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Congolese Impound Over 10 Ugandan Motorcycles In Goli Boarder Market

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By Hillary Alithum

A sizable number of business men and women who are transported on motorcycles from the districts of Madi-Okollo, Pakwach , Nebbi and Zombo to Nyalip border market were on 16th August left hopelessly and helplessly stranded as Congolese bodaboda riders operating within Nyalip border market( Goli) situated in Democratic Republic of Congo , impounded 11 motorcycles including foiled attempt on Uganda police motorcycle that crossed to ascertain the complaints filed by business men and women at the Uganda Goli Border police station .

The over 80 charged , chaotic Congolese bodaboda riders claimed to be seeking retribution for their colleague’s motorcycle that was impounded by Uganda Revenue Authority during routine surveillance operations in Nebbi district and the motorcycle among others were swiftly transferred to URA office in Arua.

The notion of the Congolese impounding Uganda motorcycles in recompense is completely metamorphosing into strategic action plans to counter impoundment of numberless motorcycles by Uganda Revenue Authority that is not now queer to the communities around Goli and the security apparatus manning the borders.
All the Ugandan bodaboda riders and business persons who trade at the Nyalip border market in Goli , parted ways with the actions of the Congolese that caused gross anxiety about next course of action on or by the Ugandans.

The fiercely looking, helpless, victimized ,Mr.Oroma Christopher , Ugandan bodaboda rider cum Chairperson Ragem Bodaboda Association in Pakwach district wondered at the interest of the Congolese bodaboda riders,”bodabodas of Uganda and Congo are one people but today because of the actions of government ,we are furious about the Congolese, sombermood on seeing them, their motorcycle was not impounded by us ,but they are impounding our motorcycles” said Oroma.

Nyalip border market attracts hundreds of traders from as far as Pawor ,Ragem ,Pukwero, Alwi and the local communities within Nebbi and Zombo Districts because of its strategic location, easily compelled customers from Democratic Republic of Congo and generally fascinating wheeling and dealing at the border entries.

Ms.Giramia Consolate, a business woman from Alwi Pakwach district, echoed her disappointment with the Congolese bodaboda riders,” we hired our bodabodas from home to bring us to the market , after buying items we got the motorcycles were impounded and now hopeless about hiring another bodaboda” Additionally, Giramia castigated the Ugandan authorities’ delayed response to their pleas lodged at Goli border Police station in the early morning hours of the day and applauded the authorities of DRCongo for swift interventions.

The political Head of Jupangira subcounty ,Mr. Ogenmungu Sunday applauded the calmness of the Ugandan bodaboda riders and business persons who exhibited discipline of the highest epitome, embracing the law of rule and assured them of diplomatic engagement between the two countries .

ASP Kankave Paul, Officer in charge GOLI border Police station , acknowledged the retrieval of the impounded Congolese motorcycle from URA office in Arua,”we have already managed to get the motorcycle which caused bodaboda in Congo to riot ,it was impounded in Nebbi and taken to Arua but it has been brought from Arua ,and going to be received at the RDC’s office and I have dispersed a team from GOLI border station to go and pick it ” Paul told the ultimate news.

Goli border custom is a major entry point to Democratic Republic of Congo via Nebbi district, handling greater percentage of transit goods and trucks providing viable opportunity for the local population to engage in inter and intra border businesses amidst challenges of insecurity posed by the Allied Democratic Forces and security personnels manning the borders points of Uganda and those of DR Congo unleashing their military authorities to oppress the innocent locals operating along the border routes by imposing non existential ordinances that suit their own interests.

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