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Uganda’s Museveni appoints new head of S. Sudan operations


January 12, 2014 (KAMPALA/JUBA) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly appointed Col. Kayanja Muhanga as overall commander of its army (UPDF) operations in South Sudan.

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Uganda leader Yoweri Museveni Kaguta (New Vision photo)

According to the Daily Monitor newspaper, Col. Muhanga, until now the military police boss, will mainly be tasked with a more sensitive role that involves diplomacy, politics and military command.

The Ugandan army spokesperson, Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda confirmed the appointment in an interview with the Ugandan daily, describing the newly appointed officer as an “accomplished commander”.

He was, however, quoted saying Uganda was in the process of signing the Status of Force Agreement (SFA) with South Sudan government so as to officially define UPDF operations in the country.

“They [South Sudan] have written to us officially and SFA will be signed soon with the government of South Sudan and if the Window is open, we might be involved in peace enforcement,” further told Daily Monitor.

Officials from South Sudan army (SPLA) have remained tight-lipped on Uganda’s military involvement in the nearly one-month conflict.

In recent weeks, however, the involvement of the UPDF in the South Sudanese conflict has drawn mixed reactions, yet the army claims it only entered Juba to protect its citizens trapped in the violence.

But Museveni, a close ally of South Sudan President Salva Kiir, recently admitted that he sent his troops to “help restore hope” in South Sudan, confirming his military’s involvement in the conflict.

Rebels loyal to South Sudan former vice-president Riek Machar have demanded complete withdrawal of Ugandan forces from South Sudan, saying the latter was interfering into its internal affairs.

On Friday, members of the United Nations Security Council warned against external involvement in South Sudan’s conflict and expressed fears of possible escalation.

Dissident forces lost control of Bentiu, the Unity state capital on Friday after it was retaken by the South Sudanese army, forcing residents to flee in to neigbouring areas. The rebels also fled the area, which they controlled for about two weeks.

Intense fighting, which initially started in the capital, Juba spread to other parts of the country, killing more than 1,000 people and displacing over 200,000 in its worst ever post-session conflict.


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  • 13 January 2014 09:31, by Jalaby

    That means South Sudan is officially under Ugandan custody like Rwanda, Burundy,etc! dictator Museveni will always give himself the upper hand on whatever concerning South Sudan and if the south resists him by any means then the south will never feel the rest again, look at Congo and you know the lesson!
    Museveni already spoiled the situation in the south!

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    • 13 January 2014 09:51, by South South

      Shut up your dirty mouth. Do GAHTA JAMARA. You have no business in South Sudan issues. Fake Arab and stupid.

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    • 13 January 2014 10:40, by Chol A.

      @jealousy jalaby, can you think why we don’t need N.Sudan joint military cooperation? SS knew that you are worse foe than Dr R splitter rebels and Uganda. Even if Uganda spoiled SS yet we will settle matters and Uganda will know that it different country, So if Ugandan forces involvement in SS itchy your asss than go and mop your asss and be the good foe to us rather than being jealous please!!

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    • 13 January 2014 11:36, by DeltaBravo


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    • 13 January 2014 13:15, by Sudan virus

      My enemy Jalaby!Better we cooperate with you (Khartoum) at this moment only.Otherwise, you (Sudanese) will suffer most if the current situation persist here in South Sudan.
      Remember what you want/robbed from us (South Sudan)-Oil ( your blood) will stop flowing.

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  • 13 January 2014 09:54, by Marco Bul

    What goes around comes around.It was Nuer who started this cooperation with NIF in 90s but we prevail coz it was not Dinka Rebellion.Now let’s see how mighty is Nuer.Kenya is on the way...What if we bring in Al Shabab?? You have been disturbing peace.So you will be taught how to behave yourself

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    • 13 January 2014 10:50, by Bentiu son

      Dear Salva Kiir n his Guelweng Dinka militias,your regional lobbying n conspiracy against Nuer society won’t help your genocidal regime from collapsing.Whether,you imported mercenaries from Ugandan UPDF,Sudanese SAF alongside with own rebels JEM,SRF, SPLA-N,Rwandan Army or Kenyan policemen won’t stop our fighting for democracy,human rights n to bring responsible government in RSS.Cowards Dinka

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      • 13 January 2014 10:58, by Bentiu son

        can’t face angry Nuer warriors in warfield but only use others to fight on their behalf.What a shame foolish majority of Dinka BEG? We will fuck you together with your fake allies husbands.Museveni must know that his soldiers are nothing before Nuer warriors they had been killed n defeated in many battles around Jonglei n Juba outskirts.Salva Kiir tribal politics of shielding his cowards Jeenge

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        • 13 January 2014 11:46, by DeltaBravo


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          • 13 January 2014 13:52, by Sudan virus

            Why call elected government useless? A government is not the president(tribe)! It includes; vice president, party secretary, speaker of parliament, governors, members of parliament,Commissioners,and etc.
            our disease in South Sudan is tribal-where if the president is from another tribe we call it not a government.

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  • 13 January 2014 09:59, by Ankh

    Its a gurantee Salva will not be president beyond this year, a gurantee. Does Museveni know what that means? What is he getting Uganda into?

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  • 13 January 2014 10:53, by Konan

    We know the ultimate objective of Ugandan President is oil fields in Unity & Upper Nile States, which for his bad luck located in the Northern regions of SS. As I said before Sudan will never tolerate UPDF presence near its border whatever it takes for UDPF is an ally of Sudanese rebels and could attract Al-Shabab terrorist group and make the area a new battle field for their war.

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  • 13 January 2014 13:05, by Sudan virus

    Museveni is a peace loving and making president in Africa.
    We South Sudanese have to stick on the principal of democracy-government of the people, by the people and for the people.
    The current government was voted in power by the people, for the people.And will be maintained or replaced in 2015, by the people(of south Sudan)and for the people based on the majority vote( weather the current party

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  • 13 January 2014 13:10, by Sudan virus

    SPLM/President’s performance is OK or not) but not by force and people with doctrine.
    Taking power by force/gun testifies that we South Sudanese don’t know and can’t practice democracy in our hard new born world newest country South Sudan.

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  • 13 January 2014 13:27, by Sudan virus

    Innocent Nuer,Dinka, Junubin at whole and innocent foreigners are dying in South Sudan since then (coup attempt) up to date, just because a doctor-Machar wants be a president of South Sudan by force!And the international community is backing up this base less rebellion which is a result of a failed coup attempt!
    This is a world power abuse on the people of South Sudan by the world super power/

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  • 13 January 2014 13:28, by Sudan virus

    international community.

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  • 13 January 2014 21:13, by lakoda

    Kiir and Museveni
    You reach the red line murders, how come you bomb us with chemical spray today at Mangala and Jonglei as well,now it is good that the whole world will witness your intention to swept away Nuer from South Sudan. Kiir you are gone and next M7.Instead to facing us you decide to do evil thing Kiir you have shown it to the whole that you very stupid president.

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