South Sudan 'rebels' demand ransom for 41 abducted Ugandans

2016-10-24 18:00


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kampala - A suspected South Sudan rebel group has reportedly demanded a ransom for the safe return of 41 Ugandans who were kidnapped in the east African country early this year.  

According to Daily Monitor, the group was believed to be loyal to former vice president Riek Machar. 

The victims were taken from buses bound for the capital Kampala and along border districts. Twenty-three were abducted in May and a further eight taken the following month in July.

Ugandan Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura confirmed that South Sudan police were now seeking help from their Ugandan counterparts to help link them to the relatives of the abductees.  

Two task teams had also been set up specifically to track down the victims and also to ensure the future safety of commuters travelling along highways close to the border.

Meanwhile, reports last week quoted the United Nations as saying that some people fleeing South Sudan were being forced to pay bribes at checkpoints by South Sudan's government and armed groups. 

The UN also said it had received reports of physical and sexual assaults and forced family separations.

More than 100 000 South Sudanese have fled to Uganda after deadly fighting rocked the capital, Juba, in July.

Read more on:    un  |  riek machar  |  uganda  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.