Lakony says the residents both from South Sudan and Uganda are reportedly crossing over via River Unyama and later move through a foot path along Attiak Sugarcane plantation which has no security personnel.
Authorities in Amuru district are worried over the illegal
entry and exit of South Sudanese in Uganda at the Elegu border post.
Amuru district authorities last week blocked entry
of people from South Sudan and exit into South Sudan through the Elegu border
post following a directive by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in a bid to
avert the spread of COVID -19 into the country.
The checkpoint and parts of the border are currently
being manned by heavily armed security officers from both sides of the border.
But Michael Lakony, the Amuru district chairperson
said that they have been informed by local authorities and residents in Okidi North
Parish, Attiak Sub County that several people are illegally entering and
exiting to South Sudan to sell and buy commodities including cooking
oil, salt, petrol and diesel among others.
Lakony says the residents both from South Sudan and
Uganda are reportedly crossing over through River Unyama and later move along Attiak Sugarcane plantation which has no security personnel. The water levels at River Unyama have reportedly reduced due to little rainfall.
According to Lakony, this has not only put Amuru district at the risk of spreading COVID -19 but also put lives of Ugandans in danger.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police
Spokesperson said that security and the district COVID -19 task force are yet
draw plans to ensure that this is stopped with immediate effect.
Also, 250 South Sudan nationals who were stranded at
Bibia Primary School in Attiak Sub County Amuru district were on Tuesday
allowed to vacate Uganda and travel back to South Sudan within just one hour.
Michael Lakony, the district chairperson said that the
tough decision was taken to avoid congestion at the border post and because of lack of logistics
to cater for the affected persons within the 32 days that the border will be
The dozens had on Sunday last week boarded from
Kampala to South Sudan Capital Juba but were blocked by authorities and
Uganda has now registered 14 cases of COVID -19 as of today. World Health Organisation declared the disease a pandemic.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc