Museveni, Salva Kiir discuss Uganda-South Sudan border security

President Yoweri Museveni and his South Sudanese Counterpart, Salva Kiir in a meeting at State House Entebbe, Thursday, September 14, 2023 (Photo/PPU)

Entebbe, (UG): Uganda’s President, H.E Yoweri Museveni today held talks with H.E Salva Kiir of South Sudan where the two discussed issues of mutual interest including the border security between the neighbouring countries.

“I welcomed His Excellency Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan to State House Entebbe, this afternoon. Our discussions centred on common interests between our two nations, particularly border security, the conflict in Sudan and other important regional issues,” President Museveni posted via X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday evening, shortly after sending off the delegation from South Sudan.

The South Sudan delegation included Hon. Barnaba Marial Benjamin -Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro- Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Hon. Dr. James Pitia Morgan- Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, among others.

The meeting was held at State House-Entebbe and attended by Uganda’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Henry Okello Oryem, and ESO Director General Ambassador Joseph Ocwet.

The development comes amid recent fear that gripped many Ugandans residing along the Uganda-South Sudan border, as South Sudanese authorities assert their claim over more than 20 villages in Kerwa and Kochi sub-counties within Yumbe district

The affected households among others include; Kaboro A, Keriwa, Kaboro B, Tiria, Sokokobidri, Pasara, Junjubita, Mafuu, Ujuruko, Milia, Koloro, Woroworo, Oloko and Tinji villages all in Kerwa sub-county.

Meanwhile, in Kochi sub-county, the villages that are being claimed by South Sudanese authorities include Fitina Mbaya, Alema, Milia, Feyo, and Gobiri.

James Gale, the LC 3 vice chairperson for Kerwa sub-county, explains that over the past few months, South Sudanese authorities have been forcibly allocating land to their people in the affected villages deep inside Uganda.

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