Police Stops Ugandans Heading to South Sudan Top story

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Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga says the ban is aimed at protecting the lives and property of Ugandan traders as the clashes in Juba rage on.

Police has stopped Ugandans from traveling to South Sudan until the tense situation in the country is resolved. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga announced the ban at Naguru Police Headquarters today, saying the move is aimed at protecting the lives and property of Ugandan traders as the clashes in Juba rage on.

"As a precaution, we urge all business persons and other Ugandans with plans to travel to South Sudan to cancel their plans since the situation is still tense and potentially dangerous," Enanga said. On Sunday, Police blocked unspecified number of Ugandans and trucks from crossing into South Sudan.

Only five buses returning from Juba to Kampala were allowed to entry after passing through five check points. Bodies of two Ugandans killed in the fighting, which started on Thursday last week were handed over by the South Sudan police to their Ugandan counterparts on Saturday. 

The dead have been identified as 35-year-old Dr. Ben Chandinga, a Pharmacist and 39-year-old Ceaser Batele, a driver with United Nation. So far 250 people are reported to have been killed in the war that has pitied forces loyal to South Sudan president, General Salvar Kiir and those loyal to his vice, Dr. Riek Machar. 

Meanwhile, buses plying the Kampala-Juba route have suspended their operations. Some of the companies that have suspended their operations include Eco, Friendship, Baby and Gold Line Coaches. The bus operators say that although they are conscious about losing their coaches to the war, there are no travelers to South Sudan. 

Moses Feni who works with Gold Line coaches, says all the buses plying the South Sudan route are grounded until the situation in South Sudan improves.

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Badru Okuku, an employee of Eco Bus Company says they will wait for communication from their company before resuming operations. Isaac Owani, a booking clerk for one of the bus companies, says they currently dropping travelers to Nimule border, which has taken a huge toll on their earnings.

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A South Sudanese traveler, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, says despite the fact that he was determined to travel, there were no buses. He said he had urgent family matters to attend to back home, but will wait and try next week.