Ugandan MPs back UPDF return to S.Sudan


The 6th sitting of the first session of Parliament chaired by the Deputy speaker Hon Jacob Oulanyah

Members of Parliament have expressed worry towards the renewed fighting in South Sudan’s capital Juba. The violence, which is fueled by the rivalry between President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar, has so far claimed 300 lives according to sources.

In his communication to the Parliament sitting on Tuesday, 12th July 2016 the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, implored the warring parties to resolve problems and difference using dialogue and not by force of arms so that peace and stability can be regained.

Hon. Gilbert Olanya, MP Kilak South County, was apprehensive of the violence in South Sudan adding that his constituents were caught in the skirmishes.

“Many of our people are caught up in the war and cannot move. They have no food and water. The UPDF should consider entering South Sudan to rescue Ugandans stuck there,” he said.

Mbale Municipality MP, Hon. Jack Wamanga-Wamai was concerned that the war was affecting trade, especially with regard to Ugandan goods destined for South Sudan.
In response to the concerns, the Prime Minister, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda said that Uganda is working closely with her neighboring countries on both political and military level.

“The war is of great concern to us as well articulated by my colleagues, and meetings are being held right now,” he said.

The Minister of State for International Affairs, Hon. Henry Okello Oryem, says that Government is equally concerned and that there is a plan to evacuate Ugandans caught up in the war.

“The UPDF is hesitant to enter South Sudan and will go there under guidance of the UN Security Council or IGAD,” he explained.

He said that following an IGAD meeting in Nairobi, warring parties in South Sudan were urged in to have an immediate ceasefire, reopen the airport and humanitarian corridors.

Parliament has directed the Minister of International Affairs to present to Parliament a statement on the situation in South Sudan on Thurs

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