South Sudan

UPDF, SPLA to Fight Armed Robbers


viagra geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>“Since early June 2014, ask business communities plying the Yei – Yambio, Yambio – Wau road in South Sudan have registered incidents of armed robberies of their goods in transit and torching of their vehicles,” reads part of the statement sent to Chimpreports on Wednesday afternoon.

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“This is therefore to alert the general public that there are potential dangers along the Yei – Yambio, Yambio – Wau road and request them to take the necessary precautions until they are assured that security has been restored.”

The two governments explained that these security challenges have been confirmed by The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The insecurity along the trade corridor has in recent years disrupted the flow of goods to South Sudan.

This compelled truck drivers and traders to stage a strike in 2012, protesting harassment by armed gangs.

It took IGP Gen Kale Kayihura’s intervention to diffuse the tensions by assuring traders of maximum security when transporting their goods to and from the two countries.

The two governments later set up joint operations to hunt down the criminals thus restoring sanity at the border.

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said “relevant security agencies are working together tirelessly to flush out the armed robbers responsible for the insecurity.”

He added: “UPDF and South Sudan’s SPLA with the valuable support of UNMISS are committed to ensuring the safety and security of the people’s lives and property in South Sudan in particular and the region in general, and are working hard to address the security challenges.”


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