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UPDF, which was expected to withdraw troops starting Sunday, has decided to maintain their presence until the security situation improves according to the army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda.

The Uganda Peoples Defense Force has not begun the phased withdrawal of troops from the war-torn South Sudan.
 
Uganda was expected to withdraw troops from South Sudan with effect from Sunday 27th September 2015 by Defence and Army Spokesperson, Paddy Ankunda says they have not received instructions to withdraw. 

The South Sudan government  asked the Ugandan government to withdraw its troops from the regions of Bor and Juba where they had been deployed to allow for the implementation of the peace agreement.

The request contained in a letter dated 21st September sent to the government of Uganda and said the government of South Sudan was seeking to review the status of forces agreement that had been signed between the two countries in light of the developments under the peace agreement.

The peace agreement, to which South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar signed, requires that both parties request all foreign militias deployed in the country to withdraw their troops and allow for deployment of an independent peacekeeping force to oversee the demilitarization of Juba.

UPDF, deployed to South Sudan in December 2013, has been guarding key installations in Juba and also protecting the strategic town of Bor against the over-running of Salva Kiirs government by the rebels

The South Sudan government then announced last week that the phased withdraw of UPDF troops would kick off on Sunday evening.
 
However, the UPDF spokesperson Paddy Ankunda has told URN in an phone interview that the forces will not be withdrawing. He adds that they are still ‘monitoring the situation' before considering the option of withdrawing from the country.
 
South Sudan's Ambassador to Uganda, Samuel Luate Lominsuk declined to comment saying that he wasn't in the country but maintained that his embassy will have a comment on it soon.
 
UPDF's withdrawal is central to the commitment of the South Sudan government to implement the peace deal that was signed last month in Addis Ababa and Juba.

Under the agreement, all foreign forces are expected to be withdrawn from the country in 45 days after the signing of the agreement.
 

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.