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The fate of the near 2 year mission of Uganda`s national army deployment in the neighbouring South Sudan is expected to be declared on Monday by officials in Kampala.

The Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) entered the troubled neighbour’s territory on 18th December 2013 three days after an internal war broke out between the forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former vice, website like this Dr. Riek Machar.

The UPDF intervention according many observers avoided a possible genocide in the world’s newest nation, sildenafil as its army SPLA took a precarious ethnic inclination between the two biggest tribes.

The UPDF’s primary role — silently endorsed and significantly supported by the United States and the United Kingdom, drug — was to take charge of country`s single Juba International Airport and International installations in the capital including the United Nations headquarters.

The instant move was to promptly rescue thousands of foreign nationals that were trapped in Juba and other major towns in the first weeks of the war, which has since claimed 10,000 lives according to the UN projections.

The Ugandan army was however accused by the rebels and some sections of the community in South Sudan of taking sides with the government to defeat Dr. Riek Machar’s side, who were aiming to capture capital Juba and takeover power.

The UPDF deployment was ratified by the Ugandan Parliament under section 40 of the UPDF Act on 14th January 2014.

The Ugandan Members of Parliament endorsed the establishment and the execution of the Status of Forces agreement that was however already signed by the Defense ministers of Uganda and South Sudan four days earlier. Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga (Uganda) and Gen. Kuol Manyang Juk on 10th January 2014 signed the Status of Forces agreement in Juba. This agreement gave UPDF entry and exit freedom on South Sudan territory.


“Unless circumstances otherwise require- members of the visiting Force (UPDF) shall be granted freedom of entry and exit from the territory of the host state (South Sudan) upon production of the official services identification cards and valid travel documents,” Article 2.1 (a) of the Status of Forces Agreement says.

The Compromise Peace Agreement signed between the government and rebels on 26th and 17th of August respectively however, brought another dimension to UPDF presence in the country since all foreign forces were asked to withdraw within 45 days.

Immediately after the signing of the CPA the Ugandan then acting minister of Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello-Oryem told this website that the UPDF deployment in South Sudan wasn’t bound by the agreement but only the Status of Forces Agreement signed between the two sovereign nations. “Uganda signed a bilateral agreement with a legitimate government and that agreement stands for now,” Okello-Oryem said.

The South Sudan rebel leader who is also the First President designate of the coming Transitional Government of National Unity recently met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Sudan capital, Khartoum.

The meeting in that particular country was significant in the sense that Khartoum administration under Omar al-Bashir is widely viewed as the supporter of the Machar rebels while Uganda already directly defended Kiir.

A day after the meeting, Machar told reporters he exhausted the question of UPDF withdrawal from South Sudan with Museveni whom he had met one-on-one for the first time.

He said Museveni assured him that the Ugandan forces would be withdrawn according to the IGAD led peace agreement provisions contrary to the Okello-Oryem`s statement premised on the Status of Forces Agreement.

The UPDF and the Defence ministry Spokesman, Col. Paddy Ankunda however told this website after the duo`s meeting that there was no withdrawal plans since no orders were yet received from the Commander-in-Chief.

Again this week on Tuesday, the US special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth told Machar, vice president Wani Igga and the SPLM Former Detainees leader, Pagan Amum that the UPDF was to stay in their country.

Ugandan authorities that never announced the entry of UPDF are finally going to pronounce on the deployment on Monday at Uganda Media Centre.

When contacted on phone, Col. Ankunda confirmed the development but did not delve into the details of whether the UPDF will be withdrawn or continues in South Sudan.

“Yes, this coming week we are going make an official statement on our forces` presence in South Sudan but I can’t tell you all about it now. Let`s wait and cross the bridge when we reach it,” Ankunda told this reporter on phone on Saturday.

The United Kingdom recently announced deployment of its forces in both South Sudan and the war ravaged Horn of African Nation of Somalia.

This website understands the British Royal Air Force are already operating in South Sudan with a tactical base at Uganda`s international airport, Entebbe.
On Saturday 4th February 1995 a star was born on the Ugandan soil by a Southern Sudanese parents [The Sudan] .Clearly no one was mantic enough to foresee his future.

Twenty years down the line the Denmark-based midfielder, this site Pione Ifolo Sisto, decease is the subject of a hot transfer debate among five star European clubs Arsenal, this site Manchester City, Barcelona, Juventus, FC Porto and AC Milan.

Sisto was born in Kampala but his parents shifted base to Copenhagen, Denmark where he has lived through his life.

He joined Danish giants Midtjylland in the second half of 2012-13 season where his contribution especially against FC Copenhagen led his team to their first ever league title.

While playing on the left side of midfield, he was named Danish Superliga Player of the Year on top of scoring a hat-trick on his debut for the Under-21s.

The youthful midfielder received his Danish citizenship last December and was immediately initiated to the national junior ranks, however his naturalization status couldn’t allow him represent Denmark in an official match.

Five months ago on 8th May, Fifa extended an olive branch granting the youngster a chance to represent Denmark without completing the obligatory five years after reaching adulthood therefore ruling out any chance to represent Uganda or South Sudan, earning his debut call on 4th September in a barren Euro 2016 qualifying match against Albania.

With quality performances including an outstanding Europa league night against Club Brugge on October 1st that pushed him in the UEFA team of the week, several clubs are hot on Pisto’s heels with scouts making several trips to Denmark.

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