Having only just rid itself of one meddling neighbour, the Central African Republic must now contend with another as Uganda declares war on the Seleka rebels. Already, fighting between Ugandan troops and Seleka forces has killed at least 17 people. Will this compromise Uganda’s role as peacekeeper?
Earlier this week, Ugandan troops in the Central African Republic engaged in several fights with rebels from the Seleka movement (the motley crew of mercenaries and militants that, with support from Chad, briefly held power in Bangui last year). At least 17 people were killed – mostly rebels, but at least one Ugandan soldier too.
This raises several questions, the most obvious being: why is there a Ugandan military presence in CAR in the first place? The answer to this has absolutely nothing to do with the current conflict in CAR, and everything to do with a certain Joseph Kony and his wandering, marauding Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA has long used the virtually ungoverned spaces of eastern CAR as a base in which to rest, regroup and launch new attacks. For nearly as long, Uganda has been launching cross-border raids, with or without permission from the central government…
Source : Daily Maverick