Crime & Investigation

Gun Battle in Juba

SPLA are fighting rebels in the Upper Nile State

In the wake of the attack on Garissa University in Eastern Kenya, abortion students at Makerere University have Friday morning held a march to the Kenyan High Commission as a sign of solidarity with their counterparts.

Carrying placards and chanting slogans denouncing the terror group Al Shabaab and their acts, viagra approved more than 100 students gathered at the university Freedom Square from where they proceeded with their march en route to the High Commission along Acacia Avenue.

Students set off from Makerere University main campus

Students set off from Makerere University main campus

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“Terrorism is an act of cowardice. It’s not taught in Islam and it is against humanity. We need to join hands to fight terrorism, order “read some of the placards by the students who in addition carried the Kenyan national flags.

Speaking to ChimpReports, the Makerere Guild Information Minister Musa Byamaka said it was a gesture of standing together as students all over Africa, to show support to their brothers and sisters from Kenya.

Others hoisted Kenyan flags in solidarity

Others hoisted Kenyan flags in solidarity

“We need to stand together as Africans and denounce the acts of the Al Shabaab insurgents. We say no to terror acts because we are all humans who don’t deserve to be killed in cold blood. We should not be intimidated by a small group of self-seekers hiding behind the name of religion. We must condemn such barbaric acts,” Byamaka told this website.

Meanwhile, the students led by their Guild President David Bala were received at the Kenyan High Commission by the High Commissioner Col. Julius Ngera.

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They told him that the attack on Garissa University was a direct attack on students from Uganda.

“We feel that after Kenya, the same attacks might come to us. We send our condolences to the students
and parents who lost their loved ones during the attack,” noted Bala as he passed on the condolence message to Col. Ngera.
In response, the Kenyan High Commissioner expressed gratitude towards the gesture by the students which he described as a sign of brotherhood between the 2 East African countries.

“It’s a manifestation of the true friendship between Uganda and Kenya and this spirit should be kept burning because we are the same community sharing the same aspirations,” Col. Ngera said.

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“We are determined as a country to be at the forefront of fighting terrorism within Africa and the world at large. We however ask communities and religions to preach against terrorism because it is evil.”

In the wee hours of April 2nd last week, 4 gunmen launched a fatal attack on Garissa University College in which 147 students were murdered and scores left injured.

Somalia based armed group, Al Shabaab later claimed responsibility for Kenya’s deadliest attack by terrorists since the 1998 bombing of the United States embassy, which killed 213 people.

There was a sporadic and mysterious gunfire exchange in the South Sudan capital city of Juba on Thursday afternoon as a yet to be confirmed group of people heavily engaged police for several dozens of minutes before escaping into thin air.

The gun battle started near a commercial bank in Juba before graduating into a deadly chase game, drug with security forces chasing the gunmen in the busy city streets.

Such incidences are a common feature in Juba since many weapons remain in the hands of civilians and ex combatants.

A security source who was not involved in the yesterday`s action but witnessed the event, said he earlier thought it was a bank robbery but the characteristics of the events did not add up.

“I first thought it was a major bank robbery across almost all commercial banks in the vicinity but it was a foot chase on the streets and no vehicle, which is common in such gang style activity, was involved,” as source told ChimpReports.

Defence officials said police were hunting down dollar black market traders only for thugs to open fire of law enforcement officers.

“The people who fired bullets at cops intended to frustrate a security operation against acts of economic sabotage,” said a military official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Sources say Police had for long been planning to storm and dismantle the ring of black market dollar merchants.

The dollar black market trade is a thriving business thus undermining the value of the South Sudanese pound.

The South Sudanese economy is on the brink of total collapse due to the internal conflict and low oil production levels.

President Kiir recently said, “The oil prices are likely to remain low for some years to come, as the supply of oil in the world is high and demand is low. This leaves us with few options for addressing this economic hardship.”

He added: “We need to look to what we can do by ourselves,  I urge our people and private sector to double their efforts in tilling the land – starting from this agricultural season – and to earn our living from our land rather than depending on oil and importation of food from the neighbouring countries.

Our Ministry of Finance must also double its efforts in mobilizing non-oil revenues and use wisely such revenues for making our economy to function, particularly investment in agriculture and facilitating credit to our private sector firms interested in agriculture, as well as settling their debts.”


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