The governments of Uganda and South Sudan have agreed to patrol Nimule-Juba highway as a security measure to protect drivers, traders and travellers. This agreement is a response to the recent attacks and killings of lorry drivers by unknown militia.
The 1st Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda and East African Community Affairs, Rebecca Kadaga said there will be strict security patrols to protect the users of Juba-Nimule route in a tweet.
” Uganda has expressed it’s concern at the continued assault, attacks and killings of Ugandan travellers on the Juba-Nimule sector. Agreement has been reached with South Sudan government to establish security patrols at every 10km mark. There will be protection by convoy escort,” She said.
“To further secure the lives of the travellers the joint chiefs of staff of the UPDF and South Sudan will be meeting next week. I have also drawn the attention of my counterpart to the continuous breach of the common market protocol by South Sudan government,” she added.
Kadaga’s announcement comes just three days after Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Okello Oryem travelled to South Sudan to engage it’s government to guarantee security of the Ugandan traders.
Last month, unknown gun men shot and killed two Ugandan truck drivers who were transporting goods to Juba, South Sudan.