Border Dispute Disrupts Population Census in Moyo, Yumbe Districts

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In short
The dispute stems from a piece of land that was once occupied by refugees from Sudan and DR Congo. Each district is claiming rights over the land although, when the refugees were being hosted, the land belonged to Moyo District Local Government and had been set aside for the establishment of a faculty for Muni University.

Officials from the border districts of Yumbe and Moyo in West Nile region have suspended the ongoing Population and housing census activities in Kali parish, Itula Sub County over a border dispute.

The dispute stems from a piece of land that was once occupied by refugees from Sudan and DR Congo. Each district is claiming rights over the land although, when the refugees were being hosted, the land belonged to Moyo District Local Government and had been set aside for the establishment of a faculty for Muni University.

At the opening of the 2014 census on Thursday, the two districts deployed separate teams of enumerators creating confusion on which team had a right to conduct the activity. Area leaders resolved to suspend it pending clarity on who should take charge of the process.

Andrew Tiondi, the zonal supervisor West Nile region says the exercise will continue as soon as the border determination is done.

Ibrahim Abiriga, the Yumbe Resident District Commissioner urged that the leaders agree to conduct the census and have the border dispute sorted out in later meetings.

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Fungaroo Kaps, Hassan, the Obongi County Member of Parliament question why the issue of boundaries should divide districts within the same country. He however is optimistic that the matter will be sorted out within time to enable residents be part of the nationwide exercise.

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This is not the first time Yumbe and Moyo districts have engaged in border demarcations. A few years ago, there were bloody fights when the residents from the two districts clashed over some parts along the borderlines. Yumbe district has also been in conflicts with Arua over Ewanga area, which both districts claim.