UPDF, South Sudan Army Resolve To Correct Gaps In Security Following Lamwo Shooting

Following the clash between the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) in Pangira sub county, Lamwo district on October 27, 2020, both armies have met and resolved to correct gaps in the security and cooperation to foster harmony.

The UPDF spokesperson Brig Flavia Byekwaso made the pronouncement on her official Twitter page on Friday.

“Defense Chiefs from Uganda and Republic of South Sudan resolved to correct gaps in strategic security and cooperation to foster harmony, confidence and mutual trust needed to consolidate the historical relationship between the two neighbors who share a common porous border,” announced Brig Byekwaso.

On October 27, 2020, two soldiers of South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) were gunned down by UPDF in a clash which took place in Pangira sub county, Lamwo district.

Both countries traded accusations of who provoked. South Sudan insisted that UPDF soldiers crossed into their territory while UPDF accused South Sudanese forces of illegally establishing an illegal roadblock on Ugandan territory.

The SSPDF spokesperson Maj Gen Lul Ruai told local press that their soldiers were “investigating a suspicious activity by the Ugandan army.”

On Sunday November 1, 2020, the UPDF deputy spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki released a statement dismissing South Sudanese allegations.

“The statement is completely false and a deliberate misrepresentation of what actually happened. What happened is regrettable and can be avoided through mutual condemnation and decisive action against the remnant errant elements who on their own frolic made this incursion into Ugandan territory ostensibly for the unofficial and individual criminal ends of extorting and robbing the Ugandan public,” said Akiiki.


Akiiki clarified as follows;

“On 27th October 2020 at around 1300hours, SSPDF troops of about a platoon (36) size established an illegal roadblock and an ambush at Ted-Nagwe (Atwila) in Pangira sub county, Lamwo district several kilometers inside Ugandan territory for unknown reasons.

On receiving this information from the locals, the UPDF deployment in the area of Ngomoromo moved to Ted-Nagwe on a fact funding mission.

While approaching the spot where the illegal roadblock was, one SSPDF soldier was spotted and the UPDF commander approached him for an explanation. While interacting with him, the rest came from the ambush and instantly opened fire towards the UPDF troops.

The SSPDF soldiers were however subdued by UPDF retaliatory fire in which two SSPDF soldiers died and one was captured with three guns (SMG). There was no single casualty registered on UPDF side. The two bodies, the captured soldier and three guns were handed over to the South Sudanese authorities on 29th October 2020,” Akiiki clarified.

He noted that the continued incursions into Ugandan territory by South Sudanese armed elements presents a challenge not only to the border communities but to the brotherly relations between both countries.

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence of both countries, Akiiki said are working closely to address the matter.

He added that diplomatic engagements by relevant stakeholders are ongoing to complete the re – demarcation and re – affirmation of the common border to forestall future conflicts.

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