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Uganda, South Sudan Reach Border Demarcation Deal

Several pool stars were disappointed with how 2016 has started for them after loosing out on the top prize in the New Year’s Wimpy pool tournament that concluded on Sunday at Wimpy hotel in Mbale.

Eddy ‘Brown’ Ojakol had to overcome Saul Lubega in a pulsating best of five finals narrowly winning just by one game while Zack Waboga defeated Uzairu Sserunkuma of Mbale Pool Club to finish 3rd and 4th places respectively.

The winner walked home with a cool half a million shilling with the 1st, information pills 2nd and 3rd runners-up taking Shs 200, pharmacy 000, approved 100,000 and 50,000 in that order.

The biggest surprise happened to Samona pool club’s captain Asuman Bukenya who failed to excel past the maiden round thanks to Lawrence Nuwamanya of Red Shooters pool club who won 2-1. Bukenya had earlier on scooped top prize in the Mbale XMas tournament held a week ago.

Among the other stars that participated include  Mbale Pool Club’s Chairman Mr. Ssembatya Badiru, Sulaiman Wadola, Yusuf Meyan, Paul Wasike (Hotpool club), Captain Wadola , Charles Ndyamuhaki, and Kenneth Makwali. The competition was restricted to only 32 participants.
By Gale Julius Dada

Uganda and South Sudan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to de-escalate border tensions and allow demarcation of disputed boundaries claimed by both countries.

The Agreement was reached between Representatives from South Sudan, ampoule Uganda and observers from the international community in Juba after a three days meeting that ended on December 30, ask 2015.

In September 2014, remedy fighting broke out between South Sudanese and Ugandans in Moyo District, after Ugandan local government officials visiting a disputed area were allegedly detained by armed south Sudanese men, triggering a wave of demonstrations and violence in both countries.


Ugandans razed houses belonging to South Sudanese residents in Moyo, and that, in turn, led to a series of tit-for-tat attacks.

Uganda’s Representative at the talks, Ebunyu Wilson, told reporters that the two countries agreed to form a joint technical committee to oversee the implementation of the pact.

Ebunyu said an advance team of observers will be drawn from both countries to travel to disputed boundaries to sensitize communities about the proposed demarcation exercise.

“The exercise won’t start if the border communities are not sensitized. We shall explain to our communities who are adjacent to the boundary that the exercise is going to begin, and this how it is going to be done and they will be clearly told what to do. To us, we hope to start with the sensitization then after the technical team will go with the equipment to complete the exercise,” Ebunyu said.

Ebuyu didn’t reveal the exact date for the start of the demarcation process, but he said the Joint technical Team will speed up the project to meet the 2017 deadline set by the African Union (AU) requiring member states to settle border tensions and also demarcate disputed boundaries.

“We are expecting to meet the African Union border limit of 2017. Immediately after completing our work plan and budget, we are going straight on the  ground- making sure that the exercise is handled expeditiously,’’ he said.

South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Benjamin Barnaba Marial,  hailed the agreement, describing it as a step towards achievement of regional peace and future integration of East Africa.

Marial calls on the International community to support the Joint Technical Committee financially to allow it conduct the demarcation exercise faster.

“Border demarcation is a security threat to this country. So it has got international responsibility. So it is an exercise that needs to be supported so that we are able to peacefully- in a sisterly and brotherly manner resolve this issue,’’ Marial said.

The Joint Technical Committee is expected to convene on January 16th in Uganda to discuss other pending issues not discussed during the Juba meeting.

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