Elegu, located in Amuru District is the main point of entry for goods and services into South Sudan. The leaders visited the border on Thursday as part of an oversight and fact-finding mission, to assess the state of the cross border relations and management by the two countries.
While cargo trucks, pickups and motorcycles were given a green light to easily proceed, occupants of private vehicles and pedestrians who were not in the category of essential workers were tasked to adduce movement permits.
Speaking to journalists after he was vetted, Gen. Muhoozi said that although a lot of things have been done in the Ministry, there is a lot more that can be done better especially in areas of effective policing and improving the general image of the police.
The residents, most of them casual labourers and market vendors say that security teams are demanding national and work identity cards, from every person who intends to cross the Nile bridge, yet many of them do not have documents and do not belong to the category of essential workers who are allowed to cross the district boundary.
According to an elder in Kisota who has lived here since the 1990’s, the road that wasa a mere footpath then, was bushy and not as clear as it is today. Then it had a lot of trees, which were full of snakes, and that is why it was named Kisota road.
Manjia County MP John Baptist Nambeshe who also doubles as the Opposition Chief Whip said following the shooting of other prominent persons in the past years, the President should clean up the security in its entirety.
Geoffrey Kambere, the Commissioner for Immigration Control says that because Uganda shares water bodies with some neighbours who are victims of instabilities, its nationals are often subjected to attacks, and sometimes kidnapped and trafficked to the neighbouring countries, will little or no help at all.
Bongo, who has served for two five year elective terms, lost to his rival Frank Tibagendeka. He claims that the two security chiefs jointly deployed soldiers and police officers to instigate violence against his supporters and polling agents, which cost him the elections.
Alfred Onenchan, the second in Command at Kaiso Immigration offices in Hoima district, says they are unable to patrol all landing sites due to manpower gaps. He says as a result, some Congolese Nationals use illegal landing sites to sneak into the country.