There was drama at Arua Park in Kampala this afternoon after a Uganda businessman apprehended a South Sudanese security officer accusing him of harassing of confiscating and stealing his wallet containing money in Juba. Jamal Kennedy Rikora was apprehended by his victim Said Asega after he sighted him driving through Arua Park on Monday afternoon.
Without informing anybody, Asega who claimed to have lost a motorcycle and a wallet containing 1000 pounds to Rikora popularly known as Jamal reached and grabbed his hand before he could even park his vehicle. This attracted the attention of onlookers who rushed to see what was happening. Asega described Rikora as a notorious operative from Gudere I police station in Juba saying he arrested him and held him for over twelve hours in handcuffs.
Members of the public were quick to respond to Asega’s rescue and grabbed Rikora and took him to Arua park police post. Rikora who fled fighting his country following clashes between South Sudanese forces and soldiers loyal his former Vice President Riak Marchar al had just arrived in Kampala driving in a white Toyota Hiace CE 773F and was still with his family.
Speaking to reporters, Asega at Arua Park Police post said he wanted Rikora to refund his 1000 pounds. Asega said if people in Arua see Rikora in Arua they would lynch him for the atrocities he meted out on them. Rikora quickly called his relatives who stay in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb to come to his rescue at the police post. The officer in-charge Arua police post said government needed to do something about these emerging reprisals saying they could escalate.
He advised Ugandans especially the business community operating in Juba not to seek revenge knowing that the war is temporary and that once guns fall silent they will need to return to South Sudan to do business. According to him the police had taken in Rikora to shield him from mob justice. The officer said the allegation made against Rikora by Asega were difficult to prove. He however said they would try to handle the complaints and refer the matter to central police station in case they failed to get away forward.
When Rikora’s relatives came his family was handed to his relatives but himself and the vehicle remained at the Arua park police post. Ugandans in Juba have repeatedly complained in the past about mistreatment by some south Sudanese security officials.