Ugandan Official says Citizens who died during South Sudan Clashes were Killed by Riek Machar Forces

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Uganda Foreign Minister Okello Oryem said that out of the 11 nationals who died in the South Sudan clashes, six were killed by force loyal to Vice President Riek Machar.

Oryem who was addressing Ugandan Parliament on the situation in the country’s northern neighbor said the six died after being run over at Jebel Kujur, by a military tank belonging to the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army -In Oppositon (SPLA-IO).

He said the six bodies are yet to be retrieved because they are still in a territory being manned by Machar’s forces. Oryem said the situation in South Sudan remains “tense”

“As soon as the situation relaxes, government will identify and return the Ugandans home,” he said.

The minister said said government is taking all measures to ensure the safety of Ugandans and their evacuation.

“As of this morning (yesterday), 3,000 Ugandans assembled at Gumeo Market in Juba waiting to be evacuated,” Oryem said.

“For Ugandans in other parts of South Sudan, particularly in Wau and Torit, government has advised to limit their movements and where the situation warrants, move to the UN compounds.”

Oryem said Uganda has received reports that SPLA-IO forces are having an upper hand in terms of control and that Yei, a medium-sized city in southwest south Sudan, is expected to fall “into the hands of the rebels soon”.

The statement, however made MPs question why Uganda was referring to Marchar as a rebel yet he is part of a coalition government.

Source: Daily Monitor