Four South Sudanese Refugees Imprisoned For Months In Uganda

Imates in Ugandan's Patongo Prison, at least 4 South Sudanese are reportedly arrested in Uganda(Photo: www.davidbrunetti.com)

Imates in Ugandan’s Patongo Prison, at least 4 South Sudanese are reportedly arrested in Uganda(Photo: supplied)

Feb 07, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- At least four refugees, identified as three young men from Murle tribe of South Sudan, and one lactating mother from Shilluk tribe but married to a Murle man are reportedly held in Panyazi prison, Adjumani, Northern Uganda, for several months now since their arrest without any criminal charges.

Aborcup John Akuer, an activist and a refugee living in East African’s Kenya, confirmed to Nyamilepedia that the four refugees have served several months in prison because of false allegations labeled against them by Ugandan authorities.

According to reports from relatives, the four are accused of being members of South Sudan’s armed opposition led by the country’s former-vice president, Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

“I got reports about those refugees in Uganda. They have served several months in Panyazi prison without criminal charge but false accusation of being South Sudan’s armed opposition members’, Aborcup John Akuer stated.

The activist accused the Ugandan’s authorities of denying familial visits to the detained refugees, saying even Lucia Nyawak, who breastfeeds, has been detached from her children.

According to Aborcup, the unlawful imprisonment of the refugees, whom he identified as Juma Rio, Philip Allan, Rabai Korok and Lucia Nyawak was triggered by a simple argument between Murle and Anyuak refugees over their block’s chairmanship election results which then turned violent.

“The information I got indicates the arrest of these people simply was a result of a misunderstanding between two communities, Murle and Anyuak who held block’s chairmanship election and its result appeared distorted and perceived by Anyuak as rigged, this led to a few days fight between Murle and Anyuak.” Aborcup narrated.

“When police came, I heard they arrested the four and instead told them they were arrested because they’re rebels’ members.” He further added.

Aborcup believes that it is not the first time Ugandan authorities have acted in this manner, citing other incidents including a case where refugees who crossed the border from Kenya to Uganda, seeking safety, but got arrested in July, 2015 by Ugandans and transferred to South Sudan in August, 2015 where they finally got executed.

Aborcup fears these refugees might be treated similarly or executed by the Ugandan authority. Ugandan has participated in South Sudan’s conflict on Salva Kiir side and is believed to have deeply involved in South Sudan affairs in favor of Salva Kiir’s government.

The activist calls on Human Rights organizations, Refugees supporting Organizations and Government of Uganda to work for the release of these refugees.


This report was compiled by Aborcup John Akuer, a South Sudanese activist living in Kenya, reacheable at bihigmiii@gmail.com, and edited by Nyamilepedia’s Editorial team.

8 comments

  • For that Uganda has the right to protect it own Sovereignty. What is new about the rebels in South Sudan,might be they had attempted to form their own rebellious factions in Uganda since everybody in South Sudan wanted to form her or his own Guerrilla.

  • Who on earth give the South Sudanese citizens the right to do what they want in Foreign countries.South Sudanese you are in the foreign countries and you have to obey yourselves and Uganda has to protect its own sovereignty.

  • Tolio

    SPLM-IO live in Uganda but authorities over there never arrest them for their political association.

    It is possible those four were arrested in connection to violence which happened on Ugandan soil as a result of those rigged elections which caused that squabbling.

    Uganda is a civilized nation and South Sudanese shouldn’t take their lawlessness to Uganda. They ran away from the conflict in the first place and to create disputes amongst themselves in a foreign country with law and order is the last thing no Ugandan would want to see in their peaceful backyard.

    They should learn to relax like locals in Uganda and leave their madnesses in South Sudan.

  • tolio,

    hahahahhahaaa. for the first time you accept that there is lawlesness in South Sudan. We want create law. You have to tell this same words to your uncles the jenge council of awirin. Teach them to be lawful like Ugandans.

    beek, if there is no law in the country, what do you think citizens can do? They can form rebelion of any kind they want. And no body can crush them. Remember You and your uncle malong pormised to crush the galant SPLA/M-IO within 3 months but he failed. And the SPLA/M-IO are now crushing you in Juba politically. Wait and see.

    • You sleep within and ashamed. We don’t as you know.

    • Tolio

      DINGIT NA TUGGÖ

      I never said the authorities are lawless. There are laws in South Sudan but most citizens don’t adhere to them. This is because most citizens are illiterate and have always grown up in a haven where there is no law and order which they themselves created.

      Anti- social behavior is common and widespread. Instead of settling issue legally, people take shortcut of resolving desputes through criminal violence.

      In Murle community, young men go out abduct children of other communities. Is such practice lawful and morally justifiable? No,it isn’t. That is pure lawlessness.

  • Of course you know nothing. Who told you cows know something than mixing themselves with their dung. you idiot. kiir will soon fire you from his cattle camp. Have you crushed the opposition as you promise sometime back? Born a liar and will die a liar……………

  • tolio,

    you are really very naiive and stupid. You jumped to talk of Murle’s bad behavious. Why don’t mention your dinka evil behavious of cattle raiding which takes place through out the year. Such activities take place in Rumbek, are there Murle near Rumbek? Is it true that upto today you still deny your culture of cattle raiding which is accompanied by killing and rapping of women and children of all age. Today am not asking you to shut up your dirty mouth, instead I would like you to countinued revealing out you animal reasoning so that it helps me teach the Public about who are the jenge and what they do in South Sundan.

    you talk of settling issues legally. If your jenge council of awirin create 28 states in an ilegal way, who do you think can listen to what you say? idiot tolio, you need to reason when positioning yourself as a citzen of South Sudan not as a tribe defender. The time of defender wrong doers is over. This country i heading for true reforms. I remind you, we will never let this country head down the way it is right now under the rule of nepotism.

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