UPDF Stay in South Sudan Extended

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The agreement, signed by the South Sudan army Chief General Kuol Manyang Juuk and the Ugandan Defence minister Crispus Kiyonga is expected to address the footing of bills for the continued stay of the UPDF in South Sudan.

Ugandan troops will remain in South Sudan at least for another 4 months following a new status of forces agreement that extended their stay.

The agreement, signed by the South Sudan army Chief General Kuol Manyang Juuk and the Ugandan Defence minister Crispus Kiyonga is expected to address the footing of bills for the continued stay of the UPDF in South Sudan.

The signing followed a discussion by a team from South Sudan and Uganda that reviewed the Security Situation in South Sudan to determine the relevance of renewing the Military Assistance Agreement that had been earlier signed by the two Governments

"In order to give chance to for the stabilization process, we are today signing for an extension of Military Assistance to South Sudan and we shall again review in four months time to determine the next course of action. The last time we reviewed was in October 2014," Dr Kiyonga said.

The Force, which was sent into South Sudan days after fighting broke out in December, 2013 has been stationed in the capital Juba and Bor securing vital installations.

Initially, the UPDF had deployed a small force to secure Juba airport and create a safe passage for civilians to flee the conflict. However, the South Sudan government signed a status of forces agreement with the force allowing more deployment in areas of Juba and Bor. It now maintains a 3000-man strong force.

In the agreement, the South Sudan government was footing fuel costs and paying for the compensation of UPDF artillery lost in the war.

Samuel Luate Lominsuk, the South Sudan ambassador to Uganda told URN in a phone interview that army officials from the South Sudan government were in Uganda together with cabinet ministers and governors and the new agreement was part of their agenda.

Gen Eng Koul Manyang Juuk called for the need for continued cooperation between the countries in the region saying it's vital for stability.

"Uganda has particularly been always concerned about regional peace and stability. If it were not for Uganda's immediate intervention in the South Sudan conflict, there would be now instability in the whole region," he added. 


 

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.