Strike Paralyzes Business at Uganda-S. Sudan Border
A week-long strike by long distance truck drivers has paralyzed business at Uganda South Sudan border in Amuru district. More than 1,000 trailers laden with food, fuel and other manufactured goods remain grounded at Elegu Parking ground, in Atiak Sub County, few meters from South Sudan border town of Nimule.
The drivers say, they have suspended movement into the volatile country due to persistent insecurity, arbitrary killing, harassment, extortion in duty levy and mistreatment by security personnel inside South Sudan.
Jacob Musau, a Kenyan driver with Hassan General Trading Company in Juba said some Lorries have been grounded at Elegu border point since Good Friday. He said most drivers striking are from Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.The drivers say they will not leave the border point unless the government of South Sudan undertakes dramatic measures to guarantee their security. They say that short of this guarantee, they will be forced to abandon the goods at Elegu, where owners inside South Sudan can be able to collect them.
Located at the extreme north of Uganda, Elegu border point is separated from Nimule border town in South Sudan by narrow Unyama River valley.
Early this week, the striking drivers barricaded the trade route with zigzag parking across its length. They re-opened the route after meeting undisclosed South Sudan government officials who pledged to beef up security.