The United State has stated that it is offering a reward of $5m for information leading to the arrest of Ugandan terror warlord Joseph Kony.
Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army LRA, and he is wanted by the International Criminal Court ICC for alleged war crimes against humanity.
The United States said this after the Ugandan army suspended a search for Mr. Kony in the jungle of the Central Africa Republic blaming the new military government in the Central Africa Republic for being hostile to them.
Secretary of States John Kerry was cited by the Huffington Post as saying that The Lord’s Resistance Army LRA has tormented and terrorized children in Uganda and across the region in East Africa.
“The LRA is broken down into small bands of rebels, scattered throughout dense jungle, hidden by dense canopy, controlling territory through tactics of fear and intimidation”, Mr. told Huffington Post on Wednesday.
Mr. Kerry also admitted that Mr. Kony’s arrest “will not be easy’’ but said he hope that through persistence and dedication to bring people who terrorized innocent civilians to book, they will surely find Mr. Kony.
The Ugandan troops in the Central Africa Republic suspended their hunt for Kony and returned to their bases in the country very disappointed.
Rebel forces took power 10 days ago in the Central Africa Republic and ousted President Francois Bozize, whose government local reporters say was a supporter of the mission to find Kony.
“We have re-organized our forces, collected them in defence, as we await the decision that will follow consultations going on between the African Union and participating countries,” Ugandan army spokesman Col Felix Kulaijye told the BBC African Service in an interview after their fruitless mission in the jungle of the Central Africa Republic.
Analysts say Joseph Kony is estimated to be in control of 200-500 fighters of his Lord’s Resistance Army LRA and have continued to waged war in Uganda and the region for more than two decades now.
Joseph Kony claims that the Lord’s Resistance Army is fighting to install a government in Uganda based on the Biblical Ten Commandments given to the Prophet Moses by God in the Holy Bible.
But his rebels now terrorize large people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central Africa Republic and he is wanted by the International Criminal Court for rape, mutilation and murder of civilians, as well as forcibly recruiting children to serve as soldiers and sex slaves among many other charges.
Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News
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