We Shall Stay in Juba as Long as Salva Kiir Wants Us-Uganda

January 6, 2014 1:59 pm0 comments by:

UN Plane that evacuated foreign nationals from Heglig town

Kampala-Uganda has deployed hundreds of soldiers and military ware at its border with the Republic of South Sudan as fighting intensifies.

Over the last three days trucks carrying soldiers and armored vehicles could be seen moving along the Gulu Nimule road.

“Yes we have strengthened our deployment at the border as you are aware heavy fighting is going on in South Sudan and as part of the Inter Government Authority on Development-IGAD we are readying our troops by deploying them close to the border just in case we are asked to move in” remarked Fred Opolot Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, in an interview this afternoon with The Continent Observer in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

Opolot explained that as of today, heavy fighting is going on in Bor the capital of Jonglei state while Juba was reportedly calm but ‘tense’.

Opolot explained that the troops that Uganda deployed at the onset of the fighting will remain in Southern Sudan as long as the Government there wants it them to stay.

President Yoweri Museveni during a recent visit to South Sudan revealed that a contingent of Ugandan soldiers had been deployed there to help the forces loyal to Salva Kiir to restore calm in Juba.

However Southern Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar is insisting that Uganda withdraws its troops ahead of the talks that are due to begin in Adis-ababa, Ethiopia.

Meanwhile the United Nations has evacuated a total of 1500 foreign nationals from the town of Heglig to Juba.

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