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UPDF to Keep an Eye on Central Africa – CDF Muhoozi :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UPDF to Keep an Eye on Central Africa – CDF Muhoozi

Speaking to journalists at parliament following his appearance before the Defence and Internal Affairs committee, General Muhoozi revealed that although a decision to pull back from CAR was made, they agreed to put in place fall back measures. He noted one of the measures being training of Forces of Central Africa FACA saying that this will fundamentally contribute to the security of CAR provided any international partner foots the bill for training.
Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General David Muhoozi.

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General David Muhoozi, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) has explained Uganda's withdrawal from the Central Africa Republic (CAR) indicating what he calls fall back plans.

Speaking to journalists at parliament following his appearance before the Defence and Internal Affairs committee, General Muhoozi revealed that although a decision to pull back from CAR was made, they agreed to put in place fall back measures.

He noted one of the measures being training of Forces of Central Africa (FACA) saying that this will fundamentally contribute to the security of CAR provided any international partner foots the bill for training.

Muhoozi further noted that they are not completely collapsing the mission and that they are offering an alternative headquarters in Koboko in Northern Uganda so that the idea is kept alive and as they watch the situation.

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Muhoozi said that they realised it is time for the army to pull out noting that the LRA has been degraded and can no longer be an immediate threat to Uganda's security.

He also noted that the Regional Task Force (RTF) troops in CAR were not marching the area in which they were operating.

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Last week, the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) started withdrawing from CAR where they have been part of an international force hunting down the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels led by Joseph Kony.

The troops were under instructions to arrest or kill Joseph Kony who alongside other commanders is wanted wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during two decades of fighting in northern Uganda.

The first batch of 31 infantry soldiers landed at the Gulu Airfield on Tuesday and Wednesday in the on-going military withdraws.

Uganda started its mission in CAR in 2009 after it was reported that the LRA rebels were raiding villages and killing civilians. The UPDF was in 2010 backed by the United States (US) government which sent 100 of its Special Forces soldiers for support in intelligence gathering on LRA activities in CAR.

UPDF has been the only active African force hunting down the rebels but in 2012, regional governments agreed to form a Regional Task Force (RTF) under the African Union including DR Congo, South Sudan and CAR to boost the fight against LRA.

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