Unknown Gunmen Shoot Ugandan Driver, Burn Truck in South Sudan

Major General Martin Kenyi was recently dropped from South Sudan People's Liberation Army High command

Unidentified gunmen have shot two Ugandan drivers and set a blaze one truck at Mori Adru village along the Juba-Nimule highway, 60 kilometers from Nimule Town.

Major General Martin Kenyi was recently dropped from South Sudan People's Liberation Army High command
Major General Martin Kenyi was recently dropped from South Sudan People’s Liberation Army High command

The gunmen ambushed five trucks that were returning to Uganda on Tuesday night after delivering food items to the United Nations World Food Programme-UNWFP Offices in Juba town.

The gunshot victims have been identified as Ronald Tamale, a resident of Mayuge district and Isaac Kazungu. Tamale was hit in the right thigh and is currently admitted at Nimule Hospital.

Despite sustaining serious injuries Kazungu managed to drive through the ambush. Two other drivers identified as Christopher Sendagire and Rover Henry, managed to escape unhurt although their vehicles were badly shot at.

Henry explains that they were driving in a convoy of five vehicles when they entered an ambush at Mori Adru at about 11:00pm. He says the gunmen started shooting forcing him to flee for dear life into the nearby bush for safety. He says the gunmen followed him and tasked him to inform the Ugandan government to evacuate its nationals from Juba or face the wrath of the war they are going to wage.

The gunmen later set a Ugandan truck registration UAQ 976U on fire. The other trucks that were ambushed are UAL 176N, UAQ197U, and UAT171R, Kenyan truck KAT980R.

Lt. Ibrahim Sekidu, UPDF 4th Division army spokesperson says a combined team of security operatives from Uganda and South Sudan has started investigating the incident.

He says there are reports linking the armed men to Major General Martin Kenyi, one of the top South Sudanese army officers who was dropped from the high command in a recent military reshuffle.

Sekidu says that immediately after he was dropped and transferred to Pageri area, some of the soldiers loyal to General Kenyi threatened to block the flow of goods from Uganda to South Sudan via Nimule border point.

Emilio Igga, the Pageri Area Administrator is worried that the attack may stifle business in Juba and other towns as vehicle owners may decide stop sending their trucks to the country.

He says local police and other security organs are investigating the incident to bring the masterminds of the attack to justice.

Recently, hundreds of refugees mostly of Madi tribe in South Sudan fled into Uganda through Nimule for fear of fresh clashes between the government forces and the new rebel group. Last week, three Ugandans were reportedly shot by unknown gunmen in Juba and Bor town.

Nimule border point is the key transit route in and out of South Sudan for Ugandan traders. It is preferred by traders because of its relatively good quality road network.

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