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SOUTH SUDAN- UGANDA INTERIOR MINISTER MEETING IN ELEGU ON SATURDAY

Nimule, 24 Oct 2021; On Saturday South Sudan’s Minister of Interior Affairs, Paul Mayom Akech met with his Ugandan counterpart Internal affairs Minister General Kahinda Otafire, in the Elegu town council Amuru District. The two Minster met in closed doors and they did not give a press statement. 

However, a source who attended the closed-door meeting between the two ministers revealed to South Sudan Liberty news that the discussion mainly focused on preventing the recent surge of insecurity along the Juba-Nimule life-saving highway. 

Armed groups, many analysts suggested that are mainly from within the security forces and people in uniforms majorly from the government forces have attacked, robbed, and killed many foreign truck drivers, including Ugandan and Kenyan truck drivers, the attacks along the life-saving Juba-Nimule highways have also claimed the lives of two catholic nuns on 22 August, when their vehicle was attacked by armed uniforms. 

According to one of the eyewitness nuns who survived the accident, the attackers are from South Sudan people’s defense forces (SSPDF) a claim neither denied nor accepted by Juba. 

While in Nimule the Minister was said to have met some local government and selected Dinka Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) however, details about the closed-door meeting in Nimule remained unknown. 

The same source who had knowledge about the meeting stated that the discussion majorly focused on the security threat on the lives of Dinka IDPs and their cows' grazing in Ma'di and Acholi land. 

The unnamed source further said the interior Minister promised to boost security to the cattle herders and ensure their staying in Ma'di and Acholi land can't be threatened by the indigenous host communities. 

However, SSLN cannot independently verify the authenticity of the statement made by the unnamed sources. Previously the Dinka in Nimule asked the Madi host community to recognize them (the Dinka) as one of the clans of Nimule, in their utter nonsense, they said those Madi who cannot find it in their hearts to accept them to be Dinka-Madi should relocate to Loa, Pageri, etc. 

We in South Sudan Liberty News can independently verify that there are more military detaches being established in the Madi area along the Juba-Nimule highway more than ever, all the military detaches are mainly erected in civilian residential areas this was done after President Kiir visited Loa to celebrate 100 years of Loa Roman Catholic Centenary celebration in August 2021. 

The military detaches are erected at Mountain Gordon, Jeleyi, Loa Okudu Maria, Nyongwa, Kerepi primary school, Kerepi Mutala, Moli Au'efuni, Moli Tokuro (Trading center), and Kit. In each detachment there are more than 200 soldiers and the interior minister made a stopover in every detachment on Saturday, it was not clear what message he gave to the soldiers. 

Andrew Olweny 

SSLN 

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