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Police, Army Increase Deployment at South Sudan Border

Visa fees for Uganda nationals seeking to enter South Sudan was increased from USD 50 145,000 Shilling to USD100 290,000 Shilling effective July 1st 2015. Nationals from all the other countries are still paying USD50 for the South Sudan visa.
15 Jul 2015 08:30
Police has increased deployment at Elegu border post in Amuru district following threats of a demonstration by drivers against the increment in visa costs by the South Sudan government.

Visa fees for Uganda nationals seeking to enter South Sudan was increased from USD 50 (145,000 Shilling) to USD100 (290,000 Shilling) effective July 1st 2015. Nationals from all the other countries are still paying USD50 for the South Sudan visa.

The increment targeting Ugandans is reported to be in vengeance following Uganda\'s revision of visa fees from USD50 (145,000 Shilling) to USD100 (290,000 Shilling) in the financial year 2015-2016 for all foreign nationals intending to enter the country.

The deployment sanctioned by the Director Operations Andrew Felix Kaweesi comprises of personnel from the police Field Force Directorate, Counter Terrorism unit, Traffic Police, regular police and Uganda People\'s Defense Force.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says they have asked officials from the immigration department to meet with their South Sudan counterpart and resolve the impasse. He added that such a demonstration could paralyze work at the border.

The Chairman of the Truck Drivers Association Byron Kinene described the increment as unfair. He said they would lay down their tools effective next week, Monday.

In 2012, drivers staged a three day strike blocking the Elegu – Nimule border over continued mistreatment by the South Sudan nationals in an act that paralyzed business at the border post.

At the time, their grievances were about extortion, over taxation, and physical assaults by authorities in South Sudan.

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