Ankunda: UPDF Shall Not Leave CAR

Army Spokesman Paddy Ankunda Lt Col Paddy Ankunda.
Army Spokesman Paddy Ankunda Lt Col Paddy Ankunda.

The Ugandan Army Spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda has revealed that the country’s army, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) will not leave conflict hit Central African Republic (CAR).

Ankunda told local media on Thursday.

In 2012, UPDF contributed 2000 troops to the African Union Mandate under the Regional Task Force in charge of the Elimination of Joseph Kony led Lord’s Resistance Army rebels. The soldiers were deployed in the CAR to help track down the LRA rebels.

The force was meant to hunt down Joseph Kony who is reported to be in the Kafia Kingi region in Janub region, Sudan but runs the military arm of the LRA in Central African Republic and Democratic republic of Congo.

However, CAR degenerated into chaos in March this year after Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize, which jeopardized the operation. The troops were rendered idle after the rebels ordered all foreign forces to vacate the country.

Seleka fighters (file photo)
Seleka fighters (file photo)

Ankunda’s comments come on the same day the United Nations Security Council voted to allow French troops to join an African peacekeeping force in CAR.

Meanwhile, at least 80 people are believed to have been killed in fierce fighting on Thursday in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui.

The city was reportedly attacked by supporters of Francois Bozize, who was ousted as president by rebels in March, plunging the country into chaos.

About 250 French troops were sent out onto the streets of Bangui when the violence began on Thursday.

French troops listen to an officer after their arrival at a base camp in an unknown location in Cameroon during their drive from Douala to Central African Republic on December 4, 2013 (AFP, Fred Dufour)
French troops listen to an officer after their arrival at a base camp in an unknown location in Cameroon during their drive from Douala to Central African Republic on December 4, 2013 (AFP, Fred Dufour)

The Security Council resolution also imposed an arms embargo and asked the UN to prepare for a possible peacekeeping mission of its own.

Additional reporting by Agencies

3 thoughts on “Ankunda: UPDF Shall Not Leave CAR

  1. Ugandan troops should learn from the TZ and SADC troops who defeated the M23 rebels within a few months of arrival in the DRC, while Ugandan troops have already been in some of those countries for years.

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