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Ugandan army demands 13bn shillings to continue mission in S. Sudan

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August 20, 2014 (KAMPALA) – The South Sudanese government has failed to pay the Ugandan People Defence Forces (UPDF) for the past two months, casting doubt on the future of the mission, a well-placed military source told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

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A contingent from the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (File photo)

The non-payment could threaten the deployment of thousands of Ugandan troops still stationed in the volatile areas of Bor and Juba.

The cost of the UPDF’s deployment was initially covered by both the South Sudanese and Ugandan governments.

However, the military source, who identified himself as “Ssalongo”, said Uganda has now asked South Sudan to foot the bill following mounting criticism from the country’s opposition groups.

The UPDF was deployed to South Sudan to fight alongside government forces after conflict erupted in the country in mid-December last year.

The fighting has pitted government troops loyal to president Salva Kiir against rebels aligned with sacked former vice-president Riek Machar.

According to Ssalongo, Uganda is demanding 13 billion shillings (about $5 million)every three months from the South Sudanese government in order to continue their mission.

He said the deployment of Ugandan troops was motivated by fears the conflict may destabilise neighbouring countries, leaving Uganda vulnerable to security threats, with president Yoweri Museveni also considered a potential target.

“Being in South Sudan it is for betterment of Uganda security. If our forces withdraw from that conflicts Ugandan citizens will be hit so much and we want our people to be safer from killing,” said Ssalongo.

South Sudan’s defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, earlier admitted billing Uganda for its army’s operational costs.

On a visit to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, South Sudan’s vice president James Wani Igga, denied his government was responsible for funding the Ugandan military’s mission in South Sudan.

Igga also told group of students at a rally in Kampala that the Ugandan government would bear its own military expenses, not South Sudan.

Sudan has accused Uganda of providing military support to Sudanese rebels seeking to oust Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir from power, a claim the Ugandan government dismissed as “rubbish”.

It has counter-accused Sudan of supporting rebels from the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Uganda has come under heavy international pressure to withdraw its troops from South Sudan amid fears their presence was further destabilising the region.

However, Uganda has maintained that it would not pull out unless neutral protection forces were deployed in the country.

(ST)

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  • 21 August 08:10, by Malakal county Simon

    Wow!! I,m surprise

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    • 21 August 08:22, by wang

      Uganda is a curse to many countries in Africa….although, their involvements in this internal conflicts b/t dictator Kiir and democratic supporters will costs them heaps in a future and it would finally end their involvements into someone conflicts

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      • 21 August 08:32, by wang

        It’s really wow! Mrs. Kiir has spent all $$$$$$$$$$$ on alcohol and weapons, while leaving the very people that are protecting her ass with nothing for three Months…Wow, the Ugandan govt would soon kill that bitch even before we Freedom Fighter have captured her alive

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        • 21 August 08:42, by Malakal county Simon

          Wang

          Nothing more that I can say!! But Kiir must go because we South Sudanese, dont want to reward killer/Kiir as a interim president after killings innocents Nuers who have no political affiliation with Dr Machar, but they were killed anyway, simply because they were from Nuer tribe!!

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        • 21 August 15:30, by Mr Point

          Just imagine ...
          That Kiir spent the $4 billion from the oil on roads and hospitals.
          That Kiir spent this money on education and schools instead of Ugandan mercenaries.
          That Kiir allowed political reforms instead of trying to become dictator for his lifetime

          ... wouldn’t South Sudan be a better place?

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    • 21 August 08:23, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Our soldiers are ready for deployments, thank to Yoweri M7 for his soldiers sacriffies during our time of needs. we may need your air power at any time if we need backup. but your foot soldiers will soon go back home after we finish with the arrangements and transfers.

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    • 21 August 09:52, by Son of Ngundeng

      I believe they will fail to pay them, and that will give Freedom Fighters chance to capture Sulatan of Warrap a life.
      Ngundeng work hard on this don’t worry Naath Nuer.

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      • 21 August 13:10, by Marco A. Wek

        Son of Devil Nguendeng, the devil worshiper and your naath will keep dreaming and dreaming and later on wake up to find it just a dream.

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      • 21 August 13:11, by Marco A. Wek

        Son of Devil Nguendeng, the devil worshiper and your naath will keep dreaming and dreaming and later on wake up to find it just a dream.

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    • 21 August 10:21, by Ankh

      Makuei will soon declare uganda opposition mps rebels of Riek.

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      • 21 August 10:30, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        what do you think of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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        • 21 August 10:40, by Ankh

          Those MPs calling for UPDF withdrawal are realistic. Kiir started a war he cannot win and Uganda is taking notice. Museveni does not need to tell Kiir to hang himself he will simply withdraw troops.

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    • 21 August 10:27, by Lorolokin

      With this news, Kiir is now in trouble otherwise there is two options for Kiir to choose, (A) Pay the above mentioned billions, (B) Quit leadership before Machar step in.

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    • 21 August 11:59, by maumau

      Send them back home, how many schools will that US$13b build in our country, that money better be used for building schools, hospitals, roads and pay our civil servants than giving it to Uganda mercenaries. Having a weak leader is a big problem for us now, you can see how much has Salva Kiir spent on Ugandan troops since December 2013, that is lot of money and yet people are dying everyday camps.

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    • 21 August 14:29, by Mayom County Boy

      According to their agreement that they have made between them selves boths two country ,since they begin signing their MOU , if it is true south sudan will paid is neighbor Uganda as it is ,

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  • 21 August 08:23, by Madina Tonj

    Those rebels who thinks, the presence of Ugandans army force in South Sudan is blocking them to defeat SPLA in Juba this is a lies. The whole Equatoria regions were being captured without effort made by Nuers fighter and there was no help by Uganda gov. If I was a special advisors of Salva Kiir M, I would have told him to let Uganda army go home and call for the man of the man Monyjang 100,000 men

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    • 21 August 08:34, by Gatkuoth

      So, why did you invite them and are refusing them to withdraw? The true speaks by itself

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      • 21 August 08:45, by Malakal county Simon

        Gatkouth

        You deserved like, base on your question!!

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      • 21 August 09:17, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Is it one of the reason why your food loving militias are defeated and chased into the bushes every single battles?. didn’t you followed Athor in large numbers but were cut down and thrown to the dogs?. why war all the times and are not good at it like the beautiful quotes of [lies from Kim Deng’s old book]

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    • 21 August 10:16, by Zeki

      Madina Tonj

      Thank for that statement, I am supporting what you said.

      Any one hate muonyjang need eye to eye hand to hand confrontation, Salva Kiir would have release UPDF to go back home and call for his support from jieng where ever its called jieng to mobilize and try its hand with those who are looking for war. I am sure no defeat should it happen has we said.

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  • 21 August 08:23, by Madina Tonj

    Those rebels who thinks, the presence of Ugandans army force in South Sudan is blocking them to defeat SPLA in Juba this is a lies. The whole Equatoria regions were being captured without effort made by Nuers fighter and there was no help by Uganda gov. If I was a special advisors of Salva Kiir M, I would have told him to let Uganda army go home and call for the man of the man Monyjang 100,000 men

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    • 21 August 08:52, by wang

      Madina Idiot
      We were only about 67KM to Juba with almost none resisted from that of so call national army in January before the stupid Ugandan army involved…SPLA had lost all 11 attempts to retake Bor from Freedom Fighters. Same as in Unity State and Malakal

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      • 21 August 09:20, by Madina Tonj

        wrong Wang. Try my friend and you will get it.Be worry about your communities will soon going to Gambela region and how that sound to you?

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      • 21 August 09:37, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        From 67km to Juba, to be chased all the way back to Ethiopia, that explained why your European supporters disowned and left you at the mercy of Dinkas.

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        • 21 August 10:10, by wang

          Lotodo Awino Odug
          We are coming back and your saviours Ugandan army are currently defecting to the Opposition group due to their 3 Months salary they missed from the govt….

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          • 21 August 10:25, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            Do you think the Ugandan will leave a Millionaire, who gives them matoke and free cold beers to a broke dog who owned condom building.

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            • 21 August 10:46, by wang

              Lotodo Awino Odug
              Open your mind dude, 3 countries have already involved into cycle conflicts, by the end of this Month, you will hears a different history…..Ugandan army will leave this soil by all means, whether through their salary delays or someone will kick their buds out

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            • 21 August 11:15, by wang

              Lotodo Awino Odug
              Open your mind dude, 3 countries have already involved into this cycle conflicts, by the end of this Month, you will hears a different history…..Ugandan army will leave this soil by all means, whether through their salary delays or someone will kick their buds out

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              • 21 August 11:37, by Lotodo Awino Odug

                January 9, febuary 15, and august 27, all these calendar days were designated for the establishment of Nuer’s government in Juba which never surfaced up to date. now you are talking about 3 months of the same nonsense about demoralized and hungry militias who hide in hotels only and sent 10 t0 13 years kids to the battles.

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        • 21 August 10:10, by Malakal county Simon

          To be honest, no American and its European alias, but politic is alway a politic!! Which mean Obama Administration, is now trying plan B and trying favourite well- rejected foolish regime, under illegitimate Kiir!!

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  • 21 August 08:24, by Madina Tonj

    Those rebels who thinks, the presence of Ugandans army force in South Sudan is blocking them to defeat SPLA in Juba this is a lies. The whole Equatoria regions were being captured without effort made by Nuers fighter and there was no help by Uganda gov. If I was a special advisors of Salva Kiir M, I would have told him to let Uganda army go home and call for the man of the man Monyjang 100,000 men

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  • 21 August 08:33, by denis

    13 billion dollars or 13 billion shillings. Big difference. Get the facts ST

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    • 21 August 08:40, by wang

      Denis
      $3.7millions a day plus unknown allowances per night * 7 days * 4 weeks * 3 Months….so do the math dude….

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  • 21 August 11:31, by wang

    Confirm report….the useless Mrs. Kiir’s govt has indeed paid all Ugandan army salary till date, but the Ugandan govt are feeling the heats because the thing are not going in right direction from Kiir side as they (Ugandan) would have may wanted. So they (Ugandan) are looking for some excuses to get out from S. Sudan….Kiir govt is days are numbers

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