Uganda says it has no intentions of deploying its forces, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) in South Sudan following fresh fights in the youngest East African country.
The United Nations Security Council after an impromptu meeting on South Sudan late July 10, 2016 asked regional neighbors to help end renewed fighting in the capital by contributing additional Peacekeepers.
The Daily Monitor Newspaper quoted Uganda Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda as saying the nation has not intentions to deploy in the country as was in December 2013, when the first scale of violence since independence broke out.
“ Do not speculate. I have told you that the UPDF is not deploying in South Sudan.”
“Let me be clear: UPDF has not deployed in South Sudan. We do not have even a single soldier in Juba.”
In a televised interview on Aljazeera, the S. Sudanese minister for Information, Michael Makuei Lueth flanked by minister for Mining, Taban Deng Gai called for a ceasefire.
Fresh clashes which broke out on Friday between government forces royal to President Kiir and those loyal to Machar have so far left 270 people feared dead and hundreds displaced.
“It is our country, why should we live in chaos every now and then. We believe everybody who is rational in this country will abide by the orders of the President and a cease fire will be respected,” Mr Lueth said.
“All of you have observed that President Salva Kiir is in total control and the people of this country are backing him. The officers should implement the orders of the Commander in Chief,” he added.
With Files From Daily Monitor, Aljazeera and AFP