Joseph Akena, the secretary for Production in Lokung Sub-county and also a farmer says he had to sell two bags of his sim sim at only 3,500 shillings per Kilogram last month after failing to get buyers offering higher prices.
The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, Nabinson Kidega, says their investigations have since established that the farmers are hiring land from a ‘tycoon’ who forcefully invaded the fertile area inside Uganda’s territorial boundaries.
Joachin Ocan Opoka, the Lokung Sub County LC III Chairperson told URN in an interview that they have been operating without police officers for the past two and half years, yet their houses were constructed.
Obwona kibwa, the Lokung Sub county LCIII Vice Chairperson says traders within Ngomoromo village refused to occupy the market because they alleged its located far away from the trading center with no proper security.
Walter Opira, a resident of Okora Central Village in Pangira Parish told URN in an interview over the weekend that the two weeks of heavy rains have left his garden waterlogged. Opira says he planted Sorghum on a two acres piece of land, millet on one acre and Sim sim [Sasame] on three acres, which are all rotting away.
The contentious land is located in Parapadwanya bordering Ngomoromo in Uganda and Poge in South Sudan’s, Ayaci County. The disputed area is also one of the busy routes connecting Lamwo District to Imatong State in South Sudan.
The bridge located Amot-Larom village in Ayuu-Alali parish was constructed by Lamwo District Local Government in the financial year 2017/2018 collapsed under the weight of heavy trucks carrying logs in August last year. It serves as a major transport route connecting the two sub-counties of Lokung and Palabek Kal.