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Security Personnel in Lamwo Escort Farmers to Their Gardens :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Security Personnel in Lamwo Escort Farmers to Their Gardens

Kidega says the new arrangements involves UPDF and Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel, who escort the farmers to their farmlands and keep guard as they harvest their crops.

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Security personnel have been deployed to escort farmers in Lamwo district to their gardens at the contentious Uganda-South Sudan border point.



The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, James Nabinson Kidega, says the decision was reached by the District Security Committee as a measure to curb threats to the farmers following the recent tension between the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers and South Sudan People’s Defense Forces- SSPDF.

Two weeks ago, more than a dozen SSPDF soldiers crossed into Uganda and staged an illegal roadblock at Atwila in Ngomoromo. However, they were repulsed by the UPDF leading to the death of two soldiers were killed and another captured.

Kidega says after the attack, security has been concerned about the numerous threats by SSDF soldiers directed towards farming communities that had migrated to the border areas.   Hundreds of farmers in Lokung sub-county failed to access their farmlands.

SSDF soldiers that have since pitched camp at Parapadwanya, have continued to threaten locals who try to access their gardens. Kidega says the new arrangement involves UPDF and Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel, who escort the farmers to their gardens and keep guard as they harvest their crops. 

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According to Kidega, farmers in Ngomoromo, Ghana, Licwar and Apuk villages in Licwar parish; Yoke, Limur and Bwot Otum villages in Pawor parish, Pagada and Okora villages in Pangira parish of  Lokung Sub County will be escorted by security personnel.

Bosco Kidaga, the Ngomoromo Village LC I Chairperson, says the attack had sparked fear and desperation among residents, saying apart from being prevented from accessing their gardens, the SSDF soldiers also confiscate their property.

Kidaga has commended the security committee for the new security system, saying it will enable farmers to resume harvesting their crops from the gardens.

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In an earlier statement, the SSDF Spokesperson, Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, denied claims of illegal entry into Uganda, saying their soldiers are stationed at Pogee in Magwi county of Eastern Equatorial State. 

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