Uganda Pledges to Foster Peace in South Sudan

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Gen. Ali says Uganda has vested interests in keeping South Sudan safe and secure for all inhabitants. Uganda cannot therefore let the people of South Sudan suffer because of such ethnic tensions, he adds.

Uganda is committed to foster everlasting peace in South Sudan, The second deputy Prime Minister Lt. Gen. Moses Ali says.

This after Africa’s youngest nation was plagued by ethnic tension and a power struggle within the ruling party that appears to have escalated after Kiir sacked Machar as his deputy earlier this year

At least 1000 people were reported to have been killed in the Violence that started mid-December. Another 800 were injured while up to 180,000 were displaced according to the United Nations.

Although Juba is now calm, unrest persists in other parts of the country.

But now Gen. Ali says Uganda has vested interests in keeping South Sudan safe and secure for all inhabitants. Uganda cannot therefore let the people of South Sudan suffer because of such ethnic tensions, he adds.

Gen. Ali further tells Uganda Radio Network that priority will be given to  rescuing Ugandans who are trapped in some parts of the country where fighting has persisted.  Government will then move in to bring peace using all available means.

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According to reports from the office of the Prime Minister, there is an influx of refugees in Adjumani and other neighboring districts in West Nile part of Uganda registered since the fighting broke out in the neighboring country .

Fatak Jogo the refugee desk officer for Adjumani says in the last one week they have received at least 100 south Sudanese fleeing the violence in their motherland. However, there is still no reception center for the refugees in any of the districts
 
 

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.