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Nimule-Juba Highway Safe for Travellers- Uganda Security :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Nimule-Juba Highway Safe for Travellers- Uganda Security

Nimule-Juba highway remains a strategic international trade corridor that connects Uganda and other East African countries into the Heart of South Sudan’s Capital Juba. Insecurity along the highway has however over the past years left several people dead, others injured, and goods looted as unknown armed men lay ambushes targeting civilian and cargo vehicles.
Some of the cargo trucks that have piled up at Elegu border point in Amuru District near the Nimule Border Point.

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Ugandan security has assured travellers that the Nimule-Juba highway in South Sudan is safe despite threats of insecurity by a suspected armed group.

This comes just a day after a group calling itself the Joint Command Council (JCC), led by John Aborcup Akuer cautioned travellers against using the busy highway until further notice. Without specifying any date, the armed group warned that the highway will remain closed until the government commits to pay a monthly salary of 200 US Dollars to each soldier in the armed forces. 

Amuru Resident District Commissioner Stephen Odong Latek told Uganda Radio Network that whereas they don’t take the threats lightly, the busy highway remains safe for travellers to continue using. Latek says that as of Monday morning, traffic was flowing normally into Nimule Township and beyond but notes that they have taken precautions to guarantee the safety of the travellers.

According to Latek, they have informed their counterparts in South Sudan for extra security for the travelers adding that patrol soldiers have since been deployed along the highway to avert any possible attacks on civilian travelers. Latek has however called for calm among the locals as the two countries investigate the alleged threats.

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Army spokesperson Brig Felix Kulayigye says there is no need for Ugandans to panic over the warning issued by the armed group arguing that Uganda has no problem with South Sudan. He also notes that travel guides will be issued at the Elegu border point based on the security assessment of the highway.

“The advice can only be given confidently at the border, all the security agencies are represented at the border,” Kulayigye said.

The armed group also in their press statement yesterday claimed to have attacked a military base inside Nimule Township and called for the evacuation of civilians as it allegedly engaged with the forces of President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar. But a high-ranking Ugandan military officer at the Elegu border point told URN on condition of anonymity that no such attack ever happened in Nimule Town.

“As a neighbour as somebody who is on this side, Nimule is very peaceful, people are going about with their businesses, and the civilian community doesn’t even know that something like that is happening. That report is only on social media. If Nimule is cut off, you wouldn’t see our trucks moving,” he said.

Magwi County Commissioner David Remson Otto on Sunday dismissed the claims as baseless arguing that no military installation in Nimule town was attacked recently by the purported armed group.

He notes that the group was seeking attention by issuing propaganda messages to destabilize the current peace the country is enjoying. Otto says the Nimule-Juba highway is safe and calls on travellers not to fear using it.

John Idra Kovuki, the LCIII Chairperson of Elegu Town Council told Uganda Radio Network this afternoon that passenger vehicles and cargo trucks were crossing into Nimule Town normally. He added that there is no panic among the travellers.

Nimule-Juba highway remains a strategic international trade corridor that connects Uganda and other East African countries into the Heart of South Sudan’s Capital Juba. Insecurity along the highway has however over the past years left several people dead, others injured, and goods looted as unknown armed men lay ambushes targeting civilian and cargo vehicles.

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