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February 19, 2014 (KAMPALA) -The Ugandan army says it will not take part in an investigation in to the use of cluster bombs in South Sudan.

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The Ugandan army’s deployment in South Sudan has caused friction, with opposition forces calling for their withdrawal

The spokesman for the Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF), Col. Paddy Ankunda, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that responsibility rests with the South Sudanese government and other international experts to find out where the ammunitions came from.

“I think it is the government of South Sudan together with other agencies who are involved but we are not part of them,” said Ankunda when asked whether Uganda will participate in investigations into the origins of the bombs.

Cluster bombs remnants were discovered by a UN de-mining team earlier this month on a section of road near the Jonglei state capital, Bor.

The strategic town was the scene was heavy fighting, changing hands several times during the conflict, which erupted in the capital Juba on 15 December before spreading to other parts of the country.

According to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the site was contaminated with the remnants of up to eight cluster bombs and an unknown quantity of bomblets.

The Ugandan army has denied that it forces ever used cluster bombs during the conflict in South Sudan.

However, rebel forces have accused the UPDF of conducting air attacks on their positions, which they say is evidence of the use of ammunitions.

Ankunda had admitted the UPDF carried out aerial attacks, but maintains no cluster bombs were used.

“We don’t have cluster bombs … and we have not used them anywhere. Let them investigate, they should be able to find out where these clusters bomb came from and who uses them,” he said.

Cluster bombs are banned worldwide due to the danger they pose to human life long after a conflict has ended. Once launched, they eject smaller explosive bomblets over a large area, but many fail to detonate at the time, becoming de-facto landmines.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) last week called on the South Sudanese government and its allies to launch an immediate investigation into the use of the banned ammunitions.
The New York-based advocacy group said in its report there was “serious and credible evidence” to suggest cluster bombs had been used.

Human rights activists in South Sudan have urged the international community and the government to form an independent body to head the investigation.

South Sudan has denied stockpiling the ammunitions and is widely believed not to possess the capacity to manufacture bombs. Activists have seized on this as further evidence the bombs came from outside the country.

Remnants of cluster bombs were discovered in northern Uganda, where the military fought a protracted war with the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Uganda denied using the ammunitions then too, saying LRA rebels were responsible.
The Ugandan army’s deployment to South Sudan, which is providing military support to government troops, is threatening to derail peace talks, with rebels this week maintaining their calls for an immediate withdrawal.

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  • 21 February 06:09, by Johndumo14

    PRESIDENT M7 DON`T MAKE ANY MISTAKE BY WITDRAWING UGANDA TROOPS.
    Ugandan army MUST NOT WITHDRAW FROM S.SUDAN!!
    If you withdraw from South sudan,the LRA and DR Riek Machar`s rebels will follow you to Kampala!!

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    • 21 February 06:31, by Kiir

      Ahaha ahaha Dinka alway do bad things to people of SS. Uganda must withdraw from SS whether Akiir Museveni and her Husband Yoyeri Museveni like it or not.
      Now Akiir arrived to Kampala yesterday from Juba for honeymoon.

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    • 21 February 07:32, by Mike Mike

      Uganda can help South Sudan in restoring the security and peace, but we didn’t expect them to leave behind them what can kills people for long period of time.GoSS would have tells them not to act beyond their limitation, because with that dangerous possion it will not only affect those rebels elements it is including pple whose requested them to come to the SS.

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    • 21 February 07:45, by jubaone

      Johndumo14
      Now at least you understand that Kiir´s survival depends on UPDF mercenaries in South Sudan. Why cant he face Machar alone? Many defections in the SPLA will continue cos it is a "bubble army" full of gelwengs from luaks without any army professional Training ónly good at killing unarmed civilians. April 2014 will come and UPDF will go and what remains of these gelwengs?

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    • 21 February 08:14, by Bentiu son

      Dear readers the divisive bad intention of Salva Kiir brutal regime to exterminated or wipe out Nuer tribe from South Sudan map came to surface when M7 n his puppet Salva Kiir murdered in cold blood about 4000 Nuer civilian in Juba last year(15-19/12/13),imported Ugandan Army UPDF plus all East Africa region’s rebels like M23 of Congo,JEM of Darfur,SPLA-N of Nuba Mts and South Blue Nile States in

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      • 21 February 08:26, by Bentiu son

        Addition to that Salva had mobilized others 63 marginalized or manipulated tribes across the country to crash Nuer warriors or freedom fighters under populist/democratic leader Dr Riek Machar Teny militarily.When Kiir n Museveni seen that the so called White Army repulsed about 11 military reinforcement sent to recaptured Madina Bor failed,than they ordered to use cluster bombs bt Bor-Juba road.

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        • 21 February 08:33, by Bentiu son

          Moreover,Salva Kiir ordered his Gelweng militias from his hometown Bahr el Ghazal region to burn down the capital states of former Greater Upper Nile region namely:Madina Bor,Bentiu n Malakal respectively.In Unity State,they used the sellout Nuer boys under Dr Monytuil the care taker governor to destroyed their own Counties-Paring,Mayom, Rupkona,Guit, Koch, Leer n Payinjiar.Waw! What a fun?

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          • 21 February 08:41, by Bentiu son

            It is only poor Bahr el Ghazal Goverment under their foolish son Salvatore Mayardit to devastated their own government properties,facilities,institutions,and massacred their own citizens who elected their son Salva Kiir in Office. What a cowardice n shame for Bahr el Ghzal government? You Dinka BEG you had proved your cousin Dinka Bor right who called you Foolish Dinka Majority or food lovers.

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            • 21 February 08:58, by Bentiu son

              Therefore,Museveni n his wife Salva Kiir won’t escaped from all atrocities they both committed during these crisis:door to door killings of Nuer,Twice East and Nyarweng in Juba/ Malakal/Bentiu/Bor,burning down all States capitals n their counties H/Qs,massacres of innocent Nuer citizens in Juba n used prohibited dangerous weapons against South Sudan people which polluted Bor areas Mathiang/Malual

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      • 21 February 08:31, by Awei-ngok

        Bentiu Son,why these alleged cluster bombs did not detonate if they were dropped from the jet or gunship? I know they were brought by the UNMISS just create more mess for our country since they will have any good ground to acuse Kiir’s government.If they did not indeed DETONATE, then, UNMISS must be thoroughly investigated! The government should be watchful on UN activities in S.Sudan.

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    • 21 February 08:34, by Joseph Canada

      Lie Lie. Thats the manipulation of lies. Riek have nothing to do with LRA!!! This is how you Dinka manipulate things every time!! Take the Bullet like other tribes!!

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      • 21 February 08:51, by michael coma

        Joseph Canada
        Riek is warlord like Konyi of LRA.They have to joined hands together and distablised two nations.Cluster bombs were brought by US and handover to UNMISS just to complicated issue between govt of Uganda and South Sudan govt for your information.Cluster bombs had been used by America in Iraqi’s war in 2003 but America was not ask.America has armed white army through Eriteria govt whic

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      • 21 February 08:59, by michael coma

        Joseph Canada
        continunation:which is true.Riek’s forces are now on training at place called Tingkuei former place where Jamus was trained.Riek will get nothing whether is standing with America and his magic leader called Dak Kueth.Jesus christ is with us and we will see who is powerful than other between Jesues and Devil.

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    • 21 February 08:34, by choldit

      John, there is no LRA but the Nuer will follow him in Uganda. M7 spoke publicly that he is finding the Nuer possibility to lead in ss that is why he is trying hard to murder the Nuer in South Sudan. But believe me, Museveni n his wife president mrs. Kirr Museveni will pay dearly for massacring SS Nuer. The UN shld move the Nuer refugee from uganda becoze m7 said he doesn’t want them there.

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  • 21 February 06:21, by Tong dut

    Kiir brought ugandan to kill his Dinkas at Bor,Now whom he is ruling now?
    Cattle or ugandan civillian.

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  • 21 February 06:22, by Tong dut

    Kiir brought ugandan to kill his Dinkas at Bor,Now whom he is ruling now?
    Cattle or ugandan civillian.

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  • 21 February 07:29, by George Bol

    Upper Nile State will be a death state for Nuer rebels. They will attempt to attack oil field but they 3/4 will be eliminated,while the rest will be collected in their counties if they refuse to surrender their weapons to SPLA.

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  • 22 February 08:49, by Whortti Bor Manza

    See how South Sudanese have been sold out cheaply to Museveni by president Kiir. Even the UPDF could not use cluster bombs on the notorious Joseph Konyi’s LRA for all these years. Uganda’s UPDF is here to loot money and resources not to support South Sudanese. Still Kiir cannot understand this.

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