KAMPALA, (The Southern African Times) – Uganda and South Sudan have agreed to carry out patrols along a major route to the latter’s capital, Juba in a bid to stop attacks on travelers by armed militants, a top government official said here on Saturday.
Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s First Deputy Prime Minister, also Minister for East African Community Affairs said the patrols would be set up every 10 km along the route from Uganda to Juba.
The agreement comes after Uganda expressed its concern about the continued attacks and killings of Ugandan travelers on the Juba-Nimule route.
Uganda on Tuesday announced it was in talks with South Sudan over a growing number of deadly ambushes on South Sudanese territory targeting transit trucks.
Local media reported on Tuesday that at least seven Ugandan drivers had been killed by militants in areas between Juba and the border with Uganda.
In April Uganda asked South Sudan to compensate families of drivers who were killed by unknown militia in different road ambushes.