JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
on Wednesday launched the road safety campaign in which it
distributed protective gear to hundreds of commercial
motorcyclists in a bid to prevent accidents.
The UNMISS head
David Shearer told journalists that commercial motorcyclists,
the common means of transport in Juba and surrounding towns in
South Sudan, are critical to the economy of the country.
“It is great
pleasure to be supporting the boda boda (commercial
motorcyclists) in Juba. Without you Juba would come to a
standstill and nobody would be able to travel around. And we
understand that you do a big service to the economy of Juba and
South Sudan,” he said in Juba.
Shearer noted that
most families are being sustained by this business amid ongoing
around Juba have been blamed on reckless motor cycle riders,
coupled with the incessant robberies that are aided by use of
Taban Michael 27, a
commercial motorcyclist since 2008 and still pursuing studies in
clinical medicine said the 1,500 helmets and reflector jackets
donated by UNMISS will improve their protection during work and
help distinguish them from criminals.
“The helmet protects
me when I get accident and the reflector jacket will identify me
at night,” he said he and host of colleagues marched through
Juba streets in a campaign dubbed ride of peace and safety.
motorcyclist Vuni Kennedy Wani, 26, said they now feel more
secure at work and will no longer spend their hard earned money
on purchasing the expensive helmet, adding they are free from
being harassed and arrests by police authorities.
“These days even
riding a motorcycle is a problem especially at night, people
(robbers) will just attack and you don’t know where they are
coming from. So we need peace,” he said.
He disclosed that
some of their workmates have died due to persistent insecurity
and several have had their motorcycles stolen.
South Sudan shuts
down mobile phone firm over dispute
JUBA (Xinhua) --
South Sudan’s telecom regulator has shut down
mobile phone firm Vivacell’s network, accusing the operator of
not complying with the country’s laws and regulations.
Ladu Kenyi, Director
General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), effected
the shutdown on Tuesday midnight following the expiration of a
“We are shutting
down all the traffic of Vivacell because of non compliance. We
are tackling one company at a time. If we are finished with
Vivacell, we shall come to others,” Kenyi said in a statement
broadcast on state radio Tuesday evening.
The South Sudanese
authorities had earlier suspended Vivacell’s international
traffic and ordered it to close within a week. The company’s
local and international traffic services have all been
Kenyi said Vivacell—a
joint venture between Lebanon’s Fattouch Investment Group and
South Sudanese traders—has been operating without a license in
disregard of the country’s communications law.
The official said
the government would ensure that Vivacell customers would get
compensation for losses caused by the shutdown.
“We are asking the
public to bear with us and be patient because we are showing
that this country is sovereign because no body will come here
and play with our regulations,” Kenyi said.
Vivecell is yet to
respond to its closure. But last week, the telecom company said
in a statement that it regretted the suspension order and said
was working with authorities to settle the matter.
Kuwait’s Zain and South Africa’s MTN, remain operational in