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President: Ugandan Soldiers Killed Fighting in South Sudan

Ugandan troops are fighting alongside South Sudan's President Salva Kiir's troops in the ongoing conflict between government and rebel forces, in what Uganda says is an attempt to protect its many citizens doing business in the the world's newest nation.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni revealed the troops’ involvement as well as that a few Ugandan soldiers have been injured and others killed on 15 January, 2014 while speaking at the 5th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region [ICGLR] on Peace and Security in Luanda, Angola. Rumors had circulated of Uganda's presence in South Sudan, but this was the first time the government had confirmed it. 

The following day, Uganda's two most read newspapers, the government-owned New Vision and the independent Daily Monitor, covered the news on their front pages, but with very different headlines. New Vision's read, “UPDF [Ugandan People's Defence Force] Hit South Sudan Rebels”, while the Daily Monitor printed, “Machar's Fighters Kill UPDF Soldiers”.

Two competing headlines sharing the news of Ugandan troops' involvement in the fighting in South Sudan. Shared on Facebook by Ugandan media personality MC Kats.

Two competing headlines sharing the news of Ugandan troops’ involvement in the fighting in South Sudan. Shared on Facebook by Ugandan media personality MC Kats.

Social media users quickly reacted to the story.

Benjamin Rukwengye wrote on Twitter that the New Vision headline meant to show that victory is more of a priority than the soldiers dying:

Winnie Byanyima, the wife of Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye, tweeted:

On Facebook, Charlotte Kemigyisha wrote:

About 48 hours ago, the Army spokesperson was denying any deaths of UPDF soldiers in Sudan. 24 hours later his Boss H.E. acknowledges death having been suffered on both sides during a cross fire. Question is; next time round, who will I believe?

Readers on both newspapers’ websites also commented on the news.

Peter asked for proof concerning the deaths and injuries on what the president said:

Where is the proof? Just because M7 [Presient Yoweri Museveni] said so does not mean so. Not surprising, this is the quality of today's journalists, particularly NV [New Vision newspaper] being mouth piece of Ug government

Elgon58 asked the president:

It started with the UPDF evacuating ugandans ,then UPDF prividing a safe corridor for ugandans to go home then UPDF guarding important installations in juba and finally UPDF fighting alongside the SPLA..Mr president why didn´t you tell us from the beginning that the UPDF was rushing to give support to the SPLA.Who is going to foot the bill?Why were the kenyans and ethiopians not involved in supporting the SPLA?

Kipunpung'it noted:

Only fools can claim they didn't know UPDF was involved in combat operations in S. Sudan

Bishanga thinks the UPDF soldiers dying in South Sudan are actually being killed by the President indirectly:

Why President Museveni should be actively fighting rebels led by Riek Machar in South Sudan fully knowing that two clans are involved in the figting.Is Museveni fighting the Rebels to create peace or fuel the fighting President Museveni must know that the UPDF Soldiers dying in the War of South Sudan are being killed by him indirectly because he did this to kill soldiers he does not want in the UPDF because I the first instance Museveni deployed these dead soldiers to South Sudan before getting blessing from the Parliament of Uganda.

  • Thachar Ngunar

    I will not blame Ugandans troops but their leader who kill is relative by money with tribal war, many will kill many people

  • Thachar Ngunar

    Uganda president betrayed his people with money, my advice to you do not send others troops to south sudan, many Ugandans armise was killed b/c they do not know the way when white armise defeate them , the Dinka soldiers ran by the way they know but Ugandans nknow not any way. shame for Ugandans Constitution who aallow this innocent soldiers die is tribal war like . the love of money will kill many people in south sudan and south sudan have oil and that oil will lost many lives in south sudan.

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