Another Ugandan national has been shot dead in the ongoing fighting in the South Sudanese capital, Juba. The dead has been identified only as Aloro, a driver from Koboko, who has been working with Civicon construction company in Juba. On Monday, a Ugandan national was reportedly shot dead in the fighting.
The dead has been identified only as Aloro, a driver from Koboko, who has been working with Civicon construction company in Juba. An employee of Civicon who preferred anonymity told Uganda Radio Network that Aloro was hit by a stray bullet at his home in Jebel, a suburb of Juba. He was reportedly in his house when a stray bullet hit him on the head on Tuesday afternoon. The source says the fighting is still ongoing in various parts of the city including Gudere, Munuk and Jebel.
This is the second reported death of a Ugandan national in the Juba fighting which broke out on Sunday night. On Monday, another Ugandan was reportedly shot dead in the fighting. Willy Katende, an eye-witness at the Uganda-South Sudan border, Nimule, told URN that the body of an unidentified male adult was driven across the border-post into Uganda, at about 10:30pm on Monday. Though the dead man's identity could not be established, Katende says that the vehicle carrying the body headed for Arua town.
Katende is the Spokesperson for Uganda Bus Drivers' Association. He and other bus dirvers, plus their passengers, have been stuck at Nimule since the wee hours of Monday morning, due to closure of the border post.
The South Sudan government has confirmed that at least 27 people have been killed since the fighting began on Sunday. More than 140 others have been injured according to government. But a source in Juba says the number of dead and injured could be much higher. There are reports that Juba Hospital is overstretched and that some of the victims are being transported to Nimule Hospital.
The border is still closed and no vehicles, whether with people or goods are allowed past the border. Only the vehicles coming from Juba side are allowed to cross into Uganda.
Earlier today, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said more than 67,000 people were camped at its compound and that they were running out of basic needs such as water supply. Reports from Juba now indicate that that water is running out in the city whether for domestic or other use. All trucks transporting drinking water are stuck at the Nimule border post.
The hunt for Dr Riek Machar, the sacked vice president is still on, after President Salva Kiir accused him of being behind an attempted coup. Machar, an influential politician who is one of the heroes of a brutal war of independence waged against Sudan, was removed from office in July this year as the power struggle in the ruling party came to a head.
Machar was, however, not removed from his position as deputy leader of the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), and has said he will contest the presidency in 2015. He has openly criticized Kiir, saying that if the country is to be united it cannot tolerate a "one man's rule or it cannot tolerate dictatorship." He leads a faction of the party that is opposed to President Kiir’s style of leadership. At the time the fighting broke out on Sunday, Machar’s group had walked out of a party meeting that was to endorse the constitution and party manifesto.
On Monday, President Kiir declared a curfew in the city after more than 10 hours of fighting.