South Sudan Releases 69 Ugandans

South Sudanese authorities in Kajo Keji have finally released 69 Ugandans who were detained following the visit of the disputed Wano village by Inspector General of Police of Uganda Kale Kayihura and his counterpart from South Sudan.

The 69 Ugandans were arrested and detained in the height of the conflict after Moyo authorities mobilized residents to close the border after an attack on the residents in the disputed area by armed south Sudanese.

Moyo deputy Resident District commission Gertrude Obedi who received the Ugandans on Friday advised them to live peacefully. She says after the meeting between the two police chiefs security along the border has been stepped up to prevent further attacks between the two communities.

But Moyo district LC 5 chairperson Jimmy Vukoni who was at the center of the conflict is still not happy with action taken by the government. Vukoni believes tensions will flare up again until the two governments clearly demarcate the borders.

He appeals to communities living in the affected areas to remain calm as they will continue to push government to address the problem once and for all.

None of the detainees were allowed to speak to the media as police and UPDF says they will have to first undergo through counseling.

The border conflict between Moyo district and leaders from Kajo Keji started after a group of armed men believed to be South Sudanese soldiers invaded the area to claim farm land. Moyo authorities then impounded the tractors they had come to farm the land with.

However, in early September the same armed group crossed the border into Uganda and torched over 60 grass thatched houses. They also detained LC 5 chairperson with a team of census officials who had gone to enumerate residents in the area and took them to south.

9 people have since died in the border conflict in September alone with 10 others injured and 100 displaced.

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