Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have had a clash with the South Sudan People Defense forces (SSPDF) at Ngoromoro border leaving two of its soldiers killed and another captured by the UPDF.
The spokesperson for South Sudan People Defence Forces Major general, Lul Ruai Koang told Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday that the incident happened when UPDF entered South Sudan territory and opened fire on their soldiers in the border town of Pugee.
“Yesterday (Tuesday) at around 1 pm, UPDF crossed to Pugee in Magwi County and when our soldiers at the border heard heavy vehicles coming toward them, one soldier tried to see what was happening and then UPDF started spraying bullets and arrested him and when other soldiers heard the gunfire and tried to go to the area they fell into an ambush and two of our soldiers were killed,” Kaong said.
“After the UPDF entered Pugee barracks, they managed to collect two bodies of SSPDF soldiers plus one soldier that was captured,” Koang said. “They were all taken by the UPDF and up to now we don’t know why Uganda army entered into our territory.”
Koang said the top military leaders from both countries are in communication and agreed that the bodies of the two deceased and captured SSPDF soldiers will be handed over to South Sudan at 10 am in Gulu town in Uganda today.
The UPDF spokesperson, Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso, told Radio Tamazuj that the problem started when South Sudanese army entered Uganda on a motorbike and started harassing people.
She also confirmed through her social media that both diplomatic and military engagements are on going to restore normalcy along the border.
“The people called the army and when the army tried to talk to them these guys just opened fire causing an exchange because the Ugandan side also opened fire,” she said.
According to Brig.Byekwaso, “As a result, we killed two from the other side and we also captured one.”
When asked that the SSPDF claims that UPDF entered South Sudan, Brigadier Byekwaso said, “we did not enter South Sudan but they came to Uganda to claim a motorcycle.”