Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ugandan troops killed in South Sudan: Museveni

Very true Maurice, very true................but very sad that talks
have stalled.
The Question remain, for whose interest is Salva Kiir fighting
for and why would he not release political prisoners so talks
would resume, instead why does he rely on Uganda troops, is
that  constitutional??? Who therefore in this situation has the
greatest responsibilities in the injustices metted on the people
of South Sudan? Was the recapturing of oil station really a
priority or the talks? Why would Salva Kiir not even listen to
his advisor who is Rebecca Garang???
Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
Rebecca Garang speaks out on South Sudan unrest
Published on Jan 10, 2014
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President Museveni confirms his forces are in battle in South Sudan
Published on Jan 17, 2014
Ugandan troops are actively fighting rebel forces in South Sudan. That's according to Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni. He says they've been helping government forces in fighting north of the capital, Juba and that some Ugandan soldiers have been killed. CCTV's Isabel Nakirya reports.
Experts warn UPDF's South Sudan excursion could stir troubled waters
Published on Jan 17, 2014
Regional security experts warn that more Ugandans could be killed or persecuted in South Sudan as a result of Uganda's military involvement there. This after the President's revelation in Angola that the UPDF was involved in military combat in south sudan. Others say that Uganda's role in the peace process of South Sudan could be rendered useless. NTV's Solomon Serwanjja reports...
Key South Sudan Town Of Bor 'Recaptured From Rebels' - 18 Jan 2014
Published on Jan 18, 2014
Key South Sudan Town Of Bor 'Recaptured From Rebels'

The strategic South Sudanese town of Bor has been recaptured from rebel forces, an army spokesman has said.

Government forces had defeated more than 15,000 rebel troops in Bor, army spokesman Philip Aguer said. There has been no comment from the rebels.

Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, has changed hands several times in a month-long conflict that is believed to have left thousands dead.

Talks to try to find a ceasefire are continuing in Ethiopia.

The conflict between rebel and government forces broke out on 15 December. President Salva Kiir has accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup - an accusation he denies.

The dispute has seen killings along ethnic lines - Mr Kiir is a member of the Dinka community, the country's largest, while Mr Machar is from the Nuer ethnic group.

On Thursday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni confirmed his country's troops were now fighting alongside South Sudanese government forces against the rebels. A Ugandan army spokesman said its troops had helped retake Bor.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting.

'Malakal attack'
Col Aguer said the fight for Bor had left "many dead", without giving figures.

He said the victory had eliminated the psychological pressure of a rebel attack on the capital, Juba, 200km (130 miles) south of Bor.

Col Aguer also said the focus would now fall on the town of Malakal, still party controlled by the rebels, with the government forces planning an imminent attack.

But Col Aguer admitted maintaining communication with government forces there was "difficult".

The BBC's Mark Lowen, in Juba, says Bor has changed hands a number of times already - and it is not inconceivable that Riek Machar could mobilise his forces for another assault.

Talks to try to agree a ceasefire are continuing in a hotel in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

There have been conflicting reports about progress in the discussions, but no breakthrough has yet been signalled.

Our correspondent says it is widely believed that the talks have stalled because both sides are aiming for an upper hand in the fighting before real negotiations begin.

The release of political detainees continues to be a key issue that must be resolved.

On Friday, UN Human Rights fact finder Ivan Simonovic told the BBC that Bor and Bentiu, which have both changed hands a number of times, were now "ghost towns".

Mr Simonovic said both government soldiers and rebels had committed atrocities.

He said there had been reports of "mass killings, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, sexual violence, widespread destruction and looting of property and use of the children in conflict".

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From: Maurice Oduor
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Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 2:28 PM
Subject: [PK] Re: Ugandan troops killed in South Sudan: Museveni

I often laugh my head off when I hear one side in a conflict asking the other side to lay down arms as a pre-condition for negotiations to take place !!!!! Who in this world would seriously negotiate in good faith with an opponent who is completely defenceless ??

If the S. Sudan government wants to negotiate in good faith, they should do 3 things:
1. Pull all their military back to the barracks
2. Release all the political prisoners
3. Cease and desist all hostilities against civilians

On Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM, Judy Miriga <> wrote:
Good People!
Ceasefire agreement is still far fetched as long as political
prisoners are not freed. More pressure is needed from world
leaders to force Salva Kiir to release political prisonners so the
process to negotiate way forward for South Sudan can begin
to take shape. Lives of people of South Sudan is detoriorating
while Museveni is boasting out there holding South Sudanese
How true is true that the world sit back and enjoy Museveni's
boastful attitude against the security situation of the S/Sudan
people??? I am truely stunned................!!!
Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
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Published on Jan 16, 2014
A 350 Member Nepalese UN reinforcement battalion is expected in South Sudan by end of January. An advance party of 25 members has already arrived in Juba. While the fighting continues, UN officials who toured the country to assess the human rights situation, are urging President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to find an amicable solution to end the conflict that has caused lives of thousands.

South Sudan says regains key town from rebels, Uganda claims credit

By Carl Odera 38 minutes ago
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir gestures during a news conference in Juba
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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir gestures during a news conference in Juba December 18, 2013. REUTERS/Goran …
By Carl Odera
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudanese government forces said they seized the flashpoint town of Bor back from rebels on Saturday and Uganda's army claimed credit for the operation, highlighting the depth of its involvement in the conflict.
A rebel spokesman in Addis Ababa, where talks aimed an securing a ceasefire have been grinding on, said he could not yet confirm the status of Bor, which has been heavily fought over since the conflict erupted in mid-December.
"The SPLA gallant forces finalized the operation to capture Bor from the forces of rebellion by entering Bor town today," Philip Aguer, spokesman for the government SPLA forces, told reporters in the capital Juba.
The United Nations says thousands of people have been killed and more than half a million driven from their homes in the fighting in the world's newest nation.
It has pitted troops loyal to President Salva Kiir against rebels backing Riek Machar, who was sacked as vice president in July.
"The SPLA has defeated more than 15,000 forces of Riek Machar," Aguer said. "The SPLA has frustrated Riek Machar's plan to advance and attack Juba, and install himself as the ruler of South Sudan."
Initially triggered by a political row, battle lines have increasingly followed ethnic lines with Kiir's Dinka battling Machar's Nuer. Bor was the scene of a massacre of Dinka by Nuer troops loyal to Machar, during an earlier conflict in 1991.
Uganda, which for years backed the SPLA in its conflict against Sudan's government before the south declared independence in 2011, has sent its troops to support Kiir. A spokesman said the Ugandan People's Defence Force was behind the success at Bor, the capital of restive Jonglei state.
"It's UPDF that captured Bor," Ugandan army spokesman Paddy Ankunda told Reuters after first announcing the UPDF's role on Twitter. "There was a lot of resistance but our force was overwhelming."
Uganda deployed its troops to South Sudan shortly after the fighting began. At first, Uganda said it troops were there to help stranded Ugandans and protect key facilities. But it has since declared its role in combat.
Uganda's involvement has raised worries of a broader conflict that draws other regional players into South Sudan, an oil-producing nation but one of the poorest in Africa.
Ethiopia, one of South Sudan's neighbors, has voiced its concerns about Uganda's role.
Machar and rebel officials have demanded Ugandan forces withdraw before they agree a ceasefire at the talks in Addis Ababa that are sponsored by the regional African body IGAD.
"The mediators have tabled their offer," said Dina Mufti, spokesman for Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry. "There is a good chance they will agree to its elements and sign an agreement on a cessation of hostilities within a week's time."
U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said on Friday the fighting had "now reached the threshold of an internal armed conflict", a status that could lead to prosecutions for war crimes where deemed appropriate.
Simonovic, speaking after a four-day trip to South Sudan, said "mass atrocities" had been committed by both sides. New York-based Human Rights Watch has also reported crimes against civilians, such as targeted attacks based on ethnicity.
(Additional reporting by Elias Biryabarema in Kampala and Aaron Maasho in Addis Ababa; Writing by Edmund Blair)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ugandan troops killed in South Sudan: Museveni

Members of South Sudan's former rebel army the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) walk in the empty north oil city of Bentiu after capturing it from rebels on  January 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA
Members of South Sudan's former rebel army the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) walk in the empty north oil city of Bentiu after capturing it from rebels on January 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA
Ugandan troops have been killed fighting alongside South Sudan's army, President Yoweri Museveni has said, the first official confirmation that foreign forces have an active combat role in the war-ravaged young nation.
The troops were deployed to South Sudan five days after fighting began last month, to support President Salva Kiir and to help evacuate its citizens.
Speaking at a summit meeting in Angola late Wednesday, President Museveni said troops had fought alongside troops from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).
"Only the other day, 13 January, the SPLA and elements of our army had a big battle with these rebel troops at a point about 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Juba, where we inflicted a big defeat on them," he said, in a speech posted on government-run media.
"Unfortunately, many lives were lost on the side of the rebels. We also took casualties and also had some dead."
The fighting, which started on December 15, pits forces loyal to Kiir against a loose coalition of army defectors and ethnic militia nominally headed by Riek Machar, a former vice president and seasoned guerrilla fighter.
Kiir has accused Machar of trying to overthrow him in a coup, claims that he has denied.
"Whether there was an attempted coup in South Sudan or not, the question is: 'If Riek Machar did not plan a coup in Juba, then why did his supporters capture Malakal, Bor, Akobo?'" Museveni added.
"In my opinion, if Riek Machar had not planned a coup -- and it had all been mistakes on the government side -- he could have done two things: withdraw to a remote area of the country to avoid attack and to start talks unconditionally, so as to resolve the problem quickly and not to protract it."
Uganda's Parliament on Tuesday endorsed the decision to send troops to South Sudan, with the defence minister saying the army had help avert "genocide".
No announcement has been made as to how many -- and for how long -- Ugandan troops would be deployed.
Uganda, whose border lies less than 100 kilometres (miles) from Juba, is a major trading partner for the world's newest state.
Over 40,000 South Sudanese refugees have fled into Uganda since fighting broke out.
South Sudan is not Migingo bwana!
Some actions have got consequences. The only successful revolutionary known in the world is Fidel Castro. Why? He never sacked his comrades once he got to the seat of power. He kept them till today because it is them who knew why they were fighting more than anyone else and they have achieved everything they promised during their revolutionary fight, majorly Free education and better health care. Museveni and the likes of Salva Kiir who were in a hurry to sack those with whom they had fought the bloody revolutionary wars appear to have been interested only in getting the seat of power. What has Museveni achieved since he came to power in Uganda? If one talks of peace, he Museveni was the one who was causing war to get to the seat of Power. Now that he sees his time is up, he has resorted to war tactics again to intimidate Ugandans that he is the father and mother of peace and hence his son who he wants to impose on Ugandans. Good luck for him as more blood is being shed.
Museveni was the cause of all problems of Uganda before and after Obote and Amin. Now he knows his time is up and has resorted to all kinds of wars with the neighbouring countries instead of working hard to restore peace. He is attacking every neighbouring country. Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, DRC Congo, everywhere. It is good that our president Uhuru Kenyatta and the prime minister of Ethiopia snubbed his idea of sending more troops to support Salva Kiir. We want peace, not war.

With Migingo safe under his arms and having been taught a lesson by Tz which hit his M23 to shamelessly leave DRC running back home where else could he direct his misguided efforts to and divert attention from the onslaught on his will to have his son replace him as dictator.

Museveni is running into a snake pit... not sure how he will get out of this disaster. I see Uganda colliding with Sudan in the oil-fields in Upper Nile. remember Sudan owns the pipeline? Haya, son of Kaguta. Try your luck there
Once again Uganda has no moral authority to facilitate peace process in South Sudan under IGAD since it is party to the conflict. Kenya and Ethiopia should take charge of this peace process. By the way, is it still civil war between Kiir and Machar when other countries have now taken side?
Museveni has his heart in the right place and his mind in the wrong place. It is good to have peace in the SS but it will not come through military victories.
Political suppression which with Museveni's support is now turning to military suppression may really hurt UG SS relations in the long run. Museveni should have known the difference between a peaceful country and an arrogant leadership; leadership is the minority the people are the majority and the owners of the country. His leaning should have been towards any solution that gives the people power and opportunity to decide (just like happened 2 years ago) and not to make the decision for them using guns
Proved oil reverves are mainly in Nuerland. Moreover, the rebels were part of the government and military until recently hence they carried their arms and resources along
Thursday, January 16, 2014

S. Sudan violence threat to regional peace, warns Kenya

A 350 Member Nepalese UN reinforcement battalion is expected in South Sudan by end of January. An advance party of 25 members has already arrived in Juba. While the fighting continues, UN officials who toured the country to assess the human rights situation, are urging President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to find an amicable solution to end the conflict that has caused lives of thousands.
By LUCAS BARASAMore by this Author

Kenya fears that the war in South Sudan could escalate into a major international conflict.
A confidential dossier prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses concern that Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda could all get entangled in the conflict.
The report notes that the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa under the auspices of Igad were not seen as neutral because Ugandan troops had entered South Sudan to support President Salva Kiir against his arch-rival, former Vice-President Riek Machar.
There were also concerns that Rwanda was preparing to send troops to join the Ugandans in fighting alongside South Sudan army. (READ: Uganda fights in South Sudan as rebellion rages)
The report details the factors hampering the peace talks following the visit of a mediation team to Dr Machar’s base in Jonglei State.
Dr Machar rejected proposals for a ceasefire because he did not see Igad as neutral following Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s military intervention.
He told the delegation that his forces had killed 50 Ugandan soldiers in a January 10 battle for the bridge linking Juba and Bor towns.
Speaking elsewhere Thursday, President Museveni admitted that Ugandan troops have been killed in action in South Sudan. (READ: Ugandan troops killed in South Sudan)
Dr Machar accused President Kiir of starting the conflict, saying, the fighting started after 35 of his bodyguards were disarmed and killed. He also told the delegation that President Kiir had recruited 4,000 soldiers without the knowledge of the military.
The brief warns that the South Sudan conflict is getting “internationalised” and likely to draw more countries intervening in support of either of the parties.
It looks at concerns expressed by Sudan over the Ugandan involvement, particularly President Omar Al-Bashir’s fears that President Museveni is intent on forcing a regime change in his country.
“Sudan is likely to support Dr Machar to counter Uganda’s military manoeuvres and those of the Darfur rebels,” the report said.

But Dr Machar, in turn, was unhappy with President Bashir’s visit to Juba and the agreement to establish a joint military protection for the oil field, which he took as another indication of Igad’s bias.
The document reports that African Union Commission chairperson Dlamini Zuma was to visit Juba on Wednesday to appeal to President Kiir to release 11 detained leaders of Dr Machar’s movement “to avoid embarrassment before the African Union Summit scheduled to start soon.” (READ: UN tells Kiir to release detainees)

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