The ex-captives have been identified as, Charles Nyeko, Betty Achiro, Amos Odera, Omal Denis and one person only identified as Aketo. They are all residents of Orom East and Kiteny in the Kitgum district.
Five people who were abducted by armed suspected South Sudan fighters in the Kabongun wilderness
at the South Sudan border on Wednesday have been released.
Kitgum Resident District
Commissioner William Komakech said the abductees regained their freedom on
Thursday after a joint security force responded to a distress call
and pursued the captors. The ex-captives have been identified
as, Charles Nyeko, Betty Achiro, Amos Odera,
Omal Denis and one person only identified as Aketo. They are all residents of Orom East and Kiteny in Kitgum district.
According to Komakech, the cross-border attack led to the loss of two lives and left eight other residents with injuries. The attackers also looted unspecified
quantities of foodstuff, household properties, nine cattle and several ox ploughs.
//Cue in; “joni obin…
Cue out…mino gi protection.”//
According to Komakech, the attackers rounded up the farmers and battered them, killing one woman instantly
while a man, only identified as David was rushed to Namukora Health
Centre IV but later died while being referred to Kitgum General Hospital.
East Sub County councillor Patrick Kilama says the
victims who were
reportedly attending to their farms in preparation for the farming
attacked by a group of 12 men armed with rifles, machetes, and bows and
arrows. They were undressed and reportedly beaten using
rifle butts before they were whisked away.
He explains that the ex-captives who
looked frail and had deep wounds upon their release are since receiving treatment at
Akillok Health Centre II. Medics have however said that they are now out
//Cue in; “mok dong tye…
Cue out…en maber.”//
Kiteny Sub County Councilor Ronald
Komakech is now appealing to security to urgently intervene and protect
farmers from Orom East and Kiteny Sub Counties from the continuous attacks and
looting operations by the suspected South Sudanese and Karimajong warriors. He says the captors could have taken advantage of
the lack of security forces along the border to swiftly make an incursion into
Uganda’s hinterland and rounded innocent civilians.
According to Komakech, the army had
military detachments in the areas of Loki, Wanglango, Abunai and Kabongun but
some of the facilities were disbanded due to political sentiments that the
army was planning to grab people's land.
in “pol kare…
out: ……konyo lwak.”//
RDC William Komakech partly faults
the farming communities of Orom, Kiteny, Orom East and Namukora for being
hesitant to seek permission or notifying the army that should provide them
security while they are attending to their farms.
According to Komakech, farmers were
initially for security escorts or deployment to allow them to concentrate on their
Komakech however says they are
liaising with his counterparts in South Sudan to ensure cross-border attacks
are minimized and that the attackers are brought to book.