UPDF officers look at seized weapons after a battle near Bor in South Sudan. Photo/Defence Press Unit
A source close to President Museveni’s government told The EastAfrican that Kampala was not about to withdraw the Uganda People’s Defence Forces from South Sudan until after the elections next year, as it was keen on a continuity of the Salva Kiir presidency.
Uganda is a key ally of both China, mainly on the economic front, and the US in its war on terror. It remains to be seen whether Uganda is playing a dangerous game in supporting President Kiir and by extension advancing Chinese interests to outsmart the Americans.
The demand by Washington on the other hand has re-energised demands by Machar’s side for a UPDF withdrawal before talks can resume.