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This literally implies that Ugandan armed forces are likely to take full charge of Juba’s security, which will surely shatter sacked Vice president, Riek Machar’s hopes of toppling Kiir’s government.
By ruling out all chances of removing Kiir from power by military means, Machar and his loyalist commanders will definitely come to a round table for talks.
Uganda’s Special Forces, who have received specialised training in counter insurgency, hostage rescue and high-risk military missions, reconnaissance and surveillance, will work closely with American and UN security personnel in the two year-old country to ensure the government of Kiir is not toppled.
Sources in the army told Chimpreports that the directive was given by President Museveni in his capacity as the Commander-in-chief of the armed forces, following a request by President Salva Kiir to intervene.
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon also telephoned Museveni on Wednesday, urging his swift intervention as a “regional leader” to stop the military crisis from slipping into ethnic cleansing.
At least 500 people have been killed in the latest armed clashes in South Sudan.
The SFC spokesperson, Chris Magezi, could not comment on the latest deployment.
He referred this Corp to army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, who promised to return our calls. He was yet to call our news desk when we posted this story.
However, it is understood, Museveni ordered the deployment after chairing a high-level security meeting at State House, Entebbe on Monday.
He directed Chief of Defence Forces Gen Katumba Wamala and SFG boss, Brig Muhoozi Keinerugaba to quickly mobilize a special force to “help our brothers in South Sudan.”
“We were at the border for several days, waiting for the green light from our superiors. We are now in Juba,” said a source in the SFC.
Uganda has for the last 15 years or so been a strong ally of the SPLA. Kampala contributed billions of shillings and military logistics to SPLA in its war of secession from Khartoum-Sudan.
Since its independence two years ago, Juba has maintained close ties with Kampala.
Observers say Museveni was bound to intervene for three reasons.
One is that an unstable South Sudan would lead to the birth of new rebel groups to destabilize Uganda.
LRA’s Joseph Kony has been playing hide and seek games with UPDF at the border of South Sudan, CAR and DRC.
Lt Col Ankunda recently said UPDF had increased its troop presence at the over 400km borderline with South Sudan to “stop wrong elements from exploiting the turmoil in Juba to wreck havoc on our people.”
The second reason is that South Sudan is one of the main sources of Uganda’s foreign exchange revenues. The better part of imports in form of construction materials, food items, medical supplies and general merchandise is imported from Uganda.
The third reason is that the fragile situation in South Sudan would provide Sudan an opportunity to resume supplies to groups hostile to Kiir’s government which would lead to a protracted civil war.
The fall of Kiir would also imply the rise of Bashir, something Museveni would not tolerate.
Museveni’s main threats have always been rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
With the UN Intervention Brigade expected to fight the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in DRC, Museveni had started having a peace of mind.