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Ugandans close shops in South Sudan to protest wanton killings

Soldiers of South Sudan People's Defense Forces

Soldiers of South Sudan People's Defense Forces

Ugandan traders have closed their food shops in Gumbo market, South Sudan to protest against the arbitrary killing of their business associates.

On Sunday, September 27, unknown gunmen waylaid three Ugandan traders en-route to Gumbo market and demanded a ransom of three million South Sudanese Pounds (about Shs 8.5 million) from each of them. Those kidnapped included Mayende Kamaadi, Ahmed Ssebagala and Peter Tusiime.

Mayende and Ssebagala were killed on Tuesday after the traders collected and sent about Shs 9.6 million as partial payment while Tusiime escaped on Wednesday night last week. Raymond Okot, one of the traders in Gumbo says Tusiime, who was driving and transporting tomatoes to Gumbo market from Uganda informed them that they were kidnapped along Nimule-Juba road near Nesitu bridge.

According to Okot, Tusiime who is undergoing treatment in Juba told them that Mayende was killed first and Ssebagala later after he was hit on the head with a hammer. Tusiime managed to escape while the kidnappers were carrying the bodies of his colleagues to dump in the bush.

Agnes Namuli, a bereaved trader implored Uganda and South Sudan governments to expedite the search for the two bodies so that they are accorded a befitting burial back home. She said; “We won’t open food shops in Gumbo market until the bodies of our colleagues are recovered.”

Meanwhile, Aisha Bako, another businesswoman says that several cargo trucks carrying merchandise from Uganda to South Sudan have parked in Elegu in a protest demanding for justice and their safety. According to the traders, four other traders were kidnapped on Thursday and their whereabouts remain unknown.

Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya, the UPDF 4th Division spokesman condemned the armed violence being meted against Ugandans in South Sudan which he attributed to criminal activities of rebel remnants. Daniel Justin Boula, the South Sudanese National Police Service said they are still carrying out investigation before making an official statement.

South Sudan is a key market for Uganda’s exports - accounting for $239.2 million in 2016, $299.3 million in 2017 and $355.9 million in 2018.

In 2011 South Sudan attained political independence, but it shortly plummeted into a series of civil wars which has made the security situation across the country volatile with plentiful of weapons in the hands of armed men who are without jobs and resort to criminality.

Several foreign nationals including aid workers have been killed in targeted attacks which makes South Sudan one of the most dangerous operating environments for foreigners in the world. More than 115 Incidents of violence, intimidation, arbitrary detention and kidnappings have been reported since 2013.

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0 #1 Lakwena 2020-10-06 11:03
In other words, we have an absentee government , which up the umpteenth times, looks the other way; says nothing and does nothing whenever uniformed South Sudanese soldiers and/or thugs ambush, waylay, rob and kill Ugandans.
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0 #2 imugombesha 2020-10-06 14:42
Simply don't take food for them baffe
whats wrong with us even after knowing some people don't want us we keep saying mbu our people
and for them here ts like ts their home
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+1 #3 Achier Atak 2020-10-06 18:50
I my self I need govroment to work hard about this incidence to stop criminal from doing those violence against traders .

We have no source of getting our own things this is an another economic crisis which the want course.
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+2 #4 Kalibbala 2020-10-06 21:37
Visit Buziga and Ggaba Road you will find residents of South Sudan Moving easily and Joyfully among Ugandans without Any Trouble of Xenophobia making Uganda the Only Country on the Globe where Everybody even Today's Tormentors to live Happily and Kill and Maim Wanainci at ease! This kind of Nonsense MUST Stop...No Body has ever Killed a Sudanese!!!

Why Must WE Die just because some Big Morons are Benefiting From Chaos at the Neighborhood!!WAKE UP UGANDANS!
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0 #5 Odongkara 2020-10-07 11:06
Quoting Lakwena:
In other words, we have an absentee government , which up the umpteenth times, looks the other way; says nothing and does nothing whenever uniformed South Sudanese soldiers and/or thugs ambush, waylay, rob and kill Ugandans.


Sorry to correct you my sister Lakwena. When you think and say that Ugandans in South Sudan are being killed by these uniformed armed persons, you get it completely wrong.

The truth is that the country is a no man's land where the gun rules. The rule of law and order is only spoken of but not done. These gangsters don't segregate between nationalities.

Actually on a daily basis many, not two or three, South Sudanese are senselessly gunned down. The death of a human being is regretable but these criminals don't give a damn towards anyone who crosses their path. The only way out is to stay out of that country.
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0 #6 Odongkara 2020-10-07 11:28
Ugandans or any foreigner who has lived or done business in South Sudan should have known better that this is a country where the gun rules.

Lawlessness is tbe order of the day. Killing is just like a hobby. The killings and violence are not selective or segregative towards a particular group or nationality.

South Sudanese equally suffer from their wrath like any other foreigner. It is an absolute lie to think or say that it is only Ugandans who are victimised. As long as you cross their path you are victim regardless of your nationality.
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0 #7 Odongkara 2020-10-07 11:29
Secondly, closing shops or businesses will not hurt these criminals in anyway and both governments of Uganda and South Sudan cannot be of any tangible value because elements of the SSPDF and UPDF are as well involved in this group of unknown gunmen.

You really can't categorically place blame on a particular group, it is very hard to identify.

The only solution out of this, just stay away from the country but if you also want to earn money by doing business in the country, then prepare for any eventuality. You do it at your own risk.
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0 #8 Odongkara 2020-10-07 12:10
Quoting Lakwena:
In other words, we have an absentee government , which up the umpteenth times, looks the other way; says nothing and does nothing whenever uniformed South Sudanese soldiers and/or thugs ambush, waylay, rob and kill Ugandans.


Lakwena it is reported today 7/10/2020 that the son of the former governor of the Central Equatoria State, Gen. Clement Wani Konga, was killed by "unknown gunmen" in a mysterious incident at the outskirts of the capital, Juba.

It is false to insinuate that these are targetted killings against Ugandans.
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0 #9 Lakwena 2020-10-08 15:30
Quoting Odongkara:
Quoting Lakwena:
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Lakwena it is reported today 7/10/2020 that the son of the former governor of the Central Equatoria State, Gen. Clement Wani Konga, was killed by "unknown gunmen" in a mysterious incident at the outskirts of the capital, Juba.

It is false to insinuate that these are targetted killings against Ugandans.


Clearly understood Odongkara. I can now understand why Amin why and how between 1971 till his Waterloo in April 1979, Amin deployed and used these thugs in his notorious State Research Bureau to kill and make disappear the Acoli and Langi.

Mr. M7 replicated the same strategy by deploying (conscripting) and using the heartless and stateless Banyarwanda refugees to do the same to the same tribes, between 1981 and 2005.
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