Six Ugandans detained in South Sudan for illegal logging

South Sudan army arrested Ugandan nationals while cutting trees in a forest in Magwi County (Courtesy photo)

Six Ugandans are detained in South Sudan for illegal logging.

The six include Richard Otto, Gaetano John, Bosco Ouma, Michael Onono, Richard Otto and Geoffrey Kilama, all residents of Okidi Parish in Attiak Sub county, Amuru District.

The Amuru Resident District Commissioner, Mr Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, says that the South Sudan army arrested and being found cutting trees in a forest in Magwi County.

Mr Oceng who met security officials in South Sudan on Thursday last week, says the six are in the custody of the army in Magwi as negotiations for their release continue.

The RDC told our reporter yesterday (Sunday) that he met with the Commissioner for Magwi County, David Otto and other delegates from Nimule in Magwi County in the Eastern Equatorial and they agreed to release the six on undisclosed date.

He says the South Sudanese also impounded a lorry registration number UBE 379G, and other rudimentary tools that were reportedly being used by the Ugandan nationals.

Earlier, the Amuru District Chairman, Michael Lakony, said reports were circulating that the South Sudanese army had arrested the Ugandans on allegations of being rebels.

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