It is clear that Ugandan soldiers deployed in South Sudan are not fighting to protect national interests but are rather there to prop up a failed regime of President Salva Kiir whose time has come to pass. Uganda is footing the entire bill of the war, according to some of the critics of president Museveni.
But President Museveni says he sent the UPDF to South Sudan because he did not want the South Sudan to collapse. He says that the UPDF task force in South Sudan is doing well and moving ahead.
The president has made the disclosure today at Bombo barracks while addressing the army Council.
Museveni says, “I sent troops to South Sudan which is affected by a conflict. We did not want them to collapse.” President Museveni says that the two main groups in the neighbouring South Sudan being led by President Salva Kiir and Mrs. John Garang were with the Uganda Government.
President Museveni, whom many people in East and Central Africa now refer to as a ‘despot’ says that the UPDF is moving on well in South Sudan.
President Museveni once again reminded the military and all Ugandans at large that when the NRM Government came to power in 1986, Uganda’s economy was down because of low revenue collection.
He notes that due to low revenue collection, the Government could not fulfill all the public demands. Museveni observes that Uganda’s GDP was only US $ 1.5 billion as compared to the current figure of Uganda shillings 70, 000 billion (about US $ 28 billion). Museveni says he is pleased to note that the expected revenue during the 2013/14 financial year is Uganda shillings 9,000 billion and is confident that with good budgeting the Government would achieve a lot towards service delivery.