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SSPDF refutes allegation of military deployment to neighbors

By Nema Juma

The South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) have refuted the allegation saying that the government of Uganda had requested the South Sudanese government to send forces in Uganda during the campaign season reported to have been deployed to Uganda and Ethiopia.

When contacted, the acting SSPDF Spokesperson and Executive Director in the office of the SSPDF Chief of Defense Forces Brigadier General Santo Domic Chol denied the fact that the army has been deployed to Uganda and Ethiopia for any reason.

He added that he had no information about that and if there is anything like that it would have been handled at a strategic level.

“If there is anything like that, I think it should be handled at the strategic level, it is not yet something to be discussed in the future but personally I have not come across such information. We have not deployed the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces to either Ethiopia or Uganda,” Domic clearly said.

When Juba Monitor contacted the Ugandan Embassy, they strongly refuted this allegation, saying that it was baseless, “this allegation is not true,” the Embassy said.

However, it is stated that the Ethiopian government also had requested the South Sudanese government to send them over 400 troops, but when contacted the phone number from the embassy was not going through.

Ethiopia is on the age of civil war in the region after the army announced on Wednesday that it had entered a war against the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) after months of tension between Addis Ababa and the party that led Ethiopia in practice for decades before Abiy came to power.

Abiy said that his government had tried to resolve this issue peacefully, “his government had tried to resolve this patiently for months to peacefully resolve differences with the leaders of the TPLF. We resorted to mediation, reconciliation and dialogue. But all (the attempts) failed because of the criminal arrogance and intransigence of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. The front’s attack on the Northern Military Command, which is based in Tigray, was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he emphasized.

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