First Bus From Kampala Safely Arrives In Juba

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Jacob Alioni, a booking clerk of one of the operators says they are waiting for the successful return of the Eco bus coach before they take a decision.

 
Eco bus has resumed operations to the South Sudan Capital, Juba. Police stopped Ugandans buses from plying the Juba route when clashes broke out in the country on July 7th. However, Eco bus dispatched a coach to Juba from its terminal along Bombo road in Kampala at 8:30pm on Monday night.
 
 
One of the travelers on the coach told URN on phone that they arrived in Juba on Tuesday at around 12pm. The travelers included South Sudanese and Ethiopian nationals. Rashid Adam, an official of Eco Bus, says they didn't encounter any trouble along the road to Juba.
 
 
He says they dispatched the coach on the recommendation by their management in South Sudan. A second bus is expected to leave for Juba from Kampala at around 8:30pm. However, some of the bus companies that ply the Kampala-Juba route, say are waiting for clearance from Uganda Police because they resume their operations.
 
 
Jacob Alioni, a booking clerk of one of the operators says they are waiting for the successful return of the Eco bus coach before they take a decision. Isaac Owani, a booking clerk for Three bus companies, says although some of the companies want to resume their operations they haven't received Green light from Police.
 
 
He says Baby coach currently plies the Paidha route, Friendship coaches goes to Kitgum while Goldline and many others stop at Elegu border post. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says they have not cleared any buses to resume operations.
 

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Although our reporter found several trucks destined for Juba loading merchandise in Arua Park, he didn't see any travelers.  URN also learnt that a bus belonging to Baby coach that stuck in Juba following the clashes arrived in Kampala on Sunday.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.