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Ugandan security arrests suspects linked to assassination of South Sudan opposition’s Chief of Staff

Kampala, Uganda,

Monday, May 17th, 2021 — Ugandan authorities have reportedly arrested two suspects linked to death of senior rebel chief of Staff, who was allegedly assassinated in the neighboring Uganda, last week.

Ugandan military deputy spokesperson, Lt.Col. DEO Akiiki addressing a press in Kampala(Photo credit: courtesy image)
Ugandan military deputy spokesperson, Lt.Col. DEO Akiiki addressing a press in Kampala(Photo credit: courtesy image)

According to the Internal Security Organization, referred to as ISO, the intelligence agency has arrested two suspects in connection to the assassination of Brig. Gen. Abraham Wani Yoane Bondo, the former deputy governor of Yei River State who defected from the government in 2016 and declared loyalty to Hon. Joseph Bakosoro of SSNMC.

In reports published by the Ugandan media on Friday, late. Brig. Abraham Wani Yoane Bondo, who was the Chief of General staff for South Sudan National Movement For Change (SSNMC), was skinned at his residential apartment in Uganda, at a place called Nansana, Wakiso District, last Tuesday.

Gen. Abraham succumbed to injuries two days later in hospital and died without clear indication of what provoked his death and who were behind it.

According to the ISO, the suspects were tracked down through a call log data that was obtained from telecom companies, a confidential investigative source revealed.

In a private report leaked to Nyamilepedia, the suspects who murdered Gen. Bondo confiscated all phones of Gen. Bondo, leaving them active until sometimes later when they decided to switch them off.

“The suspects who killed Brig Gen. Bondo took his phones, left them on for some time, and later switched them off.” Said the investigative authority.

“The joint security personnel secured call data from telecom companies and started tracking the phone. So far, two suspects have been arrested,” the reliable source added.

According to Gen. Oyai Deng Ajak, the former Chief of Staff of the SPLA who has been living in exile since 2014, the late Brig. Abraham Wani Yoane Bondo, former rebel Chief of General Staff of the South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC), left the country for fear of his life and started staying in the refugee camp in the neighboring Uganda in 2016

“Bondo was a senior SPLM member who went to exile in 2016 following insecurity and internal threat of regime in the country and because of that he registered as refugee in Uganda.” Gen. Oyai said.

“Gen. Bondo’s death brings to at least three numbers of high-ranking South Sudanese Generals killed in Uganda after Gen. Elias Lino Jado and Peter Abdurrahman Sule”, Ajak added.

It’s becoming very common for disgruntled senior South Sudanese politicians and military generals to be killed or kidnapped in Uganda since the death of Dr. John Garang de Mabior in 2005 and that of Gen. George Athor in 2011, and others more recently.

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