YUMBE. A delegation from Kupera County in Yeyi River state in South Sudan on Thursday paid a visit to Yumbe district local government.
The leaders from both areas discussed security and development concerns which they said often affect their relations.
Mr Yassin Taban, the Yumbe district chairman said they agreed to resume the construction of a bridge on River Kaya which responsibility the Sudanese had left to Yumbe despite an earlier agreement to jointly construct it.
"We have secured some funding under Development Response for Displacement Impact Program (DRDIP) for the completion of the bridge which stalled at the decking level. The works on the bridge shall begin very soon so we encourage the leaders from our counterpart in South Sudan to support the project", he said.
He said they also agreed to establish a joint market for both governments which should take shape in the near future to enhance coordination and cordial relations.
Mr Emmanuel Khemis, the commissioner for Kupera County in Yeyi River state promised that his government will work together with Yumbe district local government and that what has been discussed will come to reality.
"We came here to set a foundation for our future generations. After this meeting, we shall organise a meeting to address some of the issues and make each other to understand that the project Yumbe is undertaking is a national project that will benefit both Uganda and South Sudan", he said.
He said they will inform Yumbe district local government on the progress they are making on the support towards River Kaya bridge construction project.
He said they want to use the good relations between Kupera County and Yumbe district local government as an example so that other communities that share a common border with Yumbe can learn from them.
"We contribute to stability and economic prosperity in this region. We shouldn't allow elements who don't have legitimate authority to break our good working relations because there are a lot of negative elements on both sides trying to cause problems which we need to control", he said.
Mr Richard Andama, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Yumbe said "we are not only looking at Kupera County if you look at the proximity and stretches along the border of Yumbe and South Sudan, but 70-80 per cent also lies on Yumbe side. We have got other areas like Liwolo, Kangapoo and all these stretches need our efforts as Ugandans to ensure that we are the custodian of the peace in South Sudan", he said.
Recently a delegation from West Nile attended a regional meeting in Yeyi river state and another bigger one is expected to take place in Arua in September which will involve the top Uganda gov't officials, West Nile region and Yeyi River state leaders.