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East African assembly backs Ugandan military deployment in S. Sudan

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January 21, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) have strongly supported Uganda’s military role in neighbouring South Sudan, saying its involvement in the conflict would prevent it from further escalation.

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UPDF representative, Maj Gen Julius Oketta, speaks during the special session to discuss the deployment of UPDF soldiers in South Sudan (Daily Monitor)

The speaker of the EALA, said at the assembly opening session in Kampala, Uganda that it was necessary to deploy troops in the new nation to avoid the fighting from degenerating.

“The deployment was timely and is timely. Uganda has the obligation to prevent the conflict to degenerate further”, said Margaret Ziwa, adding that the deployment was in line with what Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member countries reportedly agreed upon during last month’s meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Violence erupted in the South Sudanese capital in mid-December last year and later spread to other key towns, killing in excess of 1,000 people and displacing nearly 500,000 in a month.

The ongoing instability, observers say, could dominate the EALA sessions as regional lawmakers seek remedies to the conflict that nearly plunged the new nation into civil war.

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A week ago, Ugandan lawmakers at a special session also supported its government’s decision to deploy the national army (UPDF) in South Sudan, despite the United Nations Security Council warnings against external interventions that could exacerbate the new nation’s conflict.

The Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni also appointed Col. Kayanja Muhanga as the overall commander of UPDF operations in the neighbouring country, amidst protests from South Sudanese rebels led by its former vice-president Riek Machar.

But Gen. Katumba Wamala, the Ugandan army chief said Machar should not use UPDF presence in South Sudan as a mechanism to snub the ongoing dialogue with president Salva Kiir’s government.

“Let Riek Machar not use UPDF presence in South Sudan to snub dialogue”, Wamala tweeted on Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the spokesperson of the UPDF, also tweeted on Tuesday that it forces do not intend to stay in South Sudan for long, further revealing that only 9 UPDF soldiers died in a rebel ambush at Gemeza a week ago.

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  • 22 January 08:32, by omoni jr.

    It is the same Ugandans and M7 inner-cohort ,and there is NOTHING EALA,just bunch of money hunters,.

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    • 22 January 08:55, by Reconciliation

      Bravo,Bravo to east African countries for their strong support.you have proved your brotherhood to us.Fighting terrorist should be a collective responsibilty of ever peace loving nation.Riek Machar and his western empiralist must face fire.I strongly believed that this joined effort will mark the end of Riek,s rebellion.

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      • 22 January 09:14, by Mi diit

        Bravo,bravo for being bought with our oil money to try to help the coward Dinka tribe of Salva Kiir against one tribe Nuer. But I can assure you that you will return to Uganda in hundreds of body bags while your survivors will be disappointed and regret it for life. You will lose and curse this foolish decision of yours someday.

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        • 22 January 13:03, by Rommel

          Mi diit:
          Ah, I see, your moral code would never allow your people to stoop so low as to solicit and receive military assistance in your wars against others, specifically the Dinka. Do you recall the thirteen [13] years [1991 to 2004] in which the Dinka were subjected to aerial bombardment and artillery fire from your allies in Khartoum!?

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          • 22 January 13:04, by Rommel

            Do you recall the decades in which you defended oilfields on behalf of the Arab oligarchy? Do you recall how you were so desperately reliant upon their weapons, ammunition, supplies, logistical support and food relief? Do you recall the military engagements that you executed in tandem with Khartoum?

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            • 22 January 13:09, by Rommel

              The Ugandans have only thus far provided and deployed three [3] to four [4] battalions in South Sudan. That’s a drop in the ocean when contrasted with what Khartoum did for you. The Dinka had to contend with an enemy [your erstwhile ally], that was well furnished with a palette of destructive weaponry and over 100, 000 men, accompanied by bombers, jets, and helicopter gunships...

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              • 22 January 13:20, by Rommel

                ...And tens of thousands of aligned militiamen — the PDF and the Murahaleen, and tens of thousands of Khartoum compliant Nuer militiamen. I don’t want foreign intervention of any kind, but if you’re going to condemn people and bespatter them with smug charges of cowardice... know that we can dredge up your documented history of forming alliances with Khartoum.

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                • 22 January 13:21, by Rommel

                  Allow me to cite for you the work of an historian:
                  Throughout the fighting, not one war casualty was admitted to the Nasir hospital. Riek’s troops sat idle as Khartoum pushed back the Dinka. The results of Riek’’s sell-out to Khartoum could not have been more glaring. The Dinka suffered mightily. (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, scott peterson)

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                  • 22 January 13:22, by Rommel

                    When Khartoum’s aircraft bombed the Dinka for thirteen [13] years following your defection, operating in tandem with your militias on the ground... was that not treachery!? Was that not cowardice!? Or do you suppose that you are entitled to an exemption from the demands of a moral code that you don’t actually prescribe to!?

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                  • 22 January 15:18, by jubaone

                    Rommel,
                    Your´s here is a lazy thinker´s irrational justification for UPDF´s occupation of South Sudan. Where were the East African combined forces to then contain Khartoum´s onslaught of the South? This is setting precedence to all regional despots, that ethno-political fallouts can be disguised as coups to legitimize transboundary military intervention. That is reverse logic and stupid.

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    • 22 January 10:30, by Tong dut

      Ugandans are the first in looting south sudan minirals, we shall fight them, we have killed 900 ugandans army only at Bor.

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      • 22 January 10:43, by Amantiel Kem

        Let these stupid Ugandans not mess the whole east African countries. I don’t think Kenya could involve itself in such dictatorial tendencies Museveni is trying to preach.

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    • 22 January 11:51, by choldit

      What a bunch of short side members of looters calling themselves EALA(East African Legislative Assembly). How can they failed to recognise that one tribe is the target of this cowardice president Mrs. Kirr Museveni. They are naieve to question why the Nuer was massacred starting on 16/12/2013? Why the UPDF have to protect Dinka tribe frm Nuer n help a tribalistic govt to kill more pple frm1 tribe

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    • 22 January 12:55, by Wicdail

      M7 and his so call (UPDF) are covering their shame of invading South Sudan with and another shame. When was this so call EALA was formed any way? and when did RSS has become a member of this useless organization led by HIV carries? For your information, it’s a matter of time from now, your UPDF, whom you sold to Kirr, will be in their final destination (hell).

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      • 22 January 15:29, by Michael Anyong

        Yes, that’s what we want and we needs our fellows Nuer to come back to Juba, South Sudan peacefully excluding Dr. Riak only because he is violence man.

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  • 22 January 12:51, by Sudan virus

    Welcome East Africa!This is not rebellion here in South Sudan, but tribalism-which must be condemned in its strongest terms.
    Some of us South Sudanese only enjoy life when there is chaos of this kind.
    Your decision is a good sign of cooperation among African countries.
    We south Sudanese are tire of war.Who ever initiates war must be arrest and be taken to international East African Court for just

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  • 22 January 14:25, by bolingo

    It is better for us to fight and protect our country from foreign mercenaries who are in support of dictatorship. S.sudan is a sovereign state that can solve it’s own internal crisis and the only way for peace to reign in s.sudan only that kirr must step down and leave the presidency to some one who is a technocrat.
    Kirr wants to rule without opposition and that’s unacceptable, even if the rebels agree on peace, there will still be war as long as kirr is the president.

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    • 22 January 15:35, by jubaone

      Once the opposition forces are crushed, Southerners will be at Kiir´s mercy and he can now uncontrollably misrule the South just as M7 has shown him. Riak may have been an opportunist, but he wanted some democracy, federalism, accountability and some little intelligence. Now the South can go down the drain.

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  • 23 January 06:14, by NO PEACE

    please, south sudan citizen if it’s good for us to involve foriegn troop in south sudan. now 72,000 troops from Ethiopian are now in gatdiang together with Dr machar very soon they will come to bor.

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  • 23 January 08:33, by Ambago

    This are all rubbish, for how can the so-called EALA deliberate on South Sudan, when the latter is not yet a member? After all this is Museveni ploy being hatched in Kampala of all places.
    What has become of IGAD, the only viable and recognized regional bloc?
    You are wasting your time for South Sudan is already being put under UN protection!!!!

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