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June 22, 2014 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese army (SPLA) general on Sunday made a rare admission of the preferential treatment accorded to the Uganda troops (UPDF) fighting alongside the former, describing it as a “very expensive” military operation to maintain.

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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)

“The public has been made to believe [that] the ministry of defence or the command is the one that does not want to pay the soldiers on time. This is the impression of the message you get around in the public discourse. Yes, the public is right because there is no information about the details of the security cooperation agreement which has been signed with the government of Uganda, a high level military officer who part of the command of the government troops”, said the officer who preferred anonymity due to sensitivity of the matter.

“The cause of the delay of the payment is something even known by the president”, he added.

The army officer also disclosed that Ugandan troops were getting daily allowances paid once at the end of the month from the budget, resulting into delay in payment of the South Sudanese troops and purchase of supplies.

“There was separate budget for this operation. All the requirements for their upkeep in the country, like transport and maintenance of the weapons and the vehicles and equipment as well as military supplies like food, fuel and other operational expenses is shouldered by the government from our budget", he told Sudan Tribune.

"This is a very expensive operation, which I think the government will not sustain”, he added.

The army official further expressed disappointments with the delay in the payment and that the status of forces agreement signed between Uganda and South Sudan "wasn’t worth anything" and was "even harmful because it creates a false sense of security to the country."

South Sudan’s defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk admitted in February that his government was picking the bills of UPDF’s offensive against Riek Machar-led rebels, contradicting accounts in Kampala that Uganda meets the costs.

Uganda deployed a contingent of its army in the new nation days after violence broke out in its capital, Juba, between members of the presidential guards. The conflict later spread to South Sudan’s Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states killing thousands with over a million displaced.

In March, however, East African regional heads of states at a summit held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, authorised the prompt deployment of a Protection and Deterrent Force (PDF) from the region to help restore peace and stability in the world’s youngest nation.

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  • 23 June 06:46, by wang

    It is disgusting seeing Dinka govtz spending all $$$$$$$$ were put a side since 2005 for the emergency recuse, disaster management and other events to these useless foreign force that will never be Southern……

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    • 23 June 07:09, by Mi diit

      Ahahahahaa. Shame on this coward and desperate president who depends on foreign troops to protect him. He should hang himself as said by his master Museveni. Kiir doesn’t even believe in Dinka to protect him. He mistreats his own soldiers who die of hunger, diseases, etc. RSS soldiers should rise up and overthrow this foolish and selfish dictator.

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      • 23 June 07:29, by Rommel

        Mi diit

        It’s not a matter of Salva Kiir not believing in the ability of Dinka troops to protect him... it’s a matter of the Dinka people not believing in him enough to want to protect him. When Riek defected in the 90s and committed massacres against Dinka communities in khorfulus, Pariang, Abiemnom, Twic-east, Duk and Bor, while his forces subjected the people of Bahr el Ghazal to raids...

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        • 23 June 07:43, by Rommel

          .. It was at that point that the Dinka united behind a leadership that they believed in and forced out Riek’s forces from their lands — with our counterattacks penetrating deep into Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod in 1991-2. In addition to the Dinka of Upper Nile, the Lakes State Dinka don’t even want to fight for Salva Kiir. This group includes the Agar, Ciec, Atuot, Gok and the Aliap.

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          • 23 June 07:59, by Rommel

            If this unfortunate incident had transpired under Dr. John Garang’s leadership... recruitment centers and military training camps would have swelled with eager and determined men, and Riek would have been defeated just like he was before. We can endure hardship. We contributed the most divisions and martyrs. We can endure being the primary target of Khartoum’s war designs and campaigns...

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            • 23 June 08:03, by Rommel

              .. We can endure [as we have before] losing well over a million people for a cause that we believe in. We have confronted infinitely stronger, smarter and more numerous enemies. The Ugandans have thus far only provided and deployed three [3] to four [4] battalions in South Sudan, interspersed in Juba, Bor and Western and Eastern Equatoria...

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              • 23 June 08:05, by Rommel

                ..That’s a drop in the ocean compared 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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                • 23 June 08:07, 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 too can dredge up your documented history of forming alliances with Khartoum.

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                  • 23 June 08:09, by Rommel

                    Is Kuol Manyang Ugandan? Or do you suppose that he was Ugandan when Dinka soldiers under his command defeated Riek’s troops in a large battle at Gut-Makur, a village just outside Mongalla. Riek’s forces were then defeated at Wuor Baar. Our forces then entered Dinka territory at Gem, defeated all opposing forces in Nuer territory at Kuac Deng...

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                    • 23 June 08:13, by Rommel

                      ... With Riek’s forces experiencing defeat after being pursued, hounded and cut down as far as Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod. Were the Ugandans present when all of this was happening? I can’t believe that you people wish to complain about only three [3] to four [4] thousand Ugandan soldiers when Khartoum deployed its entire army against us during the civil war.

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                      • 23 June 08:33, by Rommel

                        The Ugandans really should withdraw. We don’t need their obscenely expensive troops on the ground. Salva Kiir should resign and military command should bring back the veterans that fought Khartoum and Riek during the civil war. We didn’t need the Ugandans before and we really do not need them now. We just need Salva Kiir to resign first.

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      • 23 June 07:46, by Chol A.

        @Midiit milltary cooperation was interest of any country to make joint milltary cooperation to against people like you. Uganda involvement in this fight always burning your asses while you beg Sudan by claiming that JEM and SPLM-N are fighting along side juba government to attrack Khartoum attention to help you. Is that not your coward? You always barking and you Nuer will die with shame!

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        • 23 June 08:00, by Joseph Canada

          Ahmed Chol, why do you always lie and tell things that are unfounded? Yes Kiir Used the SPLM N to fight in Sough Sudan, he used JEM and the photos were posted clearly. Now where were the SAF fighting along side the Rebels? Actually this is one big reason why Sudan always Bomb people at the Boarders because or Kiir’s interest to cause the conflict so that he can squander the country’s finances.

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          • 23 June 08:05, by Joseph Canada

            Common man tell the truth once in lifetime and all the lies will be forgiven. I know it’s a Dinka culture to lie and manipulate but you have gone beyond any living lying and manipulative Dinka in the living humanity. This kind of lie and manipulation is what keeps the hatred going successfully in the nation. You don’t even question why Kuol Manyang is now quitting ? Damn lie will finish you man.

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            • 23 June 08:13, by Joseph Canada

              Now tell me on what ground was it the interest of the join military cooperation? Kiir started the "coup". He started killing south Sudanese civilians on the streets of Juba, because of fear of retaliation due to his tribal cleansing, he ran to Uganda for protection of his tribe and fear of life and his clan therefore sending them to Drinking in Kenya while other people’s kids are taking Bullets….

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              • 23 June 08:16, by Joseph Canada

                Jongolei, Bantiaue and other places in South sudan. You think thats the right thing to do right? thats the right Govt. for you Mr. Dump dump? man you make me donna throw up

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                • 23 June 08:58, by Rommel

                  Joseph Canada

                  You do realise that Ahmed Chol and Chol A are two completely different people? I think it’s quite clear that JEM has involved itself, however, what has not been established, is the involvement of SPLM-N in this conflagration. Discussants, from virtually every tribe or region, have lied through their teeth. No one has a monopoly on truth. Casting such a wide net will do you no good

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                  • 23 June 09:07, by Rommel

                    I don’t think that Salva at all cares for the Dinka people and I certainly don’t think that he ran to Uganda to protect the Dinka... particularly the Dinka of Bahr el Ghazal. He solicited assistance from the Ugandans to safe-guard and prolong his dictatorial reign. The Dinka of Bahr el Ghazal don’t need protection from anyone...

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                    • 23 June 09:16, by Rommel

                      ..The people of Bahr el Ghazal defended themselves against the SAF, PDF, the Murahaleen and Matip’s Khartoum compliant Nuer militia. As unnecessary and terrible as this war is... this war is low intensity in comparison to what the Dinka have endured before.

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        • 23 June 08:42, by Rommel

          Chol A.

          There is no justifying this terribly dishonorable alliance. Salva has brought *shame* upon a people that lost well over a million of their own in a war infinitely more difficult, exacting and costly than this. Salva has little to no support from our people, and so couldn’t possibly be entrusted with the duty and responsibility to prosecute this war. He must go.

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          • 23 June 12:03, by Chol A.

            Rommel you are right, but we Southern Sudanese are number in blaming leaders in present while honor them when dead. Dr john was the worst leader as people put it when he is alive but his now honored when he dead if Kiir dead now still we can honored him more than dr G because he have sense of humanity than any leaders this country. We blame and we are not implements what we blamed leaders for!

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    • 23 June 08:36, by Tong dut

      That mad dinka kirr who brought ugandan to kill south sudanese most be kill by his own army soon, and let those in juba prepair for kill ugandans in juba and any other part of south sudan.
      I knew president kiir is going to escape to uganda before he could be kill.
      But most Dinkas are going to die in all states,more will run to kenya,uganda and ethopia,

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      • 23 June 09:28, by Rommel

        Tong dut:

        It’s nice to see that you have resolved in finally dropping your little identity pretense. You’re no longer a self-hating Dinka, are you? That terribly unconvincing schtick couldn’t be maintained, could it? We have been recipients of haughty threats to our existence for a very long time now... And as always, we’ll always be here. Enjoy your wet dreams — they’re free.

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        • 23 June 16:21, by Tong dut

          @ Rommcel,
          IF THE PUT A SNACK AND A DINKA, WHICH ONE WILL YOU?
          SNACK IS BETTER THAN DINKA. dinka is for death only?

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