today's Pick
Moyo RDC, LCV Chairman detained by S. Sudan army
Publish Date: Sep 05, 2014
Moyo RDC, LCV Chairman detained by S. Sudan army
Resident District Commissioner John Abingwa
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Charles Etukuri

Moyo LCV Chairman Jimmy Vukoni Okudi together with the Resident District Commissioner John Abingwa were Wednesday afternoon taken hostage by South Sudan military operatives as they attempted to secure the release of census enumerators and an LC 3 chairman of Moyo Sub County who had earlier on been abducted
.

By press time all the phones of  Abingwa and Okudi were switched off although a Government Source said the matter had already been brought to the attention of the South Sudan embassy in Kampala and Government in Juba.

The LC3 Chairman together with enumerators were arrested on Wednesday as they counted people along the border as the part of the ongoing national census. South Sudan soldiers claimed that the enumerators had crossed into their territory.

Area Member of Parliament Ayivu County Bernard Atiku confirmed the arrests.

“I have just been informed that the chairman LC V of Moyo, his Vice and LC III chairman of one of the sub counties at the border with South Sudan have been taken hostage by some South Sudanese military operatives,” Atiku said.

 He said that the three were arrested as they were following up some Census enumerators who were earlier on abducted by the same military operatives. “I have informed the Minister of State for Internal Affairs Hon Baba James and Defence Minister Hon Chrispus Kiyonga Minister for Defence to take the matter up,” Atiku said.

Former Moyo Chairman Ambassador Philip Idro also confirmed the arrests and said the area in question was being disputed by Uganda and Africa’s newest State South Sudan.

“President Yoweri Museveni and his Salva Kiir met and resolved that the status quo remains as it was and that both residents of the countries continue enjoying peace but I am surprised that someone is now disobeying his directives,” Idro said as he re referred to reports indicating that the order to arrest the team was made by the Commissioner of Keji in South Sudan.

Idro said that the 2 Presidents were in the process of setting up a border commission to clearly mar
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
US healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday said it would spend up to $200 million to speed up and expand its Ebola vaccine program, with testing slated to begin in January....
Tanzania will hold a referendum in April 2015 on a new constitution, the government has announced, a move rejected by the opposition, who said Thursday that the drafting process ignored it....
Constitutional Court rules on terror suspects’ trial
The Constitutional Court has ruled that the July 2010 Kampala twin bombing suspects are detained in Uganda legally and must stand trial in the High Court....
No fresh cases of Ebola-like Marburg virus - health
Ugandan health officials said Tuesday that all suspected cases of the Ebola-like Marburg virus had tested negative and those held in isolation released....
‘I watched a crocodile eat my body parts’
IT took Godfrey Mugobi six months of treatment at Jinja Hospital and his wife could not tolerate it and she deserted him...
Museveni meets Commonwealth Secretary General
PRESIDENT Museveni and Kamalesh Sharma discussed issues pertaining to the 24th Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting...
Was Oscar Pistorius' 5 year sentence fair and just?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter