Agnes Linda Auma, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner, says she intercepted 35 people last week who entered Uganda from South Sudan without clearance. She explains that upon interrogation, the suspects revealed that they were trapped in South Sudan and paid truck drivers to smuggle them into Uganda.
Truck drivers are smuggling people from South
Sudan into Uganda, a report by the office of the Amuru Resident District
Commissioner-RDC has revealed. According to the report, the
drivers enter South Sudan alone through Elegu border and return with three
people on board.
Agnes Linda Auma, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner,
says she intercepted 35 people last week who entered Uganda from South Sudan
without clearance. She explains that upon interrogation, the suspects revealed
that they were trapped in South Sudan and paid truck drivers to smuggle them
Auma presented a report by Amuru District taskforce to the
Acholi Regional Coronavirus Taskforce Meeting held at the Fourth Division Army
Barracks in Gulu. Michael Lakony, the Amuru LC V Chairperson, says dozens
of truck drivers and operators are also spending nights in various lodges in
Elegu Town Council, which are operating in violation of the presidential ban to
contain the spread of corona virus.
says several other people are also entering the country from South Sudan through River Unyama in Attiak Sub County,
Horyal Sugar Plantation and 28 other porous spots, which they have identified.
Fourth Division Army Commander, Brigadier
General Bonny Bamwiseki told URN that this week they liaised with the
immigration office and introduced registration for all truck drivers and
vehicles entering South Sudan to ensure that their particulars are confirmed
before exit and confirmed upon return.
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The measure he said will combat the illegal entry since the
number people aboard a vehicle will be recorded and confirmed upon return to
avoid entry of new passengers.
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Bamwiseki said he is informed by their counterparts in South
Sudan that only truck drivers are allowed to enter the country but not
restricted on the number exits. More than 30 trucks leave for
South Sudan through Elegu Border Point in Amuru district.
President Yoweri Museveni closed all borders in the country
to contain the spread of coronavirus. He also banned public and private transport
means but allowed cargo trucks to continue operating with not more than three
people on board.
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