Biraaro Promises to Establish Border Markets

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According to Biraro, several Ugandan traders have been killed, cheated and exploited while transacting business in South Sudan.

General Benon Biraaro, the presidential candidate of the Farmer's party of Uganda, has pledged to establish several border markets to serve South Sudan so as to protect Ugandan traders from exploitation. According to Biraaro, several Ugandan traders have been killed, cheated and exploited while transacting business in South Sudan.

He however, says such problems can be addressed by establishing modern markets in Amuru and Lamwo districts to cater for the needs of South Sudan. According to Biraaro, this will stop Ugandans traders from crossing into South Sudan where they are exposed to all forms of exploitation.

Biraaro also told journalists at the Northern Uganda Media Club on Wednesday that he will establish elegant hotels and good roads using his networks to facilitate trade, once he is elected. He argued that this will not only protect the lives of Ugandan traders, but will also raise revenue for government.

He adds that he will develop airports to facilitate regional trade between Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo among others. Biraaro also said he will maintain the deployment of Uganda People's Defense Forces in South Sudan, Somali and other missions, saying the insecurity in those countries directly affects Uganda.

Emily Adoch, a trader in Elegu border market has welcomed Biraaro's proposal to establish border markets. According to Adoch, despite the fact that Ugandan traders may not fetch as much money as they do when they operate in South Sudan, their safety will be guaranteed when they operate from home.

Biraaro is expected to address his campaign rallies in Gulu later today. 


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.