By Simon Peter Egwoku
On the 12th of February 16, 2021, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni appointed Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and made new postings. Amongst the new appointments is a young man hailing from Wera sub-county in Amuria District.
Jacob Adunget who was appointed as the deputy RDC Pakwach district was Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) child abductee and survived miraculously to tell his story.
Speaking to this reporter in an exclusive interview on Sunday, Adunget narrated his ordeal with Kony’s LRA while in the bush.
Adunget is a born of 1990 to Rafael Esoku Emotu and Rose Amito all residents of Aterai village, Wera parish, Wera sub-county in Amuria district.
Adunget who was in tears said he was abducted at the age of 12 with his other 10 village mates on the 23rd-June-2003 in Aterai village.
He says out of the 10 children who were abducted together with him, 5 have managed to return and five are still missing and he believes they are killed.
Adunget says in the bush, the LRA rebel’s turned them into killers who carried out rapes, torture and massacres in Uganda and South Sudan.
After coming back from South Sudan, Adunget managed to escape from the hands of the LRA in Okoboi, Kapelebyong district after their group was attacked by a UPDF helicopter injuring his left side of the waist.
He was reunited with his parents in 2004 thanks to Hon. Musa Ecweru, the current State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness who commanded the Arrows boys and finally rescued him in Okoboi.
Adunget who is among the 10 district youth chairpersons who were appointed by President Museveni as RDC’s held thanks giving prayers at St Michael Catholic Parish Wera in Amuria district on Sunday.
“I dedicate my appointment to God because I have endured numerous difficulties since my childhood,” Adunget said.
Meanwhile, his father Rafael Emotu Esoku, thanked God for protecting his son in the bush after he was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA rebels in 2003.
He says the appointment of his son as deputy RDC Pakwach is still a shock to him and the entire clan.
Charles Ojangole the clan chairperson of Atekok-Arengak warns the new RDC against corruption and negligence of office duty.
Rev. Fr. Samuel Ebyetu, the Parish Priest of Wera catholic parish who led the mass advised Adunget to respect and love his work and praise God for the good and bad happening in life.