Uganda has been accused of defying a European Union arms embargo by procuring firearms and ammunitions from at least three EU members Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia and transported them to war torn South Sudan against the United Nations Security Council resolutions which imposed an arms embargo on Juba in July this year.
The revelation was made by the London-based Conflict Armament Research (CAR), which on Thursday last week implicated Uganda against supporting the Juba administration even as it promotes itself as a “impartial negotiator” in the five-year conflict.
The report also explains how Uganda armed both sides of the South Sudan conflict from 2014 through the intermediation of neighbouring states, networks of brokers and intermediaries, via air and land.
“South Sudan’s immediate neighbours have been the main conduits, and sometimes sponsors, of weapon supplies to all sides in the conflict,” says the report.
It added; “These cross-border supplies have in some cases included weapons, ammunition and aircraft lawfully exported to South Sudan’s neighbours from China, the European Union, and the United States.”
China has also been named in the report, given that its ammunition is by far the most prevalent among all sides in the civil war.
The Kampala government is yet to comment in regards to the latest revelations which put Uganda on the negative side as opposed to as being promoter of peace.