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The government of South Sudan have announced that the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) will start withdrawing their troops from South Sudan. However, UPDF insist that that they have not received instructions to withdraw, reported The Monitor.
The UPDF were deployed in the fledgling state in December 2013 in order to prevent genocide, rescue Ugandans in the country as well as protect the government of President Salva Kiir.
In a phone interview with Daily Monitor, Ateny Awek Ateny, President Kiir’s spokesperson said “they [UPDF] started withdrawing yesterday and the last Ugandan soldier will have left by October 10.”
Although, the army spokesperson for UPDF, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, said “we have no instructions to start withdrawing. But we are ready to respect the instructions to withdraw.”
It was reported that the Ugandan troops will be replaced by six battalion from Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia under the mandate of the regional security alliance, Intergovernmental Authority on Development.