MPs Welcome UPDF Pull Out From South Sudan

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In short
Many MPs say the force has played its part in South Sudan, and its pull out will help the country work for its stability.

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to URN, Kevina Taaka, Busia Woman MP (FDC), says this puts to an end the pressure by the opposition to have the troops withdrawn.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.
 
English
//Cue In: It is long overdue…
Cue Out:…which I don't know//
 
Luganda
//Cue In: Kiruddewo nyo…
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Peter Eriaku, the Vice Chairman of Parliament's Defence Committee, says the South Sudan government should now focus on improving its defence capacity.
 
English
Cue In: It is Kiir…
Cue Out:…collapse of his govt//
 
Hood Katuramu, representative of Person with Disabilities says the UPDF has played a great role in stabilising South Sudan, and its deployment was timely in averting a genocide. 
 
English
//Cue In: Our gallant sons…
Cue Out:…building their country//
 
Luganda
//Cue In: Amagye gaffe…
Cue Out:…emirembe//

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.