Thursday August 10 2017

Last UPDF group withdraws from CAR

A file photo of UPDF soldier

A file photo of UPDF soldiers who returned home from CAR 

The army has withdrawn its last troops from the Central African Republic (CAR).
The UPDF started a phased withdrawal of troops from the CAR in April, ending nearly eight years of manhunt for Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) warlord Joseph Kony.
A statement by Capt. Lawrence Draga, the 4th Division Infant Battalion spokesperson says, "today marks the last arrival of Ugandan troops from CAR."
The statement says: “The final batch of the troops began trekking from their concentration base in Nzara South Sudan three days ago under the overall command of Brigadier Richard Otto who has been the Ugandan Contingent commander in CAR".
The soldiers travelled to Uganda through South Sudan to Yei- Kaya- Oraba in Koboko District. It is unclear how many soldiers made the journey home.
UPDF deployed in CAR in 2009 and later in 2012 after a resolution of the African Union which created the AU-led Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the LRA (RCI-LRA).
Contingents of the Central African armed forces and the UN's stabilization force, MINUSCA, will remain in eastern CAR to take care of the remaining security challenges in areas where the UPDF has been active.
Brig. Richard Karemire, the UPDF spokesperson earlier said LRA’s capacity to cause insecurity in Uganda and the region has been degraded although the army would be alert to stop new threats.
"We commend the work done by our gallant soldiers and commanders to keep Uganda and the region safe. Our troops will be utilised to close any deployment gaps that we may have internally and externally," Capt. Draga’s statement reads.