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May 1, 2018 (LAMWO) – Heavily armed South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers have halted a road construction taking place in Uganda’s northern district of Lamwo, officials said.

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Engineers from a company contracted to undertake the survey of the 21 kilometers road from Agoro sub-county to Apiriti market at South Sudan border were confronted by SPLA soldiers who accused them of trespassing into their territory.

Agoro sub-county chairperson, Denis Onyon, told Daily Monitor that over 60 armed SPLA soldiers forced surveyors to stop their activities.

South Sudanese officials, Onyon said, also claimed the surveyors from Uganda encroached their territory during the survey exercise.

“The soldiers were very many and armed, they violently confronted our Ugandan team with accusation that they have crossed to their territory. We want government intervention in this matter as soon as possible,” he remarked.

Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, Jonathan Rutabingwa said they have informed government officials in Kampala and also contacted the Governor of Torit State, Alberio Tobiolo to discuss ways of reaching consensus without stopping road works.

“We have accepted their demands to halt the road survey in good faith so that no clashes erupt. We want to have cordial talks with the South Sudanese counterparts to come to a common ground, the road once complete will benefit not only Ugandans but also South Sudanese,” he told Daily Monitor.

Rutabingwa was, however, quoted saying the disputed area belongs to Uganda.

The Lamwo District Chairperson, John Ogwok said the dispute over the territory would delay the road project, which would benefit both the South Sudanese and Ugandans in boosting cross border trade.

South Sudanese authorities were not immediately available to comment on the matter.

In August 2015, over 200 armed militias from South Sudan entered nine kilometers into Uganda’s territory at Lokung sub-county in Lamwo, before they were pushed back by Ugandan soldiers.

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  • 2 May 14:52, by Lenin Bull

    Where are the Acholi people from South Sudan? Why they don’t protest and protect their land ? Or do they want to give free of charge to Ugandans? The tribes in the borders must be serious like the way the great Malual Gieernyang people are doing in Aweil!

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    • 4 May 15:25, by Justin Chicago opiny

      The Acholi people of South Sudan know where the borderline is between the two countries. Nothing has changed since Sudan got her Independent in 1956. No modification has taken place and Uganda knows this since she became independent in 1962. Even with the independent of South Sudan in 2011 no piece of land has been given to any country.We thank our armed forces for keeping out the intruders.

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  • 2 May 14:58, by Lenin Bull

    Jubaone what is your take on this? Equatoria is being eaten up like a piece of delicious cake by neighboring countries( Uganda and Kenya) and there will be no Equatexit but something like Equannex at the end! Wake up pro-Equatoria propagandists!

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    • 2 May 17:08, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool
      The worthless Jienge regime in Juba is the reason, Sudan (Abyei, Hufrat el Nahas, Kafia Kingi), Kenya (Nadapal, Ilemi Triangle), Uganda (parts of Nimule, Magwi County), DRC (38, Bazi, Lasu) are uncontrollably annexing parts of the country. These Bantu countries are flag while we fight it out among ourselves. Equatexit is program, no Equannex.

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      • 2 May 17:14, by jubaone

        Once we clear the great jienge evils, we Equatorians will get back together and drive all these short-legged Bantus from our Holy lands. I understand after discovery of oil in Turkanaland in Kenya and gold deposits in Narus and Nadapal, Kenya wants to own the entire Ilemi Triangle. That is only possible as long as kiirminal is around.

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        • 2 May 17:18, by jubaone

          Lenin
          Retrench luakjienges to go liberate Abyei while we Equatorians deal alone with these Bantus. Each peoples must defend themselves. It’s of no use rapists, criminals and thugs go terrorizing civilians while their lands are grabbed by jellaba slave dealers.

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  • 2 May 15:03, by Landlord

    A great pretender, the hypocrite M7 thinks he is wise trying to befriend south Sudan for them to forget about Pakuach boarder line. He (Museven) should understand the dynamics of this country before intervening anyhow.
    Uganda is already in deep shit you like it or not.

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  • 2 May 15:14, by Landlord

    Intellectuals talk about country while others talk about some parts of country.

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    • 2 May 20:56, by Kuch

      Landlord,
      Do you know what "land & the lord*? What parts of a country do you idiots own in "Agoro, Ceretenya, Magwe et al? None.

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  • 2 May 17:28, by lino

    South Sudanese should look at things with both eyes than fighting over the chair of presidency, very soon we will find out that we killed ourselves for no reason while our lands are being grabbed; Sudan is taking most of the North including Abyei and Mile 14, Ethiopia with some land on the east, Kenya with Lima triangle, now Uganda is getting extended northward, and soon will hear stories with DRC

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    • 2 May 17:30, by lino

      .... and CAR on the west side. So, ladies and gentlemen we are blocked in!!!!

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      • 2 May 20:41, by jubaone

        Lino
        Our greatest tragedy is the Kiirminal and his complete visionless leadership. Our neighbours can annex so much land as they wish cuz there is no central authority to assert our sovereignty. S. Sudan has been reduced to a "a toilet" where everyone can shit on us. We can only extricate ourselves once this kiirminal is gone.

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