Uganda and South Sudan police forces are to start conducting joint patrols along Oraba-Yei-Juba highway to eliminate thugs who are threatening trade between the two countries.
The two forces have signed a memorandum of cooperation following reports that some of the armed robbers who have been targeting Ugandan truck drivers along the Juba-Nimule road have relocated to Oraba-Yei-Juba highway. It is alleged that the robbers relocated as a result of joint operations by the Uganda and South Sudanese police forces on the Nimule-Juba highway that has been on for the last four months.
General Peing Kuol, the South Sudan Inspector General of Police told a security meeting in Arua on Saturday that their efforts must be focused Oraba-Yei-Juba highway, which is another important business route. He said those attacking Uganda traders are criminals and enemies of both countries who must be dealt with adding that, Uganda has done enough to bring stability to South Sudan.
He appealed to communities along the Uganda- South Sudan border to stop clashing saying they are related. General Peing Kuol argued that the international boundaries are artificial since they were created by the colonial governments.
Gen. Kale Kaihura, the Inspector General of Police appreciated the efforts by the South Sudan government to ensure security along the Nimule-Juba road saying it had become a death trap for Ugandan businessmen operating there. He says similar efforts should be put in place to address the problem along other highways.
The meeting that attracted security officials and politicians both countries, is the fifth in the last five. The meetings were prompted by the numerous complaints of harassment, torture and attacks on Ugandan traders operating between Juba and Kampala. Col. Magil Abdullah represented the South Sudanese Ambassador to Uganda at the meeting.