By Ivan Tolit
Three cargo truck drivers are in police custody in Amuru district in connection to the protest at the Uganda-South Sudan border town of Elegu.
The suspects, a Somali national and two Ugandans were picked on Tuesday following the chaos that erupted between cargo drivers at Elegu border point.
Hundreds of cargo truck drivers rose up in arms on Monday protesting hiked taxes levied on vehicles and goods entering and exiting the country, extortion by South Sudan authorities, and nsecurity along the Nimule-Juba Highway.
The strike that had entered the second day on Tuesday however turned rowdy after drivers delivering perishable goods demanded to cross into South Sudan while their counterparts insisted on maintaining the standoff.
Stephen Odong Latek, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner says the suspects attempted to incite all cargo truck drivers to maintain the strike ignoring the fact that others had perishable goods. He says police had to intervene to quell the standoff between the drivers, which had paralyzed normal business at the busy border point.
In August 2021, business at the Elegu border was brought to a standstill when truck drivers entering and exiting South Sudan held a similar protest.