Oct 24, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— South Sudan government has made a request calling on neighbouring Uganda to return to South Sudan to fight rebellion alongside Kiir’s troubled forces.
The request was delivered by the Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service, Gen. Makur Maroul, who claims that Ugandan citizens have been abducted in South Sudan’s Equatoria region by SPLA-IO rebels and his government lacks capacity to trace and free the hostages.
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Gen. Makur reported to Ugandan Police Service that Ugandans have been abducted along the Juba-Nimule Highway and also in Magwi County by SPLA-IO rebels, a report that has not been independently verified.
Gen. Makur called on Ugandan government to ban all SPLA-IO activities in its territories claiming that they are terrorists.
In Kampala, Uganda Military Police instead of the Ugandan People Defense Force(UPDF) is now preparing to enter South Sudan’s Equatoria to fight rebellion alongside the SPLA in government.
Kali Kahura, the Uganda’s Inspector General of Police(IGP), has admitted that Uganda is preparing Military police to enter South Sudan to rescue Ugandans that are held hostage by rebels in Equatoria.
Kale added that the two countries need to cooperate and step up security in order to trace these hostages.
Due to ongoing fighting between Kiir and Machar’s troops in Equatoria, South Sudan government has step up efforts to brand SPLA-IO forces as a terrorists’ organization.
Last month, the spokesman of SPLA-IG, Brigadier Lul Ruai Kong, called on the region to level SPLA-IO as terrorists and send in more military support to crush them.
The government went on to propagate controversial incidents in which Dinka civilians were reportedly killed along Juba-Yei road by unidentified groups believed to be members of disgruntled Equatorian communities targeting mostly Dinka nationals for encroaching their territory.
At the beginning of the conflict in 2013, Ugandan forces entered South Sudan purportedly “to evacuate Ugandan citizens”; however, the heavily armed troops went on to “liberate” towns like Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, and continued to fight on for another two years.
After two years of fighting in most volatile areas, Uganda decided to withdraw its troops from other parts of the country except near the capital at Nsitu.
This year, Uganda sent in more troops to evacuate citizens after another heavy fighting resumed in the capital, Juba.
In Khartoum last month, the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, approached Dr. Riek Machar Teny, South Sudan’s ousted First Vice President, to brief him on political solutions that Uganda and the rest of the region is working on to return peace to South Sudan.
Machar maintains that he will not return to the capital but gives IGAD and AU a benefit of doubt to try to resuscitate the current peace agreement and to fully implement the security arrangement to avoid a repeat of July incidents.