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South Sudan and Uganda sign military cooperation deal

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October 14, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has signed a long-term agreement on military cooperation with Uganda, defence Minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk said on Monday.

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (left) watches an Independence Day parade in the capital, Juba, on 9 July 2014 with Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni (right) (Photo: Mugume Davis Rwakaringi/VOA)

Full details of the agreement are yet to be made public, although it’s understood it will allow Uganda purchase weapons and technological support on behalf of South Sudan if required.

The announcement came after Juuk and his Ugandan counterpart, Crispus Kiyonga held a meeting at which they discussed military and weapons cooperation.

“We have signed the cooperation agreement in order to work together and support each other”, Juuk told the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV).

The development follows the recent visit of president Salva Kiir to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, where he attended a summit on the Standard Gauge Railway, a regional developmental initiative aimed at fostering the movement of people, goods and services across the region.

According to the minister in the office of the president, Awan Guol Riak, Kiir was able to hold bilateral discussions with the heads of state and governments in the region, including the host, president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, with whom the former discussed issues connected to peace talks in Ethiopia.

The talks, which are being mediated by the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental authority on Development (IGAD), are part of attempts aimed at ending the 10-month-long conflict, but appear to have hit an apparent deadlock recently over what executive powers should be granted to the prime minister and the president.

Museveni is among the key players in the conflict and the talks, given the Ugandan’s army’s (UPDF) deployment to the country following the outbreak of violence to fight alongside government troops, who are battling to contain an armed rebellion led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

Uganda’s involvement in the conflict has irked some countries in the region and there have been calls for the Ugandan military to withdraw.

A senior military officer told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the UPDF’s intervention, with its military hardware, had saved South Sudan’s leadership from being toppled.

“Out of record, I want to say that it would have taken us [a] much, much longer time to exert full control and to take back Juba, had Uganda not intervened in the last battle outside Bor (Jonglei state capital) around Jameza,” the officer said.

“The defectors and the White Army were advancing steadily towards Juba. Our soldiers were demoralised, some of them were defecting, and those who were fighting for the government were poorly equipped and hungry at the same time. It was a total mess and the leadership was disorganised,” he added.

The conflict in South Sudan initially erupted in Juba following a political dispute in the country’s ruling party (SPLM), before spreading to other key regions across the country.

The conflict took on an increasingly tribal dimension, leading to a cycle of violence between the country’s two main tribes: the Dinka, to which Kiir belongs and Machar’s Nuer group.

Thousands have been killed and more than 1.5 million displaced amid accusations of atrocities on both sides, with ongoing peace talks so far failing to yield a lasting political settlement to the crisis.

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  • 15 October 2014 07:41, by maumau

    Bullshit, incompetent Salva Kiir and his team has given our country to be ruled by Ugandan government, what a shame??? Uganda is a poor country, what they need is job for its citizens only. Ugandan government will bully our government to the maximam and milk all our resources, Salva Kiir does not care about, all he need is his position.

    • 15 October 2014 07:46, by maumau

      How can our government give authority and money to corrupt Ugandan government to purchase weapons and other technological support on behalf of South Sudan, what happen to our very own South Sudanese, though they are corrupt but that is better than giving the money to corrupt Ugandans. Salva Kiir has lost legitimacy and trust, this government will take our economy to the grave. KIIR MUST GO.

      • 15 October 2014 07:53, by maumau

        President Museveni and Ugandan government are not interested in mediating in good fath to bring peace to South Sudan, they want the war to continue as they milk resources and money of South Sudan. They lied that they changed from fighting along side Salva Kiir government to Peace keeping operations, they did this because they want money and military support from South Sudan and United Nations.

        • 15 October 2014 08:05, by Mi diit

          This shameful deal compromises the sovereignty of south Sudan as a political enclave under president Yoweri Museveni and insubordinates SPLA under UPDF of Uganda. I have never seen a leader like Kiir who gives his country just to remain in power as an insubordinate president of another’s country’s president. Shame on him and his followers.

          • 15 October 2014 08:11, by Mi diit

            Khartoum should not sit and watch because the deal between Kiir and Museveni includes joint support to Sudanese various rebel groups. Dr. Machar and Bashir should also ink a military deal and see which side will win this war. Regionalizing the war will kick out both Kiir and Museveni from power. I can assure you that stupid dictators...

            • 15 October 2014 08:19, by Mi diit

              Nyankiir Museveni as a coward incompetent leader has desperately sold South Sudan to Uganda and corrupt Uganda is enjoying millions of dollars every month from the oil while South Sudanese citizens are dying of hunger and diseases every day. Yet they will lose this war. Shameless cowards who depend on foreigners to save their leadership.

              • 15 October 2014 13:33, by michael coma

                Mi diit

                Nyariek also signed military cooperation agreement with Khartoum to captured Paloich oil field and divide oil to 50-50 and then later unite South Sudan with Sudan after controlling South to be one Sudan.

          • 15 October 2014 08:16, by maumau

            Better we call Yoweri Museveni to be the president of Uganda and South Sudan and then call Salva Kiir to be Vice president of South Sudan. What a shame and incompetency of Salva Kiir. Those who support this government should now think twice. We may not want Dr. Riek Machar to be the president but somebody different whether from Dinka, Nuer or Equatoria to lead our country to bring back peace.

            • 15 October 2014 08:21, by maumau

              But somebody different whether from Dinka, Nuer or Equatoria can not show his or her interest for the leadership because this is too much threats from Dinka Bahr el Ghazal, dictatorship from Salva Kiir and a lot of hooliganism from majority of Dinka simply because Salva Kiir is a Dinka. This idealogy will not take us anyway where but to the dumping grounds.

            • 15 October 2014 08:27, by maumau

              We now need Equatorian to be the president for five years and see how it will go. There will be peace, reunification of Dinka and Nuer tribes, development, prompt investigations of all current and past mistakes and development especially in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States.

    • 15 October 2014 07:54, by Johndumo14

      Truely speaking Dinka and Nuer they don`t know administration,what they know every things is by fight,no diplomacy,if VP IGGa was not brought in things would have gone from bad to worse!! Look how Dinka fight in Yei,Yei is a peaceful place,what are they fighting for in yei?
      Uganda must come in to the Dinka and Nuer how to run S.Sudan in the international level,Nuer & Dinka have no respect of laws

      • 15 October 2014 08:06, by Johndumo14

        There will a time this country will be ruled by a president elected by the people who comes from the small tribe,because these two tribes no body is going to respect them. People who come from cattle camps,how do you expect them to lead this country in the world standard?? most of these 2 tribes are not well organized,in their homes is a mass ,small house live more than 50 people,no order.

    • 15 October 2014 08:24, by Johndumo14

      We have to copy the western world ,the eropeans,how they do things,people must be treated equal no matter where you come from religion or colour. Some countries in europe have no oil or gold but their economy stable ,citizens enjoy life,children and the old and those bnot employe get economic support,which country has that system?Non only south Africa has that programe,S.Sudanese needs new approch

    • 15 October 2014 09:37, by Big Boy

      Dear Maumau,
      The stupidity of some of these comments are beyond belief - talk about dumbed down your school level,lack of salary since Dec-13,lack of getting food nowadays! or what you do think Mr:food-lover ? try read the story before blaming the Kiir/Musveni,or even Juuk (nothing to do with either.it’s your uncle Food lover Riak who messed up everything during your stay days in juba..

    • 15 October 2014 10:58, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

      Mamau , I disagree with you my friend these are true African leaders iam very proud of them may God bless them this is the good spirit they have been doing this cooperation could be developed further to promote our countries in peace and harmony so that we gained integrity ,dignity in our nations ,and remember, Masveni he stands behind us for so long during the war up to now we the youth are happ

  • 15 October 2014 08:02, by chol

    Kiir made a deal with devil back in 2005 and there is no way out of it either do or die. It very shameful for him to hand country over just like that.

    • 15 October 2014 08:17, by Johndumo14

      If you visit any ministry in Juba,and if the minister is from Dinka ,you find from secretary to the receptionist ,driver,cleaner ,body guards all from one tribe Dinka,if you visit onother ministry and the minister is from Nuer you find the same thing,and speaking their dilect,this is a true thing,go to Juba and you find by your self,tribolism started from day one,is not a new thing,this is bad!!

      • 15 October 2014 09:02, by Johndumo14

        Most of these men who write negative things about Salva kiir and Uganda are from Nuer tribe ,what do you know about African politics? All what you know is ditructions of s.sudan,look you dream of president,which is a waste of time,you can do other jobs creating wealth,look how other countries are doing,progressing in many things,education,science and techonology!Talk of enemy khartoum?

  • 15 October 2014 11:34, by wang

    I think it is a time for Dr. Riek and his groups to think deeply about what the M7 and Salva Kiir are doing before it’s too. South Sudan is for all of us and very single person has right about this land. If the Dinka has decided to sell their parts to Ugandan because they do not want to be ruled by noon Dinka then the Nuer which owned almost the whole Greater Upper Nile should looks for other opti

  • 15 October 2014 11:35, by wang

    . If the Dinka has decided to sell their parts to Ugandan because they do not want to be ruled by noon Dinka then the Nuer which owned almost the whole Greater Upper Nile should looks for other options to either joining Ethiopia or Sudan….

    • 15 October 2014 12:27, by Sir King

      Upper Nile to Ethiopia, Northern and Western Bhar el Ghazal should join Northern Sudan and Equatoria has to join Uganda, they are even already Ugandans. Kiir with no vision has caused unbelievable history. Maho! E dieet ran niop!



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