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

January 18, 2014 11:09 am0 comments by:

UN Plane that evacuated foreign nationals from Heglig town

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 other day, 13th of January, the SPLA and elements of our army had a big battle with these rebel troops at a point about 90 kilometers from Juba where we inflicted a big defeat on them. Unfortunately, many lives were lost on the side of the rebels. We also took casualties and also had some dead”. Museveni noted.

In Uganda, the focus has shifted from the morality of the deployment, to the cost of war. Panelists and callers on the various local stations in the capital Kampala are questioning what Uganda stands to benefit from the South Sudanese war.

The Monday Times, a local online news agency, in its editorial claimed Uganda, could be spending one billion shillings daily to fund the operations against the South Sudanese rebels.

 

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