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Machar’s fighters kill UPDF soldiers

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President Museveni addresses heads of state during the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in the Angolan capital of Luanda yesterday.

President Museveni addresses heads of state during the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in the Angolan capital of Luanda yesterday. PPU PHOTO. 

By Barbara Among

Posted  Thursday, January 16   2014 at  02:00

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Ugandan soldiers were killed and others injured when the UPDF engaged the rebels just 90 kilometres outside Juba.

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But is South Sudan’s conflict a military one that Uganda’s army can resolve or a political problem that Uganda will now aid to quickly turn into a military problem?

The current crisis was destined to befall South Sudan. A chronology of events that preceded the December 15 alleged coup attempt indicates that President Kiir had long fallen out with his then deputy and several other top SPLM leaders.

The brewing dispute was a time-bomb waiting to explode. The grudges went public before the much celebrated July I, 2011 independence. It is noble to have solution to the problems in one of our strategic regional partners, but by taking drastic partisan military action, Uganda stands to lose in many ways in the long-run.

Ms Among is the Daily Monitor’s Diplomatic Affairs Editor, responsible for Regional and Foreign content

bamong@ug.nationmedia.com

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