Four Ugandan businessmen are missing after they were reportedly kidnapped by suspected militias in Pajok Trading Centre, Magwii County in Eastern Equatoria State of South Sudan last Saturday.
A local security head told local media in an interview that a group of yet to be identified assailants stormed the residence of the victims in the night of July 9, 2016.
“We have received reports of kidnap of some Ugandan businessmen who are said to have been with other residents of Pajok Trading Centre in South Sudan, by armed men who took them to an unknown place on the night of July 9,” Jonathan Rutabingwa, Resident comissionar in Lamwo District North of Uganda said.
He identified the traders as Mathias Mugisha, George Semucho, George Okeny and Sam Mukwana.
“We have tried to contact the commissioner, Magwii County and governor of Torit County in Imatong State on the whereabouts of the Ugandan businessmen but we have not been able to get them since their known telephone numbers are all off,” he said
Meanwhile a ceasefire in South Sudan’s capital Juba appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire” and United Nations peacekeepers were able to carry out a limited number of short patrols on Tuesday, a U.N. spokesman said in New York.
“(The U.N. mission) also reports that the airport in the capital has been reopened, although commercial flights remain suspended,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.