Crime & Investigation

5 Ugandans Rescued from South Sudan Rebel Captivity

At least five of the missing 15 Ugandans have been recovered by a joint team of Uganda and South Sudan security forces.

This was revealed by Asan Kasingye, sick the Assistant Inspector General of Police who also serves as Director of INTERPOL and International Relations.

“Following the meeting between Gen Kale Kayihura, this site his South Sudan counterpart, patient Gen Makur Marol Aduot and Interpol, have rescued the 5 Ugandans abducted by rebels,” said Kasingye on his official Twitter handle.

The two Police forces of Uganda and South Sudan this past October set up task teams to immediately begin tracing for Ugandans who were abducted by South Sudanese rebels following an ambush along the Juba – Nimule road.

Police chiefs of Uganda and South Sudan agreed that the two sides prioritize using their intelligence services to find the missing people.

At the time, out of 22 Ugandans abducted by rebels, only 7 had been found.

The rescue of 5 more Ugandans brings to 12 the number of liberated Ugandans.

Kasingye also posted a photo of the rescued victims.


They appeared knackered and stressed.

Uganda has in recent months expressed concern about the insecurity along the Juba – Kampala and Kampala – Oraba – Kaya – Yei – Nimule highways which has recently led to attacks and looting of property.

Both countries have since decided to strengthen border security, counter terrorism operations and information sharing.

The joint operations will develop a watch list of suspected criminals and monitor the movement of people and property.

Gen. Kale Kayihura said that securing the movement of people especially traders on the route between the two capitals was a major challenge and stressed that resolutions be implemented without delay.

“We are hitting the ground running for the sake of our people whose fate lies in our hands. Time is a luxury we don’t have. We are determined to use the framework of our cooperation to revive our joint operations,” said the Uganda Police chief.

Other resolutions from bilateral talks included detection of illegal arms and weapons on the border, dismantling terror cells, pursuing criminal gangs and carrying out regular security reports from both sides.

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