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Uganda denies Machar claims its jets bombed rebel positions in Jonglei


December 30, 2013 (KAMPALA) - A Ugandan minister has described as ‘‘unfortunate’’ accusations against Uganda by former South Sudan vice president Riek Machar that a Ugandan jet bombed positions of forces loyal to him in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state.

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South Sudan Vice-President Riek Machar speaking to population in Walgak, Akobo county, on February 17 2013 (ST)

Bor fell into hands of renegade Sudan People’s Liberation soldiers loyal to the Machar after what the South Sudanese president Salva Kiir said was a failed coup attempt by his former deputy.

The town was last week retaken by the South Sudan army, with the assistance of aerial bombardment from a Ugandan MiG-29 jet, according to Machar.

Uganda’s minister of State International Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem denies the accusations.

‘‘If true [that Machar accused Uganda], it’s unfortunate that Machar is making such an allegation. We have tolerated and been patient with him. He [Machar] should look back before he makes such an allegations,’’ said Henry Okello Oryem in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday without explaining how Uganda had been patient or tolerated the former South Sudan vice president.

Uganda has in the past few years bolstered its air force with the acquisition of six Russian made Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighter jets at a cost of $740m. The Ugandan military denies its jets have been involved in fighting Machar’s forces.


Ugandan officials claimed shortly after fighting broke out between rival factions within the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), that Museveni had had a phone discussion with Ban Ki moon in which the United Nations boss asked him to mediate the conflict in South Sudan.

“The UN-Secretary General had a telephone conversation with Mr Museveni and asked him to intervene to find a political solution (to the South Sudan crisis),” Uganda’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Fred Opolot told a media briefing in Kampala.

But increasingly Museveni is not seen as neutral in the political crisis in South Sudan.

On Monday he told journalists on a visit to the South Sudan capital, Juba, that East African countries had agreed to ‘‘go for him [Machar]’’ if he fails to respond to the cessation of hostilities by the South Sudan government.

A communiqué released by the office of the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta , which the Sudan Tribune has seen says if Machar does not respond to the cessation of hostilities by the South Sudan government ‘‘the summit would take further measures.’’

The statement does not explains what is meant by ‘‘further measures’’ but it is widely believed to mean military action.

It is not clear whether other East African countries would be willing to commit troops to fight reengages SPLA soldiers as much as Uganda which has its military footprint in the entire great lakes region and even Somalia.


There are fears among Ugandans that the perceived role of their country in the South Sudan crisis, which leans towards president Kiir, could lead to hostilities against Ugandan nationals in South Sudan among a section of people in the country.

Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda’s International Affairs minister dismisses such fears saying ‘‘if South Sudan prospers, Uganda also prospers,’’ and that no country had sacrificed as much as Uganda for peace in South Sudan.

‘‘No other country in Africa has sacrificed as much for the liberation of South Sudan as Uganda. Uganda sacrificed her own children, her own blood for the liberation of South Sudan. South Sudanese should appreciate this. The same Uganda cannot destroy South Sudan.’’


On Saturday Uganda said it had deployed troops from along the road from Juba to Nimule at the Ugandan border to facilitate the evacuation of its citizens caught by fighting in Bor.

‘‘UPDF [Uganda People’s Defence Forces] deployed between in Juba and Nimule so our people can come back home safely. Anybody who tampers with that operation will be punished mercilessly,’’ minister Oryem said.

Last week Uganda sent a dozen buses to evacuate 1,550 of its citizens stranded at the UN base in Bor. Most of them have returned home voluntarily but some have decided to remain in South Sudan because the investments they have in South Sudan.


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  • 31 December 2013 05:37, by dude

    who are now the real traitors? you Dinka are traitors redeeming South Sudan Land for Ugandans. Why run to Uganda for help. Why don’t you face the Nuer in the battlefields if you are really brave people? Together with your Dinka huasband Museveni, we will defeat you.

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  • 31 December 2013 05:41, by dude

    The Uganda president Museveni has been plaguing our country South Sudan with HIV AIDS for the last seven (7) years. This will be his last time as a president for getting involve too much in South Sudan internal affairs. This land of South Sudan is for it’s people only. Any Ugandan will be welcome with a bullet.

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  • 31 December 2013 05:46, by dude

    I blame equotorians for allowing Dinka to let Uganda enter South Sudan land. Kiir is really dump. You and your dictator will be out soon no matter how superpower you think you are. We will defeat you sharply.

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  • 31 December 2013 05:53, by dude

    President of Uganda Museveni is telling lies because Salva Kiir gives him twenty millions dollars a year from the oil money as a gift. And in returns, KIIr receives HIV AIDs of young ladies from UGanda. We, the people of South Sudan will not accept this. Kiir and and his husband Museveni of Uganda must go. They both have looted billions of dollars from South Sudanese oil money. This is why Poor Ug

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  • 31 December 2013 05:56, by Bentiu son

    I believe Bor Gok statement which say Dinka Bahr El Ghazal are foolish majority in South Sudan.Hw comes a President of RSS allow foreigners forces like UPDF to operate in his own country with its sovereign n integrity.That mean Salva Kiir doesn’t trust all his security organs n SPLA soldiers.What a shame Dinka BEG President? If I were u,I would have step down peaceful.

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  • 31 December 2013 06:13, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    Machar should know that SPLA of today is not like SPLA of 1991 so he should not get surprise of aerial bombardment by SPLA that was just a trial and more bombs will be drop not in Bor even in Leer where ur idiot relatives are

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    • 31 December 2013 06:54, by choldit

      Why don’t u admitted that u got new husband m7 to help u kill more Nuer and other patriotic ss. U shameful looter killer betrayers of ss. U will tell ss where u will go this time. Stop Malong Awan talking about protecting Nuer in his state while he was commanding killing of Nuer in juba. why shld he protect them there? No one will escape ICC this time around.

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  • 31 December 2013 06:29, by dude

    common with your husband Museveni, We are waiting for you. Do not take very long. bring it on now. We will defeat you shamefully.

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  • 31 December 2013 06:51, by hellonearth


    what was so urgent that you could not sit and solve SPLMs problems. thats what you said in your interview.

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  • 31 December 2013 06:53, by Bolong

    Stop fighting Nuer. The international community is really mad on us. Do we think about the costly we made to the world in the last thirty years?. It’s come to world attention now that! South Sudanese can not rules themselves. Southerners who are power hungry have to listen to the voices calling around the world. Riek Machar, with two BIG MISTAKE. stop accusation. you are an outlaws.

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    • 31 December 2013 08:17, by kumkan

      You must come out of that closet you are trying to hide-yourself in. There is no reason to hide your Dinka Agents which self-centered on supporting the genocide of the Nuer civilians; Do not pretend to be Nuer nor out supporter; those days of slavery are bygone just reveal yourself. Nuer are not in needs of Dinka!!! the likes of Marial Benjamin Bil Lual, are not welcome in the Greater Akob

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      • 31 December 2013 08:20, by kumkan

        . We are glad that you shown us who you really is we will kill you along with other traitor.. Once was a Dinka, will always be Dinka!! Lou-Nuer blood which you betray will get you your share.so Bolong, you failed to see beyond your nose just stick with being Dinka ok!! Support your uncle Salvadore as you wish but bear in mind that sooner or later you will mourns with huge anguish not only for "ben

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        • 31 December 2013 08:23, by kumkan

          beny" but as Gelweng community.Dinka at large is breathing through our nostril, we the Nuer Nay ti Naath is the ticking bomb ready to explode at any given times! James Koang Chuol, Peter Gatdet Yaka, Mr. Wang Chiok you kept our Nuer dignity alive! we know who are our beloved sons when Nuer superiority is being test by our enemy.

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  • 31 December 2013 07:02, by dude

    Bolong, we will fight you to the last man. You are nothing to Nuer but a piece of shiit. We will defeat you and your husband Museveni.

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  • 31 December 2013 07:38, by Dengdittueny

    Hahahahah, my fellow Nuer and Dinka commentaries, are fighting on internet without committing themselves to the frontline

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  • 31 December 2013 07:44, by Bolong

    Oh Dear dude, Do you want to fight me and Musebeni?. To be honest! I am not a soldier. You may fight SPLA, the official South Sudan Army. But look yo, accusation is not the solution. Your commander Riek have to listen to those who called for peace.

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    • 31 December 2013 07:51, by Mapuor

      Dear South Sudanese,you must work for your well being and stop following Mr Macar,who is suffering from narcissistic personality disorder,more over,Machar has secured billions of dollars in his accounts in London and else where for both his sons and daughters and even grandsons and grand daughters.Where will you sustained your impoverished families if you continue to follow this mental patien

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  • 31 December 2013 07:56, by dude

    shut up Mapuor

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  • 31 December 2013 08:01, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Those who killed Dr. Garang are after his followers. Their main agenda is to make sure Garang boys does not set deep roots in South Sudan. They are coming out openly now. Ugandan and its allies want have full control of South Sudan and its resources. Kiir is selling the country with blood of his own people just to stay in power.

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  • 31 December 2013 08:31, by Konan

    I have been told by a friend that during the 80th of the 20th century an Ugandan engineer (living now in UK) asked him about a town in South Sudan called Bentiu and explained to him that they (the Ugandans) knew that there is a huge oil reserve in this area and one day they will control it. No doubt the Ugandans are after the oil not Machar.

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  • 31 December 2013 08:48, by kumkan

    Place like Unity state is not going anywhere not even the heaven and earth is divide. Not even when Salvador wants to give it up to M7 as a gift for he could remind seated for the next twenty year. Never will it, would it or should it happens on our watch. The outsider world is watching so don’t worry about these half-minded-Dinka Gelweng whose ambition is to destroy the entire SS resource

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  • 1 January 07:37, by hellonearth

    M7, now the we have Dinka and UPDF P.O.Ws why don’t you come collect them.

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