South Sudan

UPDF finally exits South Sudan


A section of legislators have described as long overdue the withdrawal of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) from South Sudan.

Government Monday afternoon announced that it would start immediate withdrawal of at least 2500 UPDF soldiers, who have been deployed in South Sudan since December 2013.

Speaking to URN, Kevina Taaka, Busia Woman MP (FDC), says this puts to an end the pressure by the opposition to have the troops withdrawn.

Taaka says government has spent billions of taxpayers’ money to sustain its troops in a foreign country, yet this money could have been utilised for social services within.

This came after the UN Security Council warned those preventing implementation of the country’s peace agreement.

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, said the exercise would include movement of troops, heavy weaponry and combat helicopters and will go up to November.

UPDF deployed about 3,000 to Juba during the fallout between President Salva Kiir and his deputy, Riek Machar in December 2013.

After signing a peace agreement in August, all foreign troops were supposed to leave South Sudan within 45 days.

According to Katumba, though the process delayed, UPDF Land Forces commander, Maj Gen David Muhoozi, is now in Juba coordinating the withdrawal of Ugandan troops.

Meanwhile, in the October 9, 2015 resolution, the UN Security Council ordered the immediate deployment of 12,600 peacekeeping troops alongside 1,300 police personnel to bolster security in Juba.



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