By Andrew Cohen Amvesi
Ham Muzamil Ezama, the Arua Deputy Resident City Commissioner (RCC) in charge of the Central Division has threatened to deport fighting South Sudan fishmongers in Uganda.
Ezama warned that if the Sudanese don’t stop the ongoing fight in Arua main market and abide by the laws of Uganda, his office will be left with no option other than recommending their deportation.
Ezama’s warning follows the arrest of two South Sudan fishmongers for allegedly spearheading a fight against their colleagues in Arua city on Wednesday.
SSP Emmanuel Bwambale, the Arua Central Police Station (CPS) DPC identified the two who are currently detained at Arua CPS as Abraham Mawut Kuol and Simon Mabior Yak.
The fight over the ownership of the South Sudanese fish market in Arua city is between the leadership of the South Sudanese fish suppliers’ association and the Leudier and Goi fish traders’ union.
Speaking to journalists in his office on Thursday, Ezama said they are waiting for the Resident State Attorney (RSA) to sanction the file of the two Sudanese before producing them in court.
Ezama cautioned the Sudanese who have come for business to avoid being used politically while in Uganda or else risk being deported with immediate effect.
“The Sudanese who want to interest themselves in local politics, we are going to deport them. I want to assure you. Me, I’m a different person. We are going to call the migration department to come here and we need to verify some of these people, others might be deported. If you have come for business interest, you must abide by the laws of this country,” Ezama warned.
“This lawlessness in South Sudan shouldn’t be brought here to confuse us. For us we are not politicians, we are in charge of security, the office of the President and we go anywhere, we can enter that market without knocking a door because it is within our mandate to check the progress of how people’s livelihoods are. It is a way of alerting people that their livelihood should be fair,” Ezama remarked.
He said their role is to sensitize and mobilize people to benefit from government programs.
“So, the market there belongs to the government, it is not for individuals, it is not even for Sudanese alone. We welcome them to come and trade with the locals but they should have a conscious discipline, observing the laws of this country and respecting the decisions of the security committees,” Ezama said.