S. Sudanese attacked in Moyo protest

Moyo District chairman Jimmy Vukoni (right) leads a demonstration at the Uganda-South Sudan border at Afoji yesterday. They were protesting the detention of leaders and census enumerators by South Sudan police a week ago. The demonstration, that started peacefully, culminated into burning of houses. PHOTO BY Martin Okudi

Moyo. Business at the Uganda-South Sudan border of Afoji in Moyo District was temporarily halted yesterday following a demonstration by residents over the recent detention of local leaders and census officials in South Sudan.
The officials were arrested from Wano village in Moyo Sub-county, an area claimed by both countries.
The demonstration had started peacefully, with the police warning against any form of violence. Led by their leaders, the residents chanted slogans that condemned the cross border raids. Among the participants in the protest were West Moyo MP Tom Aza, Obongi County MP Hassan Fungaroo, Woman MP Anne Auru, district chairperson Jimmy Vukoni and the Madi traditional chief. Some of the demonstrators also carried crosses indicating the suffering census officials suffered at the hands of their South Sudan captors.
However, the residents later turned violent and torched about 15 houses, including a church, belonging to South Sudan nationals living in the area.
The residents locked the border with a chain and barricaded it with a log. However, immigration officials later destroyed the chain and business resumed.
The government spokesman, Mr Ofwono Opondo, condemned the attack against South Sudan nationals.

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