AUGUST 2, 2010: Koboko Steps Up Security At Sudan Border

Koboko Steps Up Security At Sudan Border

SOURCE: New Vision

By Frank Mugabi

Kampala — Authorities in Koboko have said they will arrest foreign officials who cross into Uganda with concealed firearms.

The move follows complaints by Ugandan security officials that South Sudanese officials move with their guns into Uganda. The officials said some Sudanese army officers had in the past been involved in shooting and gun brandishing scandals in bars in Arua and Koboko towns.

This was during a two-day joint border security meeting between Uganda and Southern Sudan government officials in Koboko town recently. Koboko resident district commissioner Elizabeth Ayume led the Ugandan team, while the South Sudanese delegation was headed by the minister for local government in the Central Equatorial State, Paterno Legge Omini.

Ayume urged her counterparts to end the arbitrary arrest and torture of Ugandan businessmen in Southern Sudan. Legge called for concerted efforts to fight the Lord's Resistance Army rebels, whom he said had continued causing civil unrest along the Congo-Sudan border.

He said the rebels had stepped up attacks in the Western Equatoria State, killing and displacing hundreds of people. Legge also called for the scrapping of immigration charges on Sudanese students living in Uganda. The two parties agreed to strengthen information sharing on foreign nationals arrested on either side of the border to ensure that the law takes its course.

They also resolved to increase vigilance on suspected terrorists. To enhance cooperation, the officials affirmed their commitment to have any disputes arising along the borders resolved by dialogue. The joint security meetings are to continue on a bi-annual basis.

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