Reports from security personnel in Lamwo district show that SSPDF advanced towards Uganda’s territory in an attempt to raid the Immigration center at Ngomoromo border post to recover impounded motorcycles.
Lamwo Resident District Commissioner Nabinson Kidega
Details have emerged pointing to motives behind last week’s
intrusion of South Sudan People's Defense Forces-SSPDF soldiers inside Uganda’s
territorial boundaries at Ngomoromo in Lamwo District.
At least 36 SSPDF soldiers from Pogee border post invaded
Pangira Parish in Lokung sub-county and staged a roadblock on unclear grounds
sparking gunfire exchange with Uganda People's Defense forces-UPDF. Two SSPDF
soldiers were killed and another captured alive with three Submachine
guns-SMGs during the fierce clashes.
Although both UPDF and SSDPF accused each other of failing to respect their
territorial boundaries, an intelligence report pins SSPDF soldiers for plotting
an attack on Ngomoromo border post. Reports from security personnel in Lamwo
district show that SSPDF advanced towards Uganda’s territory in an attempt to
raid the Immigration center at Ngomoromo border post to recover impounded motorcycles.
It’s reported that Ugandan security at Ngomoromo border post had impounded several
motorcycles belonging to South Sudan nationals in the past months for failing
to pay road user fees following their illegal entry into Uganda. Sources privy
to the incident intimated to URN that the motorcycles, which stayed for long in
the custody of immigration officials without being reclaimed and were due for public
James Nabinson Kidega, the Lamwo Resident District
Commissioner confirmed the development to URN in an interview on Tuesday. According
to Kidega, the incursion was partly meant to launch an attack on Ngomoromo
border post to retrieve about five impounded motorcycles belonging to South
He notes that the motorcycles were impounded on unknown
dates and were being kept in an open space at the immigration border post. “The SSPDF soldiers wanted to come and launch an attack at
the immigration post and repossess the motorbikes,” said Kidega.
Moses Akena, the
Lamwo District Police Commander, says although the intelligence reports
highlight the motive of repossessing the impounded motorbikes by SSPDF
soldiers, they were other hidden interests that they are still investigating.
He said that the SSPDF soldier who was captured during the
clashed confessed during interrogations last week that they were searching for
food. URN understands that an investigation has been launched by security
officials at Ngomoromo border post to unearth possible connivance with an
insider and armed men from South Sudan.
Uganda and South Sudan are currently involved
in diplomatic engagements on ways of completing the re-demarcation of the
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