Two S. Sudanese solders killed by UPDF laid to rest

Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Kong briefs a group of solder during a military parade |Photo: Gettyimages

October 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–Two South Sudanese servicemen killed during a border-related dispute between South Sudan and neighboring Uganda have been laid to rest.

On Thursday, the SSPDF lost its two soldiers following a fierce firefight with a Ugandan Mechanized Unit over a disputed area in Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria State.

As the two countries learned of the incident, an arrangement was made to handover the bodies of the deceased soldiers to South Sudan.

In an interview with Radio Tamazuj on Friday, the SSPDF spokesperson Lul Ruai Koang confirmed that they had received the bodies, “We have received the two bodies including our soldier who was captured with their guns in our border there. These bodies were buried yesterday in the evening in the same place.”

“Four other soldiers were killed in Kajokeji and some of our people died in a way we cannot understand. The best solution is that the border should be known by Uganda, they are the ones disputing this land,” he added.

The SSPDF military leadership appeals to the Ugandan government to cease violent confrontations and find an amicable way of resolving the border dispute.

“First, the issue needs a political solution using colonial references. The military solution cannot help because soldiers don’t talk, they fight,” he said. “Our politicians in South Sudan and politicians in Uganda should sit and reach a political solution and the technocrats will show us the border.”

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