Tuesday December 12, 2017

Gen Malong jetted into Uganda, “asks Museveni for more air power support” – Reports

Malong and Museveni met in Rwakitura (PHOTO: Sarah Kagingo/PR)

KAMPALA – SPLA -Juba’s chief of staff, Gen Paul Malong Awan rushed to Uganda on Friday to meet with President Yoweri Museveni on the backdrop of the escalating situation in the volatile Upper Nile region.
Awan was despatched to meet Museveni as a special envoy for Salva Kiir to discuss a wide range of “bilateral issues” in Museveni’s private homestead of Rwakitura.
Museveni’s personal aid Sarah Kagingo earlier reported the arrival of Malong on behalf of Kiir:

“Gen. Paul Malong, Chief of General Staff, conveyed warm greetings from President Salva Kiir to President Yoweri – Sarah Kagingo said on her Twitter

According to close contacts within the presidency of Uganda, the two men discussed a wide ranges of issues including the presence of UPDF in South Sudan. But the ongoing and raging fighting in Upper Nile State dominated the duo’s meeting. Malong according to the source asked Museveni for more Helicopter gunships to “clear the rebels controlling Malakal and advancing to other areas of significant Juba interest”

“Malong was bringing with him a letter from H.E. President Kiir asking the President (Museveni) for more support especially on the area of air fighting. Gen Malong also came to follow up on previously agreed purchase of military equipments” – A presidency source revealed without elaborating further.

President Yoweri Museveni quickly deployed his UPDF (Uganda Defence Forces) troops to South Sudan within 3 days of conflict in December 2013. He has ever since defended the abrupt deployment saying the troops went there to prevent a genocide despite his troops only siding with one faction of the conflict.
South Sudan’s Upper Nile region has been the hotly contested area so far by the two warring factions. Last week, the strategic town of Malakal was captured by the opposition forces. The opposition forces also threatened to march on to the only working oil facility, the Paloch oil field.



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