NewsEast & Horn AfricaHunt for Kony suspended, as AU engages Seleka rebels


Posted on Thursday, 04 April 2013 13:05

Hunt for Kony suspended, as AU engages Seleka rebels

By Godfrey Olukya

Joseph Kony, LRA rebel leader was indicted alongside five of his commanders by the ICC over crimes against humanity The African Union has called for the suspension of the search for Ugandan rebel leader, Joseph Kony in the Central African Republic, as it engages Seleka rebels that recently took over leadership in that country.


Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo all have troops in CAR, hunting for the Lord's Resistance Army leader, while the United States dispatched a team of advisers.

An official of the Ugandan army, Felix Kulayigye said the mission had been suspended as the AU sought dialogue with the Seleka rebels that led a putsch in CAR.

"The African Union asked us to halt operations pending the outcome of the diplomatic talks between the continental body, the Seleka leadership and countries participating in the hunt for Kony," he said.

The announcement comes a week after Seleka rebel fighters overthrew the government in Central African government.

Kulayigye said the overthrown Francois Bozize government had allowed them to operate in CAR and they may have to negotiate new terms with the new leaders.

The coup in CAR is likely to complicate the hunt for Kony, which may lose impetus with the suspension.

Kony was indicted alongside five of his commanders by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over crimes against humanity committed between the late 1980's and 2006 in Uganda, South Sudan and DRC.

The rebels, known to be brutal reportedly mutilate innocent people, while continuing to harass civilians in CAR where they are suspected to have fled to.

US President Barack Obama is reported to have offered a $5 million bounty for the LRA leader.

Kony has been added to the US State Department war crimes rewards programme, alongside fellow LRA commanders Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen.

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