A Ugandan has been shot dead in Monday’s fighting in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.
Willy Katende, an eye-witness at the Uganda-South Sudan border, Nimule, says that the body of an unidentified male adult was driven across the border-post into Uganda, at about 10:30pm Monday night.
Though the dead man’s identity could not be established, Katende says that the vehicle carrying the body, was being escorted by the Uganda Police from that point, headed for Arua town.
Katende, the eye-witness, is the Spokeperson for Uganda Bus Drivers’ Association. He and other bus dirvers, plus their passengers, have been stuck at Nimule since the wee hours of Monday morning, due to closure of the border post.
Earlier, reports from the Uganda Media Centre quoted Okello Oryem, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, saying that there were no reports of any Ugandans being caught in the gun-battle in Juba.
Fighting erupted in Juba Sunday night, and lasted till about Mid-day Monday, believed to be between two army factions, one loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, and the other to President Salva Kiir.
In his address to the press on Monday, Kiir desribed the gun-battle as an attempted coup, and said his security forces had foiled it. He said they were also in pursuit of former Vice President Machar.
A dusk-to-dawn curfew was also declared, till the situation in Juba normalises