By Kezia Agaba
As Ugandans speculated on the number of Uganda People’s Defence Force soldiers killed in South Sudan fighting, army chief, Gen Katumba Wamala calmed the storm yesterday clarifying on the number.
He said that nine soldiers were killed while 12 others got injured in the clashes in South Sudan’s strategic town of Bor over the weekend.
The UPDF backed the Sudan People’s Liberation Army last Saturday in a major offensive against rebels allied to former vice president Riek Machar that saw the town fall to the South Sudanese government.
The general also added that UPDF will only leave the war zone after ensuring that calm has been restored.
However, Mr Machar insists that Uganda’s forces must be withdrawn immediately if he is to agree on a ceasefire as desired by all peace makers in South Sudan and other countries.