Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has started its journey to South Sudan to evacuate Ugandans who are trapped following fresh clashes that have so far claimed more than 300 people.
On Thursday, the Ugandan force set off to rescue Ugandans stranded in the youngest African country.
As we report, the army has already crossed Nimule.
This comes just days after President Yoweri Museveni ordered the evacuation of all Ugandans trapped in the five year-old country on Friday last week between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to his vice Riek Machar.
Following president Museveni’s order, the army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda said UPDF was to deploy its troops to conduct the evacuation.
He emphasised that the Ugandan force was not in South Sudan to on any side but on a rescue mission of Ugandans some of whom have been been attacked in ambushes staged by militias especially along Juba Nimule road.
Just last week, the Ugandan army refuted claims that they would deploy in South Sudan to contain clashes.
Ankunda was quoted saying those were mere speculations.
This is not the first time UPDF is deploying its forces in South Sudan.
In December 2013, President Museveni sent UPDF in South Sudan to contain the clashes between Kiir and the then rebel Machar soldiers.
The clashes erapted Kiir sacked Machar as his vice.