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Security Hands Over SPLA Soldier Intercepted In Lamwo :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Security Hands Over SPLA Soldier Intercepted In Lamwo

The solder identified as James Onyango, a Lance Corporal attached to SPLA’s Lion Battalion was arrested on 19 March 28, 2019 armed with an AK47 gun Reg: No. Bm-9640 with 59 rounds and two empty magazines.
RDC Lamwo James Nabinson Kidega (R) hands over Lance Corporal James Onyango (c) to his Unit Commander Lt. Col. Ruben Mayom Chol at Ngomoromo boarder in Lamwo distrit

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Security in Lamwo District led by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) James Nabinson Kidega has handed over a South Sudanese soldier to his superiors based in Ngomoromo, the Uganda – South Sudan boarder.

The solder identified as James Onyango, a Lance Corporal attached to SPLA’s Lion Battalion was arrested on 19 March 28, 2019 armed with an AK47 gun Reg: No. Bm-9640 with 59 rounds and two empty magazines.  

Onyango was arrested at Ywaya village, Pober parish in Agoro sub county by the Uganda People’s Defense Force – UPDF soldiers after being sighted moving while armed and putting on South Sudan military uniform.   

Kidega said a statement recorded from Onyango indicated he was heading home to check on his family in Tseretenya, Ikotos County in Imatong State of South Sudan. Kidega added the soldier had escaped from his unit claiming he was denied a pass.  

While receiving Onyango, Lt. Col. Ruben Mayom Chol, the SPLA Commander at the boarder applauded Ugandan military for handing over Onyango safely. Mayom said they had granted Onyango a pass three times but declined because he wanted to go on leave with his gun.   

Mayom further disclosed that Onyango had served for over 14 years as an SPLA soldier based in Bahr el Ghaza, a historical region of northwestern South Sudan without going on leave.   

Onyango was arrested and detained at Bana Bana military detach located in Madiopei sub-county in Lamwo and later he was transferred to Padibe Police Station and later Ngomoromo before he was repatriated.   

Onyango was the second armed Sudanese national to be arrested in Uganda after singer, Grace Rom Samuel, alias Wajarasi who was also arrested by UPDF for straying into Uganda to carry out illegal poaching in December 2018.