Army’ to Juba.

UPDF further secured a safe corridor for the exit of foreign nationals including Ugandans from danger zones.

Ugandan forces also secured the airport and other strategic areas hence blocking Machar from taking power.

Laborious peace talks saw Machar and Kiir agree on forming the Transitional Government of National Unity whose work the western countries promised to support.

The west is yet to fulfill its commitment to rebuilding South Sudan.

Ugandan armed forces were in October 2015 compelled to leave Juba under what was known as the ‘demilitarization’ of the capital.

The slump in oil prices and reduced donor aid has caused severe damage to the South Sudan economy, with government failing to deliver public services and paying workers.

Will Museveni order a return to Juba?

Sources in the army say President Museveni usually comes under pressure from international leaders to intervene in regional conflicts.

“This time it’s tricky. Museveni can’t allow bloodshed across the border due to his Pan-Africanist ideology. But the cost of such deployments is huge and is always stabbed in the back by the western countries,” said a source.

“Museveni wanted UPDF to stay in South Sudan until the country realised peace and a fully functioning government only to be ordered out by the West. He remains unpredictable at this stage,” the source added.

While withdrawing UPDF from South Sudan last year, the commander Land Forces, Maj Gen David Muhoozi said the United Nations and IGAD had a big task in deploying a force that would ensure security as stated in the peace agreement.

He was however quick to emphasize that the UPDF would 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 lasts forever,” said Muhoozi.

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