As tension in the region increase, a new report by the Stockholm international peace Research Institute shows that Uganda and Sudan were the second and third largest importers of weapons in the sub Saharan region after South Africa, with the two Warring Neighbours accounting for 15 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively between 2008-2012.
The volume of Ugandan imports during 2008–12 was almost 1200 per cent higher than in 2003–2007, mainly due to the delivery of six Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft from Russia in 2011–12. The report also indicates that Sudan’s imports during that time decreased by 29% despite Deliveries of 20 Mi-24 combat helicopters from Russia, 15 Su-25 combat aircraft from Belarus, and 160 T-72 and T-55 tanks from Ukraine during 2008–12.
The Top Five Arms Exporters List Remained Consistent with the USA and Russia Leading the Pack followed by Germany, France and China, accounting for over 75% of the Arms Trade, while the largest Arms Importers Were India, China, Pakistan, South Korea and Singapore collectively accounting for 32%
This report comes hours after The speaker of the Sudanese Parliament, revealed that the Government of Sudan was working with those opposed to the Government of President Museveni to change Government, a revelation Uganda’s International Affairs Minister Henry Okello Oryem dismissed as usual Khartoum Rubbish. However when contact the New Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) Spokes person Lt col Paddy Ankunda said they were pursuing all available avenues to avoid war with Sudan.