Some of the boundary disputes are between Yumbe and Madi Okollo at Ewanga, Moyo and Obongi at Palorinya, Terego and Madi Okollo at Ocea, Maracha and Koboko at Kololo, Arua district and Madi Okollo over Laura central Forest reserve among others.
Local council-LC 5 chairpersons in West Nile have asked the Central
government to urgently intervene and resolve boundary conflicts in the region.
The Chairpersons from the twelve districts, two
Municipalities and One City under their umbrella organization West Nile
Development Association-WENDA made the call during their general meeting held on
Friday in Arua city.
According to the chairpersons, most of whom are new, the
boundary conflicts have negatively affected service delivery to the residents
such as road construction.
Some of the boundary disputes are between Yumbe and
Madi Okollo at Ewanga, Moyo and Obongi at Palorinya, Terego and Madi Okollo at
Ocea, Maracha and Koboko at Kololo, Arua district and Madi Okollo over Laura
central Forest reserve among others.
Williams Anyama, the Moyo District LC V Chairperson who also
doubles as the Chairperson of WENDA, says that there is need for the central government
to resolve the boundary conflicts in the region.
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Abdultwaib Asiku, the LC 5 chairman of Yumbe which is
involved in a boundary dispute with Madi Okollo, Moyo and Koboko said the
conflicts have made it difficult to deliver services in the affected areas.
He noted that as members of WENDA, they will push for the
resolution of the conflicts at both Parliamentary and Central Government
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Wilfred Saka, the Terego district LC V chairperson explained
that their border conflict with Madi Okollo has stalled the construction of the
road linking the two districts at Ocea because of the tension among locals from
the two sides.
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However, Sam Nyakua, the Mayor Arua City who handed over
boundary conflicts between Arua and Yumbe to Terego-Yumbe and Madi Okollo-Yumbe,
says there is need for the leaders to be extremely sober while pushing for the
resolution of the long term boundary conflicts to avoid further dividing their
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Last year, hundreds of people from Rhino Camp in Madi Okollo
district took up bows and arrows and stormed Ocea Primary School to stop the Terego
East MP, Obiga Kania from addressing the people there on grounds that it’s
This prompted Kania and then
MP of Lower Madi, Ismail Ogama to convene an emergency meeting to calm down the
situation pending final resolution of the conflict by Local Government Minister.