UPDF not leaving S.Sudan yet-Ankunda


Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, says the national army has not yet started withdrawing from South Sudan.

Last week, the SPLA Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Logistics, Lt. General Malek Ruben, was quoted saying UPDF would start leaving the country today, Sunday.

Later, President Salva Kiir wrote to his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, on the withdraw of the troops from the capital Juba and Bor town in Jonglei state.

Ankunda says UPDF withdraw from south Sudan is a real possibility in future

“We have not started any withdraw at the moment,” he added.

He also told Eye radio, they had not received instructions to withdraw from South Sudan.

“We have no instructions to withdraw. So, it is a non-starter. And that’s all I can say. We have no instructions to pull out at the moment,” Ankunda is quoted by the radio as saying.

The UPDF forces were deployed in the country in December 2013, after the outbreak of the conflict between the government and the opposition.

According to the signed agreement between Kiir and Riek Machar, all foreign troops including UPDF were supposed to leave the country in 45 days.


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