DRC Closes Vurra Border Post after Clash with UPDF

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DRC nationals on Monday captured and occupied Ugandan land along the border where they started erecting temporary structures claiming the no man's land belongs to them. They also had earlier cleared the land and were using it as a parking yard for transit vehicles.

Immigration authorities from Democratic Republic of Congo have closed the border point via Vurra custom route to Ar'u town.

The border post was closed after the forceful eviction of DRC nationals by Uganda people Defence Forces (UPDF) from the border on Wednesday. The nationals captured and occupied Ugandan land along the border on Monday claiming that it was no man's land which belonged to them.

They also had earlier cleared the land and were using it as a parking yard for transit vehicles.

Ugandan Security agencies later used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the DRC nationals some of whom were armed with arrows, bows, machetes and hoes as they camped at the border.

Arua RDC Peter Dibele said the DRC nationals were directed by their authorities to come and occupy the land at the border without consulting them. He says when they decided to evict them, DRC soldiers had to withdraw and close the border point.
 
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He added that the development was in contravention of the Ngurudoto agreement signed between the presidents of Uganda and DRC in 2007, to maintain the colonial border points and remarking them.

He adds that DRC nationals have often disobeyed the agreement and extended the border from River Ani close to Uganda's territorial boundaries
 
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Meanwhile, the DRC nationals have also extended the border fight to the Ugandan locals where they have started fighting Ugandans who have settled along the border lines.

Jackson Feta, the councilor for Ayavu parish in Vurra Sub County told URN that, the DRC nationals have organized themselves in groups moving in villages along the border fighting Ugandans.

He says the local communities from Ugandan side have also organized themselves to protect their territory against their counterparts.
 
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The most affected people are women and children who now take refuge from nearby villages which are not closer to the border, he said.