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Phased Withdrawal of Ugandan’s Troops From South Sudan!

Ugandan forces assembled in Bor town for a "good-bye" ceremony(Photo: supplied)
Ugandan forces assembled in Bor town for a “good-bye” ceremony(Photo: supplied)

Oct 21, 2015(Nyamilepedia) —- Thousands of Ugandan People Defense Force (UPDF), contracted by Salva Kiir government in 2013 to fight a civil war in defense of the regime, have began a procedural withdrawal from Bor town, the capital of Jonglei state.

According to South Sudan’s government spokesman, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Deputy Peace negotiator, Hon. Micheal Makuei Lueth, the first contigent of UPDF began leaving Bor town yesterday, Tuesday, October 20th, 2015.

Reports from the ground indicate that the Ugandan troops will finish withdrawing from Jonglei state by Friday, a report that sends fear and mixed reactions among the local population.

For the last two weeks, government officials including South Sudan’s military spokesman, Philip Aguer and Micheal Makuei Lueth demanded that the Ugandan army should not leave the country.

According to deputy Chief of Staff and SPLA Commander for Jonglei state, General Malual Ayom, there shouldn’t be any panic in the state.

“There shouldn’t be any panic to the population of Jonglei state, the SPLA is there to protect people of Bor. They should continue with their normal activities,” assured Ayom.

Gen. Ayom, whose some of his comrades were slain by a troop of white army before the UPDF came to rescue, has recruited and trained thousands of troops over the past two years. His colleagues in Juba, however, want the UPDF to stay until further notice.

Col. Philip Aguer argues that the UPDF should only leave the war-torn nation after the SPLM/SPLA-IO signed the security arrangement which they refused to sign in September.

On the other hand, the Ugandan troops who took responsibility of major towns in the conflict, have call it enough.

Boasting that the Ugandans have saved Kiir’s government, defended towns and installations or prevented a “genocide”, the Ugandans sees no appreciation from Salva Kiir’s government for their services.

According to one of the Ugandan soldiers, who spoke in the town of Bor, Salva Kiir government should have paid the troops some allowances as a “thank-you” in kind for the job well-done; appreciate them for protecting his government and openly allow them to leave the country.

The long-awaited withdrawals came 10 days after the expiry of IGAD dateline as a result of combined efforts from the region, SPLM/SPLA [IO] and the international community who demanded that all the foreign troops must leave the country to allow peace in the world’s youngest nation.

Despite their withdrawal from Bor, UPDF will be re-assembled in Juba before finally exiting the country at the end of the month or later.

As part of elevating peace agreement in South Sudan, Ugandan government is urged to support peace initiatives even if it would mean isolating or sanctioning the warring parties or individuals who impede the agreement.

After signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement, Ugandan President and Sudan’s president Omar el Bashir held a closed-doors meeting with SPLM/SPLA[IO] chairman, Dr. Riek Machar, in Khartoum.

In Khartoum meeting, Yoweri Museveni for the first time pledged his commitment to withdraw his troops and support peace in South Sudan.

Read: Khartoum: Ugandan President Agrees To Withdraws Troops From South Sudan

At the onset of the conflict, Mr. Museveni dispatched his troops to South Sudan with hopes to capture Mr. Machar in just four days; however, the “battle-hardened” UPDF, withdrawn mostly from Somalia, met a tougher challenge from the least equipped and organized force of White Army, fighting alongside defected SPLA forces.

Reports from Kampala indicate that the news of UPDF withdrawal is celebrated by many Ugandan families who have not heard from their sons and daughters in South Sudan for nearly two years.

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AGUMUT October 21, 2015 at 2:06 am

Our cows are multicolored.

gatdarwich October 21, 2015 at 7:08 am

To hell with the mercenaries, UPDF. The incompetent, power-hungry-greedy, traitorous, killer Kiir, and the Dinka warlords, Kuol Manyang and Malong Awan, plus the JCE(the Dinka council of national resources looters), are financially broke, and can’t keep you defending their selfish-destructive interests for free. Museveni and his terrorists organization/army, UPDF, will, in the nearest future, eminently reap what they sowed or did to the South Sudan patriots period. Go home and recuperate for now-terrorists.

AGUMUT October 21, 2015 at 8:29 am

You are typically arab and insulting. Please do not forget your medicines,but make sure that you can not survive with medications alone like SPLM. Walk or run are part of sport.

AMEN October 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

UPDF will remain united with south sudan, it is not first time for UPDF stand with south sudan even during struggle president Museveni was with Jonh Garang strong relationship still exist. Now UPDF are welcome back home they did their part a country like south sudan cannot be RULE by someone who had never experience a bush life like Killer Dr Riek machar.
Riek machar had got no different with Nuer villager who is staying in the cattle camp, Riek want his own seat not that Kiir mayardit,s leadership is bad. if He (Riek) is aman of change why did he refuse to make when he was VP Riek is AFAKE person with no reasoning capacity.

philip tut October 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm

If u guys need some body to support Salva regime is better other rather than Ugandan coz Uganda need to benefit only if he will kill ur drunker (Salva ) , u guys have right start killing nuer with gach tut but nuer didn’t know ur secret only riek & some nuer again what ur government did to kill nuer still some of nuer with primitive regime now all south Sudanese investors are dinka provide by monychuang exist which Salva Koirala this is the last massacre of nuer even if nuer will not revenge it coz name Jen mean ur servants

AMEN October 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

Now UPDF is going back to Uganda, sudan troops should also go back to sudan and stop supplying rebels with all those war equipment. I don,t see the reason why Khartoum support the fails rebel which fight with no objectives, and there is no a war Riek machar can fight with Aims and objectives Riek machar is a fail person in south sudan.
the presidential seat will be given to a wise Nuer person not Fake person like Riek machar who claim that he is educated when he don,t know the roles of educated person in his own country.

philip tut October 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Yes u will give it to pools nuer who don’t know they represent as Salva send to destroy they family while deploy Uganda soldier in dinka area to protect dinka ( not all nuer who like those in Juba as Salva servants)

KongGT October 21, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Amen u pl. ur writing is shaming without make senses and no grammar rules to see on the sentences.

KongGT October 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm

yo do need to learn how to write I believe it is a level one class whose needs to learn writing can write pl. just stop writing and go to school for a learning writing and making sense start class.

Karab October 24, 2015 at 1:32 am

Bye Bye chickens! You were dying for the sake of museveni.


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