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Uganda warns citizens against danger on Nimule-Juba road

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December 17, 2014 (KAMPALA) – The Ugandan government on Wednesday warned its citizens exercise caution while travelling along the Juba-Nimule highway linking Uganda to South Sudan.

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Uganda army spokesperson Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda (new vision)

The warning came days after rebels led by the former vice-president Riek Machar claimed responsibility for attack on the lifeline highway, which resulted into the destruction of two trucks loaded with food and another military pick-up.

Speaking on the situation for the first time, Uganda military spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda on Wednesday told his country’s citizens to be careful in the area.

“This is a caution to Ugandans using Juba-Nimule road. UPDF (Ugandan People’s Defence Force) and SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) are concerned and assessing the security situation,” Ankunda pointed out.

“Two vehicles were burnt and one John Tamale injured. Take caution along Juba-Nimule road,” he added.

While South Sudan army has not yet issued a statement, senior officials in Eastern Equatoria state confirmed the incident, but were unsure of who carried out the attack.

Rebels military spokesman, Brig Lul Ruai Koang, said their forces in Equatoria under the overall command of General Martin Kenyi carried out the attack with the aim to disrupt connections between the South Sudanese capital and the bordering town of Nimule which leads to neighbouring Uganda.

“In two separate combat actions, Salva Kiir’s first bloody nose in Equatoria, the SPLM/SPLA forces under the command of Lt Jada Anthony Tibi, attacked, demolished and burnt down three trucks loaded with food items intended for Salva Kiir’s militia,” Koang said.

Nimule-Juba road is vital for the country as it is the only tarmacked road leading to a neighbouring country. Most of the imports to South Sudan of different kinds come from Uganda through Nimule border.

The Ugandan army spokesman, however, said the UPDF would continue to assist SPLA to ensure that the road is secured in yet another military front from the rear.

(ST)

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  • 18 December 2014 07:29, by Kur William

    Rebels under Dr.Riek are doing everything as they can to brought juba govt into their knee but it is very impossible for them to accomplish their mission as mightily SPLA are too good to tackle this outlaws groups.The ensuring safety of Juba-Nimule road does not need Ugandan army to involve SPLA will do the job!!!

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    • 18 December 2014 08:22, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Don’t blame the Dinkas later when they liberate and settle in your areas for good. the current system although not perfect have accorded Equatorian all the previleges they do not deserved due to their coward back-stabbing during the war. you will regret the choice of Martin Kenyi and his followers. your peaceful land will be reduced to ashes and looted joyfully and lay waste.

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      • 18 December 2014 08:35, by Mr Point

        Is this the vision of the future South Sudan?

        No development. No institutions. No peace. Ever.

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      • 18 December 2014 11:47, by Eastern

        Oduk, now is the to actualise your empty threats. Let’s step into the battle fields in the jungle of Mighty Equatorians to test the waters.

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