Ugandan troops enter South Sudan for engineer protection

Ugandan military spokesman, Richard Karemire. Photo: NTV | Youtube.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Ugandan military spokesman Richard Karemire has confirmed that Ugandan forces has rightfully entered South Sudan under “a bilateral understanding” to protect a team of engineers fixing the Kaya-Yei road.

Kaya-Yei road is a medium-sized city in South Sudan’s Yei River state, which was closed for weeks after several insecurity incidences on the highway and has now been recently reopened.

Karemire said Ugandans can enter the country without seeking United Nations Security Council permission and that South Sudan’s government is aware of their presence.

The spokesman has confirmed this after South Sudanese nationals claimed to have seen a number of Ugandan troops entering Central Equatoria region last week in a possible violation of a United Nations arms embargo.

However, South Sudan deputy army spokesman Santo Domic Chol denied knowing about the Ugandans in the country.

The country is still recovering from a five-year civil war that has claimed the lives of almost 400,000 people. Uganda has openly provided support for South Sudan’s government.

The observers have suggested that six cars containing soldiers were seen in uniform and later left.

According to Alan Boswell, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, signs of an “imminent” government offensive in Central Equatoria against groups that remain outside the peace deal signed in September by the warring sides led by President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar.

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