No Man’s Land on Uganda-DRC Border Becomes a No-Go Zone in Pakwach

The Wadelai Irrigation scheme project in Pakwach
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The no man’s land in Dei sub-county, Pakwach District, is a unique and contested space. It lies between the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, along Lake Albert. For centuries, the fishing community has used the land as a refuge, but it has also been used by criminals and smugglers.

In recent years, the no man’s land has become increasingly lawless. Criminals from both Uganda and the DRC have used the land to hide and carry out their activities. This has led to a decline in security in the area and has made it difficult for the fishing community to go about their lives.

In response to this situation, the Pakwach District Security Committee has passed a resolution banning all activities in the no man’s land. The directive, which takes immediate effect, is aimed at curbing criminal activity in the area.

The directive has been met with mixed reactions from the local community. Some people support the ban, arguing that it is necessary to restore security to the area. Others are opposed to the ban, arguing that it will harm the fishing community and other people who rely on the land.

One of the main concerns of those who oppose the ban is that it will disrupt the fishing industry. The no man’s land is a prime fishing spot, and many fishermen rely on it to make a living. The ban will make it difficult for fishermen to access the land and fish, which could have a devastating impact on the community.

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Another concern is that the ban will drive people into poverty. Some people who live in the no man’s land rely on it for their livelihoods. The ban will make it difficult for them to find work and support their families.

The ban on activities in the no man’s land is a complex issue with no easy solutions. It is important to weigh the potential benefits of the ban against the potential harms. It is also important to ensure that the ban is implemented fairly and that the needs of the local community are taken into account.

In addition to the concerns raised by the local community, there are also some broader concerns about the ban. One concern is that it could lead to increased tension between Uganda and the DRC. The no man’s land is a disputed territory, and the ban could be seen as an attempt by Uganda to assert its control over the area. This could lead to increased tensions between the two countries.

Another concern is that the ban could violate international law. The no man’s land is a lawless space, but it is still subject to international law. The ban could be seen as a violation of the right to freedom of movement and the right to property.

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