Arrest Armed Politicians “confusing people in camps”: South Sudanese Bishop to Uganda

Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo of South Sudan's Yei Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

The Catholic Bishop of South Sudan's Yei Diocese has called on the government of Uganda to apprehend and imprison armed South Sudanese politicians who are confusing people in refugee camps in the East African nation.

Speaking at Palorinya refugee settlement in Moyo district in Northern Uganda on Monday, August 22, Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo said that the refugee camps are not war zones and that politics should be kept away from refugees. 

Bishop Lodiong called upon officials of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Uganda and the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to “arrest and imprison” any politician entering the refugee camps with a gun.  

“We don't like politicians carrying guns and coming to confuse our brothers and sisters who have sought refuge here,” he said, and added, “Arrest them right away because they are causing conflict among our camp residents.”

The South Sudanese Catholic Bishop further said, “We have heard before that politicians are following opposition leaders who have come as refugees. This is unacceptable because our people came here to seek a peaceful environment.”


“These people came here to seek refuge; they didn’t come here as politicians,” the 51-year-old Catholic Bishop who started his Episcopal Ministry on May 15 said, adding that South Sudanese politicians “should not be confused; they should allow our people to live in peace.”

“If there is anyone who wants to practice politics or want to be a military man or woman they should go to places where there is war not in refugee camps where people come to take refuge,” he emphasized during the August 22 visit at Palorinya refugee settlement

The Local Ordinary of the Yei Diocese called on Uganda’s OPM officials to “make sure people are living in peace because whoever wants to confuse our refugees should not be allowed among these innocent people.”

He also urged the Ugandan government through OPM and UNHCR officials to allow refugees to leave voluntarily “if they want to go back home”.

Meanwhile, in another encounter with South Sudanese refugees based at St. Dominic Parish of Uganda’s Arua Diocese, Bishop Lodiong advocated for unity and peaceful coexistence with members of the host community. 

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“My mission of visiting all the parishes in the Catholic diocese of Yei and refugees in the neighboring countries of Congo and Uganda is to build trust and courage,” he said during the August 21 visit.

The South Sudanese Catholic Bishop expressed gratitude to St. Dominic Parish for “welcoming and taking care of refugees from South Sudan.”

Patrick Juma Wani is a South Sudanese journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. Patrick holds a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Makerere Institute for Social Development (MISD) in Uganda. He has over 7 years of extensive experience in leading the development and implementation of media, advocacy, communication and multimedia strategy and operations, with an excellent track record of editorial leadership, budget management, and stakeholder outreach. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.