Three Ugandan traders have been abducted by unidentified militants in Yei river state in South Sudan.
The traders who mainly deal in timber were abducted from Mukaya camp, Lainya County in Southwest of South Sudan by militants yesterday 16th August 2022.
According to the chairperson of Ugandans living in Yei, Alex Muwanguzi, several Ugandans fear for their abducted colleagues and have contacted leaders to intervene in the situation.
“We have contacted a number of local leaders asking them to persuade the rebels to unconditionally release the Ugandans,’’ he said.
Muwanguzi denied to identify the abductees in a bid to not cause panic to the families and asked the media not to reveal their identities but stated that the abducted traders are still alive.
“The traders are still alive although their whereabouts are not yet clear but efforts are being done to continue appealing for their release,” he said.
Muwanguzi revealed that the militants are demanding for a Ugx45.3m ransom for the release of the traders.
He further explained that the militants did not take anything from the camp and some of the workers and drivers managed to escape from the camp during the abduction and were safely transported to Yei town.
However, Muwanguzi stated that inquiries have been made to the known rebel groups in the area and they have all denied any involvement in the abduction.
Last week, Denis Assiimwe a businessman was killed in an attempted abduction where the abductors opened fire on travelers along the Juba Nimule highway.