Withdraw from roads leading in and out of Juba – S. Sudan’s Mine authority tells mine clearance organizations.
Jurkuch Barach Jurkuch, the chairperson of South Sudan’s national mine authority, said that due to increasing insecurity on the roads, all mine clearance organizations are to withdraw from roads leading in and out of Juba.
The call comes weeks after reports of attacks on Juba-Yei and Juba-Nimule roads.
Mr. Jurkuch says the mining groups have been advised to halt activities indefinitely along the Juba-Yei, Juba-Nimule, Juba-Mundri-Maridi, and Yei-Kaya—Morobo roads.
About two weeks ago, hundreds of commercial trucks carrying goods bound for South Sudan stopped at the borders this week, with drivers refusing to complete deliveries because of insecurity.
A series of armed attacks on vehicles in South Sudan last month left at least 15 people dead and with the level of insecurity on the major roads of South Sudan, truckers say they won’t leave Uganda and Kenya until their safety can be guaranteed. Though the government intervened and promised to provide security on the roads.
South Sudan relies on the highway that runs from the Nimule border with Uganda to Juba for the supply of food, petroleum products, and other imported commodities from Kenya, Uganda, or beyond. It is one of the few roads tarmacked in the country.
Though for long, unresolved tension between state ownership of oil and mineral resources and individual
and community ownership of the land surface presents a fundamental dilemma to the mining sector.
But with the soaring insecurity on major highways, the government needs to focus on providing maximum security for the mining organization.