Gen Katumba Wamala says it was agreed that Uganda and Sudan are not included as part of the regional protective force, whose mandate is to protect civilians and also back the reinstatement of Machar, in line with the implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement signed by the two principles.
Government says it does not have plans to deploy the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) in South Sudan.
General Katumba Wamala, Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) told the parliamentary committee on Defence and Internal Affairs today that the decision was reached recently during a summit meeting with countries under the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
In a bid to beef up the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) currently deployed, Katumba says it was agreed that Uganda and Sudan are not included as part of the regional protective force. The force's mandate is to protect civilians and also back the reinstatement of Machar, in line with the implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement signed by the two principles.
Katumba, who did not give explanation on the exclusion, says they will instead provide technical and military assistance to support the regional force.
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Fighting erupted in Juba early last month between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, leaving hundreds dead and at least 1.6 million displaced.
Even though the African Union proposed deployment of regional forces to South Sudan, this was rejected by the Kiir government.
Katumba says while there are no forces on the ground since the withdrawal of troops in November last year, a few military observers are in South Sudan to monitor the situation.
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Over 50,000 people including Ugandans have since been evacuated by the UPDF from South Sudan. However, Mubarak Munyagwa, Kawempe South MP says there are still Ugandans stuck in the war-torn country, and the UPDF should find means to rescue them.