Pageri County Authorities: Juba – Nimule Highway Operational Now
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[image: The Juba - Nimule Highway road was closed temporarily in August
The Juba – Nimule Highway road was closed temporarily in August 2016
*September 16, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— *The authorities in Pageri County say
they have not received any report of attacks along Juba – Nimuli Road since
last week, Hon. Emilo Igga told Nyamile Press.
This comes after the killing of at least eight people in different attacks
along the Juba-Nimule road over the past weeks. In one incident, armed men
stopped a Friendship bus on the road in Jebellein and opened fire on the
passengers; one person was killed and two others injured.
In another incident, more than seven people were killed in attacks on
different vehicles around Loa last week in which a truck and a mini-bus
were set on fire.
The road has been experiencing insecurity for the past one month, but
authorities have taken measures to secure the road by deploying more troops.
Contrary to what the authorities said in Pageri, the latest reports from
the border town of Nimule indicate that at least ten people were killed and
many others were wounded this morning along the Juba-Nimule road.
The attack, which was launched by unknown gunmen at 8 am, targeted a bus
known as Friendship and another bus known as Crown Coaches. According to
eye witnesses, at least ten people were killed in Friendship coaches and
many others were wounded.
The buses left Juba in the early hours of Sunday morning heading to Uganda
on government account that the road was safe.
Only a year after the government of South Sudan and the rebel group SPLA-in
Opposition signed an agreement to end the twenty months of bloodshed,
fighting has resumed in the neighboring counties.
A gunfire erupted in July, August and September this year in Imatong areas
as rebels battled the government forces which attacked their base there.
The setback for peace agreement between the warring parties started on 15th
August 2015 when President Salva Kiir walked away from Addis Ababa signing
ceremony only signed it in Juba ten days later. The reasons for his refusal
to sign the peace with his counterpart were that he wanted more
consultations to study the document and he didn’t want to betray his people.
“I don’t want to betray my conscience. I need to consult widely to confirm
that my signing of these documents is the right thing for my country,”
President Kiir reportedly told mediators at IGAD-Plus led talks.
Ten hours after the signing, the government forces attacked the rebels in
the Imatong state to which the SPLA IO deputy chief of staff for operations
Major General James Koang Chuol Ranley said the government troops were
overpowered and pursued through Pageri Town. Gen. Koang later reaffirmed
that his forces seized a lot of government’s hardware in good condition.
But today, Gen. James Koang Chuol warned the local population not to travel
along Juba – Numuli road because the SPLA-IO shut it down completely.
“The Juba – Nimule road is officially shut down effective from today. For
your personal safety and others, do not travel on this road,” announced Gen
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