Opinion
I commend UPDF efforts in South Sudan
Publish Date: Mar 06, 2014
newvision
  • mail
  • img

By Haji Nsereko Mutumba

I am one of those Ugandans who stand by the UPDF in their ongoing efforts to safeguard the lives and property of Ugandans living in South Sudan as well as helping a neighbouring country fight off an armed rebellion and restore stability.

I commend the Government of Uganda for the quick intervention in a conflict that had quickly tuned tribal and was threatening the survival of South Sudan as a nation as well as regional security.

The 1994 Rwanda Genocide happened largely because of the nonintervention of nations that had the capacity to do so particularly UN.

As a result, tens of thousands of people were massacred and the entire Great Lakes Region continues to suffer from the consequences. Uganda, especially had to take in and look after millions of refugees.

It would, therefore, be an act of irresponsibility and a crime against humanity for Uganda and AU member states to simply watch as their neighbour South Sudan slide into genocide.

For those who have been following the conflict, you must have realised that following the deployment of the UPDF in South Sudan, genocide has been averted, the rebel forces have been chased from key areas and life is slowly returning to normal as the peace process takes its course.

I, therefore, do not agree with those Ugandans who are expressing contempt towards our soldiers who are on this difficult mission which no other country dared to undertake with immediate effect.

Economically, South Sudan constitutes a huge market for Ugandan goods and hence creates jobs for Ugandans. This is in addition to the thousands of Ugandans who are working in different parts of South Sudan as government expatriates and business men and women. A number of South Sudanese have also established businesses in Uganda.

Someone had to make a bold decision to protect the booming trade between South Sudan and Uganda and as usual,  President Museveni was the one who made this decision for the good of all Ugandans and the region at large.
 

The writer is a Public Relations Officer of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Makerere University students strike can be averted
On Monday, 20th October 2014, Makerere witnessed yet another student’s strike. It was even reported by some sections of the media that One student had been injured....
Is Uganda
Being in the 91.3 Capital FM studios on Saturday 18th October for the Capital Gang hosted by Mr. Oscar Semweya Musoke reminded me of the saying- a good anvil does not fear the hammer....
Why Vision 2040 is and will still be illusive
Most policies in Uganda are very clear on paper but very ineffectively implemented due to the process always followed while formulating them; a policy should be drafted after a research, needs assessment, or a problem that needs to be solved....
Municipal bonds good, but let
I recently read in one of Uganda’s dailies that the Kampala Capital City Authority (“KCCA”) seeks to issue municipal bonds to raise much needed revenues for development purposes....
Educate a girl and reduce poverty
Despite the enormous progress of Universal Primary Education which has raised primary school enrolment from 2.7 to over 8.2 million in recent years, girls continue to suffer exclusion in education systems....
Scientists should take advantage of the president’s love for science
On several occasions President Museveni has come out to express his love for science and science based initiatives especially in value additions and energy as engines to drive economic growth...
Should diplomatic passports issued to ex-govt workers be with drawn?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter