South Sudanese Militiamen Rape Two Women in Lamwo Top story

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A soldier attached to the UPDF base in Ngomoromo told URN on condition of anonymity that the attackers are part of a larger group of Sudan Peoples Liberation Army SPLA soldiers in Poger who are wandering around waylaying Ugandan civilians to rob them of their valuables.

Suspected South Sudanese militiamen have allegedly gang raped two Ugandan women near the disputed border at Ngomoromo in Lokung Sub-County in Lamwo district. 


The victims were abducted together with five others while harvesting crops from their gardens. Ocan Kasisi, the Lokung East Sub-County Chairperson told URN that the militiamen tied their victims on trees and raped them. 



The victims included a 27-year-old woman and a15-year-old girl.  James Nabinson Kidega, the Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, said the militiamen were from Poger checkpoint in Magwi County in Torit State.



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Kidega says they handed over the rape victims to police who referred them for medical examination at Lokung Health Centre III. He however, says Uganda will not relent on its responsibility to protect its sovereign boarders, adding UPDF soldiers will accompany residents to harvest their crops.

 
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A soldier attached to the UPDF base in Ngomoromo told URN on condition of anonymity that the attackers are part of a larger group of Sudan People's Liberation Army SPLA soldiers in Poger who are wandering around waylaying Ugandan civilians to rob them of their valuables.

 
Over 30 armed SPLA personnel have had prolonged presence six kilometers inside Uganda at Ngomoromo claiming the land belongs to their country. They have also established a checkpoint and hoisted their national flag. 
 
 

In August 2015, at least 200 armed militiamen from South Sudan encroached nine kilometers into Ugandan's territory in Lokung Sub-county. They claimed that the disputed area belonged to them before the UPDF flushed them out.


In December the same year, more than 300 armed SPLA soldiers confronted Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO) workers demanding that they stop work on the 87.4 Km Acholibur-Musingo road, saying they had crossed into South Sudan by seven kilometers.


Uganda and South Sudan are yet to resolve the prolonged boundary dispute. Uganda and South Sudan signed a memorandum of understanding in December 2015 to ease border tension and allow the demarcation of the 470 kilometres of disputed boundary. 
 

 

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Dominic Ochola
Dominic Ochola has been a journalist since 2009. Worked for King 90.2 FM in 2007 as a Reporter the later joined Radio Rupiny 95.7 FM as a Presenter and Traffic Controller. Under Vision Group, he was redeployed to Lira in 2012 as Sub Editor for Rupiny Newspaper until 2014.

He also had one year spell as Reporter at the Irene Gleeson Foundation, a faith based Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm in 2015 before joining Uganda Radio Network (URN) 2016 as Special Projects Correspondent covering Education.

In 2018, he was redeployed by URN as Bureau Chief Acholi East and later transferred to West Acholi as Bureau Chief based in Gulu effective 1st June 2019 covering Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro Districts. For Ochola, URN is a modern day newsroom that inspires engaging citizen-driven journalism.