No Troop Withdrawal Today, UPDF

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) says it yet to receive communication regarding troop withdrawal from South Sudan.
Last week, the SPLA Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Logistics, Lt. General Malek Ruben said Ugandan troops would start leaving the country today.
He said this was resolved in a seven-day security workshop held in Addis Ababa, as a provision of the recent peace deal.
However, the army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda says they are yet to receive instructions to withdraw from South Sudan.
The UPDF forces were deployed in the country in December 2013, after the outbreak of the conflict between the government and the opposition.

In separate development, the Directorate of Human Rights in the UPDF is scaling up efforts to create awareness on rights issues among soldiers.
The move is aimed at ensuring that soldiers whose rights have been violated either by their bosses or peers can get the help they need.
According to Col. Charles Wacha Angulo the Director of Human Rights Affairs in the UPDF, soldiers who violate the rights of others are subjected to institutional disciplinary measures such as suspensions to send a strong message to other would-be offenders.

Story By Samuel Ssebuliba