Logistics Sector Players Be Aware Of Nimule-Juba Highway- KTA Warns
Increased rate of insecurity along Nimule-Juba highway. Cases of vandalisms and burning of
vehicles have been consequently reported.
Kenyan transporters have been warned against crossing over to South Sudan due to high rate of
insecurity along Nimule-juba highway.
In a press release, Kenya Transporters Association Chairperson Newton Wang’oo indicated that
several drivers have so far been killed with their trucks either burnt or vandalised. He advised all
transporters to withdraw their services to South Sudan until security is guaranteed.
“We wish to advise all transporters not to risk the lives of their drivers and their trucks by continuing to offer transport services to South Sudan as the country remains highly volatile,” he urged.
Those already en route were urged to deliver the goods to the customs yard at Elegu Border. Wang’oo further called on South Sudan Government to protect drivers and trucks in the country and also compensate for lost lives and destroyed properties. The highway is notorious for ambushes and illegal roadblocks by some of the militia groups in South Sudan.
In April this year, the association had given a similar warning over insecurity within the highway.
The country returned to normalcy after seven years of war in February 2020, following the formation of a transitional government of national unity. Some groups have, however, refused to sign the peace deal, allowing continued sporadic attacks on civilians across the country.
In May this year, South Sudan law enforcers in solidarity to the East African community offered bounty on highway attackers. In a notice, the police service said it is seeking information on the whereabouts of the bandits behind the numerous road ambushes and kidnappings on major highways linking Juba to key towns in the country.
“This is to inform the general public that police is looking for the following people seen in the picture below, with help for their arrest, police is putting up Sh2 million South Sudan Pounds ($40,000) to anyone who will give information that will lead to their arrest,” the notice read.
While Lappset kicks off, actively its most businesses are expected to encroach their investments in the northern market. However it’s urgent if SMEs and other players such as logistics teams in the industry consider security as their priority first.Mombasa, Kenya.
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