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December 20, 2013 (KAMPALA) - The Ugandan army says it has deployed troops in South Sudan to help secure its citizens from the increasingly volatile country.

“Our mission is to evacuate injured and stranded Ugandans. It is a bilateral arrangement with the government of South Sudan”, Paddy Ankunda, spokesman of the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

According to media reports on Thursday, some 150 Ugandans were evacuated from Juba by a military aircraft that had flown in Ugandan special forces to the South Sudan capital.

Ankunda said Ugandan soldiers will remain in South Sudan for “as long as the South Sudan government is still there for us (the UPDF)”.

Uganda has a long history of security cooperation with South Sudan, dating back to the long struggle for independence from Sudan.

Over the past few days there have been persistent rumours in Uganda that the government had deployed troops in South Sudan to support the government of president Salva Kiir.

“That is speculation. Our mission is to facilitate the evacuation of Ugandans back to Uganda”, Ankunda said when asked about the claims.

In a televised address on Monday, Kiir said his government had foiled an alleged coup attempt on Sunday by his former deputy, Riek Machar.
Machar, whose whereabouts remain unknown, denies the accusation, and has instead called on Kiir to resign from office.

The violence in South Sudan has increasingly become tribal in nature, spreading to areas outside the capital.

World leaders, the UN and neighbouring countries have called for a political solution to the crisis in Africa’s youngest nation.

Foreign Affairs ministers from the East African region are currently in Juba for crisis talks as the violence continues to escalate.

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  • 21 December 2013 06:47, by Tong dut

    That is what MUSEVENI was taking Kirr to, soon all south sudan properties will be taken to uganda, fuck MUSEVENI IN SUDAN.

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    • 21 December 2013 06:50, by Tong dut

      Now we are going to fight Ugandan, who brought them here?
      New war between ugandans and south sudan,Ther is no war here, what did they want, since they are american hunting dogs.

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    • 21 December 2013 11:45, by Bentiu son

      EAC,UNSC,IGADD,UN General Assemblies should first question Uganda President dictator Yoweri Museveni who had got deadly hands on current crisis in RSS.Musevei brought his troops yesterday n today bombed Bor Town under Dr Machar’s loyalist soldiers which is violation of SS sovereignty n its integrity.It is obvious now that Museveni is the President of both countries Uganda n South Sudan.Kiir is pup

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      • 21 December 2013 11:56, by Bentiu son

        pet of Museveni.What a shame for incompetent Salva Kiir for bringing mercenaries in the country without Parliament approval.That means Salva Kiir lost trust n confidences within our national army SPLA,He betrayed them by bring foreigners to defense our sovereignty n integrity.Waw! Under Salvatore,we shall get only splits within SPLA, Gvt, SPLM n mass killings across the country.Shame Shame puppy

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  • 21 December 2013 07:08, by Kenyan the cushite

    do some southernese comenting here have brains, why would you fight ugandans trying to help secure the capital so the country doenst fall into chaos? civil war would mean thousands of refugess flooding to Uganda. do u think ugandans want refugess? someone said everything is south sudan would be taken to Uganda? what does SS have to be stolen?? your poor. trust me east africans want to help.

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  • 21 December 2013 07:24, by Kenyan the cushite

    SS civil war will affect us all. we cannot develop the region when people are being killed who will invest in a country in east africa when theres war everywhere. CAR is fighting, SUdan is at war SS is at war. whwen will there be development. ALL because of tribalism. you cannot build a country when everyone is dead.

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  • 21 December 2013 08:31, by Ankh

    Salva Kirr, you have betrayed us South Sudanese.

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  • 21 December 2013 09:14, by ahme adam

    Uganda army days in Southern Sudan are numbered they will be hunted one by one

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  • 21 December 2013 12:07, by sweettea

    Kiir is making the matter get worsening by allowing Ugandan army into the country . And first of all why did he let Ugandan air force to intervene into our national affair?

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  • 21 December 2013 12:24, by Northern Sudanese

    HAHHAAHHAH Ugandan army in south sudan? damn you guys have become so fucked up! and now they are bombing Bor for you.... uganda which is an utter joke, I have always argued that when you compare south sudan’s army to uganda you are superior in everything except air. uganda in which A mafia of like a 100 men terrorize the whole mini country.....

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