By Jumah Nsubuga
Government has said that the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) must stay in South Sudan despite calls by international community to Uganda to withdraw its troops from the new state.
The government chief whip Justine Kasule Lumumba said at parliament yesterday that the NRM party resolved during the retreat in Kyankwanzi that, UPDF must stay in South Sudan to restore law and order.
“If UPDF restores peace in South Sudan, security in northern Uganda will also stabilize since northern Uganda is near to South Sudan but once UPDF withdraws from South Sudan before restoring peace there, peace in northern Uganda will also be destabilized.”She said.
“We commend and salutes the patriotic, conscientious and able officers and men of the UPDF who are deployed on exemplary duty beyond the borders of Uganda and continue to do their country immensely proud” Lumumba noted.
Last month the chairman of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) urged Uganda to withdraw its troops from South Sudan because they disorganize the negotiation between Salva Kiir and Riak Machar.