Arua district officials blast the UN Security Council over Nyakuni

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Arua District officials threaten to block the arrest of a prominent businessman who is being accused of arms trafficking across the Uganda Congo border. James Nyakuni was last week blacklisted by The United Nations Security Council as one of the 16 people involved in the illicit trade of arms across the Uganda-DRC border. It also recommended a travel ban on all those allegedly involved in the illegal trade of arms in the DRC. It also recommends freezing assets of the accused to halt the financing of illegal activity in the war-torn country. Arua's District Security Secretary, Francis Draga, said the district wont allow the Security Council to arrest Nyakuni because his source of wealth is well known, having started as a hawker in Arua's Gaa Gaa market. Nyakuni owns a string of businesses including several housing estates in Arua and Kampala, a bus company, Gaa Gaa Coaches, a fleet of cargo trailers and holds the franchise for Coca Cola in West Nile. His real wealth began showing in the last three years. Draga challenges the UN to produce concrete evidence that Nyakuni has been trafficking in arms, adding that he will resign if Nyakuni is arrested. District Information Officer, Dawin Dawa, accused UN peacekeepers in Congo (MONUC) of sexually abusing young women in West Nile. Two MONUC officials were mid this year arrested for allegedly forcefully having sex with a woman while capturing the moment on camera.


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