Army Yet To Decide On CAR Troop Surge

Lt Col. Paddy Ankunda, the army spokesman.
Lt Col. Paddy Ankunda, the army spokesman.

The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) is still undecided on whether or not to send extra troops to the war-torn Central African Republic.

There are 2000 UPDF soldiers currently deployed in CAR under the regional task-force for the capture of fugitive LRA leader Joseph Kony under the UN mandate. On Friday last week, the United Nations Security Council authorized the deployment of an AU led force of up to 1000 soldiers to help restore peace and disarm the Seleka rebels who are allegedly conducting mass killings.

However, Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson told local media on Wednesday that the force has the highest number of soldiers in the country and it was highly unlikely that they would send more troops. Ankunda says the force is currently maintaining peace and securing the lives of civilians from LRA attacks. UPDF sent 2000 soldiers to Central African Republic on a mission to capture Joseph Kony in 2009.

However, the operations hit a stalemate after Seleka rebels captured the government of Francois Bozize and ordered all foreign troops out of the country. The force has since maintained its bases in Obbo and Djema where it conducts low-level operations.

LRA's fugitive leader Joseph Kony
LRA’s fugitive leader Joseph Kony

CAR has reportedly descended into chaos with Seleka rebels launching mass killings of people in Christian villages.

The new wave of killings has forced the UN Security Council to authorize the disarming of the rebel group by French forces and also measures are underway to secure the capital Bangui from rebel control.

Michael Djotodia, the rebel leader denied the involvement of his men in mass killing civilians in an interview with Al-jazeera. UPDF has been actively involved in regional and international peace-keeping contributing troops to Somalia and CAR.

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