Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner, says that the South Sudan army picked up the six while cutting trees in a forest in Magwi County.
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, RDC Amuru district speaking to URN. Photo by Michael Ojok
Six Ugandan nationals are in the custody of South Sudanese authorities
for illegal logging. They are Richard Otto, Gaetano John Bosco Ouma, Michael
Onono, Richard Otto and Geoffrey Kilama, all residents of Okidi Parish in
Attiak Sub County Amuru district.
Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, the Amuru Resident District
Commissioner, says that the South Sudan army picked up the six while cutting
trees in a forest in Magwi County. Oceng, who met security officials in South
Sudan on Thursday, last week, says the six are in the custody of the army in
Magwi as negotiations are ongoing for their release.
The RDC told URN on Sunday that he met with the
Commissioner for Magwi County, David Otto and other delegations from Nimule in
Magwi County in the Eastern Equatorial and they agreed to release the six on undisclosed
He says the South Sudanese also impounded a lorry registration
number UBE 379G and other rudimentary tools that were reportedly being used by
the Ugandan nationals. Earlier, the Amuru District LC V Chairperson, Michael
Lakony, said reports were circulating that the South Sudanese army had
arrested the Ugandans on allegations of being rebels.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc