18 Nov 2019

 

Call On Government To Enforce Laws On Metal Scraps Business

“Our citizens are ready to come back, we know that all the iron sheets on buildings have been removed and the governor should issue an order that should be implemented..."

Call On Government To Enforce Laws On Metal Scraps Business
A Telecommunication tower cut down for scrap metal business in Kaya town. [Photo: Daniel Friday Martin | Gurtong]

 By Daniel Friday Martin

MOROBO (09.April.2019) – Residents inside Morobo and Kaya towns of Yei River State are demanding the Yei River State Government to set up strong laws that prohibits armed forces and civilians from dealing on metal scrap businesses in the area.
 
Morobo and Kaya towns locate along the Yei-Uganda roads borders the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. It’s one of the areas that exchanged hands of control between Government and SPLA-IO forces between 2016 and 2017.
 
The residents said the ongoing removal of iron sheets, wall beam frames and roofing’s in schools, health facilities, markets and individual private buildings have left the two major towns (Kaya and Morobo) skeleton towns.
 
The residents said some government officials, security agencies and local businessmen have contributed to what they described as total destruction of the towns.
 
A local chief who identified himself only as Likambu told Gurtong that many returnees who sought refuge in Uganda and DR Congo are finding it difficult to re-settle and restart their livelihood.
 
Likambu said despite having reported complains raised by the community to the county leadership to stop the ongoing metal scrap business in the area went unattended to by the local government.
 
“I want to tell the Governor that, our county has been destroyed. There are many civilians who would like to come and stay here but they are finding it hard to settle in Morobo or Kaya. We don’t have strong leaders to protect us and address our challenges” Likambu said
 
Joel Yega another resident of Morobo County said despite presence of government forces on the ground, destruction of people’s building is on none stop in Morobo County. Joel is calling on the state government to enforce laws that bans off metal scrap business in the area.
 
“Our citizens are ready to come back, we know that all the iron sheets on buildings have been removed and the governor should issue an order that should be implemented by the organized forces so that this metal scrap business is brought to an end” he added.
 
For his part, Yei River State governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony ordered the county commissioner and the national security force in the area to arrest anyone removing iron sheets and doors to transport him or her to Yei town for imprisonment.
 
“I heard that removal of iron sheets and doors is going on in Morobo and Kaya towns. I am telling the commissioner and the national security force here to arrest whether a soldier with a high rang or a civilian be arrested and be taken to Yei for detention. This issue must stop today because we don’t want to see destruction in Morobo County”
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