Ugandan opposition leader, Nobert Mao has accused the government of lying about the country’s army, UPDF involvement in South Sudan.
Mao who is also the Democratic Party president has demanded that the UPDF withdraws from South Sudan and support the deployment of a neutral force because the army’s presence is not adding value.
His concern comes a day after the negotiating team representing Dr Riek Machar Machar in the Addis Ababa peace talks demanded that Uganda takes a neutral position & withdraws troops from Juba.
The team accused Uganda of medaling in “an internal conflict for good governance” and added that UPDF Presence was an obstacle to the IGAD brokered peace talks.
Similarly, Norbert Mao says Uganda has a sinister motive in sending troops to Juba. He dismisses explanations that Uganda entered Juba to evacuate stranded civilians.
According to Mao, the crisis in South Sudan has different dimensions which include political disagreements, security due to citizens living in fear and a humanitarian dimension. These include closure of schools, refugees who have run to Uganda, starvation and the halting of vital services.
Mao also expresses worry that some of the South Sudanese who have crossed into Uganda many not be good elements and need to be checked and provided the refugee status.
Yesterday the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi while opening the Biannual Ambassadors conference in Kampala stated that Uganda was best placed to evacuate not only Ugandans but citizens of other nations because they have always had troops there even before the crisis broke out.