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Ugandan Forces Stuck in Somalia, Says Army Chief

Uganda army chief says his troops are stuck in Somalia
“It has now implied that we cannot defend what we already have and neither can we effectively offend the enemy [Al-Shabaab] to degrade its capacity…. We’re stuck in Somalia” – Uganda Army Chief
BY RISDEL KSASIRA | THE MONITOR

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, has said Ugandan soldiers deployed in Somalia to fight the al-Shabaab are stranded due to underfunding, logistical deficits and a challenged Somali national force. Continue reading Ugandan Forces Stuck in Somalia, Says Army Chief

Uganda Ready to Send 5,000 Troops to Somalia

“… but only if the international community guarantees more funding and donates equipment, such as attack helicopters.” – President Museveni

Ugandan President is ready to send 5,000 additional troops to get the 10-year old job in Somalia done once and for all. But he wants to see the money first.

BY TABU BUTAGIRA | DAILY MONITOR

President Museveni has told United States officials that Uganda is ready to deploy 5,000 additional troops to bolster military operations of the African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM) against the resurgent al-Shabaab insurgents.

Sources familiar with the discussions told Daily Monitor that Gen Museveni announced the offer in a meeting with Mr Donald Yamamoto, the acting US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, in New York last month. Continue reading Uganda Ready to Send 5,000 Troops to Somalia

Ugandan Soldiers in Somalia not Paid for Nine Months

Soldiers under AMISOM are paid a mission allowance of $1,028 (about Ugandan Shs3.7m) every month. Photo shows Uganda army soldiers at a military airbase in Entebbe carrying the caskets containing the remains of Ugandan soldiers who were killed in Somalia this week, September 3, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

By Risdel Kasasira | for Daily Monitor,

Ugandan soldiers in Somalia operations have not been paid for several months, which has sparked rage and grumbling among the rank and file of the peacekeeping troops.

According to sources in African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM), the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) troops under Uganda Battle Group 14, have not received their wages for nine months.

Uganda has three Battle Groups in Somalia, including Ugabag 14, 15 and 16, whose detach in Janaale was attacked on Tuesday by al-Shabaab, who inflicted heavy casualties on the Ugandan peace troops. Continue reading Ugandan Soldiers in Somalia not Paid for Nine Months

IGAD is Failing in South Sudan Mediation: Rebel Spokesperson

IGAD Playing unhelpful game. IGAD mediation team led by Seyoum Mesfin provided only last page of the draft agreement on transitional government to Riek Machar to sign without showing him the text and when Machar insisted that he wanted to see the contents of the text first, they declined so then Machar refused signing it. Faulty process.

By Sudan Tribune,

THE chief mediator mediating the peace talks between the two warring parties in South Sudan under the auspices of the African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has insisted that SPLM-In-Opposition led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, did in fact sign the matrix on ceasefire agreement despite dismissal by the rebels.

In a briefing to the press in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin said the two parties had on Sunday signed the matrix for implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement (CoHA) which they signed since 23 January 2014 and called on them to abide by it and implement it fully.  Continue reading IGAD is Failing in South Sudan Mediation: Rebel Spokesperson

UPDF Army Demands $5m to Continue Mission in South Sudan

Deadlocked by Design? No wonder if the IGAD mediated ceasefire and peace talks have been dragging for such long. For some, it’s business after all

By Sudan Tribune,

THE South Sudanese government has failed to pay the Ugandan People Defence Forces (UPDF) for the past two months, casting doubt on the future of the mission, a well-placed military source told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The non-payment could threaten the deployment of thousands of Ugandan troops still stationed in the volatile areas of Bor and Juba.  Continue reading UPDF Army Demands $5m to Continue Mission in South Sudan

Fresh Headache for Museveni as Rival Ethiopian Army Enters Juba

President Kiir and rebel leader Machar are expected to form a transitional government of national unity with in sixty days. It seems that both leaders have lost appetite on the peace process altogether. Ethiopia needs to play a neutral force and not be seen to side with Dr. Machar, since Uganda has declared support for President Kiir and its troops are fighting alongside the South Sudanese army.

Is South Sudan heading to degenerate? Ethiopia host and chair the on and off South Sudan peace process and one of its General lately appointed to head UNMISS. With its long held allegiance with rebel leader Reik Machar, Ethiopia’s troop deployment in South Sudan is going to be part of the problem than the solution.

By Barbra Among,

THE first group of 90 Ethiopian peacekeepers have arrived in the South Sudan capital Juba, as the elements of Igad’s regional Protection and Deterrent Force begin to fall into place.

Their arrival a fortnight ago, however, does not pave the way for the near-term withdrawal of Ugandan troops from the conflict as the numbers are far below the required 2,500 boots on the ground.

But experts still see the deployment as a potential game changer as it places Ethiopia squarely at the centre of efforts to return peace to South Sudan.  Continue reading Fresh Headache for Museveni as Rival Ethiopian Army Enters Juba

Can 2,500 More African UN Troops Contain South Sudan Carnage?

Blue helmets from Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia will try to freeze civil war in South Sudan ahead of June 5 talks. The move comes after a donor conference raised $600 million to avert famine.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) receives South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar, who was on a courtesy visit to the State House in Nairobi on May 29, 2014

By Will Davison,

THE United Nations Security Council has approved three battalions of East African peacekeepers to try to prevent further fighting between South Sudan government forces and rebels as they vie for control of the country’s oil-rich east.

The 2,500 troops from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda should begin deploying in the world’s newest nation within weeks. Their aim is to enforce the May 9 truce agreed to by President Salva Kiir and his rival ex-Vice President Riek Machar, according to Getachew Reda, adviser to Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn.  Continue reading Can 2,500 More African UN Troops Contain South Sudan Carnage?

IGAD Authorise Quick Deployment of Regional Forces in South Sudan

For better or Worse. The Kiir government will get a boost soon after IGAD leaders called for the hasty deployment of regional forces in the country

By Sudan Tribune,

An East African regional heads of states and governments summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday authorised the prompt deployment of a Protection and Deterrent Force (PDF) from the region to help restore peace and stability in South Sudan.

According to a a communiqué issued during the 25th extraordinary session of the regional bloc (IGAD), the PDF would operate with a clear mandate and operational guidelines as part of the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) in the country.  Continue reading IGAD Authorise Quick Deployment of Regional Forces in South Sudan