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S. Sudan defence minister admits government is paying Ugandan army


February 14, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, has admitted that his government is paying the Ugandan army for their military operations against the rebels led by the ex-vice president, Riek Machar, in order to protect the country’s leadership from collapse.

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South Sudan defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk (ST/File)

Speaking during Eye Radio’s ‘Sundown Show’ on Friday in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, Juuk dropped the bombshell by admitting the underground dealings, contrary to Ugandan government officials who claimed Kampala was funding the military operations carried out by thousands of its troops.

“It is the government of South Sudan footing the bill of the operation which started officially on December 23, last year when a fierce fighting broke out in Juba and entered to other towns,” explained the South Sudanese defence minister.

"We are funding all the activities of UPDF [Uganda Peoples Defense Forces] and SPLA [Sudan Peoples Liberation Army] in our territory," he further revealed.

Reacting to the revelation, the rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition said it was not a surprise, but a known fact that the people of South Sudan were “shouldering the burden of the foreign interference in the internal conflict.”

"It is an obvious revelation that Salva Kiir’s government has already spent hundreds of millions of US dollars of the public money to finance the foreign Ugandan army in order to interfere in the internal matter and carry out a genocidal mission against a section of the citizens of South Sudan," said Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak.

Rebels further renewed claims that the Ugandan forces allied to the “pro-Kiir SPLA” have yet again violated the cessation of hostilities agreement by carrying out more ground and air attacks in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Lakes states against their positions despite the resumption of the second round of the talks in Addis Ababa.

Dak also claimed that a joint SPLA and Ugandan troops on Thursday carried out offensive against the rebels’ base of Gadiang, about 90km north of Bor town in Jonglei state.

He said that earlier reports had indicated that Ugandan helicopter gunships have been attacking rebels positions in Upper Nile state over the last few days, contrary to the ceasefire deal.

South Sudan’s defense minister, however, denied the rebel claims, saying no Ugandan helicopter gunships had extended their air bombardments into Upper Nile, situated north of the country.


Last month, South Sudan and Uganda signed a status of forces agreement, which mandated Uganda’s military involvement in the new nation’s conflict.

But while Kampala may have helped restore stability in South Sudan, its military involvement in the country’s two-month old conflict would be at its own costs, according to the agreement obtained by Sudan Tribune.

“Member of visiting forces shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the sending state’s law and courts in respect of any disciplinary or criminal offences which may be committed by them in the territory of the host state,” partly reads the seven-paged agreement.

Uganda, further stipulates the agreement, would be tasked with compensating any third party claims emerging from its soldiers’ involvement in the conflict and both armies would not be required to make claims of losses incurred during the war.


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The Status of Forces Agreement between Uganda and South Sudan
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  • 15 February 2014 07:29, by Darkangel

    soooooooooo sad

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    • 15 February 2014 07:32, by Darkangel

      Why dont you pay SAF - they probably would do a better and faster job - plus get rid of JEM and SPLM-N for free ! looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

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    • 15 February 2014 07:34, by Darkangel

      Uganda’s withdrawal from S. Sudan a process, not on order: spokesperson http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article49956
      I dont know whos talking more bullshit - the Gov of SS, Uganda, US or Machar - the only victims are the citizens whos suffer this game !

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    • 15 February 2014 07:40, by Johndumo14

      Even if Uganda withdraw its troops form S,Sudan,Dr Riek Machar`s rebels will never defeat the SPLA (government Troops).
      He didnot win the war in 1991 with SPLA when they were together with Arabs of Khartoum ,how can he will win this war?

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      • 15 February 2014 16:39, by Gatluak

        @ Johnsumo14, if SPLA of Kiir know that Dr. Riek will not win this war, why wasting public money on foreign army? Tell me mother fucker...

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      • 15 February 2014 16:42, by Gatluak

        @ Johnsumo14, if SPLA of Kiir know that Dr. Riek will not win this war, why wasting public money on foreign army? Tell me mother fucker...Salva n Kuol Manyang will face the justice for wasting public money and killing people of South Sudanese by themselves and using foreign army. Fuck Salva Kiir’s leadership.

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      • 15 February 2014 19:13, by jubaone

        Where in the world did a foreign army get paid to defend another country´s sovereign territory? What role has the SPLA anymore if it can not fight just a handful of Machar´s Nuer militia? Strong just to kill innocent and unarmed civilians but cowards to fight Machar? Scum.

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    • 15 February 2014 07:57, by Malou Manyiel

      It’s really sound very good! There is no money to fund the poor education system, poor health facilities, poor infrastructure, poor payment to our army, economics down turn and poor delivery of social services to our people in our own country. But now our government has money to fund conflicts that is killing its own citizens. Oh God, See this! Where shall we go? Our resources are killing us!!

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      • 15 February 2014 08:29, by George Bol

        Who are your own people? Nyagatins and rebel.
        That is a start of primitive to learn between good and bad.
        Let keep teaching the prophet of dooms including his fellows.
        Time for them/Naath to come to their normal sense.

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        • 15 February 2014 10:16, by Malou Manyiel

          Marco Bol,
          Are those dying only Rebels? How many innocent civilians of which are Dinkas and other tribes killed in Bor, Bentiu, Juba and Malakal? Aren’t they our own South Sudanese citizens? Are those suffering at all refugees camps, both within and outside the country not our own people? This is a disgrace!!!

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        • 15 February 2014 20:13, by Whortti Bor Manza

          George Bol,
          Do not mimic the words of your master Kiir. Answer this question. Where is the mighty SPLA? Why employ the Udandan mercenaries or the UPDF to fight the simple nyagatts or food lovers as you have been consistently calling the Nuers? Brother soon the UPDF will desert Kiir, and he will take to his eels. Propaganda and lies are short lived.

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    • 15 February 2014 10:16, by Tong dut

      Blood fuck,why?Kiir and Manyang soon will take refugee to Uganda without breack.

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    • 15 February 2014 19:02, by Johndumo14


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  • 15 February 2014 07:36, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Here comes the pain, you are just listening to the sound of the music but, you did not get the lyrics yet. Public money paid to foreign army to commit genocide.Even Bashier and his militants did not do that to South Sudanese.i like koal Manyang for one thing, he never shays away from telling the truth. That is simple truth and we should live with it.

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    • 15 February 2014 08:10, by Chol A.

      Mr knight let your father traitor pay whoever to fight Spla, North Sudan did it by paying you as it militia against your own brothers why not now? Khartoum use to hire Rusia, Iran, Iraq and Chadian to fight Spla and neither of us where not cry like way you do. Please South Sudan have rights to hire whoever the like to get rid of you cockroach n other insects out of territory just stop barking.

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  • 15 February 2014 07:36, by Tut Tut

    What is the is new in this contradiction? If people memory span is good, then no one should wonder or fail to understand the designed contradiction by Kiir and Musseveni for the sole purpose to loot the resources of both country in the name of funding this senseless war. They both create their way out to enrich themselves. Should peace be realized, Kiir will project the lost of funds to this war.

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    • 15 February 2014 07:52, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Who is telling the truth here between two puppets Kuol and Marial, last week in London Marial denied involvement of Ugandan Affairs and now Kuol admitted funding them with South Sudan money. Those two puppets must service in different government if I am not wrong

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      • 15 February 2014 08:24, by George Bol

        Gat gan Kiir,
        Ma jin chi Naath tieth baang. Naath cheke liew baang gaar.
        Your stupidity will take you nowhere. My friend, keep dreaming but when we called it peny amok in Dinka Language, the only space will be sky.

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      • 15 February 2014 14:56, by Ankh

        Why did Marial go to lie in London saying it was Riek himself who invited the UPDF to fight LRA in 2008. Are you paying them to fight LRA? No truth in illegal govt.

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  • 15 February 2014 09:21, by George Bol

    Check Dak Kueth out, he said again that if you died in Dinka land, you will come back sing a nuer song of victory.
    Can you see their stupidity! can that ugly be listen to if not naath.Shame!

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  • 15 February 2014 09:40, by siddaw

    Heh! What a confused country lead by junks who are very busy acquiring wealth for their families? Now we’re talking of paying Uganda for what the South Sudan Army could have done yet we still have the other deserted sectors that need to be fund. look at the health, education, agriculture, tourism, etc. where are they gonna go?

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  • 15 February 2014 20:01, by Whortti Bor Manza

    From time to time there has been inconsistency in Kiir’s statement and that of his cohorts. Come on Kuol Manyang, Why admit now? Marial Benjamin did the same on the BBC TV hard talk with Stephen Sucker. This means the idea of a coup were just distortions, prefabricated and baseless lies created by Kiir to redicule Riek. President Kiir, you have no faith at all.

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