Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Leader Joseph Rao Kony has written to President Museveni ahead of the 58th Independence Anniversary of Post-Independence Uganda seeking fresh peace talks, this website has established.
Mr. Kony, whose rebel outfit terrorised Northern Uganda, parts of South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for close to over 20 years is believed to be holed up in the Central African Republic (CAR).
According to Veteran Journalist Andrew Mujuni Mwenda, the warlord has now written to President Museveni asking for fresh peace talks that he requested be conducted by among others Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanya.
While initially purporting to fight against government oppression, the LRA allegedly turned against Kony’s own supporters, supposedly to “purify” the Acholi people and turn Uganda into a theocracy.
He proclaimed himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium and claimed that he is visited by a multinational host of 13 spirits, including a Chinese phantom.
Kony has been accused by government entities of ordering the abduction of children to become child soldiers and sex slaves with 66,000 children becoming soldiers, and 2 million other people were getting displaced internally from 1986 to 2009.
The notorious warlord was indicted in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) but he has evaded capture.
By April 2017, Kony was still at large, but his force was reported to have shrunk to approximately 100 soldiers, down from an estimated high of 3,000. Both the United States and Uganda ended the hunt for Kony and the LRA, believing that the LRA was no longer a significant security risk to Uganda.