SPLM condemns fight among refugees in Uganda

Some of the youth after the fight (photo credit Uganda radio network):

By Martin Manyiel

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Uganda Chapter office has strongly condemned the recent fight among South Sudanese refugees in northwestern Uganda that led to loss of innocent lives.

The fighting broke out among refugees during the FIFA World Cup game between Brazil and Switzerland at Tika Zone in Rhino Camp Settlement last week. Four people reportedly died after the brawl.

According to police reports, the two rival ethnic groups clashed following a heated argument which started from a video hall where they were watching a World Cup match between Brazil and Switzerland in a video hall that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Emmanuel Mangok Aliap, Secretary for Political Affairs and Acting Chairman of SPLM Uganda chapter said killing of refugees by fellow refugees because of minor issue which started at the football show was not right.

Last Thursday, the police spokesperson for West Nile Josephine Angucia told the observer in Uganda that at least 10 youth allegedly involved in the brawl were arrested.

Mr. Aliap called on the Office of Prime Minister (OPM) department in charge of refugees affairs to ensure maximum protection to South Sudanese refugees without tribal, gender, and regional discrimination.

“Refugee is a refugee and all refugees are in need and must have equal care and protection,” he said.

Mr. Aliap continued that they want an immediate investigation into the incident which happened in the camps or any other area of Uganda so that such incidents of killing among refugees should not repeat itself in future.

“The authorities need to set out strategies to prevent such incident in advance before it reaches to uncontrollable stage. The killings in the United Nations camps are clear indications that warring tribes need to be controlled because citizens need peace now,” he said.

Mr. Aliap said President Salva Kiir was ready to see peace come back to South Sudan, adding it was the reason why he accepted to meet rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar  although no any sitting president would easily accept to talk with rebel leader.

The SPLM Uganda Chapter also acknowledged the effort of the National Resistance Movement leaders under government of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for its cooperation, generous and continued support towards the South Sudanese refugees.


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