President Museveni Explains Uganda’s Interest in South Sudan

January 19, 2014 2:44 pm0 comments by:
President Museveni Explains Uganda’s Interest in South Sudan

Kampala-President Yoweri Museveni says he deployed the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF in South Sudan to avoid it from collapsing. Museveni made the remark in Bombo barracks near Kampala, while addressing the Army Council which is the highest decision making body in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces. “I sent troops to South Sudan which is affected by a conflict. We did not want them to collapse”, he said adding that the two main groups in the neighbouring country, being led by President Salva Kiir and Mrs. Rebecca Garang were with the Uganda Government. Museveni noted that the Uganda People’s Defense contingent that’s in South Sudan is performing well in its fight […]

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Uganda Counting Costs as Dead Soldiers are Brought Back Home from South Sudan

January 18, 2014 11:09 am0 comments by:
Uganda Counting Costs as Dead Soldiers are Brought Back Home from South Sudan

Kampala-Several Ugandan soldiers are reported to have been killed by South Sudanese rebels. The soldiers are reported to have been killed early this week when they fell into an ambush in a place called Jemeza, 90 kilometers from Juba. The exact number of the dead is not known, but sources from Bombo Military Barracks, in Uganda say several bodies, have been brought in from South Sudan. The army is however tightlipped, on the exact number killed, and the identity of the victims. But President Yoweri Museveni on a recent trip, to Angola confirmed that the Ugandan army was recently engaged in a big battle with South Sudanese rebels. “Only the […]

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Ugandan Authorities Grappling With Influx of South Sudanese Refugees

January 12, 2014 2:39 pm0 comments by:
Ugandan Authorities Grappling With Influx of South Sudanese Refugees

Kampala Sunday, January 12, 2014-The Authorities in Uganda are grappling with the high influx of South Sudanese refugees displaced by the fighting. Thousands of South Sudanese refugees have fled and crossed the border into Uganda to take refuge after weeks of fighting between the Government troops and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar. As of Sunday morning the number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda was at 42,810 of which 25% are unaccompanied children. Catherine Ntabadde the Uganda Red Cross-URCS Spokesperson told The Continent Observer that the Government of Uganda and the United Nations High Commission Refugees have assigned Uganda Red Cross the role of camp management of […]

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Oil Discovery Blamed for Increased Tribal Clashes in Uganda

January 8, 2014 10:18 am0 comments by:
Oil Discovery Blamed for Increased Tribal Clashes in Uganda

Kampala-Tribal land conflicts have increased in Uganda as a result of the discovery of oil. The conflict has pitted communities that once lived peacefully, against each other, as they scramble for land around the oil fields. Worst affected by the conflict are the Acholi and the Jonam-two ethnic communities that have a strong historical background dating back to the times of migration in Africa. According to history, the two tribes who are said to be direct descendants of the legendary Labong and Gipir migrated into Uganda around the 15th century from the Barel Ghazel in present day South Sudan and each settled on the other side of the River Nile. […]

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UN Expresses Concern Over Gross Human Rights Violation in South Sudan

December 31, 2013 6:35 pm0 comments by:
UN Expresses Concern Over Gross Human Rights Violation in South Sudan

Juba-The United Nations is expressing deep concern over mounting evidence of serious human rights violations in the South Sudan conflict. The concerns stem from mounting evidence of gross violations of international human rights law that have occurred in South Sudan during the past 15 days. The mission notes that extra-judicial killings of civilians and captured soldiers have occurred in various parts of the country, as evidenced by the discovery of large numbers of bodies in Juba, as well as the Upper Nile and Jonglei state capitals of Malakal and Bor, respectively. Massive displacement and arbitrary detentions of civilians have been observed. “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the atrocities […]

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South Sudanese Celebrate Christmas in IDP Camps

December 26, 2013 1:43 pm0 comments by:
South Sudanese Celebrate Christmas in IDP Camps

Juba-The people of South Sudan have joined the rest of the world to celebrate Christmas Day after a week of violence. The clergy who presided over the mass from various Catholic parishes called for an end to ethnic killings which has wrecked the world’s youngest nation. In Unity state, Father Joseph Makuey said the Church was deeply concerned about the crisis that has hit South Sudan since 15 December. “The message that I would like to convey to the people of Unity state […] should continue pray for peace, truly this moment is a critical moment because we have lost many lives in South Sudan but I firmly believe through […]

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Expatriates Flee Juba

December 18, 2013 10:40 am0 comments by:
People who have taken refugee at the UN Juba Headquarters. Photo: UNMISS

Juba-Expatriates have started leaving the South Sudanese capital Juba following days of unrest. Radio Dabanga in a report carried on its website says the first group of expatriates left Juba by plane on Wednesday morning. The departure of the expatriates follows a night of relative calm but with occasional shootings reported. Some soldiers were reportedly roaming around in the city in Tong Ping, Hai Malakal and Hai Cinema. The clashes between rival members of the presidential guards had ceased since Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the US embassy in Juba has advised all Americans citizens to leave the country together with none essential staff of the embassy. The Kenyan and several European […]

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26 Dead in South Sudan Fighting as UN Calls For Restraint

December 17, 2013 12:34 pm0 comments by:
Civilians fleeing to UN compound. Photo: UNMISS

Juba-The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Hilde F. Johnson is calling upon parties who are involved in the current South Sudanese clashes to refrain from any community motivated violence. The call comes at a time when 26 people have been confirmed dead following two days of clashes in the capital Juba. The Government of Southern Sudan says the fighting was sparked off by disgruntled soldiers who attempted to overthrow the Government. The UN is warning the parties who are involved in the conflict to refrain from hate speech to avoid it from assuming ethnic dimensions. “At a time when unity among South Sudanese is more needed than ever, I […]

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DRC Government Finally Signs Peace Accord With M23 Rebels

December 13, 2013 4:05 am1 comment by:
President Museveni and Joyce Banda append their signatures to the M23, DRC peace deal

Nairobi-The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has finally signed a peace deal with former M23 rebels. A statement issued by the Government of Uganda indicates that the two sides yesterday signed the agreement at State House, Nairobi. M23 leader, Bisiima Bertrand, penned his signature to the declaration of commitments on behalf of the Movement of March 23 (M23) followed by Congolese Minister for foreign affairs, Tshibanda Raymond, to a declaration of commitments on behalf of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The two declarations taken together articulate the 11 points that were negotiated and agreed upon by the parties including a decision by M23 to end […]

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LRA Commanders Surrender in CAR

December 11, 2013 11:47 amComments Off on LRA Commanders Surrender in CAR by:
LRA Commanders Surrender in CAR

Bangui-The biggest number of defection in the Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA rank has been reported in the Central African Republic-CAR. Local civil society organizations and military sources in CAR report that on the 6th of December, nineteen LRA defected en masse near the community of Zemio in the Central African Republic. Invisible Children an International Non Governmental Organization which keeps track of LRA activities says this is the single largest LRA defection since the group moved into central Africa in 2008, and an enormous victory for African Union led counter-LRA efforts. “This is the single largest LRA defection in five years and is more evidence that the comprehensive strategy to stop […]

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