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August 21, 2017 (PAGAK) - The spokesperson of the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) allied to South Sudan’s former first vice president Riek Machar has condemned a foiled attempt to kidnap one of their officials from the Ugandan capital, Kampala last week.

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William Gatjiath Deng (ST/File photo)

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 on Saturday.

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

Rebel spokesperson, William Gatjiath lauded Ugandan authorities for swiftly responding Lam’s kidnapping from Kampala on 18 August.

“Upon learning the abduction, the Ugandan police and security agencies quickly intervened and successfully rescue Col. Paul Gabriel Lam from being smuggled illegally to Juba without the knowledge of Ugandan authorities,” said Gatjiath.

He said the recent attempt to deport the deputy spokesperson by unknown people was an “insult” to the Ugandan president who has tirelessly been working to ensure that peace returns to South Sudan.

According to the United Nations Refugees Agency (UNHCR), the number of South Sudanese in Uganda has now exceeded one million.

“We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the government and the people of Uganda for ensuring and safeguarding the security of all South Sudanese, regardless of their ethnic, religious or political backgrounds, anywhere in Uganda,” stressed Gatjiath.

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 Lam’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.

(ST)

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  • 22 August 10:26, by Free at Last Viva!

    Abducting IO’s spoke persons will not help the failed government from hiding the truth.

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    • 22 August 12:34, by jubaone

      Great that the Dep IO spokesperson was freed. But how could jienge agents just enter Uganda and commit such criminal act? This shows that some Ugandan or Kenyan criminals want quick money by helping the jienges execute their satanic plans and there are soo many poor Ugandans/Kenyans ready to abduct IOs for small money. Maybe IO should also buy this services and abduct jienge criminals. Eye4eye

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      • 22 August 15:39, by Majesty

        Very clear message, road terrorists have no safe haven.

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      • 22 August 17:36, by South South

        jubaone,

        If you ran away from South Sudan when things heat up, then you are just a coward, but coward and nothing else. Leave big talk to the men who know to put things in order.

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        • 23 August 14:03, by jubaone

          South South,
          I am at war with the jienge system and naturally I have to get out first to fight against it. But you are the real coward, running away from your own jienge republic? Why just because of food, nothing else. You lazy jienge can only squat in Uganda or Kenya doing what? In Equatoria, we hunt down MTN and you are a target.

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  • 22 August 12:03, by lou nuer

    Uganda is really meaning good governance of protecting the human right, not like Kenyan depending on money. Thank once again Uganda. President of the Republic of Uganda Museveni.

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  • 22 August 14:29, by Lenin Bull

    You are deceiving yourselves folks of SPLA-IO world. This mongrel called Paul Gabriel Lam was briefly stopped and questioned by Ugandan Immigration officials on his identity documents to prove his legal presence in Uganda is done everyday to any south Sudanese national found loitering on streets of Kampala. He showed his refugee ration card and was released. SPLA-IO is making a fuse only.

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  • 22 August 14:35, by Lenin Bull

    In fact the Ugandan immigration officials did not know that thug was an SPLA-IO cadre. Otherwise they would have castrated him immediately. The Ugandan Immigration Officials later learned in the media after they have released fugitive that he was an important gang member of SPLA-IO. No South Sudanese security agents were involved as purported by this bastard nyagat called William Gatjiath Deng.

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  • 22 August 14:42, by Lenin Bull

    What is so special about this small idiot called Paul Gabriel Lam such that he would exchange hand twice from South Sudan security agents to Ugandan authority and back to his bush freedom? South Sudan and Uganda have signed joint security cooperation in the region and such a treacherous character like him will not be easily released like that.

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  • 22 August 14:49, by Lenin Bull

    Gabriel Lam saga is just an SPLA-IO concoction similar to what G10 supporters are feigning in Nairobi that they are being threatened by security agents. This is just an indirect way of trying to catch the attention of G10 for possible future political appointment now that G10 are bored and financially broke in their small cold war bush and are considering surrender peace and reconciliation with Ki

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  • 23 August 04:41, by john locke

    Southsouth, the same rebels that younare calling cowards chased out youre spla forces from pagak and made them surrender to the ethiopian soldiers, while the rest are stuck on jakows bridge.. lol. How strong is kiirs military if we the rebels keep defeating you?

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