South Sudan Arrests Ugandan for Farming across Disputed Border

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A resident of the contested Wano village in Moyo Sub County has again been arrested by the South Sudanese army and taken to Kajo-keji town for illegally farming inside South Sudan.

A resident of the contested Wano village in Moyo Sub County has again been arrested by the South Sudanese army and taken to Kajo-keji town for illegally farming inside South Sudan.
 
Kamilo Obuoja (54) was arrested on Friday last week but his disappearance was reported to Moyo district authorities on Monday forcing them to travel to Kajo-Keji on Tuesday.
 
The authorities in South Sudan accused Obuoja of poaching and massive charcoal burning in the disputed land of Abaya which they claim is inside South Sudan.
 
Obuoja is currently detained at Mere police headquarters in Kajo-Keji County, South Sudan.
 
According to Andrew Kajoyengi, Moyo LC 5 vice chairperson who led a team of officials from Moyo district to Kajo-Keji on Tuesday to see the suspect, he is in a good condition but condemned the manner in which the South Sudanese army is behaving when they agreed to work in harmony.
 
He says though Kamilo Obuoja testified that he has not been tortured, he is unhappy with the constant arrests of innocent Ugandan farmers.
 
Kajoyengi appealed to the Kajo-Keji authorities to speed up the investigations and to work for a lasting solution to the border dispute. 
 
Efforts to get a comment from the South Sudan army and police were futile. The officials instead referred the matter to the Kajo-Keji administrator whose phone lines were all off.
 
The South Sudan officials declined to reveal when they will release their Ugandan prisoner.
 
On three occasions last year, South Sudan army personnel arrested Ugandans they accused of straying into their territory. The army also briefly detained a delegation of Ugandan Members of Parliament who were on a fact-finding mission about the tensions on the border.