Geoffrey Osborn Ocheng, the Resident District Commissioner of Lamwo, has called upon the government to expedite the process of opening its border boundary with South Sudan. This request is made in response to the increasing threats posed by armed individuals believed to be crossing over from South Sudan and claiming ownership of land in Uganda.
The affected areas, as highlighted by Ocheng, encompass Lukung East, Ngom Oromo, Owiny-Kibul, Apiriti, Waligo, Agoro, Putika, Madi Opeyi, and Palabek Nimur. Ocheng believes that the permanent opening of the border between the two countries will serve as a long-term solution to this land dispute.
To address these concerns, Ocheng has taken the initiative to lead a delegation of 33 Ugandan representatives, including leaders from Lamwo, Kitgum, Kaabong, and Karenga Districts, to Torit in the Eastern Equatorial Province of South Sudan. This meeting, scheduled for November 11, 2023, aims to engage in discussions with their South Sudanese counterparts regarding the prevailing insecurity along the border. The hope is that diplomatic efforts will lead to a resolution of the dispute and enhance the security of the local population.
|Concerned Official||Request to Government|
|Geoffrey Osborn Ocheng||Urges opening of border with South Sudan to address land dispute and safeguard locals from armed incursions.|
|Affected Areas||Lukung East, Ngom Oromo, Owiny-Kibul, Apiriti, Waligo, Agoro, Putika, Madi Opeyi, and Palabek Nimur.|
|Diplomatic Initiative||Leading a delegation of 33 Ugandan representatives to Torit, South Sudan, on November 11, 2023, for talks on border security and land ownership issues.|