Ugandan Troops in South Sudan Need Regional Backing, Vision Says

Uganda will only send troops to South Sudan, where renewed fighting could reignite a civil war, if requested by regional mediators because of criticisms over a previous deployment there, New Vision reported.

Any Ugandan action would need the endorsement of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, a bloc that includes Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, the Kampala-based newspaper cited General Katumba Wamala, Uganda’s army chief, as saying.

IGAD helped negotiate a peace deal signed last August between President Salva Kiir and then-rebel leader Riek Machar that led to the formation of a transitional government in late April. Heavy fighting erupted between forces loyal to the two men in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, over the weekend, leaving hundreds dead.

Uganda sent troops to South Sudan shortly after the civil war erupted in December 2013, to support Kiir’s forces against the rebels. The army said its forces, which numbered as many as 3,000 troops, were withdrawn by November 2015.

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