The SPLA car that crashed now parked at Yumbe police station. Photos by Andrew Amvesi
By Andrew Amvesi
Yumbe. Three South Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers have been confirmed dead while five others sustained serious injuries following a road accident in Yumbe district.
Police said the accident occurred along Yumbe–Koboko road in Gojuru village, Kuru Subcounty on Monday.
Josephine Angucia, the West Nile police spokesperson said eleven armed SPLA soldiers were aboard a South Sudan military Land Cruiser vehicle with registration number SPLA 02302HQS at the time of the accident.
“The SPLA Land Cruiser came in a head on collusion with a Canter motor vehicle UAY 874A which was distributing beverages in Yumbe district leading to the terrible accident,” said Angucia.
Police Public Relations Officer for West Nile region, Josephine Angucia who confirmed the accident
She identified the dead as; Corporal Joseph Dhel Akuch, Private James Abraham Jacob and Corporal Mabio Deng Kuch.
Those in critical condition were identified as; Sergent Kabino Mariak Mayot, Sergent. Abraham Kuol Madut, Sergent. Akeen Chan Bol, Sergent. Agam Ujulnu Clian and Corporal Bol Maduok Arou.
Meanwhile those, who escaped unhurt, were the team leader Maj. Akol Manjil, Corporal Isia Taban Benit and Private Peter Makol Mungai.
Angucia also noted that the two passengers in the Ugandan truck were not injured in the accident.
She said all the soldiers are attached to Kajo Keji military barracks in South Sudan.
According to Angucia, the soldiers requested for permission from Ugandan authorities to use the Ugandan Moyo–Yumbe–Koboko route to take salary for their colleagues in Kaya, saying it was the shortest route for them.
She observed that the SPLA were driving at high speed and on the right hand side of the road forgetting that they were already in Uganda.
The PRO said the injured SPLA soldiers were at first rushed by police to Yumbe hospital and later transferred with the bodies of their colleagues to South Sudan.