The ministry for defense has failed to produce a letter from the south sudan president salva kiir requesting the UPDF to deploy in war-torn South Sudan.
Last week, defense minister Chrispus Kiyonga told a special sitting of parliament chaired by speaker Rebecca Kadaga that the deployment was prompted by a request from South Sudanese president Salva Kiir who requested president Museveni to deploy in his country to help stabilize his country.
However, in a sitting today between the defense committee of parliament and defense ministry aimed at scrutinizing the contents of the Status of Forces Agreement between Uganda and South Sudan detailing the deployment terms and conditions, the ministry failed to produce this letter saying it is with the president.
In the defence and internal affairs committee chaired by Benny Namugwanya Bugembe the defense state minister Gen. Abubakar Odongo Jeje, and the ministry said it didn’t have this letter although it insisted that it exists.
Odongo said that this letter was a communication between president Yoweri [Museveni and Salva Kiir] and it was never copied to his ministry and therefore he couldn’t know its content neither could he access it.
The proceedings of the committee rendered impossible because the committee mps insisted that in absence of this letter, the discussions couldn’t take place.
However the deputy attorney general Fredie Ruhindi told the committee that the deployment was not done on a personal basis [between president Museveni and salva Kiir] but between governments.
Mp Ibrahim semujju said that government is going to forge the letter that invited Uganda troops to south sudan to persuade parliament that the letter was available.
Mp Muwanga kivu mbi said that they want to see the letter as parliament to know what south sudan government requested from Uganda