Moyo Residents Protest Harrasment by South Sudan Soldiers

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In short
The protests by the residents were promted by the recent arrest of Jimmy Vokuni, the Moyo LC 5 chairperson and four residents by the South Sudanese authorities in Kajo Keji.

Armed with placards and led by the Vokuni, the resident led a procession from Afogi border post to Moyo town council saying they are disappointed by the government' indifference to their plight. 
Vokuni told residents that he was tortured in detention by the South Sudan solider yet he had gone to the border on a mission of piece because of the dispute over Wano village in Moyo town.
 He warned that unless the president and government authorities take action to resolve the dispute, they will take matters in their own hands.  
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Cueout: best way we can."// Vukoni later handed over a petition to Gertrude Obedi, the Moyo Deputy Resident District Commissioner for onward transmission to the president. Hassan Fungero, the Obongi County MP says they are fed up with the conduct of the South Sudan authorities yet their people live peacefully in Uganda.  
He called on Ugandan security to intervene and resolve the border dispute as provided for in the constitution. Daniel Buni, the LC 3 chairperson Moyo town council says 26 Ugandans have been killed by the South Sudan authorities but government has failed to take any action.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.