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Uganda to incur costs of military involvement in S. Sudan

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February 7, 2014 (JUBA) – Uganda may have helped restore stability in South Sudan, but its military involvement in the latter’s weeks of conflict would be at its own costs, according to the status of forces agreement signed by both countries.

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A contingent of Uganda Peoples Defense Forces soldiers (new vision photo)

The agreement, tabled before Ugandan lawmakers on 18 January, does not, however, indicate when the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) would eventually pull out of South Sudan.

“Member of visiting forces shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the sending state’s law and courts in respect of any disciplinary or criminal offences which may be committed by them in the territory of the host state,” partly reads the seven-paged agreement.

An ally of South Sudan, Uganda deployed its army in South Sudan, days after violence erupted in the capital, Juba in mid-December. Uganda initially claimed its troops entered South Sudan to rescue Ugandan nationals trapped in the violent conflict.

In accordance with section 39 of the UPDF Act, Parliament can ratify the deployment of troops in another country for peace motives, but an agreement has to be signed with that particular nation.

“In case the host state establishes any member of a visiting force has committed any criminal act in the territory of the host state, the host state shall promptly inform the sending state of the alleged criminal act of its member and avail the sending state material evidence pertaining to the criminal act alleged,” the agreement further stipulates.

NO COMPENSATION

According to agreement, Uganda would be tasked with compensating any third party claims emerging from its soldiers’ involvement in the conflict and both armies would not be required to make claims of losses incurred during the war.

As Ugandan troops alongside South Sudan army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir continue fighting dissident forces loyal to former president Riek Machar, the United States on Friday called for withdrawal of foreign troops that have interfered in the South Sudanese conflict.

“We urge the redeployment or phased withdrawal of foreign forces invited by either side, and warn of the serious consequences which could result from any regionalization of this conflict,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokesperson said in a statement.

The US latest call for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops comes as Juba and Kampala are finalise a military cooperation agreement between the countries, with the latter claiming it sent its troops helped to maintain South Sudan’s stability.

“I like the rhetoric, now they [US] can give orders because UPDF stopped a potentially volatile situation,” Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda, Uganda’s army spokesperson tweeted on Sunday.

UGANDA NOT WITHDRAWING FROM SOUTH SUDAN

Meanwhile, Uganda says it would not withdraw its troops from South Sudan, despite US claims that its troops were in the country contrary to the recently signed ceasefire agreement.

Lt. Col. Ankunda said Uganda intervened in South Sudan at the behest of regional leaders from the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) after South Sudan’s request.

“Does somebody out there still remember that Bor town has changed hands 4 times? Before they ask for UPDF [to] withdraw?” he asked.

South Sudan’s ex-vice president, who now faces treason charges with three others, has openly criticised UPDF involvement in what he described as South Sudan’s internal affairs.
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The Status of Forces Agreement between Uganda and South Sudan
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  • 10 February 07:03, by Mi diit

    I thought your useless costs are part of the dowry for marrying Mrs. Akiir Mayardit. Whenever you want to divorce her, just behead her because we will not pay for your losses in this senseless war you have brought upon yourselves. Cry because you are destined to lose. The prophet said, "let them first strike, before they are stricken down." The worst is to come for you buddies.

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    • 10 February 07:08, by Mi diit

      Intelligence reports indicate that Mrs. Akiir Mayardit has evacuated South Sudan’s money to Kampala for fear of rebels taking Juba in January. And now when he asked her husband Museveni to return the money to South Sudan after rebels were pushed out of Bor, Museveni refused and told Mrs. Akiir that he will only be paying her bills from Kampala. What a shame. So Museveni confiscates the money!!!!

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      • 10 February 07:19, by Mi diit

        This is the reason why Uganda now says they will pay for the losses they have incurred in the war. This means they will use Mrs. Akiir’s stolen money, hidden in Kampala to pay for UPDF costs. Over $2 billion dollars are in the custody of Museveni and Mrs. Akiir is denied to access them any more. Ahahahaa.......This poor Dinka community brings shame to South Sudan.

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        • 10 February 08:43, by michael coma

          Mi diit
          Stop barking like stray dog here.We are waiting you with your husband America.South Sudan will be like Syria if America move in with her greediness attempts.We have to bring hooks for America,like Russia and China if America will stand with her teeth again.

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    • 10 February 08:42, by Tong dut

      We are going to kill more ugandans army in this south sudan,just last week one was killed at lakes states from his plane,soon Museveni is going to die like one of those dogs in south sudan,

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    • 10 February 17:19, by Johndumo14

      The United Nations, the European Union and the Troika – US, UK and Norway.
      These world powers must leave African alone to handle their
      own problems!!
      These world powers want to dictate who who should be the next president in any African countries?
      T%he are sitting in London ,NY york and telling the African`s president do this,dob`t do that ,those days are over!!

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  • 10 February 07:14, by Ankh

    Paddy Ankunda so arrogantly talking about Bor changing hands 4 times meaning that the SPLA is useless without UPDF in Bor. What a shame.

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  • 10 February 07:20, by Knight In Shining Armor

    This is good news, and there are more to come. The honeymoon is over for the UPDF. The time has come to take the full responsibility of M7’s actions. M7 will pay the cost in another way, while Kiir will end up to the ICC. Good luck fellows...

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  • 10 February 07:29, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Mi Dit, you made me laugh but if what you just said here is true, then that is big betrayal to the nation and damage to Kiir’s administration. Well, nobody to be blamed for this mistake but South Sudanese who elected Kiir and continues to support him even when they know he is not fit to lead the country.

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  • 10 February 07:41, by Marco Bul

    LOL!! Some dudes are LTAO yet they are the one destroying the country.If you didn’t rebelled,Uganda won’t have come.Uganda wants regional stability and all enemies of peace must be crushed collectively.Wait for today’s talk.If it fail,your villages will be deserted.

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  • 10 February 08:58, by Agutthon

    USA must stop meddling in south sudan affairs. Demanding release of detainees, withdrawal of foreign troops etc is all nonsense.

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  • 10 February 10:57, by Pif Paf

    Since when does a government take its people to fight someone else’s war at their own expense with nothing in return? The sad truth is Kiir will be using those petro dollars to thank Museveni amongst others. Poor South Sudan will get poorer while Museveni counts those petro dollars.

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  • 10 February 16:05, by Mike General

    @ MI DIIT,
    I thought the payment would be in our own hands. since the vigina of Nyanakir payed all cost of innocent Ugandan, its OK.
    But woman never trusted, she might steals those hidden ones to her husband or beg to steal when the dick of husband become romantically sweet.

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  • 11 February 02:08, by SPLA

    WRONG, KIIR PROMISED MILLIONS OF BARRELS OF OUR OIL TO M7 IF M7 KEEP HIM IN POWER.

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