UGANDA to buy WEAPONS for Kiir’s Government!!!!

From NEW VISION, Kampala, OCT/15/2014, SSN;

The South Sudanese government has signed a long-term agreement on military cooperation with Uganda, defence Minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk said on Monday.

Full details of the agreement are yet to be made public, although it’s understood it will allow Uganda purchase weapons and technological support on behalf of South Sudan if required.

The announcement came after Juuk and his Ugandan counterpart, Crispus Kiyonga held a meeting at which they discussed military and weapons cooperation, Sudan Tribune has reported.

“We have signed the cooperation agreement in order to work together and support each other,” Juuk told the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV).

The development follows the recent visit of president Salva Kiir to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, where he attended a summit on the Standard Gauge Railway, a regional developmental initiative aimed at fostering the movement of people, goods and services across the region.

According to the minister in the office of the president, Awan Guol Riak, Kiir was able to hold bilateral discussions with the heads of state and governments in the region, including the host, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, with whom the former discussed issues connected to peace talks in Ethiopia.

The talks, which are being mediated by the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental authority on Development (IGAD), are part of attempts aimed at ending the 10-month-long conflict, but appear to have hit an apparent deadlock recently over what executive powers should be granted to the prime minister and the president.

Museveni is among the key players in the conflict and the talks, given the Ugandan’s army’s (UPDF) deployment to the country following the outbreak of violence to fight alongside government troops, who are battling to contain an armed rebellion led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

Uganda’s involvement in the conflict has irked some countries in the region and there have been calls for the Ugandan military to withdraw.

A key driver behind Uganda’s continued desire to maintain its arms capability is its continued military involvement in South Sudan. Following the breaking out of fighting in Juba in December 2013, Uganda intervened, deploying two battalions into the country. Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force (UPDF) spokesperson has stated that the army’s mission is primarily to protect key installations and to ease safe evacuation of the Uganda nationals in South Sudan. However, BMI(Boston, USA) believes that Uganda’s decision to deploy its military in South Sudan is less a benevolent act and more an assertion of its increasing regional dominance.

A senior military officer told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the UPDF’s intervention, with its military hardware, had saved South Sudan’s leadership from being toppled.

“Out of record, I want to say that it would have taken us [a] much, much longer time to exert full control and to take back Juba, had Uganda not intervened in the last battle outside Bor (Jonglei state capital) around Jameza,” the officer said.

As such, we expect imports to Uganda, which lacks its own military-industrial base, from Russia and China in particular, to steadily increase for the foreseeable future.

END

32 Comments

  1. Martin L says:

    “although it’s understood it will allow Uganda purchase weapons and technological support on behalf of South Sudan if required.”
    I wonder, why would Uganda buy weapons on behalf of South Sudan? South Sudanese, kiss a good bye to sovereignty of the country!!

    FROM EDITOR:
    INDEED, NOT ONLY HAVE WE LOST OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, BUT WE HAVE UNDENIABLY BECOME A SATELLITE STATE UNDER UGANDA.
    OH GOD, WHERE WAS KIIR WHEN UGANDA WAS ONCE RULED AND COLONIZED BY SOUTHERNERS!

    • Alex Bongo says:

      Salva,
      Has made us very ashamed when walking in the street of Kampala or even arguing with foreigners on what South Sudanese are capable of. Meaning that we are blind to the extend of not knowing where the market to procure arms is, we don’t have even the basic knowledge to negotiate. No wonder our political slogan is always, “we are still a young Nation.”

      FROM EDITOR:
      APPARENTLY, SOUTH SUDAN AS A NATION IS STUNTED IN ITS GROWTH.
      KIIR AND HIS GANG, WILL REMAIN FOREVER IMMATURE, UNDEVELOPED, AND THAT’S HOW THEY WILL CYNICALLY KEEP OUR NATION UNDEVELOPED.

      • Chol Mabil says:

        Alex Bongo and Editor;
        You’re ashamed because the majorities are better and smarter than you’re to be in charge of the country and at the same time made them immature according to you? Well, if you were that smarter, mature and powerful than they are; shouldn’t you be where they are as well in charge of the country?
        This like saying you’re ashamed of your classroom because most of your classmates graduated with 4.0s and ends up on top of their sponsor’s list and you ends up at the bottom of the class with an “F”!
        I would say yes; you should be ashamed because you don’t belong to that class!

        • info@southsudannation says:

          HI, CHOL MABIL,
          SPEAKING FOR MYSELF, OUR PROBLEM WITH THE AGREEMENT OF BUYING WEAPONS THROUGH UGANDA IS THAT WE HAVE DEFINITELY SACRIFICED OUR SOVEREIGNTY.
          KIIR IS NOW MANIFESTING SYMPTOMS OF CRIMINALITY. EITHER THIS ARRANGEMENT IS MEANT TO FURTHER LOOT THE SOUTH SUDAN OR KIIR IS ANTICIPATING AN ARMS EMBARGO WHEN HE SOONER THAN LATER ATTACKS THE SPLM-O FORCES, THIS WAY, MUSEVENI WILL KEEP SUPPLYING THE GUNS TO KIIR WITH THE AIM OF DEFEATING MACHAR’S ARMY.
          REGARDING YOUR INFERENCE OF SO-CALLED ‘SHAME,’ IT’S KIIR AND THE SPLM WHO CARRY THE NATIONAL SHAME FOR ALL THEIR DEBACLES AND UTTER FAILURES. STAY WELL.

          • Chol Mabil says:

            Editor;
            First of all you need to separate gossip from facts; I am very surprise that you’re saying things that has nothing to do with what the article actually said. Where does it say in the article that “South Sudan is or will buy weapons through Uganda? Second of all; South Sudan bought weapons before; when was it said South Sudan will never buy weapons anywhere unless through Uganda?

            What the article actually said is Military Corporation between South Sudan and Uganda in the say way it’s done in any other country. United States and Russia has military agreement of which it deals with downsizing nuclear weapons stockpile on both sides.

            Have you ever heard of NATO? North Atlantic Treaty Organization! Do you know its functions? Is it a shamed for any country to protect itself from the threat out or within its borders? You’re entitled to dislike the government but not entitle to lie about what the government is doing or not.

          • info@southsudannation says:

            MR. CHOL MABIL,
            WHAT’S THERE FOR US TO ‘LIE’ ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT THAT’S ITSELF A HABITUAL AND PATHOLOGICAL LIAR IN THE FIRST INSTANCE?
            THE STATEMENT ABOUT THE NEW ROLE OF UGANDA IN PURCHASING WEAPONS FOR KIIR WAS REVEALED BY NONE OTHER THAN KIIR’S OWN MINISTER OF DEFENCE, THE BUTCHER KUOL MANYANG.
            SECONDLY, IF KIIR REALLY WANTED TO PRESERVE AND UPHOLD PROUDLY OUR SOVEREIGNTY, HE WOULD HAVE PRUDENTLY SOUGHT TO RESOLVE THE DYSFUNCTIONAL SPLM CRISIS OF DECEMBER 2013 AS AN INTERNAL NATIONAL ISSUE.
            BUT, RUNNING WITH HIS TAIL BETWEEN HIS LEGS TO UGANDA, KIIR ABSOLUTELY DISGRACED THE IMAGE OF OUR NEW NATION. SINCE THAT SHAMEFUL CAPITULATION, KIIR WILL ALWAYS REMAIN A SLAVE TO UGANDA AND MZEE MUSEVENI NOW HOLDS KIIR VERY TIGHTLY BY THE BALLS.
            UGANDA NOW ALSO GIVES KIIR THE MARCHING ORDERS. SO, WHAT’S DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND HERE?????

    • joe says:

      Dear
      kiir has foreseen future challenges in terms sanctions by bigger nations making it difficult for south Sudan to directly purchase. If risk and kiir failed to negotiate peace,then most likely third friendly country will be used for arms shipment.

  2. Choromke Jas says:

    TREASON!!

    • Choromke Jas,

      I agree with you, but where are we going to find the court to charge Kiir with treason? Kiir himself is the judge, the chief justice, and he own the parliament and military. Lastly, the IGAD, AU, and US president “Obama” are behind him.

  3. Deng Deng says:

    Uganda has record of ‘Magendo Business”(Black Marketeering). Uganda bought junk helicopters sometime. In the end they killed several Ugandan air force pilots in Kenya on their way to Somalia. Uganda also sometime bought at exorbitant prices junk war tanks for RSS and later painted in Uganda before delivery to Juba. I am sure these tanks are not performing to their fullest capacity during the war in RSS.
    Military equipment and ICT equipment procurement are security sensitive stuff. The performance and servicing of these equipment should be strictly confidential between the buyer and the manufacturer to avoid leakage of conspiracy.
    Does RSS really need to go through broker(Uganda) to acquire military hardware? Does it mean RSS does not have procurement Specialists or experts at all in the whole country or in diaspora? When can we learn to be independent and rely on our procurement experts? When shall we learn experience if we so become dependent on other countries to do things on or behalf and to decide our destiny? There is no doubt, the motive is Planned CORRUPTION (5-10% commission) which later the SS tax payers have to carry the burden at the expense of few Greedy Ugandans and South Sudanes. Please give us a break and scrap that agreement! God Bless South Sudan.

  4. Nuer-Another Israel In East Africa says:

    Once a slave is always a slave!! Arabs slaved them very well when Nuer and Equatoria where battling Arabs. Now they are switching their master. New master is now Uganda!!

    • J.Chin Jacob says:

      Nuer-another Boko haram in East Africa,
      Can please refers me to that history or recorded facts where Mighty Dinka were treated as slaves while your food-lovers tribe and the cowards Equatorians ‘re regarded as freedom fighters obliged to liberates South Sudan without Dinka man commanding that particular faction?
      What a childish comment from an extremist Nuer with their constant wanathin mentality!

  5. Denis says:

    Dear, Deng
    I agree with your brief and honest observation. I was in Uganda from 1993-2005. The only solution is to change our government, not just Kiir. Change the whole lots- Executive, Legislature and Judiciary!!! Our people are just being fool by these incompetent and myopic gangs of thugs in Juba who are hell bent at mismanaging our resources for their own interest and that of those who could support them hang on to power.

  6. I agree with you Editor. South Sudan lost it “NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY”. South Sudan is more than fail states. You see the South Sudanese defense minister, Kuol Manyang, acknowledged South Sudanese population on SSTV that South Sudan government defends on Uganda warplanes and military to control oilfields and three states capitals of Greater Upper Nile. http://nyamile.com/2014/10/15/south-sudan-discusses-unification-with-uganda/ Shame on you Salva Kiir, Kuol Manyang, and Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang for selling out our beloved country and it resources.

  7. AGUMUT says:

    MIND Patriot Missiles. There is no LAW in South Sudan today and i think it has be watch very closely.

    • Nuer-Another Israel in East Africa says:

      At least AGUMUT woke up and understood that there is no law in South Sudan. We have seen lawlessness long ago. Warrapists do not see it because they are the law and cause of lawlessness.

      • AGUMUT says:

        Our brother Riek Macher is a GIFT from EVIL ALIENS,but South Sudan is now on the Brink of ONLY EDUCATED Generals.

        • Nuer-Another Israel in East Africa says:

          AUGUMT:

          Son of a slave, you need to mute. Arabs and British placed your people in slavery when the Nuer and Equatorian were against them. You gave in to them like women. Dr. Riek Machar detests slavery and thus, opted to seek separate South Sudan like many Nuer and Equatorian. This was the heart of 1991 disagreement. After your Dr. John Garang gave in to his slavery vision of United Secular Sudan, he came back to separatists and abandon his vision. You are not happy for that and thus, you had to find another Master to slave you. Museveni is now your Master, we Nuer will resist it like we did to British and Arabs.

  8. ATTENTION: ALL

    DINKA LEADERS,BOTH LATE DR.JOHN GARANG DE MABIOR,AND HIS SUCCESSOR PRESIDENT SALVA KIRR MAYARDIT,THEY ARE NOT GOOD AT ALL!!!!HOW POSSIBLE THAT THEY CAN ALLOW A UGANDA PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI TO DICTATE THE AFFAIRS IN OTHER PLACE IN SOUTH SUDAN GOVERNMENT???!!!

    DURING THE REGIONAL LOCAL AUTONOMY OF !972,THERE HAVE BEEN YET ANY INFLUENCED FROM THE LEADERS JOSEPH LAGU,ABEL,GISMALLA ABDLLAH RASAS AND ENGINEERING PRESIDENT JAMES JOSEPH TOMBURA IN UGANDA AT ALL!

    PRESIDENT KIRR,IS NOW ALLOWING SOUTH SUDANESE PEOPLE SUFFERING TO HELL WHILE HE IS WATCHING THEM ON HIS NAKED EYES WITH FEELING ANY PITY ON THEIR WELLBEINGS AT ALL!HE SHOULD DELIVER TO THEMTHE SERVICES IN THE COUNTRY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! BUT HE IS NOW GOING TO BUY ARMS WITH SUDANESE PEOPLE MONEY IN ORDER TO KEEP TO STAY IN POWER WHICH IS NONE! HE MUST GO FROM POWERS AT ONCE! ACTION WILL DECIDE!

    • Aj says:

      Chief Abiko Akuranyang Tangwo,
      for the first I have to 100% agree with your thoughts and it seems like many southerners have now realized that we are in danger of becoming a country that kill its own people. It’s not only that kiir kill his own fellow citizens with guns but also economically, created unnecessary hatred, class division clans against each other. Arab are now laughing their head off about us fighting to get freedom and our own nation and when we get it our own fellow treats fellow countrymen and women more that Arab .

      All junubin need to do is to shut down the oil field and entire government will collapse immediately. Look at how our government loot the money and take it to foreign countries and when the get sick they rush to those foreign nations. Why can the kiir’s government build at least a modern hospital in each state to safe life those who cannot fly to South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia etc because they don’t care about the regular Joe only them and their families.

      Stay well.

      AJ

      • Agutran says:

        Chief Abiko and AJ;
        I don’t think you have any idea of the different between “to be use and being used”! If you think president M7 is using pres. Kiir to run South Sudan then you’re utterly clueless! If you hire a mate to work in your home; who do you think is the master in control? According to your rusty logic it would be the mate!

  9. Chief Abiko Akuranyang Tangwo,

    I concur with you man. President Kiir is so foolish and now the Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is taking the advantage of Kiir foolishness to deteriorate South Sudan. President Kiir is deaf to hear the voice of South Sudan citizens, blind to see the suffering of his own citizens, too idiot to think about the cost of UPDF present in South Sudanese soil. Kiir does not know how to rule this country at all.

  10. bismark says:

    What do you think is going on? All this is a preparation of dry season military offensive war against SPLA-IO soldiers. Because GOSS expects arm’s ambago for failure to make peace possible in the country by world community, they think they can get their lethal weapons through Uganda, forgetting the sovereignty of the country is passed to another country. We are really in state of chaos. Just pray to God to save us from all these. Perhaps a change of political system in the country can save the citizenry.

  11. Defender says:

    The aim of the government on signing this agreement is avoid any potential sanction that will be imposed on it by the regional or international community. The government of SS is looking at an optimum position whereby it can by-pass any potential sanction. This type of politics is dangerous on many fronts. One, it undermines, as others have said, the sovereignty of the Nation. Second, it opens the door wide open to the Ugandan government to abuse every goodwill that is left for any meaningful understanding that South Sudan and Uganda are equal states. Because, if we are to call it by its name, South Sudanese government is abandoned what we have shed blood and limbs for, for over two decades, just to stay in power. This reality can only be understood to mean treason. Because understanding the normal process of applying this term, is when those entrusted with power and governance in the name of the people of South Sudan, that they abide by the constitution and the will therein prescribed.

    I hope the people of South Sudan understand the magnitude of the decision that the Ministry Defence entered into with another nation, whether that is Uganda or any other country. Because if you buy weapon, for another country, what makes that country not use the money to arm itself and funnel the old weapons that they have to south Sudan? these are questions that needs to be asked, lest we end up pay for nothing as we did with the weapons that was purchased during the Abyei War–weapons that did not function according to specs. As a result many of the brave South Sudanese died in 2008 when the fought Sudan Armed forces in Abyei. This reality is not farfetched but is not being replicated in the agreement signed between the government of South Sudan and Uganda.

    • Nuer-Another Israel in East Africa says:

      Slave thinks like a slave, act like a slave, and lording it over non-slaves. Thus, he beats non-slaves with experience. No surprise!!

  12. Chief Abiko! says:

    Dear Mr.Aj:

    The Southerners are killing themselves already!They are butchering their own people over democracy politics in the government! The common enemies of Sudanese people,they are laughing at Southerners!

    According to what they have said before that Southerners,could not manage themselves well.It has now become very true in front of God! I have heard by myself from northerners who are living in Missouri in USA with us in one place! There going be a blood will continue in the South Sudan in the government in the country if Southerners do not respect tolerant and a tribal bigotry!! Even though President Salva Kirr is out from office from power from his presidency!! Even Riak Machar,he will not do anything at all! Thank you.Do have a nice day! Back to you to the audience In the forum!

    Missouri,USA

  13. Warrior says:

    Dear all
    south Sudan problems can’t and will not be solve at once. we are fighting one another for just self interest of certain groups, but not the benefit of the country at large. during the 21 years of civil war our main focus was on the statehood rather than superiority of tribes. however we all knows the facts that during years of struggling Riek stabbed our movement in the back to achieve his political agenda, but he failed based on his ideology blaming later John Garang that he own the movement as his personal belongings. we all knows that Riek should be blame for his criminal acts causing major development to downfall. those who had died at the current conflict should condemned Riek for his criminal acts to change the elected government for people and by the people. I’m pretty sure that government of south sudan is working diligently to delivery services to the people and to counties level. especially in the most need areas.

  14. Martin L says:

    ” I’m pretty sure that government of south sudan is working diligently to delivery services to the people and to counties level.”
    Warrior get a grip! Government of RSS delivering services to people!! Yon can’t be serious! The reality is RSS government is looting, if not killing innocent South Sudanese, our resources. No one cares about the welfare of our people..

  15. Warrior says:

    Martin L.
    are you trying to tell me that RSS is not working diligently to delivery services to the people, but few individual like Dr. foolish murderer pulling the country down due to his personal interest. there’s no a perfect government in the world, all kind of governments are corrupt and looters whether in your own understanding about the current crisis in south Sudan. at large we are lacking a leader in south Sudan, but the few individuals we have are working for their self interest rather than people interest. we must ponder about the future of south Sudanese people.

  16. john jackson says:

    I think some of are so ridiculous to the extend that you do not understand the article b4 you comment on it. I know most you hate the Kiir’s gov’t but am telling u the way want it to be change will not change it trust me. Keep talking anyway. Am very sure some of you do not understand the word sovereignty.

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