Nimule is a city in the southern part of South Sudan in Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria. It lies approximately 197 kilometres (122 mi), by road, southeast of Juba, the capital of South Sudan and largest city in the country.[1] The town also lies approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi), by road, north of Gulu, Uganda, the nearest large city.[2]

Nimule
Nimule is located in South Sudan
Nimule
Nimule
Location in South Sudan
Coordinates: 03°35′46″N 32°03′49″E / 3.59611°N 32.06361°E / 3.59611; 32.06361Coordinates: 03°35′46″N 32°03′49″E / 3.59611°N 32.06361°E / 3.59611; 32.06361
Country South Sudan
StateEastern Equatoria
CountyMagwi County
Elevation
2,460 ft (750 m)
Population
 (2006 Estimate)
 • Total45,000
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)

Overview and historyEdit

In 1901, Nimule was the base for a British punitive expedition against the Lango, which had raided neighbouring districts. The Longo had been supported by Sudanese mutineers, who were all captured or killed by the British force.[3]

On 19 August 2013, the South Sudanese parliament decided to upgrade Nimule Town to City Council status, administered by a City Clerk. Some in the county have protested, calling for wider consultations.[4]

On April 7, 2014, the Mountain Trade and Development Bank expanded into the Eastern Equatoria state by opening a new branch in the town of Nimule.[5]

On October 6, 2017; Uganda had pledged to supply power to two South Sudanese border towns as part of the Eastern Africa Power Pool agreement; that calls on all member states to connect electricity to each other. Uganda's energy minister Simon D'Ujanga said "400 kilo-volts of power will be supplied to the towns of Kaya and Nimule to boost socio-economic activities in the border areas.[6]

PopulationEdit

The population of Nimule was estimated at about 45,000 in 2006. The current population is not publicly known, as of December 2014.[7]

One stop border postEdit

In February 2020, the one stop border post (OSBP) on the Nimule side of the border was officially opened for business. The OSBP was built at a cost of US$5 million with financing from Trademark East Africa. The OSBP on the Ugandan side at Elegu was completed earlier and was commissioned in November 2018. During the calendar year ending December 2019, South Sudan imported goods worth US$364 million from Uganda.[8]

EconomyEdit

Commercial bank branches:

Transportion and infrastructureEdit

  • Juba-Nimule Road - 119 mile road, that connects Juba to Numule SS Highway A43.
  • Gulu–Nimule Road - 65 mile road, that connects Highway A104 in Uganda with South Sudan Highway A43.
  • Nimule Airport - The airport, (IATA: N/A, ICAO: HSNM) has a single unpaved runway which measures 1,188 metres (3,898 ft) in length.
  • Nimule National Park - The national park is located just outside town, to the north and to the east.

Proposed improvementsEdit

AccidentsEdit

  1. On 7 October 2006, a heavy truck with Ugandan registration UAD 720U from Uganda, carrying cement caused several spans on one of the two carriageways of the bridge to collapse into the river.[10]
  2. On Friday, 17 June 2011, two Ugandan buses, one traveling to Juba, South Sudan from Nimule and the other traveling in the opposite direction, collided head-on, in Pajili Village, about 40 kilometres (25 mi), north of Nimule, killing at least 28 people and injuring at least 65 others.[11] A joint investigation by the South Sudanese and Ugandan authorities, cited (a) overloading (b) speeding and (c) driver fatigue as factors in the collision.
  3. On Monday, 29 September 2014, a passenger bus traveling from Juba, crashed head-on with a truck-trailer carrying merchandise from Uganda to Juba. The accident which occurred at about 7.00 AM, killed at about 60 people and injured 13 others. Eyewitnesses stated that the truck was traveling on the wrong side of the road.[12]

Points of interestEdit

The following points of interest are located in or near Nimule:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Juba And Nimule With Map lam Emma". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Interactive Map Showing Nimule And Gulu". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  3. ^ "No. 27473". The London Gazette. 12 September 1902. pp. 5875–5878.
  4. ^ Ijoo Bosco, . (20 August 2013). "Eastern Equatoria To Upgrade Three Towns To Municipalities". Sudan Tribune. Retrieved 6 December 2014.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "CRN | at the service of life in South Sudan and Nuba Mountains".
  6. ^ "Uganda to export power to neighbouring South Sudan". 6 October 2017.
  7. ^ IRIN, . (11 June 2007). "Boomtown Nimule Under Strain". IRIN News. Retrieved 5 December 2014.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Ismail Musa Ladu (10 February 2020). "Trade with South Sudan to grow, says Kyambadde". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  9. ^ bonface (2015-04-10). "US$3.2bn Standard Gauge Railway line to connect Uganda and S.Sudan". Constructionreviewonline.com. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  10. ^ Mukasa, Henry (7 November 2006). "Juba-Nimule Bridge Caves In". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  11. ^ Sudan Tribune Reporter, . (17 June 2011). "28 Killed As Two Buses Collide On Juba-Nimule Road". Sudan Tribune. Retrieved 6 December 2014.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Wudu, Waakhe Simon (29 September 2014). "Nearly 60 Killed In South Sudan Road Crash". Voice of America News. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Fulaa Lifeline International". Fulaalifeline.org. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  14. ^ Njoroge, John (16 February 2011). "Work On Gulu-Juba Road Begins". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  15. ^ Leadership Academy South Sudan

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