Officials heading the Ugandan evacuation mission in the war plagued S. Sudan has said at least six Ugandans were abducted and are being held by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) following fresh clashes in the country’s capital Juba.
According to police director of operations Asuman Mugenyi, the victims were abducted by the S. Sudan rebels suspected to be part of a SPLA breakaway group headed by Gen Martin Kenyi in Ngomoromo, Lamwo District.
“Two were hawkers who had crossed to South Sudan, four were abducted inside Uganda,” he said during a press briefing at Bibia army detach in Amuru district adding that negotiations are underway to secure their freedom.
Kenyi’s soldiers are responsible for the killings and abduction of Ugandans in Yumbe District in December 2014.
In August last year, Kenyi, then commander of the SPLA in opposition in Eastern Equatoria, raided Pageri town, located some 16 miles north east of Nimule town.
He led to the closing of Juba-Nimule road commencing attacks on travellers.
Riek Machar appointed Martin Kenyi as a deputy Chief of Staff for moral orientation in 2014 and as the overall commander of the rebel forces in Eastern Equatoria state.
Meanwhile, UPDF Chief of Staff Land Forces, Brig Leopold Kyanda, who doubles as coordinator of the evacuation of Ugandans from S. Sudan said the mission has been highly successful, with the forces managing to rescue more than 8,000 civilians including, Kenyans, Rwandans, Somalis, Liberians, South Koreans and Tanzanians.