Michael Lakony, the Amuru District LCV Chairperson, says there is an escalation of organized crimes such as livestock and motor vehicle thefts, human trafficking and smuggling among others at the Elegu border in Uganda and Nimule, the South Sudan side that threatens the peace of cross border community.
Hersi Abdiriza, 45, was found dead in his guest house room in Lorikwor West Ward, Elegu Town Council in Amuru District around 6:48 am on Tuesday. His compatriot Osuman Ibrahim reported the death to the police.
Richard Kamara Okumu, the Pabbo Town Council Chairperson says they have failed to start implementation of their activities that they promised their constituents like opening of more access roads because of lack of funds.
Allan Ssempebwa, the UNRA Media Relations Manager, says that the exponential increase of heavy traffic transporting cargo to South Sudan has strained some sections of the road than earlier on anticipated.
Fredrick Joseph Otim, the Bureau's Inspector says several substandard goods are being sneaked out of the country into South Sudan and the same goods find their ways back into the country through the porous border points.
Margaret Ayo, the Chairperson of Elegu Market Vendors Association who also doubles as the Chairperson Cross Border Women Traders Association argues that the District should gazette for them an area so that they construct their lockup shops to safeguard against losses.
Justus Tugume, who operates cross border business through Elegu lauded the government for extending water for the people at the cross border town because, for years, residents have been struggling to access clean water for domestic use.
The highway has deteriorated from around areas of For-God in Gulu City West Division through to Keyo-Awer; Parabongo, Pabbo and Atiak Townships. More than 20 people have perished along the road in the last two years are direct result of traffic accidents.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru District LC 5 Chairperson disclosed that while undertaking their routine supervisory work in Elegu, they landed on posters and flyers of the organization advertising their activities at the border.
All was well until Olaka tasked the purported defectors to hand over membership cards from their former political parties and attires to prove they were indeed defectors. However, none of the purported defectors had a membership card of the opposition parties they were claiming to be leaving.
On Sunday night the residents, consisting of children, women, male and elderly persons deserted their homes and camped at the URA offices for fear of being washed away by the fast flowing floods.
This brings the total numbers of deaths in relation to the flood to nine in just three months this year.
Kasim Kasule, the local council chairperson for Elegu told URN on Sunday evening that more than one hundred pit latrines have been razed to ground due to the flooding, he added that over ten public toilets in the area have also been filled with water.
The deceased was identified as James Tako. Preliminary police investigations reveal that Tako drowned when he and his peers had gone to swim on the turbulent river, a tributary of Aswa River that joins River Nile.
Lucy Akella, the Chairperson of Diaspora Acholi in Uganda says they are targeting to comfort extremely vulnerable families who are enduring the negative impacts of pro-longed COVID-19 lockdown measures.