Last week, a team from the Ministry of Water and Environment was forced to call off an environmental impact assessment exercise in the area after the residents turned violent and assaulted the team comprised of experts from the Ministry of Water and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, and staff of Amuru district local government and chased them away.
The aggrieved drivers Tuesday pitched camp at BLD parking in Elegu Town Council and refused to cross into the South Sudan territory over what they describe as persistent harassment by government agencies in the neighboring country.
Onek Atunya Javis, 82, an elder in the area, says that the government's decision is wrong and will affect the growth and development of the area. He maintains that Apaa Township is Acholi`s ancestral land and has neither been a game reserve nor a forest reserve.
Maj. Gen Gathon Jual Riek, the Acting Commissioner of Customs in South Sudan’s National Revenue Authority noted during the meeting that 70 percent of the complaints raised by the drivers were true and pledged to have them resolved.
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 insecurity along the Nimule-Juba Highway.
Dr. Patrick Birungi, the Executive Director of Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) said Tuesday that the government was already in the process of procuring equipment meant to mechanize the operation of the factory.
Drani claims that he has obtained information that NFA personnel deployed in the area are offering protection to dealers who come from as far as Rwanda, Congo, and parts of central Uganda to cut trees from Zoka forest, which is the country`s only tropical rainforest.
According to security officials, the porous border point has aided the undetected influx of suspected criminals from the neighboring Nimule Township who loot cattle and goats for sale in the war-torn nation.
Hamilton Jackson Ogwang, the National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads) Zonal Agricultural Development Officer in charge of the Acholi Sub-region told URN Thursday in an interview that production at the factory won’t resume soon.
The scheme funded by the World Bank under the Agriculture cluster development Project is intended to benefit 704 households in Turdakatuba, and Ogali villages in Amuru Sub-county and Ayila village in Guruguru Sub-county.