Breaking: Heavy Fighting Along Juba-Nimule Highway

By Magak Benjamin Michael,

Nimule,

A heavy fighting along the Juba-Nimule highway could cut off Juba from East Africa by road(Photo: file)

A heavy fighting along the Juba-Nimule highway could cut off Juba from East Africa by road(Photo: file)

August 6, 2016 (Nyamilepedia) —— A heavy fighting started this morning (Saturday) along the Juba-Nimule vital life serving road. It is reported that fighting started in the early hours of Saturday morning and the government forces are still being dispatched from Nimule to reinforce their colleagues but some contigents were reportedly ambushed around Loa-Pageri area. The source cliams that there are heavy causalities.

It is reported that this vital life serving Juba-Nimule road, the A43 which is the only major road connecting South Sudan with neighboring Uganda is now closed and no civilian transports are allowed to leave from Nimule to Juba.

There is no immediate report about the number of causality but as of now the fighting is still going on. An attempt to reach the spokesperson of SPLA-IO (captain Theophilus Pitia Badru) operating in Magwi County and along the Juba-Nimule highway was in vain as he phone is unreachable.

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In the past SPLA-IO operating along this vital life serving highway threatened to close down the road indefinitely if their forces are provoked and attacked by government forces and their militias’ allies.

In the past few days government forces have been waging robotic ethnic cleansing in Ma’diland, therefore some people here in Nimule speculated that the fighting could be now retaliation on SPLA-Kiir’s forces for killing seven unarmed civilian in Loa last Saturday, two elderly men and a woman in Kerepi, Ikwa, and three more civilians at Kerepi Lunyayo.

This morning fighting along the life-serving highway means that Juba is going to be lockdown indefinitely and the civilians who are trying to escape through this route will have no more escape route to neighboring Uganda.

If the fighting ends in favor of the rebel forces, then this could cut off the government military supplies coming from Uganda on land through this road, and consequently hunger and starvation will increase in Juba and eventual Kiir will not succeed in achieving peace through violent.

Please stay tune as we bring to you more updates about the unfolding situation along Juba-Nimule highway.

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13 comments

  • The squatting cattle herding community of Jaang in the area are said to have fled in disarray towards Uganda and are waiting a pretty hostile welcome by the local communities there who fear disruption of their lifestyle as they are not a cattle herding communities.

    Viva to the Local Equatorian Defence Forces
    Viva SPLM/A-In-Opposition.

    Equatorian are pushed to the edge and Jaang will pay with buckets of blood.

  • I am doubting this information, I have just reached juba this morning through Nimule Juba road and I have not seen any sign of the fight you are reporting. Please can you verify your source properly.

  • South Sudanese people need to realise that whatever they do for the cause of climbing up the leadership’s ladder by forces will definitely impact on the whole population regardless of whether ate on government side or rebel side . So I believe that the most people to suffer are civilians. If the situation continue that way we will be not only like Somalia but we will be having a country with segmentation in governance , and if that takes place, South Sudanese people will taste the bitterness of ” not being able to handle political issues in a dramatically way “.

  • immagine the government machinery used to respond an ethnic group . kirr , you pretend always to pray in kator which God do you worship when this is all in your

  • Didn’t we say that Kiir is committing suicide!!!

  • Kiir and his allies are more desasterious,the security and stability will not stable ,only after the thirt parties have reached juba,and addition the return of machar to juba,

  • They will regret one day the Jieng Council Of Elders, Dr. Riek defeat them from East Africa, UN in New York, and in Africa Union, Now every bodies in South Sudan hate Dinka, did they know that they are heading to wrong way?
    my people Dinka it is better to give up before it too late.

  • U absolutely right people are talking in the media about the situation in South Sudan why people are dying? I don’t think anyone like to keep pushing the violence in the country rather than Salva Kiir government against IO soldiers, let’s be honest and clear don’t have to point fingers u supporting the Rebel against gov.

  • That’s impossible why posted get it deleted?

  • How can this happen when Taban says he is in control?
    And peace afreenebt implebtation should be childs play with both negotiators in sane bed/government.
    Kiir says peace (malong something different).
    Out of control government. Bring in UNMISS 50 000 well armed and trained soldiers please

  • You are wright,because the cowardices aren’t in control(salvage and malong) in any way in juba,and around the country.

  • The JCE will definitely face what they plan for themselves they thought they are wise enough to kills all Nuer but now the turn will be to them

  • Southsudan will be a country with too many different types of military units deployed in different parts of corners and there will be no looting food or different types of gangster untrained militas from jaang under Paul Malong or Salva Kiir boys from Gogrial’s Luak.