Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner says the protracted border impasse has resulted into insecurity, interrupted cross border economic c activities and displacement of communities.
Authorities have called for an expedited
process to demarcate the Uganda – South border to mitigate aggression,
promote co-existence and bilateral relations among the two neighbouring
After seceding from Sudan on July
9, 2011, and later joining the East African Community in April 2016, South Sudan has
been locking horns with neighbours, Uganda over Ngomoromo and Bibia borderlines in
Lamwo and Amuru Districts respectively.
Resident District Commissioner Geoffrey Osborn Oceng says that the protracted border impasse has resulted
in insecurity, interrupted cross border economic activities and displacement
He made reference to events of last week when Ugandan government officials from the Ministry of Energy who visited Amuru to consult
over the construction of a hydropower dam in the lower Aswa River were blocked by
armed South Sudan military who claimed that the area belonged to their country.
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On Thursday, a group of
legislators on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, and the East African Community
Affairs Committee were blocked by South Sudan police backed by the military from
accessing Aswa bridge in Elegu, about 50 meters inside Uganda claiming the area
is in their country.
Ismail Lomwar Muhammad, the Kotido Municipality
MP and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee says Uganda has taken longer
than necessary to right the wrongs being committed by South Sudan.
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Jessica Namuddu, an official from
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the African Union - AU led Joint
Technical Committee (JTC) on Delimitation and Demarcation of the borders told
URN that Government has revived its efforts to demarcate contested boundaries.
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Namuddu added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
has submitted a supplementary budget to the Ministry of Finance, and once the
money is available, they will conduct intense sensitization on the pending
The team Joint Technical Committee (JTC) on Delimitation and
Demarcation of the Uganda-South Sudan international border was established in
2016, but the committee’s work was halted as a result of the war between the president, Salva
Kiir and his then, Deputy Riek Machar.
South Sudan descended into violence in December
2013 following a political dispute between Kiir and Machar splitting Sudan
People's Liberation Army (SPLA) before the conflict took an ethnic dimension.
The country has also had several confrontations with
Uganda over ownership of some border areas in West Nile, specifically in Moyo
District. The border between the two countries was first drawn by British
imperialists, who colonized both Uganda and Sudan in 1914.