Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) has accused Uganda troops of invading South Sudan and allegedly redeploying UPDF soldiers into the country.
South Sudan armed opposition (SPLA-IO) accuse Uganda of breaching the August 2015 peace agreement that called for withdrawal of Uganda’s troops from the territories of the world’s youngest nation grappling with years of civil war.
A senior SPLA-IO military official which is under First Vice President, Riek Machar, said hundreds or even thousands of Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) have been spotted sneaking back into the war-ravaged South Sudan on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The military official further warned that Ugandan troops are crossing over through Parjok payam in Magwi county of Eastern Equatoria state, east of the national capital, Juba, and another convoy crossed the border through Paluar payam of Keji-Keji, Central Equatoria, south of Juba.
Corresponding reports from locals in Magwi County indicate that Ugandan troops have been spotted crossing over to South Sudan in large numbers.
In defence, Ugandan military officials have downplayed the crossing over as an act of aggression saying UPDF are after suspected Uganda’s opposition army reportedly being troops inside South Sudan.
Riek Machar’s SPLA-IO has accused the UPDF of instead taking side in the internal war and prolonging it.