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South Sudan, Uganda deny pilot was shot down over Lakes state

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February 10, 2014 (RUMBEK) - Authorities in Lakes state capital Rumbek have denied rebel claims that a Ugandan gunship pilot was shot down last week.

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Uganda’s decision to intervene militarily in the South Sudan crisis has been criticised by the international community amid claims troops have violated the terms of a ceasefire agreement (FILE)

The state official accused the rebel’s military spokesman of making “fabricated” allegations to boost the morale of his forces.

Ugandan People Defence Forces (UPDF) commander Kayanja Muhanga also dismissed the rebels claims, saying his troops had never operated in Lakes state.

“The UPDF has never operated in Lakes State. The UPDF is only in Bor and Juba. Our helicopters have never gone anywhere apart from these two positions”, he said.

He said the identification number supplied for the alleged fallen pilot did not match that of any serving soldier in the UPDF.

“These [allegations] are just fabrications by the rebels there. I think they are up to something else, it is not true”, he said.

Ugandan troops were deployed to South Sudan after conflict erupted in mid-December and have been supporting government troops under president Salva Kiir to secure key areas from rebel fighters.

The deployment of Ugandan troops has outraged rebel forces aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar, with UPDF troops accused of violating the terms of a ceasefire arrangement signed between South Sudan’s warring parties last month.

The international community has also urged foreign troops to withdraw, saying Uganda’s military involvement could inflame regional tensions.

However, Muhanga stressed that Ugandan troops were abiding with the cessation of hostilities agreement and were not actively engaged in combat.

“Uganda is respecting it. We are part of the international community, we are part of IGAD, we are part of all this, so we have to respect the peace talks and at the moment we are not operating, we are in defence. That means we are in the defensive position”, he said.

Rebel spokesman Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang told Sudan Tribune on Friday that a Ugandan helicopter gunship gunner had been killed after coming under attack from South Sudanese rebels and falling from his helicopter.

The incident was alleged to have occurred on Friday about 1pm (local time) when three Ugandan gunships were carrying out bombings on the positions of defecting soldiers that were moving towards Unity state to join amassing rebel forces in the area.

Ruai said documents removed from the body of the deceased had identified the late soldier as Lance Corporal Jona Abuduku Alfred, a Ugandan national from Mbale.

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  • 12 February 05:55, by Mi diit

    Keep denying your dead pilot. It is disgrace to his family and friends. His details were provided and his family will know the truth. I hope dictator Museveni will silent the family of the deceased not to verify the facts. Sorry for the late...

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    • 12 February 06:41, by Tong dut

      Those Dogs are been killed in south sudan for petrol, and one day that Museveni will kill Salva Kirr li what he had done before.
      Macher, let any plane not fly over south sudan kill those hunting dogs of Kirr, and soon the president is going to take refugee to Uganda.
      ALL UGANDAN FIGHTER PLANE MUST BROUGHT DOWN IN SOUTH SUDAN.

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    • 12 February 07:28, by Majongdit

      Mi Diit,
      The world knows who we are. The world knows you as talkative and big mouth. The world knows us as calm, resolute, firm....the world knows that we talk less but act decisively where necessary.

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    • 12 February 08:14, by Tibs

      Cheaper ST
      Where was the copy of ID/Password big lies mouths pieces & ST poor reporting?
      Yah of course, there no any defection in Lakes but on 22 December 2013 few Nuer militias run by their safety and endup in Gelwoung Hand…

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    • 12 February 12:06, by Johndumo14

      ABOUT SOUTH SUDAN GOVERNMENT OR WRITE WRONG ABOUT SALVA KIIR LEADERSHIP ARE FROM NUER.BUT IT IS NOT A SURPRISE TO ALL OF US IN SOUTH SUDAN,HOW MANY TRIBES IS SOUTH SUDAN? WE KNEW THE NUER TRIBE SINCE DAY ONE.FROM 1991 TO 2014 WE EVEN KNOW THEM BETTERNOW.IN THE FUTUR THEY WILL NOT BE TRUSTED IN TOP GOV.POSITION EVEN IN THE S.SUDAN MILITARY!

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    • 12 February 12:14, by Johndumo14

      The rebels dream at night and in the morning saying somthing new,the boold of people they killed are crying out for justice,even in the war front lines their commanders will give wrong orders,and they will lose the battle,imagine how they lost the 3 states,to gov.forces,whith all the weaponary they have stollen from the gov.still they canot win the war,because only are only one tribe,Nuer!

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    • 12 February 16:49, by Johndumo14

      Why is it taking so long for Collection of dead bodies in Bor?How do expect people to return to bor town when dead bodies are stil in houses or on farms or on streets?By the way who are these death people civilians or the rebels who called themselves the white army? And have you the people concern counted them and how many death bodies? You have to take video and photos so you can show to Dr Riek

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  • 12 February 05:57, by Gat Gan Kiir

    I wish BBC and VICE reporters were there again this time to bring reality in the ground as what we seen on Bor-Juba Road. I will never trust those government and army officials who are not shame to deny the fact. Our country is being curse by God, the leaders are not there to service the public with truth.

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    • 12 February 06:49, by Tutbol

      Sudan tribune as always is fighting its usual propaganda war on behave of Riek Machar. Every piece of its propaganda is all about Riek Machar rebels & the Govt of S Sudan has to defend its fabricated lies.
      S Sudanese are not France’s usual West & central Africans France often fooled at will, probably the idiots like Riek Machar though, otherwise the propandists behind Sudan tribune....

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      • 12 February 06:59, by Tutbol

        and the criminals in France behind it should stick their evil noses to their Central Africa Republic (C.A.R), where France created the choas in the first place & then turn around as a messiah to that country, by sending its mercernaries to act as peace keepers to the conflict that was created by the same evil France under the sun. And now the same France wants to the evil game it has played....

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        • 12 February 07:02, by Tutbol

          in C.A.R be also played in S Sudan. Try your luck though.

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  • 12 February 08:42, by Gatluak

    Ngundeng refers Ugandan soldiers as Dogs.......before his (Ngundeng) Finnish with Kiir, Ugandan (Dogs) bodies has to get dry in our land there I will deal with Kiir....Ngundeng said...

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