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S. Sudan rebel spokesperson abducted in Uganda, released


August 19, 2017 (KAMPALA) – Unknown armed men briefly abducted South Sudan rebel spokesman, Paul Lam Gabriel in Uganda, but was released after the police intervened, the official told Sudan Tribune Saturday.

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South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)

The abductors, Lam said, warned him to desist from talking to the media.

He accused South Sudan government of allegedly being behind his abduction by a group said to have comprised of six men and a lady.

Lam claimed South Sudan embassy officials in Uganda could have hired the abductors whose motive was to forcefully deport him back to South Sudan, where a civil war has raged on for over four years.

Ambrose Lomin, a rebel representative in Kampala, confirmed Lam’s brief arrest, thanking Ugandan police authorities for their shift action.

“We welcome the Ugandan authority’s role towards the speedy action to bring our colleague back. This is a good sign that Uganda is a law abiding country that respects individual right,” said Lomin.

Lam, according the official, was kidnapped using a South Sudanese embassy vehicle before he was allegedly shifted to a silver-colored car.

Among the abductors was reportedly a man in a military uniform.

Uganda police authorities confirmed the official’s abduction in a separate interview.

South Sudan descended into civil war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar of attempting a coup. Machar denied the accusation and launched a rebel movement.

The South Sudanese rebel leader, who currently remains exiled in South Africa, says he does not recognize President Kiir’s government.

Last year, Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, was arrested by Kenyan authorities and deported to South Sudan last year from Nairobi. He has been seen in solitary confinement in a prison in Juba.

The South Sudanese conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two million civilians in less than five years.


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  • 20 August 2017 10:05, by Adok son

    M7 government is not like Kenyan government, where their living bases on robbery and steal in east Africa. But Uganda is very keen on murdering people in the name of Salva Kiir.
    Let the world again dodge that brutal acts done by East Africa region against us we the only one native plus our supporters.

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    • 20 August 2017 13:12, by Redeemer

      So you stay outside the country where you report the killing of civilians of roads by criminals and you claim it as military operation

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      • 20 August 2017 13:43, by jubaone

        How can jienge security agents operate freely against it’s opposition in a foreign country? Uganda or Kenya are either selling their services to jienge agents at any cost, or simply incapable of maintaining its internal security. Thus explains why terrorists freely move and cause such terror acts. IO can also buy these services cheaply in Uganda or Kenya and hunt down jienge agents.

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        • 20 August 2017 17:02, by Majesty

          Neighboring countries have refused hosting Riek Machar unending rebellions. They are exhausted too. No shame for South Sudanese rebels to come back home. After all, every South Sudanese is a loser in this war. May be through peace we can sort out and settle our differences.

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        • 21 August 2017 06:17, by South South


          You still writing shit. If everyone has to go back where he/she comes from, why don’t we start with you first. Leave US and come back to your home town Juba. This is why I call you many times of being too stupid. Look what your wrote other day. "Instead of wasting mich of goddamn jienge life attacking America". Read it again and tell me what is your point there, only stupidity. SHIT

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  • 20 August 2017 15:13, by Lenin Bull

    This coward called Paul Lam Gabriel was shitting in his trousers when he was caught by armed robbers in Kampala. Why do you value your lives so much but when it comes to lives of other fellow country men and women you brutally kill them without mercy. Change from being killers to being peace makers or else next abduction will be nasty.A killer dies being killed too.

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    • 20 August 2017 15:46, by jubaone

      The IO must also use the same tools and tactics to liquidate its enemies in Uganda or Kenya. Both countries easily sell their services and need cash. IO intelligence knows which agents are currently operating in both countries and must use all means available. Its easy, only simple coordination would send these poor agents squealing for their lives. Just simple problem.

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  • 20 August 2017 15:32, by pabaak

    Uganda need to keep away these criminals in their backyard they are probably are there try to recruit fightiters within refugees camps IOs remanents of Machar war mongers need to join peace wing of General Taban before is too late for them to do so. Security of our country is much important as security of Uganda is important to us too

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    • 20 August 2017 15:53, by pabaak

      This so called IOS spokesman few days was reporting an attack on Numle juba highway that kill number of civilians both s Sudanese and Ugandans and without regret they reported with pride that a number of spla were freished in that operation they claimed to have carried. So Uganda need to keep away groups in order for both countries to realize potential in business activities in both countries.

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    • 20 August 2017 19:22, by Mookachaar Jieng

      Jaang(slave) ,what you have been doing to deport and kidnap the strongest spokesmen of IO will not help you.Time is coming for Machar to be in Juba with 12,ooo soldiers, I hope some you of slave (Jieng) will die in foreign countries and those who caused this senseless all of them will face justic and ICC FOR the war crime.
      Read the history of Mandela of South Africa

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  • 21 August 2017 08:20, by Nuer bi Bay Dom

    hwy south Sudanese rebel are not taking care of their security.is it not a studity?why they work and travel to countries of their emenies.kenya,uganda,and Rwanda ?

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