Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) has deployed at Ngom Oromo Border Point in Lokung Sub County in Lamwo district to repulse an invasion by South Sudanese nationals.
Mathew Ochen Akiya, the Lamwo District Chairperson says the South Sudanese led by Martin Okello, the head chief of Pajok Payam, a Luo ethnic group in South Sudan started entering the area on Friday claiming it is part of their territory.
Akiya says the invasion is an escalation of a border dispute that started in 2012 following the end of the civil conflict in South Sudan.
In April 2015, South Sudanese cattle rustlers attacked Lamwo and stole livestock.
Akiya is quoted by media saying between January and March this year, the district has lost over 360 cows and 390 goats according to records they have collected from within the community.
Akiya says the south Sudanese are encroaching on their land, and cultivating without their consent, the district chairman demanded that their cattle and goat be compensated with profits as the central government has taken in their concern.
Hon. Akiya further said these South Sudanese are now freely grazing and cultivating in Uganda’s Land saying that many times they loot and raid Domestic animals from Lamwo taking it away into South Sudan saying that these heinous act by the South Sudanese has hampered the construction of immigration post at Madi-opei and many other immigration points in Lamwo District.
He said the Minister of Land Housing and Urban development, Hon. Daudi Migereko reported government was in talks with South Sudan president, Salva Kiir to address the matter.
Clashes between Ugandans and South Sudanese on the border have been reported in the past.
The army has asked the invaders to leave Ugandan soil in the least time possible.