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South Sudan says Ugandan military support was “legitimate”

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February 5, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has commended the military support provided by neighbouring Uganda, crediting it with helping quell a spiralling rebellion in the country.

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Troops from the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) ride through the streets of Jonglei state capital Bor, on January 19, during South Sudan’s internal conflict which erupted in mid-December (AP)

Authorities have continued to maintain that Uganda’s intervention in the conflict was legitimate, despite growing regional outcry.

“The friends who extend helping hands at the opportune time are the genuine friends. The assistances the government of the Republic of South Sudan received from the governments and people of Kenya and Uganda demonstrated the strength of relations we have with these countries”, interior minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu said in an address to the South Sudan police service.

“They have repeatedly shown this to us. In the first and the second war with Sudan, they stood by our side and provided necessary assistance in terms of hosting our people as refugees and in terms of provision of humanitarian aides and physical protection”, Aleu added.

SOUTH SUDAN NOT AN ISLAND

Flanked by the minister of defence, Kuol Manyang Juuk and the minister of security in the office of the president, Mabuto Mamur Mete, Aleu repeatedly referred to Uganda as “a genuine friend” of the South Sudanese people.

“Uganda would have provided the support it has provided this government even if it were someone else in power, especially if it is the democratically elected government by the people of this country”, Aleu told attendees at a joint security session on Monday in the capital, Juba.

“Uganda is a genuine friend and so their support is legitimate. South Sudan is not an island. We are part of the region and a conflict here affects them (neighbouring countries)”, Aleu added.

Mete, who also spoke at the same function, said the session had been called on behalf of the president who requested the three security officials to publicly acknowledge the role of the country’s security organs in helping quell unrest.

“Without you this country would have been thrown into anarchy. We have also come to remind you of the importance of our duties as provided in the constitution and to talk about unity within our ranks”, Mete said in a statement broadcast on South Sudan Television (SSTV).

Juuk said the unity within the police and the other organised forces, including the national army (SPLA), had helped prevent rebels from achieving their objectives.

Juuk echoed the statement of the interior minister that the military support from Uganda was completely legitimate, considering the level of threat rebel forces posed to national security.

“I think awareness of the threat posed by the rebels was quite strong and an intervention was within the bounds of the possible assistance”, Juuk said.

A senior intelligence officer from the SPLA told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that a security assessment provided to the president, Salva Kiir, on 18 December, warmed that the army was too weak to singlehandedly quash the rebellion without outside support.

“It would have taken time for the government to contain this rebellion if we did not provide immediate information on the capability of the SPLA, especially after it became clear [there was] a mutiny”, the official said.

“We noticed that some sections of our forces were either not taking orders or joining the rebellion. We saw that in Mangat, Khor William and many other places on 16 and 17 December. Nobody was taking or giving orders”, he added.

Violence erupted in South Sudan on 15 December in Juba following clashes between rival tribe members within the presidential guards, with Kiir accusing former vice-president Riek Machar of masterminding an alleged coup attempt to overthrow the government.

Government forces loyal to Kiir, at times assisted by Ugandan troops, battled pro-Machar forces for control of strategic areas.

Debate has continued to rage about Uganda’s military intervention in the South Sudan conflict, with Machar’s rebel group accusing Ugandan troops of violating a peace deal signed on 23 January in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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  • 6 February 09:57, by Garang Deng

    Stupid majority
    Machar Government will defeat corrupted (Poor) president Kiir very soon.
    Well Done Democracy force complete the useless Dinka Bher el gazzel force or stupid majority

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    • 6 February 11:32, by Gat Gan Kiir

      It’s good to accepted that if it was not the help from Foreign troop Juba would be in the hand of mighty Nuer Warriors. I believe Nuer are the largest tribe compare to all South Sudanese tribes and are brave in the same time. We believe in revenge and those who have mouldered our relatives in Juba must be hunt down and killed. This is our justice from our great great founders.

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    • 6 February 13:05, by Bentiu son

      BREAKING NEWS
      A senior government Military Intelligent ( Mi) of greater Upper Nile Region Brigadier Gen Marko Liah Chany who fought with our freedom fighters at de time in Malakal defected together with Col Kaang Paulino Matip Nhial Nyak n join South Sudan Resistance Movement under democratic Leader Dr Riek Machar.Welcome comrades to fight invaders of M7 and Gelweng militias of Salva Kiir

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    • 6 February 22:15, by Ross

      It is true my friend, Kiir must be sacked away and be given a lesson as he always states the 1991 events. for Uganda and Kenya, we the mighty Nuer will deal with them and they will bow-down to us like slaves.

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  • 6 February 09:57, by Paul Chadrack

    stupit kiir brought in foreign forces killing his own citizens and wasting oil money to keep his dictatorship system alive. what a hopeless is this useless cowboy, his days are numbered.

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  • 6 February 10:00, by omoni jr.

    You acknowledged that you are weak ,but we still have long way to go crooks.

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    • 6 February 10:15, by Gives-poor ’ier dues

      No wonder! SPLA was ruined since by the anti-kiir,and he couldn’t know,for how long shall S.sudan depend on foreign aids?

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  • 6 February 10:50, by Marco Bul

    Where is SPLA?? They recruited their sons and cousins and leave Southerners.Nuer illietrate militias were integrated en mass.Now they are hiring foreigners.They are now trying to mobilise us but why now of all the time?? Even if they give me rank of Major,I’ll not fight on behalf of any of them(Riek & Kiir)

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    • 6 February 12:29, by Deng II

      I would like those three gentlemen to acknowledges that they doesn’t pay soldiers on time since the date of CPA, because they are greedy corrupt selfish desperate to enrich themselves.

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  • 6 February 13:59, by Tong-Tong

    With UPDF, Rwanda, M23, Darforians, Nubians, BlueNile Region on one side, we will defeat you. Know that a friend who help you in killing your brother is your enemy at the last minute. The best thing the whole world confirms that the Nuer is superior over the Dinka.

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    • 6 February 17:10, by Mapuor

      Tribal democracy will never work guys,just rejoin your brothers who are now supporting the government.Now everything is ok.Leer is fully liberated making the whole Western Upper Nile a rebel free zone. True Dok sons are celebrating in their homeland.Unity Oyeeee

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