UPDF reconsidering withdrawal from CAR

Uganda is reconsidering an earlier decision to completely withdraw from the Central African Republic.

The Chief of Defense Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, confirmed the UPDF pullout from forward bases to Obo in Eastern Central African Republic, but said there was no definite date yet for the final withdrawal.

Now the army spokesperson Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda says the African Union asked government to allow its troops stay up to at least December next year when a replacement will have been found.

In 2012, the DR Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic agreed to form a Regional Task Force (RTF) under the African Union in a joint initiative to fight LRA, but UPDF has been the only active force hunting the rebels in the jungles of CAR.