The Ugandan military has officially crossed into South Sudan on a specialized mission of rescuing its nationals trapped in the war-ravaged country, try http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-admin/includes/continents-cities.php Chimp Corps report.
The troops, cost which crossed through the border point of Nimule on Thursday morning, will not enter the capital Juba as earlier expected.
Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda told ChimpReports in an exclusive interview today morning that UPDF will not participate in the fighting but provide maximum security to Ugandans being evacuated back home.
“Yes, it is true, our convoys have crossed into South Sudan,” said Ankunda.
“The mission is to rescue Ugandans trapped in the fighting and bring them home,” he added.
Asked to comment on claims that UPDF would use the cover of evacuating Ugandans to support Gen Salva Kiir in retaining his grip on power, Ankunda observed: “We are not going to fight. Whenever we are going to fight, we don’t hide. We tell the world about our mission.”
Thousands of Ugandans have for the last few weeks been living in fear of their lives following a breakout of violence in the country.
Troops loyal to Riek Machar last week fought government forces for several days, threatening to plunge the nation back into a full-scale civil war.
Some Ugandans were killed in the fighting while Kampala-bound buses were equally attacked, according to humanitarian agencies.
In the wake of the renewed insecurity, President Museveni ordered the military to plan a rescue mission of the troubled Ugandans.
Highly placed military sources say the Commander Land Forces, Lt Gen David Muhoozi was at the centre of the operation whose planning has lasted almost a week.
Reconnaissance missions spotted potential ambushes along the way hence sending into South Sudan armoured combat units.
Ankunda said hundreds of Ugandans are gathered at Aruu Junction, Gumbo Market and Nisitu, near Juba where they will be picked by the UPDF.
While other Ugandans continue hiding in their houses, government has announced a hotline number, +211 928302044 (for call, text or WhatsApp) for assistance in South Sudan.
As soon as Ugandans board trucks and buses, UPDF will escort them back home.
“Public transport facilities can be integrated in our convoys and we provide them with security,” said Ankunda.
It is understood UPDF also has ambulances to cater for those who will fall sick on the journey to Uganda.
The UPDF entourage in South Sudan boasts a repair and maintenance fleet for transport vehicles that could break down along the way.
“We have a protection force that will secure all our vehicles,” assured Ankunda.
Ugandan troops returned from South Sudan in October 2015 after almost two years on a stabilisation mission that saw Machar’s forces denied an opportunity to take power by force of arms.