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South Sudan Nationals Charging Ugandans to Access Farms in Lamwo

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A boundary dispute between Uganda and South Sudan has left residents of Ngomoromo village in Lamwo District unable to conduct normal businesses.

The contentious land is located in Parapadwanya bordering Ngomoromo in Uganda and Poge in South Sudan’s, Ayaci County.

The disputed area is also one of the busy routes connecting Lamwo District to Imatong State in South Sudan.

Hundreds of locals fled from Ngomoromo village in 2015 after more than 300 armed men from Ayaci County invaded the area, 14 kilometres inside Uganda claiming it’s their territory.

A resident of Licwar Parish who sought anonymity for fear of reprisal says last year, he paid 20,000 Shillings to South Sudanese officials currently occupying the land to allow him to grow crops.

Benson Ocan, a local farmer in Ngomoromo village says the dispute has greatly affected their livelihood.

Lamwo Resident District Commissioner Nabinson Kidega says what is happening in the area is illegal.

Since 2016 following renewed civil unrest in South Sudan, the work of an 18-member AU led Joint Technical Committee (JTC) established on Delimitation and Demarcation of Uganda South Sudan international Borderline has been hanging in balance.   

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