Ugandans Mourning as Bodies of Fallen UPDF Soldiers are Brought Back

January 20, 2014 6:57 pm0 comments by:


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 village in Kakure subcounty, Kabermaido district.

Others are Bulolo Patrick of Bushikori and Rajab Walum all of Mbale district in eastern Uganda.

President Yoweri Museveni during a recent trip, to Angola confirmed that the Ugandan army was 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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