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Truck Drivers Smuggling in People from South Sudan

Truck drivers are smuggling people from South Sudan into Uganda, a report by the office of the Amuru Resident District Commissioner-RDC has revealed.

According to the report, the drivers enter South Sudan alone through Elegu border and return with three people on board.

Agnes Linda Auma, the Amuru RDC says she intercepted 35 people last week who entered Uganda from South Sudan without clearance.

She explains that upon interrogation, the suspects revealed that they were trapped in South Sudan and paid truck drivers to smuggle them into Uganda.

Michael Lakony, the Amuru LC V Chairperson also said several other people are also entering the country from South Sudan through River Unyama in Attiak Sub County, Horyal Sugar Plantation and 28 other porous spots, which they have identified.

The Fourth Division Army Commander, Brigadier General Bonny Bamwiseki told Mega Fm that this week they liaised with the immigration office and introduced registration for all truck drivers and vehicles entering South Sudan to ensure that their particulars are confirmed before exit and confirmed upon return.

President Yoweri Museveni closed all borders in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus.

He also banned public and private transport means but allowed cargo trucks to continue operating with not more than three people on board.

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