UPDF Repulse Another Attack from South Sudan Invaders Top story

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Lt. George Musinguzi, the UPDF 5th Division Spokesperson says the invaders opened fire on UPDF soldiers as they patrolled the border at about 9am this morning.

Uganda People's Defense Forces soldiers deployed to guard the disputed Uganda South Sudan border in Lamwo district came under enemy gunfire this morning. 

The attack came just hours after UPDF evicted dozens of South Sudanese gunmen who raided Ngom Oromo border point on Friday last week and set up base in Lokung Sub County claiming it belongs to their country.

This morning, the South Sudan invaders returned and attempted to regain control of the disputed 9 Kilometer land stretch they controlled briefly for three days.

Lt. George Musinguzi, the UPDF 5th Division Spokesperson says the invaders opened fire on UPDF soldiers as they patrolled the border at about 9am this morning. He says UPDF troops retaliated by shooting back and repulsed the invaders.

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According to Lt. Musinguzi, they have managed to evacuate some of the residents from the line of fire because of the relative calm that has returned to the area.
Unconfirmed reports from local leaders in the area indicate that South Sudanese authorities have disowned the attackers, who had initially claimed to have been acting for and on behalf of government.

Mathew Ochen Akiya, the Lamwo District Chairperson says the Director of Magwi County called him on phone to express sympathy over the attacks. He says the Magwi County government is organizing logistics to patrol the great trade route to ensure business between the two countries resumes normally.

Although the situation seems volatile, Col. Stephen Mugerwa, the Deputy Commander of UPDF 5th Division who led the operation to repulse the invaders says they haven't blocked merchandize headed to South Sudan. 

Some of the traders abandoned the route and opted for other border points at Lubone, Aweno Olwiyo in Lokung Sub County and Apiriti in Madi Opei Sub County. 


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.