Security personnel at Ngomoromo border checkpoint who sought anonymity for fear of reprisal said that the armed men invaded the Ugandan territory on Monday night and erected a roadblock at Lakolori, a kilometre from the previous checkpoint in Otwilo all territories on the Ugandan side.
Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF soldiers have clashed with armed men from South Sudan in an apparent row over the hotly contested Uganda-South Sudan boundary in Lamwo district.
The Heavy gunfire reportedly erupted around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, in an area located one and a half kilometres from Ngomoromo border post in Lokung sub-county, according to the area leaders and security personnel.
Security personnel at Ngomoromo
border checkpoint who sought anonymity for fear of reprisal said
that the armed men invaded the Ugandan territory on Monday night and
erected a roadblock at Lakolori, a kilometre from the previous checkpoint in Otwilo all territories on the Ugandan side.
They suspect that the armed men could be Sudan
People's Liberation Army in Opposition-SPLA-IO soldiers who were recently
integrated into the government army based at Aparapadwanya, six
kilometres from Ngomoromo border post.
Aparapadwanya was a former UPDF base abandoned several years ago to pave
the way for proper international boundary demarcation after disputes over
the territory erupted.
South Sudan government soldiers, from Ayaci county in
Torit State, have since been using the army base to man the disputed
territorial boundary. According to the source, UPDF soldiers from
Ngomoromo detach learnt of the invasion on Tuesday morning and took time to
understand the motive but met resistance.
He says a disagreement ensued leading to exchange of
gunfire between them.
“There was an exchange of gunfire between the soldiers but we haven’t been given details of its outcome. The report I have is that those
manning the illegal roadblock fled towards their territory”.
Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega confirmed the clashes between the UPDF and armed men from South Sudan in a telephone interview with URN but declined to divulge more details.
“We are still on the ground, the details are still scanty, the fights are still ongoing. I will give you clear information when I get,” says Kidega.
This is not the first-time UPDF is clashing with armed men from South Sudan over ownership of the fertile strip of land in Ngomoromo village. In August 2015, armed men from South Sudan invaded Ngomoromo village and erected a south Sudanese flag nearly eight kilometres into Ugandan territory claiming is part of South Sudan.
They were later repulsed by UPDF following heavy gunfire exchange resulting to killing of one of the intruders and recovery of South Sudanese flag, camouflage uniform and motorbike.
Bureau Chief, East Acholi