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The East African : Oct 17th 2015
6 UNCERTAINTY Withdrawal of UPDF troops from S. Sudan pending The Juba administ≥ation said the soldie≥s can only leave afte≥ ≥ebels sign the Secu≥ity A≥≥angement Wo≥kshop held in Addis Ababa By FRED OLUOCH Special Correspondent from South Sudan as per the peace agreement signed between the government and the rebels in Juba in August. Although Ugandan People’s De- U fence Forces top brass have announced that the troops started withdrawing from October 10, the Juba administration told The EastAfrican that the soldiers can only withdraw after rebels sign the minutes of the Security Arrangement Workshop held in Addis Ababa between September 13 and 18. Representatives of President Sal- va Kiir and those of rebel leader Riek Machar recently failed to agree ncertainty shrouds plans for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops on how to implement the peace agreement at the five-day workshop in Ethiopia. South Sudan government spokes- man Michael Mukei and SPLA spokesperson Col Philip Aguer said the rebel movement must sign the agreement before the withdrawal of the troops. Even the Inter-Governmental Au- thority on Development (Igad) Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) said they are yet to officially receive information on the withdrawal of the troops. South Sudan Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk said last Monday that Ugandan troops will begin pulling out “as soon as they are ready,” adding that Ugandan troops have been staying in strategic garrisons and the Sudanese Peoples’ Lib- The Ugandan troops were to start leaving from October 10. Picture: File eration Army (SPLA) have started moving into them. Uganda’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, James Mugume, said the UPDF forces would begin to withdraw from South Sudan on October 12, but the MVM chief of staff in Juba Michael Alexander told The EastAfrican that their monitoring team on the ground is yet to see evidence of movement. “We have just been told that UP- DF will be moving out but we have no evidence that they have started moving,” said Mr Alexander. According to the rebel move- ment’s representative in Kenya, Adel Sandrai, the rebels refused to sign the minutes because the government delegation demanded more troops than were provided for in the agreement on the demilitarisation of Juba. The rebels’ position on the secu- rity arrangement has also set it on a collision course with Washington, which insists that they not only sign the minutes immediately, but that Dr Machar also make arrangements for immediate relocation to Juba. But Dr Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak said the signing of the minutes was not the prerequisite for UPDF’s withdrawal because the Addis Ababa workshop only dealt with the locations of forces, assembly areas and sizes aspects that were not clearly spelt out in the compromise agreement. The Ugandan troops, who came to the rescue of President Kiir’s government soon after the conflict broke out in December 2013, have The EastAfrican NEWS OCTOBER 17-23,2015 THE REBEL SIDE According to the rebel movement’s representative in Kenya, Adel Sandrai, the rebels refused to sign the minutes because the government delegation demanded more troops than were provided for in the agreement on the demilitarisation of Juba. The rebels’ position has also set it on a collision course with Washington, which insists that they not only sign the minutes immediately, but that Dr Machar relocates to Juba. been stationed in Juba and Bos. The Compromise Peace Agreement said that all foreign troops who have been fighting alongside the warring parties must withdraw within 45 days of the signing — October 10. They are supposed to be replaced by troops from Igad countries who will operate under the UN Mission in South Sudan, while Juba will be secured by a Joint Integrated Police Unit made up of police officers from the government and the rebel movement. Pa≥tne≥ states sign defence pact By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent CALLS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST MONITORING & RESULT MEASUREMENT SPECIALISTS AND STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALISTS FSD Africa (FSDA) is a Kenyan non-profit company which promotes financial sector development across sub-Saharan Africa. FSDA sees itself as a catalyst for change, working with partners to build financial markets that are robust, efficient and, above all, inclusive. 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Detailed EOIs’ can be obtained from FSD Africa’s website www.fsdafrica.org “Call Tab.” Expression of interest must be received by FSDA no later than 1200 (EAT) 4 November 2015 THE NORTHERN Corridor partner states have entered into a mutual defence pact that potentially allows their armed forces to conduct joint military operations in combating terrorism and other international crimes. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, assented to the defence protocol following its ratification by all the partners. Under the arrangement, the armed forces of partner states are expected to work together in maritime patrols to ensure that the region’s international waters are free of piracy. The defence pact is part of a plan to boost security and stability in the region and jointly strengthen military capabilities for conflict prevention and crisis management According to Joseph Nyagah, Kenya’s national co-ordinator for the Northern Corridor Integration Programme, the defence agreement will be also be launched by the African Union and the United Nations to become a legal security document. All security agreements have to be approved Armed forces of partner states will conduct joint maritime patrols. Picture: File by the two bodies before they are implemented by member countries to align them to both UN and AU security protocols. The three countries signed a common pact on the establishment of the Mutual Defence, Peace and Security Pact on January 8, 2014 in Kigali. The pact identifies at least 20 objectives for fostering regional peace and security. They include combating terrorism and piracy; peace support operations; prevention of genocide; disaster management and crisis response; management of refugees; control of proliferation of small arms and light weapons; and combating transnational and cross border crimes. Having a single defence territory has been a conten- tious issue among EAC member states. According to the pact, Burundi and Tanzania can join when they are ready. It also provides for other countries from the wider East African region to sign up like Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea. Simiyu Werunga, director of the African Centre for Security and Strategic Studies, said under the arrangement, the three countries will form a single defence territory, which means an attack on one will be considered an act of aggression against all three. In addition, the armed forces of partner states are expected to work together in maritime patrols to ensure that the region’s international waters are free of piracy. “It will also ensure that EAC countries do not engage in war among themselves and will also stop militants from committing acts of terror in one country and seeking refuge in another,” said Mr Werunga, adding, “It will require countries to harmonise their counterterrorism laws, and share information and resources in fighting terror.” The agreement also re- quires that the three countries have a unitary foreign policy. It also says they shall form a single defence territory.
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