The suspected rebels include Corporal Victor Batal, 45, and Augustine Yakal, 21, all residents of Morobo County, Central Equatorial Province in South Sudan. Batal was arrested from Small London in Koboko District while Yakal from Busia in November 2020.
People’s Defense Forces - UPDF has handed over two suspected National Salvation
Front - NSF rebels to the South Sudan Government.
suspected rebels include Corporal Victor Batal, 45, and Augustine Yakal, 21,
all residents of Morobo County, Central Equatorial Province in South
Sudan. Batal was arrested from Small London in Koboko District while Yakal from
Busia in November 2020.
statement to the military, Batal alleges that in 2016, rebels of Sudan People’s
Liberation Movement - SPLM in Opposition (IO) captured him and asked him to
either join the opposition struggle as a soldier or die.
was a truck driver between Uganda and South Sudan before the captivity, further
alleged that he was taken for military training and later deployed at
Panyam village, Mugo County in Central Equatorial and served in SPLM - IO army
between 2016- 2017.
SPLM-IO split between 2018 to 2019, he crossed to serve the National Salvation
Front under the command of Thomas Cerilo Soka. It's from here that he got
an opportunity to escape from the NSF forces and crossed to Uganda where he was
Yakal in his statement claims that at the time of his captivity, he was 18
years old and was working as a Boda Boda cyclist in Morobo County, Central
Equatorial Province. He said he was captured in 2018, and forcefully taken for
military training in Akefa near Yei County.
While at Akefa, Yakal revealed he spent one year and a half and escaped from
captivity in 2020 to join his parent who had relocated to Uganda and currently
residing in Busia, where was arrested.
Bonny Bamwisike, the UPDF 4th Division Commander handed over the two suspects as
a good gesture in pursuance of peace, security and diplomatic relations.
“We coordinate cordially…
Cue out …gonna be defended.”//
Jamel Majok, the Liaison Officer of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces
said Uganda and South Sudan will continue to coordinate in matters of their
national security and mutual co-existence.
“Actually we coordinate…
Cue out …coordination will continue.”//
one of the rebel suspects expressed fear and opposed their extradition to South
Sudan without the involvement of an independent body like the United Nations or
//Cue in: “The brothers came…
…much to say.”//
They were escorted by the UPDF through Elegu
border in Amuru District, the main point of entry to South Sudan. The UPDF says
it is a habit of the SPLM-IO and the NSF rebels to conscript youths and
men into their ranks, and several cases were registered particularly in
Adjumani and Koboko in West Nile and Kitgum and Lamwo in Acholi.
South Sudan authorities have accused NAS rebels of fighting against the Juba
administration under Salvar Kiir since March 2017. The group has been widely
blamed for attacks on foreign cargo fleets along the Nimule-Juba highway.