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December 14, 2009 (KAJO-KEJI) — Muki Batali Bulli, the Commissioner of Kajo-Keji County, South Sudan demands ancestral land that Uganda has "extended ownership claims."

The meeting convened in Moyo last week to discuss the border dispute between Uganda and South Sudan’s Kajo-Keji County turned chaotic after the Uganda team dismissed Sudanese’s claiming of more areas of Moyo and Yumbe districts.

In the 17-paged report presented by the Kajo Keji commissioner, Muki Batali Bulli, the Sudanese community of Kuku did not only claim "ancestral” ownership of the 5km-stretch of land that has been at the centre of the conflict but also other areas in Moyo and Yumbe.

The meeting chaired by the Ugandan international affairs state minister, Henry Okello Oryem, at Multipurpose Hall in Moyo town on Saturday, was attended by political leaders and elders from both countries including South Sudan Central Equatoria State Gov. Clement Wani Konga.

Among the fresh claims, the Sudanese said their land extends to Kelenderia through Opiro, an area in the heart of Moyo town behind Moyo senior secondary school.

Muki said the area continues westward to West Eria hill, Lefori and down to Wano, all places in Moyo that have previously been free of controversy. Other areas claimed in the document include Dwani wano, Goburi land, Bori, Liwolo, Koriwa and several hills and streams.

In Kampala, the Ugandan State Minister for Regional Cooperation, Okello Oryem, confirmed the meeting saying South Sudanese officials demanded a 5 km (3 miles) portion of Ugandan land at a meeting on December 12.

"It’s true the Sudanese claimed ownership of a bigger chunk of land but of course we have colonial maps and other documents that clearly state where the border lies and I’m confident we’ll reach an agreement when we meet in January," he told Reuters.

On the site where the construction of an MTN mast was halted, Muki said the area was called Koturume and lies in the land of the Lito’ba clan from Sudan.

According to Muki, they stopped the construction of the Afoji-Lere road by Moyo district because it passes through Dwani Wano, an area, he said, was occupied by Ugandan refugees following the outbreak of the 1979 war.

"We received you warmly and allowed you to settle. Now the local authorities in Moyo have extended claim over Dwani Wano. The land is undoubtedly Kuku land,” Muki said.

Moyo LC5 chairman Peter Iku Dolo, however, insisted that the road was four miles inside Uganda.

But Muki further explained that according to their grandfathers, Moyo was not a Madi name but was derived from an Arabic word for water when an Arab soldier of Sudanese descent sought water from a Madi citizen behind the present Stanbic Bank building in Moyo town.

He accused the Moyo and Yumbe district authorities of carrying out organised settlements of Ugandans in Sudan with the intention of grabbing their territory.

The settlements are reportedly located at Go’bor for people from Yumbe and the stretch from Dwani, A’baya to Bamurye for settlers from Moyo.

He said the settlers were engaging in illicit tree logging and charcoal burning, which was hazardous to the environment.

Muki also accused the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces of killing civilians in Ajio Boma in 2000.

"Properties were destroyed and looted. The attack was launched without any provocation or justification at all," he added.

But army spokesman Felix Kulayigye dismissed the allegation as baseless. "I am not aware of that attack," he said.

Muki said Yumbe authorities recently evicted people of Liwolo in a place called Kilaji, and razed down their dwellings.

He also disclosed that in Moijo, Ugandans took over the vacant land when the indigenous people were evacuated by the British colonial administration in 1916 following an outbreak of sleeping sickness.

The new array of accusations infuriated the Ugandan delegates led by officials from Moyo, Adjumani, Yumbe and Koboko, who dispelled Muki’s report as "rubbish and null and void".

They protested, raising their hands up while shouting Muki down. "That is misinformation, let him sit down," they chorused.

They also lashed out at the Sudanese team for basing their arguments on the ancestral territories which were annulled by the international borders. Sensing trouble, Oryem adjourned the meeting for 30 minutes to allow further consultations.

Oryem said the Sudanese were claiming customary land boundaries which were no longer internationally recognized. He further said most of the tribes in northern and eastern Uganda and western Kenya have their origin in Sudan.

However, a Sudanese Member of Parliament, James Janka Duku, opposed Oryem, saying the international boundaries were made by the colonialists.

"We cannot take advantage of the colonial era to take somebody’s God-given land," he said.

Duku suggested that the road and MTN mast be stopped despite a standing agreement between President Yoweri Museveni and his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, to resume the construction.

However, the Governor for Central Equatorial State, Clement Wani, observed that the two infrastructures would foster development for all people regardless of the boundaries.

The meeting that started at 10:00am and ended past 11:00pm, resolved that the border conflict be handled by Kampala and Khartoum, while a technical committee from the two countries was formed to evaluate the economic progress along the border.

Another meeting was scheduled for January 16, 2010 in Moyo to review the progress of the committee.

None of the MPs from Moyo, Adjumani, Yumbe and Koboko districts attended the meeting.

On a tour of the conflict area with President Museveni last month, President Salva Kiir assured the people of Uganda that Sudan had no ambition to annex any Ugandan land. He said any misunderstanding should not be politicized but resolved administratively.

"If there is a misunderstanding, it will not be of any interest to anybody because trade is today thriving through the border. In Juba, Ugandan products dominate the market; so beneficiaries are both Southern Sudanese and Ugandans," he observed.

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  • 15 December 2009 01:45, by Aarai Baka

    Whatever pieces of the lands been taken by neighboring countries will be claim back as it belong to Sudan. Sudan can even go deepest to claims Pachuak, Arua, Gulu. this land taking it not going to be like the northern Sudan were Egypt claim that she can take it by militarily which egypt cannot afford to fought with.

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  • 15 December 2009 01:59, by H5N1

    nah nah, we dont want to die for nothing. Equatorians who gave this land away during the struggle must negotiate with their northern Uganda acholi counterparts. because they gave that land to Uganda thinking that they will somehow be accepted as citizens in Uganda, same to the land they gave to Congolese.

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    • 15 December 2009 06:45, by richard opele

      Dear H5N1.
      May i remind you to read the context of the article well.
      i don’t see any conection of Acholi to this article.
      Don’t look for troubles while trouble does’nt look for you.
      the Acholi knows their boundary, & if at all their is any problems, then it will be solve without any blood shed.
      i repeat don’t drag other tribes into a problems that is non of their businness
      thanks.
      Opele

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    • 15 December 2009 08:58, by Pengkimang Mr

      H5N1 you behave like H1N1,when did Equatoria give their land?When you were refugee in Kakuma,Rhino camp,Mereyi,did you go with land from Sudan?You were settled their but the land is not belong to you likewise Ugandan were settled in Equatoria land during their war but they shouldn’t say that land is now theirs.

      Equatorian never call for any region in south-Sudan to help,it is only Central Equatoria solving their own border dispute.For your information the land from Equatoria belong to South-Sudan and Equatoria is the Mother land for South-Sudan.That why other Regions esp.Upper Nile people mostly Jonglei State almost left their land and settle in Equatoria.creating insecurity in the region with their un control cattle moving any how like themselves.Shame on you H5N1

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  • 15 December 2009 02:01, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    This issue must be solved by Equatorians elders particularly kuku tribe who are knowledgeable about the borderline. Kiir and his mongrel memebers of SPLA black party must keep their lips far from this issue because its not about SDG Vs POCKET, it is LAND Vs OWNER. I don’t like people who got no idea what to say about the problems. Those of Kiir and the rest of SPLA ganga will jeopardize the situation from good to worse. Let alone Equatorians deal with this matter in a peaceful manner. To be consider a right leaders he first need to go and settle his own people from shoting themselves and the borderline in Abeyi before rushing to Equatoria. Outsider/aliens should stay away from our affairs accept Igga, Koanga, Mamur, Itto, Kwaje and some. If there is a construction of roads and MTN services in our motherland then Uganda need to stop it and hand over that piece of land to Equatorians. Certainly I need to pay a visit to this growing tension in Equatoria border.

    Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Mr Farmous Big_Logic_Boy Fraud is unacceptable

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  • 15 December 2009 02:05, by Dinka Boy

    This ugandan have no different with the equatorians in Southern Sudan. Uganda has equatorain too like Sudan and that will make the claimed for our land become complex.
    They have Acholi,Moro, Kuku, and many and we have the same Acholi,Kuku, Kuwakuwa, and Moro in the same territory.
    In fact, this land discussion will be really hard.
    Good luck

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    • 15 December 2009 02:38, by Allajabu

      Dear Southerners,

      I think this issue is not only for Equatorians as useless creatures like Big Logic Boy put it but we must claim our land back wherever it was stolen. What most Southern Sudanese failed to understand is the fact that Uganda is our number two enemy after the northern Sudan. They killed Father Saturino and lately Dr. John Garang, yet we still believe there is a bond between us and Ugandans.

      The SPLM/SPLA must stands up for people of Southern Sudan and defends our land wherever it was taken. It must claims back Illemi Triangle, a land which is 14,000 square kilometer to the ancestral land or else the so called Salva Kiir and his gangs of thieves would fade into ineffective irrelevant creatures. They must open this case now than later. Also, the SPLM/SPLA ought to bring back Kagi from Darfur into Western Bhar El Gazaal State into Southern Sudan not because it contains Uranium but it is our fatherland and we ought to bring it back. We must not abide by Turabi map that does not even recognizes any right for us we southerners to own our land. Another issue is to bring back Lokichogio from Kenya into motherland. The Gambella region must also be bring back into Nuerland and Anuakland, and Ethiopians would claim their own Kassala from totalitrain government in Khartoum. The terms of the Addis Ababa Peace Agreement are over and we are not party to it anymore. Abel Alier, Joseph Lagu and Bona Malwal must come clean on that mineral endowed land of Gambella. Finally, we must preserve the whole of Abyei area and Pan thou as of Southern Sudan. And if Salva Kiir is incompetent of doing these, he must resigns and let Pa’gan Amum take over because he is the only man with Southern Sudan in his heart. The Gogrial-Aweil kitchen cabinet has been tasted and they are on their way into dustbin of history.

      Professor Allajabu Al Dinka

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      • 15 December 2009 03:21, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        Allajabu

        Your name is in arabic means God has just brought you back from the hands of arabs, I like that, because Equatoians have rescue you from arabs. Even this article is about Equatorian affairs but you have jumble yourself to include your own problems which you are not suppose to bring into this article. Now if you are bringing your crap as example to this fora, which one would you like us to focus on, is it your own irrelavent problems or Equatorians affairs?

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        • 15 December 2009 03:54, by Allajabu

          Well Mr Big Logic Boy,

          If you rescued me from Jallaba as you wanted your readers to believe, than congratulation on saving your fellow Southern Sudanese. It is your sacred duty to do that and the man you rescued (I) have no problem with you doing that. Also, let me reminds you that what is called nation state is a collective piece of land bound together by historical ties and kinship, whether it is a Nuerland, Dinkaland, Anuakland, Kukuland, Zandeland, you name it, than it is our fatherland and we must preserve it at any cost, including your blood and mine!! The Illemi Triangle and Logichogio that I mentioned above belong to Eastern Equatoria State (this is just to educate you on history of Southern Sudan). It is also my wild guess that Illemi Triangle belongs to your own tribes: Nyangatom and Taposa, and Didinga if you don’t know. In addition, the Kagi in my writting is a part and parcel of Fartit land and it does not belong to Dinka or Nuer. The Gambella I mentioned early purely belongs to our own people: Nuer and Anuak. Dear Mr. Big Logic Boy, please try to debate with me with rational arguments and facts. I know you were very happy to see to it that most of things/land I just mentioned were of your interest, which is require of legitimate citizen of Southern Sudan.

          My sincere to you is: if you were the President of Southern Sudan today, what will you do about Northern Sudan grabbing our land under your watch, especially if it was Dinkaland? Please I need a relevant answer and not Dinka or SPLM stuff that had stuck in your medulla oblangatta.

          Professor Allajabu Al Dinkawi

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          • 15 December 2009 04:34, by H5N1

            my friend, distant yourself away from these three computer hackers. otherwise your future will be doomed.

            1) MR FARMOUS_LOGIC_BOY

            2) MR FAMOUS-LOGIC_BOY

            3) MR FAMOUS_LOGIC_BOY

            They are just senseless human-being-likes, and here they are pretending to argue with humans just to get recognition

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  • 15 December 2009 02:30, by James John

    Dear......my people and friends.
    I think this issue belong to people of Kajo Keji and the Madi people. Be’s no one can say anything about this issue. and this issue doesn’t need Kiir and Museveni...be’s they don’t know nothing about this area.

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    • 15 December 2009 02:46, by Mathonbor

      This matter of border dispute between Uganda and Sudan is not a Kajo Keji and the Madi people issue. This is a national issue and the two governments of Southern Sudan and Uganda will handle it. This the reason why countries have governments.

      The representives of the government of Southern Sudan will represent Kajo Keji and Madi people and on the other side will be the representives of the Ugandian governement representing their people and then the issue will be resolved.

      Mathon de Bor

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      • 15 December 2009 03:06, by Pandit

        It is good to hear from illogic goat that, there is no point of other sudanese to involve in this boarder issues, but Equatorians are not going to stand behind if the Dinka not involve. Kenya and Congo are the next hiding place for Equatorians if the issue is going to escalate into different situations.

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        • 15 December 2009 03:37, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

          Of course what is the point of inviting ignorance into our simply issues. As i say it is not about Sudanese Pound SDG Vs POCKET it is LAND vs OWNER, and this need genius people with negotiatable and communication skills. What does Kiir or outsiders knows about Uganda Equatoria border? tell me!

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          • 15 December 2009 04:00, by Pandit

            Kiir know that place more than you. He have been there for many time. Start from 1962 before Torit under attack in 1963 by Anyanya I. He went there again in 1986 and again in 1988 until the signing of peace agreement in 2005. Can you tell me about what you know in that land as you claim.

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            • 15 December 2009 04:14, by Dinka Boy

              Dear brothers,

              It is better for all of you to leave mr Famious logic boy( Nyamnyam) because he has nothing to contribute to Southeners.
              He is Acholi from Uganda not the one in Sudan.
              Thanks

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              • 15 December 2009 05:56, by John Boy

                Land is lifeline in evey communities life,the development and transformation of any society focus on land ownship please Kuku do not let that portion to be Uganda land ,land is attached both culture,social,economical and political the government of Uganda will not attemp to take South Sudanese Land.

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                • 15 December 2009 09:32, by D.B Lotongun

                  Dear readers and participants,the border land issue between nations is not for that particular tribe(s) but a nation wide issue.So the two countries should involve to settle that border.leaving it to the local population there will lead to fighting and such lose of life.The local people is to give the facts about their claims and be supported by the documents.

                  What should first be left to the local people is the border dispute between tribes like what is happening in Mangala,and the rest in South-Sudan.If they failed to handle then State will step in.

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      • 15 December 2009 09:05, by Pengkimang Mr

        Mathonbor,you have credit on your comment of today.

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  • 15 December 2009 07:11, by M.Cool.J

    That piece of land was sold by the late Garang to ugandans.
    Now that is a serious case b ecause we have kuku from Uganda and kuku from Sudan, this fucken equatoria comm,unity splitting into many small clans day by day.

    I am sorry kuku ran to ugan da many years ago to elude war and now claiming to have some land from uganda!
    If it is so those from uganda must come back to sudan.

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    • 15 December 2009 07:42, by Mou Magok

      Bravo Mr. Commissioner, Kejo kajo County for claiming a communal land ownership. We young people of Southern sudan do ask why our government keep silence not demanding this land which belongs to the people of Southern Sudan.

      I personnaly extend it to Pakuach as it was stated in the history, no other part of land to be left there anymore.

      And for those who comment like (M.Cool J) that it was sold by freedom fighter Late Garang to Uganda, who tells them or do they have receipt for that deal? Please take care if you are sent then hide yourselves now.

      Thank all readers,

      Yirol boy

      South Sudan

      Contact: moukuyar@gmail.com

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      • 15 December 2009 09:12, by Pengkimang Mr

        The South-Sudan land was mostly sold by Abuot,I knew nothing about Late Dr.Garang selling land may be M.Cool can tell the readers more.

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  • 15 December 2009 10:07, by Time1

    Some people need to grow up and be a responsible entity, we are having big problems to deal with not this silly issues of a 5km land, crying like children all the time is not good for any bodies helath, what is 5km land? Salva and Museveni had already agreed on how to solve this border issues, so the people be them Ugandans or even Sudanse should stop crying like little children all the time and work on more responsible issues.

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    • 15 December 2009 12:11, by ajuscommando2

      Dear Southerners,

      Why do we fight our great friend for the land of 5KM than to fight North who want to the whole land of South? It’s our right to complain it but not right now because we can not fight two enemies at ago. I have witnes some people with big opening mouth for the land of 5Km in Uganda and fear to protect the South soil from Arabic people of Khartoum. It’s not possible for the SPLM/A to send his troops for the small issue which can be discuss tomorrow.

      Ajuscommando2

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  • 15 December 2009 19:10, by Gatloth Gai

    A craded to Muki Batali,Kajo-keji county commisioner.

    very many thanks to Hon.Muki for claiming for land lost to Uganda.Thisis a right time for you to ask your right demoted during those yrs back where there was no stablity in our country.

    I believes Uganda knew better that part of thier country in the northern side is Sudan geograpically. I have been in Moyo town as refugee for quit long time and learn that sudan lost big of its part to this nighbour Uganda.

    Social study I studied in primary in Uganda told me more and the same Ugandans are the ones publised those books proved that we must claim for more and not just a 5 kms.

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  • 17 December 2009 13:37, by Ajaviga

    Dear Editor,
    allow me react to some of the comments posted on the Sudan tribunal in regards to the above subject.
    The South Sudanese are trying to spit on our face,the Ugandans.How much support have we given them in their struggle for freedom from the Arab colonialist.

    The comprehensive peace Agreement would have not been reached if Uganda had not backed their struggle.Uganda fed,educated,provided security to Southern Sudanese,as per now,very many southern Sudanese are in Ugandan primary,secondary and higher institutions of learning.
    We Ugandans have never discriminated against them.I studied with refugees in the districts of Moyo and Adjumani and very many have acquired property and are settled in Uganda.

    Since the CPA signatory,South Sudan has not produced anything to feed its population.If you visit the capital Juba and towns all the food and goods are from Uganda.
    Uganda is lifeline to South Sudan frankly speaking,if we withdraw our support the referedum of 2011 will be a boomerange for Southern Sudanese.

    These are my pieces of advice to South Sudanese:
    1-Respect us Ugandans for the support we have accorded you and still we are still backing your struggle.
    2-please do not intimidate,scorn,insult Ugandans who are currently on your soil.
    3-Leave the border demarcation as it has been drawn by the British colonialist to avoid another conflict from your Southern neighbours.

    Remember when it comes to border disputes Ugandans will stand as one"For God and my Country",the LRA are at your door step.Watch your tongue and actions.

    Ajaviga Anavuga
    Yumbe district,WestNile Region,Uganda.
    E-mail:ajavigaanavuga@yahoo.co.uk

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