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Uganda army tightens surveillance on S. Sudan border

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March 13, 2018 (MOYO/JUBA) - The Uganda army (UPDF) has heavily deployed along its border with South Sudan and intensified surveillance, a day after a soldier died during a raid by gunmen.

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Soldiers from the Uganda People Defense Forces (UPDF) patrol near the border, file photo (AFP)

Private Ibrahim Congo, attached to Gbari army detach, died of gunshot wounds sustained in shoot-out with the armed men who drove away more than 800 cattle, security officials told Daily Monitor.

“It is unfortunate that one of our soldiers got injured and died after during the time they were pursing the militias. We shall keep on the alert and civilians should alert us in time so that we react in time,” Maj. Teresphor Tuhame, the UPDF 4th Division spokesperson, said.

Initial reports reportedly suggested that the raiders may have succeeded because Uganda’s security deployment was lax and reinforcement delayed for few troops who pursued the invaders.

This information could, however, not be independently verified.

Meanwhile, South Sudan rebels claimed insecurity along Uganda-South Sudan border was being caused by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), who allegedly raided several heads of cattle from Metu sub-county in the Ugandan northern district of Moyo.

“There is no such thing as cattle rustlers in the Madi or Kuku areas. These are peaceful communities being destroyed by the regime [in Juba]. These cattle raiders came from across the Nile in and around Pageri and Lobonok where they are herding thousands of cattle belonging to Salva Kiir, Kuol Manyang Juuk, Marial Chinoung and Makuei Lueth,” Gabriel Paul Lam, the rebel’s deputy military spokesperson told Sudan Tribune by phone on Tuesday.

“Therefore, the regime should take responsibility for raiding cattle of innocent civilians in Metu. Some of these cattle raided can be found amongst the cattle of Salva Kiir and his cliques in Pageri and Lobonok,” he added, although such claims could not be verified.

The rebels have also declined an offer for a national dialogue meeting initiated by the governor of South Sudan’s Yei River state.

Governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony has asked the rebels to lay down their guns and join talks with government in a grass root approach.

However, the armed opposition faction loyal to ex-first vice president, Riek Machar declined the approach, insisting the High-level Revitalization forum was the best chance to end the ongoing civil war.

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  • 14 March 12:36, by jubaone

    The SLAnyors is NOT an army but are simply thieves and armed bandits who want to supplement their diet by stealing from others. From stealing chicken, cassava, potatoes etc..They cant eat their own cows but love to steal. It is in their blood. The locals MUST arm and defend themselves. It is complete idiocy to stay unarmed. Perhaps they should invite a few Murles for tactics.

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    • 14 March 13:16, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Jubaone aka Lam Paul

      Jumping up and down accussing gov,t falsely, wouldn,t help you to bring change, you should accept peace as a way foreword to change regime.

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      • 14 March 16:30, by jubaone

        Garang Akeen,
        The Madi of SS and their kin from Uganda together with the Kuku have never had any incidences of cattle rustling or going to people’s homestead to steal chicken 🍗, goats or cassava. Only after coming of hungry SPLAnyors who must feed themselves somehow like the "unknown gunmen" who are terrorizing Juba. Funny, they headed towards SS. Who else? Jienge. Case closed. Next.

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        • 14 March 18:01, by South South

          jubaone,

          Please stop this kind of useless talking. Madi or Kuku are human being, you can can not say I know this person and he/she is 100 good. Nothing like that with human behaviors. Equatoria rebels looted Uganda cows, case is closed. Now, Uganda has closed its border, let’s see where Equatoria will run.

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    • 14 March 13:35, by South South

      jubaone,

      Stop lying and stop put out bogus statements. These are Equatoria rebels who looted Uganda cow. Just wait, your coin rebels will pay very heavy price soon.

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      • 18 March 00:42, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South,

        No one amongst the Madi and Kuku steal for whatever reason. It is their culture that is imbedded in them. It you the foreigners who brought that mischief to Equatoria and beyond. Why don’t you shut up for your wrong doings? Please shut up you have brought shame on South Sudanese as people.

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  • 14 March 12:40, by deng

    Uganda has rights to protects its people and properties from any attack like what our people did last week, stealing or raiding someone properties is a crime South Sudan government must work hard to stop such activities in the South Sudan.

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  • 14 March 15:11, by Naath

    The Dinka tribal leader Salva Kiir body raided from Uganda thinking that the Uganda government would accuse South Sudan rebels and go to war with them. The Dinka the country resources and financies yet they are stealing.

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  • 14 March 15:16, by Naath

    The Dinka own the country natural resources, yet they are stealing the few things other people have. What a disgrace community!

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