- South Sudan authorities claim the construction of the borehole by Uganda is illegal
- Recently officials from at the South Sudan ministry of foreign Affairs said they had established good working relationship with communities in Uganda
- The LCV Chairman for Moyo Mr Anyama is furious that the South Sudanese are abusing the hospitality accorded to them
By Metedio Iceta
Moyo- The authorities from Greater Kajo-Keji County of South Sudan have stopped Moyo district local government from drilling borehole at the border with Uganda over land dispute.
The Kuku of Kajo-Keji greater County in Yei river state South Sudan and Madi of Uganda in Moyo district are both claiming the land ownership.
According South Sudan officials, the borehole drilling near Jale hill inside Uganda is illegal because they said it is in the territory of South Sudan.
Mr Henry Kala Sabuni, the commissioner for Kangapo County in Greater Kajo-Keji County rejects the idea. “Our brothers in Uganda entered here in the names of drilling borehole, in the names of building cordial relationship. We appreciate that but what surprised us is the LCV of Moyo district announced that the area of where the borehole is intended to be drilled belongs to Uganda,” Mr Sabuni said.
Mr Williams Anyama, the Moyo district LCV said the actions of South Sudan authorities is a sign of undermining the hospitality of local people.
“We are very disappointed with the leadership of South Sudan because they seem to be abusing the hospitality of the people of Moyo. If their government does not address the matter all South Sudanese government officials living in Moyo district will be asked to leave and there are hundreds of families of government officials in the Moyo town apart from Refugee who can be spare,” Mr Anyama said.
He said the borehole is to help the security operatives who are going to be deployed in the hot-spot area between the two countries. Last week, the Ugandan security team agreed to move the UPDF detach from Afoji to Jale over the same border dispute. The two forces were to be deployed and ensure joint monitoring of the border to avoid any external aggression.
Mr Emmanuel Adil, the Governor of Yei Rive State denied some government official stays in Moyo district as claimed by Moyo LC5. “We do not have individuals who are in South Sudan government living in Moyo. Our entire government officials are in Kajo-Keji. Our government of will look into the matter of the borehole and see how to resolve it peacefully,” he said.