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US Calls For Withdrawal of Foreign Forces From South Sudan

February 9, 2014 5:03 pm0 comments
US Calls For Withdrawal of Foreign Forces From South Sudan

Washington– The US government has called for the withdrawal of foreign troops from South Sudan. In a strongly worded press release issued by State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, the US government warned of the risk of regionalization the conflict as a result of foreign interference. “We urge the redeployment or phased withdrawal of foreign forces invited by either side, and warn of the serious consequences which could result from any regionalization of this conflict,” Psaki said. She also called for an inclusive reconciliation process in the IGAD-sponsored political dialogue in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The US call for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops comes as Juba and Kampala are […]

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Joseph Kony Calls For Fresh Peace Talks

February 4, 2014 7:31 am1 comment
Joseph Kony Calls For Fresh Peace Talks

Kampala-Fugitive Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has written to the Government of Uganda demanding for fresh peace talks Kony who has a US$5m cash bounty over his head for crimes against humanity says he and his Lord’s Resistance Army rebels are still committed to seeking a peaceful means to resolve the two decades old conflict. The fugitive in an email to the Ugandan media blames the Government of Uganda for the failed peace talks. The Government of Uganda has not yet responded to the letter but it has in the past blamed such calls on people purporting to speak on behalf of Joseph Kony. Kony, a former altar boy has […]

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Ugandans Mourning as Bodies of Fallen UPDF Soldiers are Brought Back

January 20, 2014 6:57 pm0 comments
Ugandans Mourning as Bodies of Fallen UPDF Soldiers are Brought Back

Kampala-Families in Uganda are mourning their sons who were killed in fighting between the Ugandan army and South Sudanese rebels. Families from various parts of Uganda have begun receiving bodies of dead soldiers a week after they were killed in a fierce gun battle in South Sudan. 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 army is however tightlipped, on the exact number killed, and the identity of the victims. The Continent Observer has however learnt that some of the dead soldiers include Capt. Egau Celestino Noah who hails from Ogongora […]

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President Museveni Explains Uganda’s Interest in South Sudan

January 19, 2014 2:44 pm0 comments
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
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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UN Expresses Concern Over Gross Human Rights Violation in South Sudan

December 31, 2013 6:35 pm0 comments
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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Armed Youths Advance to South Sudan’s Jonglei State Capital

December 30, 2013 7:08 am0 comments
Armed Youths Advance to South Sudan’s Jonglei State Capital

Juba-A large number of armed youth are reported to be advancing towards Jonglei the State capital of Bor. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan-UNMISS reports that the group has been moving across the state for some time now, with a possible intention of attacking other communities. “UNMISS has been tracking reports of the movement of armed youths for several days but cannot independently confirm the size or location of these groupings. The Mission is conducting an aerial reconnaissance flight over Jonglei today to get a clearer idea of the numbers of armed youths and the direction in which they are headed”. Reads a press statement issued on Sunday. UNMISS notes […]

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Uganda Deploys Troops to South Sudan

December 20, 2013 12:42 pm0 comments
Uganda Deploys Troops to South Sudan

Kampala-Uganda has deployed troops to the troubled South Sudan. Military sources from Uganda confirmed to the Continent Observer this afternoon that a contingent of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF has been deployed in Southern Sudan on the invitation of the Government of Southern Sudan. “At the authorization of the southern Sudan government a small force has been deployed to facilitate the evacuation of stranded Ugandans some of whom are injured back to safety in Uganda” Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda the Defense and Military Spokesperson told the Continent Observer this afternoon. The troops that have been deployed are from the Special Forces Group- SFG a crack unit within the Uganda People […]

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UN Confirms Death of Two Peace Keepers

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UN Confirms Death of Two Peace Keepers

Juba-Two United Nations soldiers have been killed in clashes in Southern Sudan. The two who were formerly serving under United Nations Mission in South Sudan-UNMISS died during clashes that occurred yesterday in Akobo town. The UN in a press release issued on Friday afternoon confirmed the deaths of two Indian Battalion soldiers. “This morning, the UN Mission in South Sudan conducted an aerial assessment to Akobo Town. We can confirm that two UNMISS Indian Battalion troops were killed in action. UNMISS can also confirm that one injured Indian soldier has been transported to the Mission’s medical facility in Malakal”. The statement reads. The statement condemned the killing of the peace keepers […]

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South Sudan Quashes Attempted Coup

December 16, 2013 11:18 am0 comments
Civillians crossing to UNMISS headquarters for shelter following the coup attempt. Phot UNMISS

Juba- Hundreds of civilians have taken shelter at the headquarters of United Nations Mission in South Sudan following overnight heavy gunfire in the capital Juba. President Salva Kiir in an address to the press this morning said there was an attempted coup by disgruntled soldiers that was quashed. Kiir said the Government troops have taken control of the situation and a night time curfew had been imposed in the capital Juba. Sources in Southern Sudan say there was an exchange of gunfire between rival members of the presidential guard. Hundreds take refuge at UNMISS headquarters “UNMISS can confirm that hundreds of civilians have been seeking refuge in the UNMISS compound […]

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