Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Juba: UPDF to follow Museveni’s order

Brig Joseph Musanyufu, the new UPDF chief of personnel and administration, at the decoration ceremony in Mbuya, Kampala yesterday
The UPDF Commander he UPDF Commander of Land Forceof Land Forces, Maj Gen David Muhoozi, has said the regional meeting on South Sudan scheduled for next week in Juba might come up with “a political solution” to the conflict that is ravaging the country.
“We hope the Igad [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] meeting scheduled next week will give a political solution to the violence in Juba,” he said yesterday.
Maj Gen Muhoozi, who was addressing journalists at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala after the decoration ceremony of three newly-promoted army officers, said as UPDF commanders, they do not make independent decisions and cannot determine whether to stay in South Sudan or withdraw.
“We follow what government especially the Commander–In-Chief [Museveni] directs,” he said while responding to a question fielded by a journalist on when the UPDF expects to withdraw from South Sudan.
Different groups, including rebels, loyal to former vice president Riek Machar, have asked for a complete withdrawal of UPDF, saying their presence was interfering with South Sudan’s internal affairs.
The decorated officers included, Brig Muhanga Kayanja, the overall commander of UPDF troops in South Sudan under the Zulu Task Force.
He was promoted for the “good work” he has done as a field commander, Gen Muhoozi said.
Brig Joseph Musanyufu, the new UPDF chief of personnel and administration and UPDF head of women affairs, Lt Col Rebecca Mpagi were also decorated with new ranks.
The director general, Internal Security Organisation, Brig Balya and Lt Col Betty Musuya who were also supposed to be decorated, didn’t attend the function.
President Museveni promoted Col Mpagi, the first UPDF aviation engineer and Lt Col Musuya in March during Women’s Day celebrations in Kumi, saying they had attained required needs for promotion.
South Sudan war
Violence broke out in the world’s youngest nation, pitting soldiers loyal to President Salvar Kirr against a loose coalition of rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.

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