UPDF deploys at Uganda – South Sudan border citing unknown armed men
Written by David Gwenyemera on August 5, 2021
There is a heavy deployment of Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers at the Uganda-South Sudan border in Okuti Paris, Kitgum District.
The deployment comes three weeks after hundreds of unknown armed men dressed in military wear were sighted camping at Lunyili hills in Ikotos County, Eastern Equatoria state in South Sudan, a few distances from Ugandan Border.
Peter Owit Obol, the LCI Chairperson Akilok Central Village that neighbours Okuti Parish says that army trucks carrying heavily armed UPDF soldiers started entering the area on July 26 and have been advancing towards Lucom army detach in Lucom village at the South Sudan border point a few distances from where suspected rebels are rumoured to have pitched their camps.
Brig. William Bainomugisha, the 5th Division Infantry Commander has today confirmed that the army has deployed new forces in the area but downplayed the move as an advance to flush out the armed men.