Leaders in Lamwo District, at the northern border, reported that eight Ugandan timber dealers were abducted while cutting trees in Lubone, S.Sudan on Sunday. The area is located five kilometres from the Aweno Olwi border post.
Two of the abductees were, however, released on Tuesday by the rebels who reportedly told them to return with $890 ransom to secure the freedom of their colleagues and three power saws. Those released were identified as Mr Mathew Akera, a former a local council Speaker and Mr Cyprian Okot.
The two people who were released by the rebels crossed through Aweno Olwi border in S.sudan.
They told press that the rebels want Ush3 million to release the remaining six people,” Mr Jonathan Rutabingwa, the Lamwo Resident District Commissioner said.
He added that security personnel in Lamwo District are engaging various stakeholders to ensure the release of the Ugandans.
“We want to first intervene through non-state actors like local leaders and traditional leaders in the area who can play a key factor in the release of our people without any kind of retaliation. We have also informed all security organs in the county about the situation,” Mr Rutabingwa said.
Mr Rutabingwa said the identities of the other six are yet to be confirmed.
He advised Ugandans against travelling to the fragile S.Sudan that has been rocked in civil war since December 2013.
Source: The east African
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