The road connects the districts of Amuru, Lamwo and Kitgum and Gulu via Palaro. The murram road is currently in a sorry state with numerous potholes, poor drainages, mud and a section of it cut-off and becoming impassable.
In Paibona Sub County in Gulu district, Richard Watmon the LC3 Chairperson told URN that more than 100 herdsmen who are non-natives of the area have pitched camp in Ayweri, Akoo, Tugu Lwala purportedly to graze cattle.
Amuru RDC Geoffrey Oceng Osborn says that in the past two weeks, he has received complaints from 9 men accusing their wives seeking family planning services without their knowledge. Earlier this month, a man in Labala Parishof Pabo Sub County beat his wife to death for having a family planning contraceptive implant without his knowledge.
David Kilama, another sugarcane grower wonders why they have not been paid despite opening a bank account and going through all the verification by the government in Kampala. Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner, says that his office has already received notification about the complaints of the labourers.
Xavier Sekanabo from the Environmental Police Protection Unit who led the operation said that they have no mercy for the charcoal dealers because they are depleting the environment and indiscriminately destroying the endangered tree species including Afzelia Africana, shea and mahogany among others.
She told URN that she has been in the business for only three months following a connection with a friend and has never cut trees or burnt charcoal but been buying in small scale.
In the past two weeks, the district has registered over 30 covid-19 positive cases from within the community and a few from the Elegu border post. Initially, the district was registering 5 to 10 cases since the beginning of the year.
According to Okema, the trucks were cleared for safe travel to, a day after they called off their strike to protest attacks by gunmen in South Sudan. The latest attack took place along the Yei-Juba route where 8 Ugandan truck drivers were killed.
Jackline Atim, a resident of Lorikor West in Elegu town council says the drivers and residents were freely mixing and interacting without observing the standard operating procedures aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19 which includes face mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing among others.
Kenneth Opoka the Local Chairperson for Lulai Village says that hundreds of farmers in his area have resorted to small scale farming majorly around their homesteads for fears that they may be attacked while cultivating in distant places.
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner, says two weeks ago, armed South Sudanese shot dead a UPDF officer only identified as Lance Corporal Oketch in a gun fire exchange after they illegally entered Uganda.
Xavier Sekanabo told URN that the dealers who are from as far as Central, Western and Eastern Uganda didn’t any documents authorisation to trade or transport forest species. He disclosed that the suspects are detained in Gulu and Amuru Central Police Stations
Zedi Male, the Vice-chairperson of the Truck Driver’s Association, insists that the attacks are not being perpetrated by rebels as the South Sudanese authorities are claiming but they are being executed by government forces. Male says that the latest attack occurred near a military barracks.
On Wednesday, a delegation from the Ugandan side led by the Mayor Koboko Municipality Wilson Sanya and the Regional Police Commander Aswa Steven Kaija received the bodies at Elegu Border point in Amuru District at 6:30 pm.
The seven are accused of marrying off a sixteen-year-old girl who is a primary six pupil of Oloyotong Primary School to thirty-three-year-old Charles Ojok on Friday evening from Oloyotong Village in Amuru Sub County Amuru district.
According to information obtained by URN, Ojok and his relatives paid dowry and an unspecified amount of money to the teenager’s family in exchange for her hand in marriage. The family of the girl reportedly accepted the request on Friday evening and handed over the girl to Ojok for marriage in accordance with the Acholi culture.