South Sudan

Machar battle tank runs over six Ugandans


updf troops in South Sudan

Out of the 11 Ugandans who have been reported dead in South Sudan, six were killed after being run over at Jebel Kujur, by a military tank belonging to the SPLA-IO, a force belonging to Vice President Riek Machar.

Foreign Affairs minister Oryem Okello while briefing parliament on Thursday described the situation in South Sudan as tense adding that the six bodies are yet to be retrieved because they are still in a territory being manned by Mr Machar’s forces.

According to him, government has received reports that Mr Marchar’s forces are having an upper hand in terms of control and that Yei, a medium-sized city in southwest south Sudan, is expected to fall “into the hands of the rebels soon”.

That statement, however made MPs question why Uganda was referring to Mr Marchar as a rebel yet he is part of a coalition government.

His remarks came just hours after Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) troops entered S.Sudan to help evacuate Ugandans trapped in the youngest African country following fresh clashes that have left more than 300 people dead.

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