ARUA. The residents of Ewanga sub-county in Arua district have asked security chiefs in the district to consider deploying more personnel in the area following continued threats of attack by a section of locals from the neighbouring Yumbe district.

The call is as a result of a longstanding fight between Arua and Yumbe district over the ownership of Ewanga sub-county.

But during a security meeting at Ewanga trading centre on Monday, the locals urged Arua district security bosses to intervene by deploying more officers to guard them against the threats of an imminent attack.

Majority of the residents blamed Aringa county Member of Parliament in Yumbe district, Mr Ashraf Olega for fueling the border conflict between the people of Yumbe and their Ewanga counterparts in Lower Madi County, Arua district.

Mr Zuberi Ambazu 21 06 19Mr Zuberi Ambazu, a resident of Ewanga stressing a point during the meeting on Monday. PHOTO BY JOSEPH ODAMA.

However, efforts put by West Nile Web to reach MP Olega on phone over the matter proved futile as he couldn’t answer our repeated calls on Thursday.

Mr Luka Abdu, one of the residents said in the past few days, threats have been coming from the people of Yumbe with many warning that anything is likely to occur since they have refused to be part of Yumbe.

“Do you first want to see bloodshed between the people of Yumbe and Ewanga as they kill each other and then do something when people have died?” Abdu asked.

He said they have been giving information to police about the threats to their lives with no action being taken.

Abdu added that the only two policemen deployed at the sub-county headquarters are not enough to save them in case of any problem, a reason they wanted security to take control of the situation.

Mr Benard Driwale another resident accused police of always coming in when issues have run out of hand yet Ewanga is hard to reach in Arua.

But SP Christopher Barugahere, the West Nile regional police commander (RPC), instead blamed the local community for not supporting the police with timely information whenever there is a problem in the area.

Barugahere, however, urged the two parties not to take the law into their hands, promising that police is there to provide security for all Ugandans.

Meanwhile the area MP, Mr Ismail Ogama said he is going to once again forward the matter to the ministry so that the border conflict is resolved once and for all.