President Kiir condemns attack on Uganda-bound buses

Friday October 14 2016

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has called for

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has called for calm and a spirit of forgiveness in Africa's youngest nation 

By Agencies

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has called for calm and a spirit of forgiveness.

Kiir, pleaded with parents and relatives who have lost loved ones in tragic incidents that have engulfed the country to avoid revenge but pray for peace to return to South Sudan.

"I want everybody to remain calm. Nobody should take law into their hands to go and revenge, it is not time for revenging; it is time for forgiveness even if we get those who have killed people. We will still forgive them because they don't know what they are doing," Kiir said.

President Kiir was making reference to recent ambushes on several commercial vehicles along the Nimule-Juba and Yei-Juba roads.

In the latest attack, three Uganda-bound buses were ambushed by unknown gunmen along Nimule-Juba Highway in South Sudan on Monday. The buses included Echo Bus, Gateway bus and Friendship Bus Company that were waylaid at Jebellein, 50km from Juba and about 120 kilometers from the Ugandan border at Elegu in Amuru District.

They were traveling to Kampala when men wielding automatic rifles emerged by the road side and forced them to stop. One bus was instantly burnt while two others were stopped and looted before the attackers fled the scene.


In the other incident, up to 30 people were killed and 20 others injured in an ambush on commercial vehicles along the Juba-Yei road on Saturday. The vehicles carrying over 200 passengers were stopped at gunpoint at Ganji, an area between Lainya and Juba, forcing some of the passengers to flee into the bush for safety.

One of the Ugandan buses that was attacked and
One of the Ugandan buses that was attacked and burnt to ashes

The gunmen, according to survivor accounts, then started separating people on the basis of their ethnicity from others by asking people whether there were members of ethnic Dinka or not. They then executed all ethnic Dinka, including women and children before setting one vehicle ablaze.

But president Kiir said South Sudan has suffered for a very long time and that his government would not accept any fighting. "If there are elements still among us doing their job in between us, it will be a matter of time, we will handle them." he said.

Meanwhile, Kiir made a public appearance in the streets of Juba town on Wednesday afternoon to refute rumours about his death. He went into an open pickup vehicle accompanied by some senior government officials to the neighbourhoods of Gudele, Kator, Malakia and Konyo-Konyo.

"Of course nobody can come to the media to deny his or her own death but this is what you have now subjected me to. I am alive and well. I want to assure my people of South Sudan that what they heard were all fabrications by the enemies of peace."

Kiir said those who wishing him death don't want peace.