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Museveni admits Ugandan military involvement in S. Sudan conflict


January 16, 2014 (KAMPALA) - President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday revealed that the Ugandan army has been actively fighting South Sudanese rebels led by the former vice-president Riek Machar.

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Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni (L), pictured with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir, has been criticised for meddling in the internal affairs of South Sudan (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Museveni also disclosed that Ugandan soldiers were killed and others injured when the Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) engaged the rebels just 90 kilometres outside Juba, just a day before parliament approved Uganda’s deployment in the world’s youngest nation.

He added that the Ugandan soldiers were killed and others injured when the UPDF engaged the rebels just 90 kilometres outside Juba.

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Full text of Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni’s speech in Angola

"Only the other day, 13 January, the SPLA and elements of our army had a big battle with the rebel troops about 90km from Juba where we inflicted a big lost on the side of the rebels", Museveni said in a speech also obtained by Sudan Tribune.

"We also took casualties and had some dead," he added, but gave no figures.

Machar has denounced the direct involvement of the Ugandan troops fighting against his forces alongside Salva Kiir’s army. He demanded their withdrawal from the country as a condition to accept the cessation of hostilities.

Machar also said on Tuesday the combined SPLA and Ugandan troops backed by six UPDF helicopter gunships, dozens of tanks and other heavy artilleries were defeated near Mongala in Central Equatoria state on Juba-Bor road.

President Museveni’s admission of direct involvement came while he was addressing the heads of state during the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in the Angolan capital of Luanda on Wednesday.

Museveni’s admission that Uganda is fighting on the side of President Salva Kiir confirms claims by MPs that Uganda was actively involved in fighting in South Sudan and had lost soldiers in the crisis that started on 15 December in Juba.

The army has strongly denied it is involved in any combat operations in South Sudan.

Questioned by Daily Monitor newspaper on the developments, defence minister Crispus Kiyonga deflected the question to the army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, who said: “Well, the president has said it. Details are scanty at the moment but all I can say is that our forces had a very successful battle.”

Museveni said on Wednesday that the South Sudanese government, with the support from UPDF, had regained control of Jemeza in Central Equatoria state the on Juba-Bor road.

He also accused Machar of planning and executing the failed coup, saying “The question is; if Riek Machar did not plan a coup in Juba, then why did his supporters capture Malakal, Bor, Akobo, etc?”

However, Machar dismissed the alleged coup attempt, saying the fighting between presidential guards was used as a ploy by Kiir to get rid of his political opponents within the ruling party. Many South Sudanese also believe that Museveni masterminded the plan duped as a failed coup.


In testimony to The Congress on Wednesday, assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield confirmed the involvement of the Ugandan army in the current conflict in South Sudan.

Answering a question by congressman Randy Weber, she said that Uganda told Washington they want to protect key structures on the Juba-Nimule road which leads to Uganda and Juba airport.

"They indicated they have an interest in a stable South Sudan but also said they have an interest in ensuring that a democratically elected government is not overturned by violent means", she added.

Weber was the only congressman during the hearing to raise the Ugandan intervention in the inter-South Sudanese conflict, others including the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee stopped on the possible Sudanese role in the conflict but Greenfield dismissed any involvement from Khartoum side.

However, during her presentation to the committee she was keen to omit mentioning the name of the Sudanese mediator Mohamed Ahmed al-Dabi who is the third member of the IGAD panel of mediators to end the conflict.

"We are encouraged by IGAD’s leadership in convening the parties and strongly support the efforts of former Ethiopian minister Seyoum Mesfin and Kenyan general Lazaro Sumbeiywo to find a peaceful solution through political dialogue", she said.


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  • 16 January 2014 12:13, by Mi diit

    Stupid Museveni and his dog Kiir will lose!

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    • 16 January 2014 12:18, by mathem jech amer

      After Bor is cleaned from biting insects, goes cleaning to counties starting from Akobo, Pigi,Yirol,Old Pagak and to Upper Nile

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      • 16 January 2014 12:20, by omoni jr.

        omar Al Bashir,12/2012 : said SPLM/A is movement of insect. Do not talk about Bor,talk about Juba which is imminent for attacks.

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      • 16 January 2014 16:15, by Mi diit

        Museveni is so foolish by dragging Ugandans into uncertain future. What if Riek Machar wins this war? What will be the future of Museveni, Uganda and Ugandans. Of course the war will be fought in Kampala next time. We will organize a rebellion in Uganda, give them a full army division to help them push towards Kampala. No Ugandan will EVER put its foot on South Sudan soil until Museveni is removed

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        • 16 January 2014 18:57, by michael coma

          Mii dit
          How come for one tribe to win war against 63 tribes if you are not fool?Museveni knows that Riek is a warlord like Joseph Konyi of LRA that’s why he sent his army to fight you criminals.

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          • 17 January 2014 06:14, by Mi diit

            Michael Coma,
            If you haven’t seen a tribe winning a war in the history, then you will SEE it first with the Nuer winning this war my friend. You don’t know Nuer yet. You are even lucky that some Nuer like Gen. Hoth, Gen. Gony, Gen. Bapiny, Gen Pul Jang, etc, and thousands of Nuer are still helping you fight the other Nuer. But the Nuer will finally win this war. Mark my words....

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            • 17 January 2014 06:16, by Mi diit

              If the Nuer united on the very first day we would have captured Juba. And if Ugandan troops, their helicopter gunships and tanks did not help you, we would have reached Juba in a week time. But now see how Bor is far from the fighting despite presence of Ugandans. It is only 90km from Juba, and we pushed you by more than 100km away from Bor. We are defeating all of you combined.

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    • 16 January 2014 13:40, by Tutbol

      Salva Kiir needs not be waving hands that way, we are at war with the (Nuer) supported by the criminals in Europe & US. Our people must be educated to sharpen their spears that we would be fighting a long & protracted war with the US-Europeans sponsored criminals war.

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      • 16 January 2014 13:56, by Tutbol

        Just look at Nyandend de Mabior actions. That whore must be hanged with Riek Machar. See how Bor North is spared by the Riek Machar’s Nuers. Pagan Amum must get his ruling S Sudanese in jail as well as Deng Alor. Majak Agot must have a jail term. Release John Luk Jok, he was moved upon. But makes sure that you don’t cave-in to the criminals in the US or Europe...

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        • 16 January 2014 14:08, by Tutbol

          they want play our country just it is their property. Keep an eye on the French, Brits & our African Americans plus the European cloned juus. They have been unleashed by the Europeans-US-gulf Arab states to act as New America (New world Order). Our peoples who comment criticizing the UK, the US, the gulg Arab states---Israel....

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          • 16 January 2014 14:23, by Tutbol

            are being abused, their school marks being reduced, stalked by the corporations like BBC & Mosaad juus agents. The criminals in the US-Europe expected our countiesy to be their slaves for life & They also want our peoples to be doing things according to their evil ways. Don’t abuse the Europe-US-juus criminals, but treat them the way they are; criminals.

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      • 16 January 2014 15:54, by Tut Tut

        Sharping spears would amount to intrinsic insanity given Museveni-Kiir genocidal doctrine that using modern machines, The Nuer can be finish at will. Ironically, sharping spears would sound like the doctrine is abandoned after being tested in the battle field for the last couple weeks. The truth really puzzled the world that two countries made a decision to fight one enthnic group,The Nuer.

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    • 16 January 2014 14:35, by wacjak

      @midit-Is not a question of giving names to Kiir that would solve the problem you created. You have been lying all these days that it was a tribal war and now one of your defected generals said otherwise. Let us work for peace because what I see is continuous suffering of your people day and night. Are you ashamed to admit your defeat? Well, you can still come back with those illegal ranks

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      • 16 January 2014 14:39, by wacjak

        I know you are good at that. Many fake generals will emerge out of your forces comes peace. Mark my word. And Kiir in his usual mercy would integrate them. As for the support of Museveni, nobody agrees with Sudantribune on their reporting. It is so baised so much so that nobody cares what the editor and reporters write. That wouldn’t change the status of issues on the ground. The traitor will die.

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      • 16 January 2014 15:17, by Naath

        Tribalist,Uganda troops are not well train,they loose simple fight under my command in Magire and Rajaf,we capture 25 of them and kill mass of them as well.yesterday mass defection from the Government troops 1500 are now with me in Magire those are Equatoria,Nuer ,Dinka ,and some others tribe,in case disrupted network that will prevent communicated with you guys,after reaching Gumba I will rresum

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    • 16 January 2014 14:58, by Naath

      Don’t be scarry by hopeless kiir and Museveni,the two dictator are belinded with corruption and misleading their citizen.I’m now In magir taking my time to attack Gumba very soon.Museveni lie yesterday by saying that their combine force defeat us,we defeat them from Rajaf the military training comp 12km to juba.The good news for us is Ethiopia Priminister declare war against Museveni

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      • 16 January 2014 16:57, by hellonearth


        A quick question, please take pictures and post them on facebook. i am sure this talking bastards will shut up for ever. send it of Nyabang Machar Teny Dhurgon... she will love it man. thanks

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      • 17 January 2014 04:25, by Planetmars

        Naath, that’s not "the good news for us" that "Ethiopia Primeminister declare war against Museveni", because at the centre, it is us who will fight their war. if Uganda is a friend of kirr and Ethiopia is a friend of macher, then who are the real looser in this case? Isn’t southern Sudanese because of the war being fought in their land.There is nothing to be happy about Uganda helping government

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        • 17 January 2014 04:38, by Planetmars

          troops or Ethiopia helping rebel forces.It’s fair to say that both Kirr and macher are not fit to lead south sudan.if Kirr resign because of this war,Riek himself will find harder to lead, so new leader is better than the two.South sudan is a fresh meat.There are so many vultures eying on it.Fighting among our selves means opportunities for vultures to steal their portions.I know your answer will

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          • 17 January 2014 04:49, by Planetmars

            say "kirr started it" but that is not helping either. Let us just hope peaceful settlement is reach for all southern Sudanese and we can tell all the outsider elements in the country to exit including the UN forces. I hope your ears are open hear it. Any way my business will run no matter who rule south Sudan.

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    • 16 January 2014 15:37, by Tutbol

      Uganda relation with S Sudan date back to times that even corporate US & Europe do not know. The is a lake called Pan-Riak close to where Genreal Jongroor was killed the young Nuers ambushers. We have a protruding lake named after’ ’ their Uganda’s *Kabaka* by Maciek Deng & Ajang duot...

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      • 16 January 2014 15:48, by Tutbol

        the clowns in the West must know that the Ugandans & the Nilotic Sudan have are just one people. A Ugandan would not leave a S Sudanese suffer & Uganda, Kenya & Ethiopia have shown it to S Sudanese, that they are their true uncles...

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        • 16 January 2014 16:02, by Tutbol

          Outside our continent are Australia, Canada, NewZealand, all the Nordic nations, our Egypt plus many friendly countries & peoples that love S Sudanese to live in peace. The US, gulf Arab states plus some selected Europeans nations; will have sometimes to be trusted by the S Sudanese. The US has betrayed our peoples’ trust.

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        • 16 January 2014 16:02, by Mi diit

          Ugandans dying like flies on Juba-Bor road trying to rescue the coward Dinka from the brave Nuer warriors. Their technology doesn’t help. When will you recapture Bor now that the fighting is just 90km from Juba as revealed by the Dinka God, Museveni who is now the defacto president of South Sudan? Shame on you for selling our country to Uganda. We will capture or kill all of you in Juba soon.

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          • 16 January 2014 16:05, by Mi diit

            Don’t dwell on what Gen. James Koang Chol said that it is not a tribal war. That is just politics. Every body in this world knows that it is Dinka vs Nuer war, only that the Dinka are hiding behind Ugandans, Equatorians and few Nuer on their side. It is a tribal war between Dinka and Nuer and that is why your Kiir massacred Nuer civilians in Juba.

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            • 17 January 2014 06:59, by Sudan virus

              Mi Diit,
              Thank you for revealing us that it is a tribal war!So you Nuer and Dinkas are bringing your culture of cattle/village raiding into the city and rest of the parts of South Sudan?
              Sorry!If this is the case, i now reconsider the idea i first opposed-the the transfer of the city to a no man land (Ramceil).
              Because for us non Dinga/Nuer we need peace for all South Sudanese not tribalism.

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        • 16 January 2014 16:35, by Tut Tut

          Brother Tutbol:Whom do you think rebels are? Are they not S.Sudanese? Do you think being a rebel erases the right of being a true uncle as you claimed. It seems some individuals lost their right conscience to the matters of this nature where national issues get hot. Remember, we once were rebels and our right of being uncles to those neighboring countries was not erased. Your claim is just a joke.

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    • 16 January 2014 15:57, by Tong dut

      Dinkas, ugana and Nuer meaningless war, death to them all.

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    • 16 January 2014 16:43, by Bolman

      Midit just take a look at them Zaoda gaal Yoweri Maseveni bi nick Salva Kiir shame on you Dinka kingdom. Gay

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  • 16 January 2014 12:22, by Gat Gan Kiir

    It was not the day before yesterday alone, they involved since the beginning and nothing prevent our forces to captured Juba. Ugandan and Dinka army are nothing to freedom fighters. They are dealing with the most powerful Gen. On earth Jundi Iragi Gen. Gatdet Yaka and fearless youth of Lou Nuer who have no reverse gear. They have defence this land in the past and will defence it in the future.

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  • 16 January 2014 12:31, by Tut Tut

    This is the madness of African leaders. Few days ago, the same Museveni was misleading the conscience saying that his forces are in S.South only to take out Ugandans in S.South Sudan. per this revelation,question is,what is this investment in terms of the future? Is it not a shame that two countries pride themselves to face a ethnic group namely the Nuer? Off course some real truth must be learned

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  • 16 January 2014 12:49, by Sudan virus

    Uganda is supporting elected government!A gv’t/state the IGAD,US, great African leaders and the international community at large labored for hardly.
    This is a good gesture of cooperation between Uganda and South Sudan.Cooperation should not be only during times of happiness/peace but rather during difficult times too.And exactly this is what Uganda is doing.
    Museveni is a brave African preside

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    • 16 January 2014 16:09, by Tut Tut

      Kiir’s strategy is tactically stupid per the reason that S.South Sovereignity is treated by him as a secondary thing. How grave is this internal conflict is to him to almost reaching the level of insanity to go and beg for help air planes against his own brothers. During our border war with N.Sudan, where were those war planes? This seems like saying, using ist war planes against Nuer not Arabs.

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  • 16 January 2014 12:56, by Sudan virus

    Ugandans value life and are peace lovers!If they were to be like us South Sudanese who every body want be president(a position we think is the government), it would nt have been in the peaceful state as it,s up to date.

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    • 16 January 2014 13:17, by Toney Toney Matot

      this is a fabricated news from Sudan tribune which does not hold any ground.Sudan tribune and South Sudan Nation are the most medias responsible for all this mess in our Country.what will these medias gain from all their lies and misleading news always??I’m sick and tired of their nonsense.

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      • 16 January 2014 16:22, by Tut Tut

        Friend: Having a nation has more to do with tolerance which is core in being a democratic society. And that society cannot be possible in absence of the free press. Should any one feel that the press is bias as is the case for you here, then you don’t have to shoot but to sue. Off course those in media are highly professional and cannot be assumed to appease their audience.

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  • 16 January 2014 13:24, by thomas

    So Museveni was indeed lying the whole time. I’ll just remember never to believe anything he ever says.

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    • 17 January 2014 06:47, by Sudan virus

      Guys what lies have Museveni said? I think,since day one he clearly declared his position by saying he is going to deploy UPDF to back the government.

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  • 16 January 2014 15:39, by Marco Bul

    Tutbol Amook
    There is nothing called Bor North.There is Twic East and Dukeen.You are complaining yet Warrap,Lakes,and Aweil are not attacked by Nuer.Why do you only concerntrated on these two counties?? Bortown was attacked bcoz it is the state capital.Nuer want leadership;no more,no less
    Prick your ass if u are not convinced.

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  • 16 January 2014 15:46, by Marco Bul

    Cont..You are still talking of hanging?? Wait until KIIR kneel down to beg RIEK to accept peace and position.The man cares too much if his position that he groomed Yau Yau coz Yau Yau accepted ceasefire.Duønë mac dhitic ë jaath randië.Ë Nuer tëk tëno alø be Mading døm? Yengö cäk bæn looi???

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  • 16 January 2014 22:00, by Joseph

    500,000 SSP per one trip to hiring Helicopter, this costing government lot of money. most of UPDF had been kill remain those who are in security building in Jebel. Meseveni and Kiir will be blame or taking to court by international community one day

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