The Palabek Refugee Welfare Council III Chairperson John Pascal says they have scrutinized the suspects who are indeed registered asylum seekers but investigations are ongoing in regards to their alleged sneaking into the country illegally.
Three South Sudanese nationals have been arrested for illegally crossing into Uganda.
Joseph Obalu, James Okulang and Jackson Lukong, all
residents of Rumula Payam in the Ikotos County of the Eastern Equatorial State
in South Sudan entered Uganda through the porous borders of Madi Opei Sub
County in Lamwo District.
Jameson Nabinson Kidega, the Lamwo Resident District Commissioner
says the three were arrested on Tuesday by residents of Wang Lango village in
Madi Opei sub-county.
According to Kidega, the suspects allegedly created new entry
points through the bush after they received information that the entry points
of Apiriti border point were being manned by security personnel.
//Cue in: “ikom kare ni….
Cue out: ….iSouth Sudan”
Kidega says the suspects were briefly detained at Madi Opei police
outpost before being transferred to Palabek Refugee Settlement police outpost.
A police source who
preferred anonymity says that the suspects allege that they had crossed into
the country to attend to their sick children and wives at Palabek Refugee Settlement
Kidega stressed that despite the borders being open, all entrants
should adhere to all covid-19 guidelines.
The Palabek Refugee Welfare Council III Chairperson John Pascal
says the three are registered asylum seekers but investigations are ongoing to establish
why they sneaked into the country through the porous border points.
//Cue in: "the border is....
Cue out: ....back home"//
Palabek Refugee Settlement is home to over 57,000 South Sudanese
nationals who started entering Uganda in 2013 during the civil war.