South Sudan

Uganda To Procure Arms for South Sudan

A delegation from Iran led by chief of the police force Brig. Gen. Esmael Ahamdi Moghadam has visited Uganda.

It was received by Gen. Kale Kayihura on Wednesday evening.

Addressing journalists at police headquarters in Kampala, information pills Kayihura noted that the visit was part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2007 and stressed it has yielded a lot of benefits to the force.

“Because of the cordial relationship, cialis 40mg we were able to get a 500-bed police referral hospital that will soon be complete and will improve health of not only police officers but all people,” Kayihura noted.

He added that due to the Iranian advancement in terms of technology, the relationship would help foster development of Uganda police force’s Information Technology and forensic departments and help curb crimes in the country.

“They are far better in terms of technology and we shall use their knowledge to help fight drug trafficking and build a productive police force. We shall adopt their system in terms of generating our own finances other than waiting for money from government,” the Uganda police chief noted adding that they would in future try to minimize the burden on the citizens.

In an interview with ChimpReports, Moghadam explained that Iran’s police force intends to see the Ugandan police force transform into a better one but stressed that there might be barriers which he said should be overcome.

Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam inspecting a guard of honour at Police headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe)
Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam inspecting a guard of honour at Police headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe)

“You should try to copy your counterparts from Iran who don’t get funding from government but through finance from private institutions yet we provide services to the people,” the Iranian police chief noted.


Police publicists Fred Enanga said during the 5-day visit, the high ranking security delegation will exchange information and technical capabilities in fighting human trafficking, Counter Terrorism, Narcotics and Cybercrime, Forensics, training, ICT, Canine, Traffic, Field Force, Logistics and Engineering and Police Health services.

“There are already achievements with the construction of the polyclinic at Naguru. The visit therefore, will widen and further broaden the level of mutual cooperation between the two police institutions and the countries at large,” said Enanga.

At the end of the visit, the two police institutions will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to increase the security cooperation between Uganda and Iran.
The governments of Uganda and neighbouring war-torn South Sudan, more about have signed a historic defence and military cooperation agreement which is to run for an unspecified period.

Sources at the Uganda Defense ministry headquarters told Chimpreports early this week that the agreement that will now see Uganda procure military arms for South Sudan, no rx was signed in Kampala over the weekend when President Salva Kiir and his delegation were in the country after attending of the Standard Gauge Railway summit.

The defence and strategic military agreement was penned by Crispus Kiyonga, the Ugandan defence minister and his South Sudanese counterpart, Kuol Manyang Juuk, making it the second agreement signed by the duo, the first being the Status of Forces Agreement signed on 10th January 2014 streamlining the parameters of cooperation between the Ugandan army and SPLA.

UPDF entered South Sudan late last year when the war broke out just three years after the world`s newest nation`s independence.

“Owing to the long-time relationship with SPLA since the days of struggle, our ministers signed another agreement at the end of the weekend. We shall now start buying guns and other logistics for our neighbours,” a source at the defence ministry said, preferring anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter.

The first agreement allows Uganda with her military might to enter and engage with rebels alongside SPLA.

UPDF is still present in South Sudan to date though only in defensive positions in capital Juba, Bor in Jonglei state and Gadiang.

Contacted, the UPDF and Defence Ministry spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, confirmed the new development but could not provide more details.

“Yes, the agreement was signed between the minister and his South Sudan counterpart. Let me get back to you later because am still in a meeting,” Lt Col Ankunda told this Corps on phone on Wednesday.

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