JUBA, 3 April 2021 – Two days after four Ugandan drivers were ambushed and killed crossing into South Sudan, Kenya Transporters Association has raised safety concerns for their drivers.
Five people were burnt to death and three others injured in South Sudan on Thursday when gunmen ambushed a convoy of trucks returning to Uganda on the Juba-Nimule Road.
A growing number of Kenyan trucks have been set ablaze and drivers killed as well as they travel into South Sudan.
“We wish to advise transporters not to use the Yei – Juba road as there is no guaranteed security by the authorities,” the Association said in a statement.
It called on drivers who are already en-route to arrange with clients to collect their goods at the Customers yard in Elegu Border.
The Juba-Nimule highway connects the capital of South Sudan to the border with Uganda and is also the main route Kenyan drivers use to ferry transit goods to South Sudan.
Drivers plying the roads from neighboring Uganda and Kenya into South Sudan have been victims of a growing number of ambushes and illegal roadblocks set up by South Sudanese armed militia groups.
A South Sudanese military spokesperson on Friday blamed National Salvation Front (NAS) rebels for the mid-week attacks on Ugandan drivers.