It re-emerged in February, nine months after another outbreak in the same province was declared over. Eleven confirmed cases and one probable case resulting in six deaths and six recoveries were recorded in four health zones in North Kivu, from February 7, when the Ministry of Health announced the resurgence of Ebola in Butembo, close to the border with Uganda.
Their concerns follow a fresh attack on cargo trucks early last week in which a Ugandan driver was beaten to comma by gunmen, while six Kenyan nationals were hijacked and their trucks abandoned on the road.
The victims have only been identified as Mohammed, the driver of truck registration KBS 735W with his turn-man; Abdirizak the driver of KBM 742R, Shueb who was driving truck registration SSD 512S and Abdillahi and his co-driver, they were aboard KBT 720J truck.
The IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu says that the young people are particularly vulnerable to being mobilized into destructive occupations such as ethnic and politically motivated violence, criminal enterprises and radicalization into violent extremism.
Fred Mukasa Mbidde served as EALA Representative before and during Mfumukeko’s term. He says that it was his managerial skills that were more of a problem to his leadership than the people he had to serve.
Mfumukeko lists a number of achievements during his term, in various areas like agriculture, health transport, energy and trade and investment.
The EAC belongs to all of us - the people of East Africa, and I have taken on the duty to work towards a prosperous, secure and politically united region, that is people -centered and private sector driven -Dr. Mathuki
Batula Hussein, an elderly mother who lost his son Hashim Ismail, 36, in the attack told URN on a phone line that the deceased trucker was the only breadwinner in the family. Hashim’s body was reportedly burnt in his truck beyond recognition and buried in South Sudan.
The observation was made by professional bodies, economic analysts and government officials in the wake of trade standoffs and political quarrels, amongst EAC member states. Currently, in the region, Uganda is facing trade barriers with Kenya as several Ugandan products like sugar, poultry, milk and grain, are either blocked or restricted by quotas and tariffs.
Allan Ssempebwa, the UNRA Media Relations Manager, says that the exponential increase of heavy traffic transporting cargo to South Sudan has strained some sections of the road than earlier on anticipated.
Speaking to URN in an interview on Thursday, Mwatela disclosed that the number of the truckers killed is more because the gunmen torched over 40 trucks along the Yei-Juba route. He said the South Sudan authorities have since handed over the bodies of two Kenyan truckers.
Marino’s arrest came a day after his Ugandan wife was detained at Bugolobi Police Station together with Panda – Pier Village LC I Chairperson, Joseph Tomusange, who was caught with 2.5Kgs of worked Ivory pieces following a trap laid by officers from the Natural Resources Conservation Network (NRCN) working closely with detectives from the Uganda Police Force who presented themselves as buyers of the ivory.
Fredrick Joseph Otim, the Bureau's Inspector says several substandard goods are being sneaked out of the country into South Sudan and the same goods find their ways back into the country through the porous border points.
Diana Nabiruma, the Communication Officers at the Africa Institute for Energy Governance-AFIEGO, indicates that besides anonymous persons cautioning them against engaging project affected persons and documenting their concerns, they have lately started registering cases of suspicious people trying to disrupt their community meetings.
Zedi Male, the Vice-chairperson of the Truck Driver’s Association, insists that the attacks are not being perpetrated by rebels as the South Sudanese authorities are claiming but they are being executed by government forces. Male says that the latest attack occurred near a military barracks.
“The project has also reduced annual weather-related deaths on the lake by 30% - thus saving more than 300 lives per year, while economic benefits of the project are estimated at US$ 44 million per year,” says the study.
The women traders also pointed out that the flourishing informal trade can be very beneficial to the border residents due to the quick and improved livelihoods through job creations but they highlighted that such ventures are undeniably risky.