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.
destined for South Sudan has parked their vehicles in Elegu border town in Amuru
district to protest armed attacks on their colleagues. This comes a few days
after South Sudanese authorities handed over the bodies of four Ugandan drivers
who were shot dead in Ganji Lanya County along the Yei-Juba road in
South Sudan over the weekend.
Several other drivers are said to have been shot on
Wednesday this week. As a result, truck drivers have decided to stage a strike
in Elegu border town protesting the continued attacks. Currently, more than 1500
trucks have parked at the BLD Parking lot and along the
main road and streets within Elegu town council.
Suleiman Issa Tumwine, who lost his brother Hussein Katongole in the first
attack, says that the deceased was beaten and shot before his body was torched by unknown
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Tumwine says that before his brother was killed, the assailants called his
family members demanding a ransom of US$ 10,000, which they couldn’t raise
Derrick Senyonga, a Ugandan truck driver, says that they have decided
to park their trucks to compel the governments of both countries to stop the
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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.
He explains that there are over 30 new roadblocks between
Nimule and Juba where each driver is asked to pay an extra US$ 100 US approximately
Uganda Shillings 360, 000. He says that
they are now considering offloading the goods in Elegu, where they should be picked
by South Sudanese drivers.
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Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner, says he
has alerted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is already handling the
matter. Oceng says that plans are underway to register all truck drivers
who ply the route so as to provide them joint security to their destination.
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Oceng has also called for the intervention of the East
African Community to address the insecurity, which is threatening business. He
says they will soon announce substantive feedback on the way forward and
asked the drivers to stay calm. Recently, parliament demanded a report on the dead Ugandans
following the attacks in South Sudan.