National
Uganda calls for an intervention force in South Sudan
Publish Date: May 20, 2014
Uganda calls for an intervention force in South Sudan
Gen. Katumba Wamala addressing a news conference. PHOTO/Peter Busomoke
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Steven Candia     
                         
The Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen. Katumba Wamala has warned that the cease fire agreement in South Sudan will continue to be violated by the parties to the conflict for as long as an intervention has not been put in place.


 Addressing the press on Tuesday, Katumba observed the need for the much anticipated intervention force to be put in place by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) if the ceasefire is to hold.

“I think without the intervention force in place, there is a high possibility of the ceasefire being violated by the parties and having those flare ups like what we are seeing in some parts of South Sudan,” Katumba said.

“There is need for the intervention force to be in place and that is when the parties will respect the cease fire,” he said while fielding questions on the situation in South Sudan in light of the cease fire agreement and reports of continued skirmishes.

 South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President turned foe Riek Machar last month signed a peace deal which called for an immediate truce and the formation of a transitional government ahead of the drafting of a new constitution and new elections.

Uganda deployed troops in South Sudan moments after clashes erupted in South Sudan mid-December last year and has raged on for close to six months now.

Speaking on wide ranging of issues related to the UPDF’s involvement in the region, Katumba dismissed fears that the UPDF was involved in clashes in the recent spate of flare ups.

“Our boys are nowhere any near where the fighting is going on. They are so far away and in no harm way,” he said adding that the UPDF which is in South Sudan on the invitation of the government of South Sudan will gladly pull out once the intervention force is in place.

“The north most position our soldiers are in is in Bor and they are there to protect the civilians and to provide security for Juba,” he said adding that the UPDF is in South Sudan to provide an enabling environment for dialogue.

“We believe that the solution to the South Sudan conflict is on the table and not militarily,” he added.
      
Related stories

Khartoum welcomes South Sudan peace deal


South Sudan rebel chief promises to end war

South Sudan army claims capture of rebel base

EAC leaders to convene over South Sudan

 

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
Don
THE third deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali has warned Ugandans living along the borders and those working in South Sudan against fighting Sudanese...
Tour operators petition Parliament over Isimba Dam
TOUR Operators under the umbrella body Save Adventure Tourism in Uganda (SATU) have petitioned Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga over the construction of Isimba Dam...
National IDs for students to be issued next month
THE Education Ministry will start issuing new standardized national Identity Cards (IDs) for students in pre-primary, primary, secondary and technical schools next month...
Opposition courts Mbabazi
UGANDA’S main opposition party Forum for Democratic Change has asked former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, to join them and oust NRM from power in the 2016 elections...
Stop-start South Sudan peace talks resume
TALKS aimed at ending South Sudan's civil war resumed in Ethiopia, mediators said, as sporadic fighting continued to rage between rebel and government fighters...
Youth call for electoral reform
UGANDA is known to have the highest figures of people living under the age of 30 at 77% of the population according to UNICEF. However the 2011 elections only managed to attract 49% of the population...
Do you think installing CCTV cameras in public places will help in the fight against terrorism?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter