Thursday September 4 2014

Suspected SPLA soldiers disrupt census exercise in Moyo; Abduct UPDF enumerators and leaders


Suspected South Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers have abducted a section of leaders of Moyo district and eleven other residents including journalists.

According to the District Police Commander, Mr Milton Bwembale, the leaders were abducted in Wano village in Lefori Sub-county on Thursday afternoon as they supervised the on-going census.

Wano village has been a contentious area where the South Sudanese have for long been claiming to be part of their country and not for Uganda.

He said the LC5 chairman, Mr Jimmy Vukoni, and his vice Mr Maiku Paul and Mr Martin Izaruku, the secretary for health were among the other Moyo residents who were reportedly abducted and are being detained at an unknown location.

Others are three journalists who had gone to cover the exercise. They include Mr Scovin Iceta of Daily Monitor, and reporters of Voice of the Nile and Trans-Nile Broadcasting service along with two UPDF officers who were trained as enumerators.

The local council III chairperson of Moyo sub-county and the sub-county chief, two civilian enumerators and a parish supervisor were also abducted by the suspected South Sudanese soldiers.

Mr Ark Azuru, the driver of the LC5 chairman who escaped the arrest said he vanished after a tip off from unidentified woman.

He disclosed that the woman instructed him to escape because the team he had driven across the stream was put on gun point before being abducted.

More Details to follow