Crime & Investigation

VIDEO: Uganda, South Sudan Police to Crush Terror Cells; Boost Juba-Nimule Security

The two Police forces of Uganda and South Sudan have set up task teams to immediately begin tracing for Ugandans who were abducted by South Sudanese rebels following an ambush along the Juba – Nimule road.

A total of 22 Ugandans were abducted but only 7 have been found so far.

In a bilateral meeting held between two delegations from Uganda Police Force and the South Sudan National Police Service in Kampala on Saturday, health it was agreed that the two sides prioritize using their intelligence services to find the missing people.

Uganda’s delegation was led by the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura while his South Sudanese counterpart Gen. Makur Marol Aduot led the visiting party.

The meeting held at Kampala Serena Hotel aimed at reviewing the status of a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the two Police institutions in 2012.

The discussion touched a range of issues but the most central one being the insecurity along the Juba – Kampala and Kampala – Oraba – Kaya – Yei – Nimule highways which has recently led to attacks and looting of property.

In a joint communiqué issued after the talks which took close to six hours, approved both parties agreed that permanent deployments and joint patrols be established in the dark spots along the route.


“Joint clusters on the border between Uganda and South Sudan and the highway will be formed based on areas of cooperation like; border security, counter terrorism, road safety, crime, disaster management and information sharing,” the communiqué read after the talks by Asan Kasingye the Assistant IGP for Uganda at Kampala Serena Hotel said.

“The joint operations will develop a watch list of suspected criminals and monitor the movement of people and property.”

Gen Kale Kayihura said securing the movement of people especially traders on the route between the two capitals was a major challenge and stressed that resolutions be implemented without delay.

“We are hitting the ground running for the sake of our people whose fate lies in our hands. Time is a luxury we don’t have. We are determined to use the framework of our cooperation to revive our joint operations,” the Uganda Police chief said.

Other resolutions from Saturday’s bilateral talks included detection of illegal arms and weapons on the border, dismantling terror cells, pursuing criminal gangs, carrying out regular security reports from both sides.

South Sudan’s Inspector of Police Gen. Makur Marol Aduot said the meeting was ‘nice’ and that resolutions were good for the people of both countries.

“We shall work jointly with Uganda Police to ensure security of our people and the route from attacks,” Gen. Makur said.

On finding the abducted Ugandans, he said; “Some relatives of two abducted Ugandans have already been contacted by the abductees asking for ransom. We asked them to provide the telephone numbers on which they were contacted so we can use our intelligence services to trace them.”

Gen. Makur had earlier issued an apology for all Ugandans who were killed or attacked in South Sudan and promised to restore order.

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