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JUBA - 23 Mar 2020

3 presidential guards injured in accident involving Kiir’s motorcade

Three presidential guards sustained minor injuries on Sunday in an accident involving South Sudan’s presidential motorcade in Juba.

The president’s spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, told Radio Tamazuj on Monday that three presidential guards sustained injuries as President Sava Kiir’s convoy was heading to St. Theresa’s Cathedral Parish in Kator to attend the installation of the new Archbishop of Juba.

 Ateny said the accident was caused by a Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle that was coming from the opposite direction on Tombura road.

According to Ateny, the driver who caused the accident ignored police orders to clear the road and hit the presidential motorcade which was heading to St. Theresa’s Cathedral Parish.

“The driver refused to stop when ordered by the police. Also, the presidential guards fired bullets into the air to stop him but he refused to do so,” Ateny said.

The spokesman explained that the three presidential guards sustained minor injuries when they blocked the road by their vehicle to prevent the Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle from hitting President Kiir’s car.

He said investigations into the accident are ongoing.” The motive behind the incident remains unclear because investigations by police authorities are underway,” he concluded.