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UPDF: We Shall Not Leave CAR

However, CAR degenerated into chaos in March this year after Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize, which jeopardized the operation. The troops were rendered idle after the rebels ordered all foreign forces to vacate the country.
Uganda People’s Defence Forces will not leave the volatile Central African Republic-CAR, Lt Colonel Paddy Ankunda, the army spokesperson has revealed. In 2012, UPDF contributed 2000 troops to the African Union Mandate under the Regional Task Force in charge of the Elimination of Joseph Kony led Lord’s Resistance Army rebels. The soldiers were deployed in the CAR to help track down the LRA rebels.

The force was meant to hunt down Joseph Kony who is reported to be in the Kafia Kingi region in Janub region, Sudan but runs the military arm of the LRA in Central African Republic and Democratic republic of Congo. However, CAR degenerated into chaos in March this year after Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize, which jeopardized the operation. The troops were rendered idle after the rebels ordered all foreign forces to vacate the country.

However, UPDF troops remained in the country following an April 3rd meeting in Kampala between AU, Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga and Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kuteesa. It was resolved that the soldiers return to their bases until they receive further instructions. UPDF forces are still holed up at their bases in Obo and Djema in Central African Republic waiting for ‘further instructions’. Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson says the troops won’t be leaving the Central African Republic because they have not yet accomplished their mission.

This comes amidst reports that Seleka rebels have commenced sectarian attacks on people in the Central African Republic and violence against Christians. This has given birth to small militias to guard villages in Central African Republic. The United Nations is still contemplating sending a force to the country that has been categorized as ‘heading to genocide’. Michael Djotodia, the CAR interim president has declared a curfew in the county that will last till 6pm today shortly after French Forces announced they would deploy 250 troops in the Capital Bangui.

A UN Security Council decision to deploy troops in CAR is expected to be announced later today as the Security Council convenes at the Hague.

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