Moyo, 12 March 2018; Huge herds of cattle keepers from Kajo-keji area, South Sudan were escorted by heavily armed Dinka men with the element of Dinka SPLA, South Sudan's national army, on Sunday night encroached deep into Ugandan border area of Metu, Padiga village raided unspecified numbers of cattle.
When a squad of Uganda People's Defence Forces [UPDF] believed to be 11 strong, well-armed soldiers were send to check the situation after the local village council informed the army. The Dinka armed men with the Dinka SPLA army immediately opened fire on Ugandan soldiers, shot and killed three UPDF soldiers according to the report coming from the affected area of Metu Padiga.
After seeing their comrades were shot and killed the remaining 9 UPDF soldier were forced to flee living the villagers in unknown predictable situation. The cattle raiders after exchanging fires with UPDF then withdrew with the raided cattle into the side of South Sudan border.
The incident has paralyzed the local villagers of Padiga, setting many families to hide in the bushes while others have been reported have sought safety in Moyo town and other far places. Local FM radios in Adjumani town located more than 40 km across the Nile have reported the incident.
However, there is nothing done by the authority in Moyo District rather than only public outrageous and condemnations directed to both government for not providing adequate security to protect the civilians who live along the borderline. Border areas between South Sudan and Uganda is fragile without security.
This is the second incident of cattle raiding by armed Dinka men in collaboration of Dinka SPLA soldiers across border inside Uganda. In January the same Dinka armed men with Dinka SPLA army penetrated in side Gbari and raided more than 260 cows till to date the cows are not recovered.
Opio Okello Onen