Ugandans board a bus at Entebbe International Airport, shortly after arriving from South Sudan on Sunday evening. Uganda has evacuated 600 of its citizens from violence-wracked South Sudan.
Former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar has claimed that Ugandan fighter jets backing President Salva Kiir’s forces bombed Bor town on Saturday, a claim the Ugandan government has denied. The State minister for International Affairs, Mr Oryem Okello, yesterday described claims that Ugandan fighter jets had bombed areas in Jonglei state controlled by mutinying soldiers loyal to Mr Machar as a “bunch of lies” intended to taint Uganda’s image.
South Sudan plunged into turmoil after President Kiir accused Mr Machar of attempting to carry out a coup. Mr Machar told BBC on Saturday that UPDF had bombed the Jonglei’s capital, Bor.
But Mr Oryem insisted that UPDF is not militarily involved. “Let him not drag us into their problems. Uganda is not involved militarily. We are just evacuating our citizens.
Let him not mislead the world. Uganda would only get involved under the auspices of the United Nations,” he said. Soldiers loyal to Mr Machar shot at American aircrafts in Bor on Saturday and injured four soldiers who are receiving treatment in Nairobi. Mr Machar also confirmed that the forces fighting the government were under his command, adding that they are in control of “much of the country” including Bor, a strategic town, which is the capital city of Jonglei state. The SPLA spokesperson, Col Philip Aguer, confirmed the fall of Unity state following a declaration by the SPLA 4th Division commander, Maj Gen Koang Chuol, that the region had fallen under the control of Machar.
Sources told the Daily Monitor yesterday that there were several killings in Bentiu, capital of Unity State, estimating that 3,000 people, mainly of the Dinka tribe have been killed in the last six days.
And by 6pm on Sunday, security source, said soldiers loyal to Machar had taken full control of Unity state’s oilfields. If confirmed, it will be a huge economic blow for the government. South Sudan has been in turmoil since President Kiir accused Mr Machar a week ago of attempting a coup.
Source: The Citizen