The Government of Uganda has issued a serious concern to its South Sudan counterpart and condemned the killing of unarmed Ugandans inside the northern neighbour.
A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of Public Diplomacy, described the killings as “reckless murder”.
“The Government of Uganda condemns in the strongest terms possible the reckless murder of Ugandans,” said part of the statement.
The recent killings took place at different times on 29th March 2021, where up to eight (8) Ugandans were shot and killed by yet to be identified gunmen. The latest attacks took place on the Yei – Juba route.
“Following the news of the attack, the Government of Uganda conveyed its serious concern to the Government of South Sudan and has worked with it to facilitate the return of the bodies of the deceased,” said the statement.
“The Government of Uganda is working tirelessly with the Government of South Sudan to recover the remaining bodies.”
Kampala called on Juba to secure the routes from Uganda to South Sudan.
“The Government of Uganda has further appealed to the Government of South Sudan to restore security along routes from the Ugandan border points into Juba, to facilitate safe movement of persons, goods and services,” said the statement.
The Government also appealed to Ugandans to exercise extreme caution as they travel to South Sudan. “They (Ugandans) should note that violent crime, such as carjackings, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies, and kidnappings have taken place in South Sudan, particularly the Oraba – Kaya – Yei – Juba road.”
The Government extended heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of the attacks.