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Acholi Chiefdom Traces Abducted Premier To SPLA –IO

Emmanuel Ochora Lagedo, the deputy Prime Minister Acholi Chiefdom, says many organizations have joined efforts to get the abductees freed. He says the group has not yet asked for any ransom for the group.
17 May 2018 14:27
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The Sudan People's Liberation Army-in Opposition-SPLA-IO has confirmed holding the Prime Minister of Acholi Chiefdom, Ambrose Ola.

 

The group has indicated to the Acholi Chiefdom, World Vision South Sudan and Ola's family that they are willing to unconditionally release the official.

 

Ola was kidnapped by a faction of the rebel group operating around Yambio County in Western Equatoria on Tuesday during a field trip to Yangiri rural community in Gbudue area.

 

Ola was contracted by World Vision South Sudan as a senior consultant on Peace building based on has vast experiences in the search for peace with Acholi cultural institution and the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace initiative-ARLPI.

 

Ola's wife, Anne Kipwola, told URN this morning that her husband is being held together with other people in a remote location in Yambio County. 

South Sudan nationals working for US Embassy in Juba are among World Vision staff kidnapped alongside Ola. United Nations Peace Keepers in Yambio County are said to be leading efforts to secure the release of the aid workers. 

Kiwpola said negotiations are going on well and there is high hope that the abductees would be released anytime. "The senior leader of the group Dr. Riek Machar has also been contacted after his filed commanders confirmed they have the group. We are still praying for their safety" she said by phone.

The Acholi Paramount Chief, David Onen Achana II, worked closely with Dr. Machar during the Juba Peace process between the Lord's Resistance Army and the Uganda government.

 

Emmanuel Ochora Lagedo, the deputy Prime Minister Acholi Chiefdom, says many organizations have joined efforts to get the abductees freed. He says the group has not yet asked for any ransom for the group. 

Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda's State Minister for Foreign Affairs was quoted by the media, saying the country's embassy in Juba had also joined the negotiation for their release.

 

In April, Col. Paul Gabriel Lam, the Spokesperson of SPLA-IO accused United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (UNOCHA) of failing to coordinate activities of aid workers in war torn South Sudan with them to prevent kidnap of aid workers.

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