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Museveni warns Khartoum against supporting LRA rebels

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By Julius N. Uma

May 1, 2012 (GULU) - Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday warned Sudan after the publication of allegations that Khartoum has resumed its support for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a notorious rebel group that has terrorized the populations in Uganda and neighbouring nations for decades.

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President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni (AFP)

“Some newspapers the other day reported that Sudan is arming Kony to come and fight us [Uganda]. Whatever arms Sudan gives Kony, we shall still defeat him,” Museveni said.

“If it is true, then they must stop. We have an obligation to maintain peace and stability in Uganda and any country trying to destabilize us will not be spared,” he added.

Museveni was speaking during celebrations to mark international Labor Day, which was officially hosted by the northern Ugandan district of Gulu.

Relations between Uganda and Sudan had steadily improved, given that in the past the two countries, accused each other of backing rebel movements opposed to regimes in one another’s country.

However, recently relations have worsened. On 16 April at a public address Museveni said the attitude towards ethnicity, culture and religion from Khartoum is a prime example of how not to manage diversity in Africa.

On 20 April Uganda announced it would intervene if full-scale war occurs between Juba and Khartoum.

Now South Sudan is calling upon the regional bloc - Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to take over the mediation of talks to end hostilities between Juba and Khartoum. Uganda is a key player in IGAD and it is therefore likely to be seen as biased by Khartoum. Juba believes that the current mediation, carried out by the African Union (AU), is biased in favour of Khartoum.

Museveni said intelligence reports from the army indicate the LRA have started regrouping and were planning a major offensive in Uganda from neighbouring countries. He said the Ugandan army remains on full alert, in order to avert attacks on the country’s territory.

Aronda Nyaikarima, the Ugandan army commander said his country does not rule out the possibility of sending troops to fight alongside South Sudan, saying their mission will be in pursuit of the LRA whom they claim could be fighting alongside the Sudanese army.

The United Nations and the AU recently launched a joint military operation aimed at hunting down Joseph Kony, the elusive LRA leader.

The newly established unit will be comprised of 5,000 soldiers from Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. These are countries known to have been the most affected by more than two decades of LRA insurgency.

Formed in Uganda in the late 1980s, the notorious LRA rebels have, for over 15 years, been the scourge of the region. Following regional armies’ offensives the LRA moved to neighbouring countries and killed, abducted and displaced thousands of people.

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  • 3 May 2012 07:50, by Eastern

    Is Bashir’s regime going to be able to sustain war on all these fronts. Supporting Kony bring brings Sudan face to face with the Americans in African jungles. Continue supporting Kony, your gone from power to the grave not Hague - just the same way Ghadaffi went!!!! Your days are numbered!!!

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    • 3 May 2012 16:22, by Ayom Dor

      Warmongers! Warmongers! Warmongers!! Bashir can’t stop blood pour??? more than wild animals that feed on people’s blood...my advice to Bashir would be for him to suck all these bloods that pour on ground!! damn animal...

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  • 3 May 2012 07:53, by sober

    There is an ethnic cleansing and indiscriminate killings have characterized the collection of illegal arms left over from the two-decade Sudanese civil war committed by (General Kuol) against Murle , he will be admitted as a criminal by international court very soon.

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    • 3 May 2012 08:52, by Beneben Bai

      Sober, who told you this, is it your Omak?. all these arms were supplied by khartoum to all those tribes in Jonglei to distablise S. Sudan. make a well research first before writing nonsense here. ask your khartoum government to tell you more lies on this

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      • 3 May 2012 10:01, by sober

        Beneben Bai
        In Custom, the former market in Juba which is located at Western part of Juba, a Ugandan prostitute informed an inner intelligence member that information .

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      • 3 May 2012 10:20, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        sober do talk like he is in the metal pot,otherwise what Uganda president is giving signal on he will not be very far from if he is supporter of Bashir.
        what LRA did to south Sudanese with the help of Bashir,soon Joseph Kony is going to face it,it is amatter of months only sober,and you will regret soon.

        OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 3 May 2012 07:53, by Diu J.Kuek

    Thanks Mr President to highlight the weakness of this failure so called Thabo Mbeki the IGAD must take over the responsibility of mediation between South Sudan and Sudan it seem there is personal bias.

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  • 3 May 2012 07:54, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Good work. Kaguta

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    • 3 May 2012 08:20, by zulu

      UNFORTUNATELY, BESHIR IS GOING TO STAND ALONE SOON. CHINA AND RUSSIA HAVE DUMPED HIM AFTER PROMISING TO SUPPORT HIM AT THE UNSC. NOW HE IS FACED WITH ENEMIES FROM SOUTH, BN,DARFUR, NM, UGANDA AND KENYA AND RUWANDA. IT IS OVER WITH YOUR LRA YOU MOSQUITO BESHIT

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  • 3 May 2012 08:16, by mohammed ali

    This is just a cover-up for his intention to interfer in SS and maintain keeping the land of SS which cut off.There is no way that Sudan could support Koni.The borders of Uganda are thousands of miles from across jungles and through a foreign land.They hyaena, after loosing control over Rwanda & east Conga thinks that he can control SS after assasinating J.Garang!

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    • 3 May 2012 08:40, by Atungdiak

      Mohamed Ali,

      I have seen you occasionally making balanced statements but you got this wrong. Why lie? The fact that Sudan has been and still support Konyi is not rocket science. Besides, you are fooling yourself by trying to turn South Sudanese against Uganda by false claims of conspiracy and land occupation. Just listen t M7ni and stop your dirty jobs. We know who is taking away our land!

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      • 3 May 2012 15:43, by Antigraft

        M7 is the most tribalist African leader on the continent and want to about tribalism? First M7 needs to investigated about genocide he carried in northern Uganda against the Acoli People. His days are numbered.he is going to be like charles taylor and Omer Bashir, infact they will be friend with Bashir soon in the hague

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    • 3 May 2012 08:41, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Mohammed, this was well known before even South Sudan became independent nation that Sudan supported LRA against both the SPLA and Uganda. What are you described here as cover-up? The atrocities LAR made in East Africa are always due to the Sudanese support of this notorious Movement. I have been suspicious of the power of South Sudan militias because they have no backing from South Sudan. Now----

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      • 3 May 2012 08:44, by Daniel Buolmawei

        Ugandan General clearly justified my suspicion that the few Southern militias are a mixture of LRA and remnants of South Sudanese used by Khartoum to fight SPLA.

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    • 3 May 2012 08:54, by Shadrack Chol Buoi

      Mohammed Ali, how stupid you are!!!!!!!!! Do you think Khartoum ’s gov’t can fight the current gov’t RSS? Arabs in general are flies. Do you know what flies mean? There is so many ways that shows Sudan Gov’t is supporting rebels in Africa.

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    • 3 May 2012 09:32, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Mohd Ali you are the south sudanese Miltia been help by Khartoum against your own brothers in south sudan because of money interest, please return back to your mother land,than keeping on talking useless words without meaning and can not help.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 3 May 2012 10:33, by Chol A.

      Ali, do not panic trust need to be told!you could either now be in Franch or inside Khartoum and you don’t know the game your uncle Bahir’s doing!

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    • 4 May 2012 11:14, by Ruach

      Mohamed Ali.Fold your mat,Blankets and your matrice.We are coming very soon to Khartoum("Kar means Branch and Toum means meet by Ney tin Naath)and all lands in Sudan as whole.Go back to Saudi Arabia if u want to be alive

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    • 4 May 2012 13:57, by BM-21

      Mohamed Ali ,John Garang was not assassinated by President Museveni,the death of ur leader is on you north Sudanese.we S Sudanese were all alert on that,if not why Vp Ali Osman came to Juba at the same night when Dr.Garang was crash ,Please keep quite don,t touch that point againt.!!!!!!!

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  • 3 May 2012 08:29, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "Aronda Nyaikarima, the Ugandan army commander said his country does not rule out the possibility of sending troops to fight alongside South Sudan, saying their mission will be in pursuit of the LRA whom they claim could be fighting alongside the Sudanese army."

    Insightful observation Mr. General. Now, you have good a case to make against Sudan unlike the previous position that was misquoted by—

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  • 3 May 2012 08:35, by Daniel Buolmawei

    The world as if you were meddling into Sudanese internal affairs without a point. Now, you have a point. If Sudan always threaten war against South Sudan of fake claims that South Sudan supports Sudanese rebels, why not Uganda not threaten a war against Sudan of supporting LRA? And you’re absolutely right, SPLA fight against LRA and South Sudan criminal militias that Khartoum uses against the sout

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  • 3 May 2012 08:36, by Northern Sudanese

    who does this guy musenvi think he is? his country is even poorer than south sudan and you speak about fighting along north sudan??????

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    • 3 May 2012 09:17, by Beneben Bai

      why do you ask like that? you don’t know Museveni? he is the one that your country is fearing. If not then, why are you not accepting IGAD mediation? accept IGAD first then you will know well who is Museveni

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  • 3 May 2012 08:55, by Konan

    The threat hurled by the fascist guerrilla Museveni doesn’t frighten Sudan. His evil plan to occupy South Sudan is known to us. Make no mistake old man we allowed our brothers in Sudan to have control over their share in land and resources, however we will not allow any foreign power to take it from them. This is not just a rhetoric speech we mean it, so watch your steps carefully old man.

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  • 3 May 2012 09:29, by Kuulu Semme

    AL-Bashir!
    This is the sign of your 40ty days on power; watch your steps gentle man
    Uganda and all African countries has known all your weakness, too much talking and banging war drums, yet you do not have real Arab forces to fight for you, your using the some Black African to fight fellow Africans

    Take this warning for granted by supporting Kony.
    Believe me, it will be world record that day

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  • 3 May 2012 09:32, by Kuulu Semme

    a good Arab is a dead one.

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  • 3 May 2012 09:39, by Pif Paf

    Museveni needs to be very careful. He is trying to flex his muscles thinking sudan cant reach him. If he wants to support SPLM against Sudan then he should know people are not happy with uganda’s presence in somalia and are waiting for their chance,the kind that will strike kampala straight. lRA will be the least of your problems.

    Mr.Museveni is just another breed of insect.

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    • 3 May 2012 11:44, by morogot batal

      PIF PAF

      you are realy pif paf that need to be spray but cannot do any thing alone.why are you ululating like a woman? i think mt7 is not new to you.you have tested how he is.ask your masters to tell you more about mt.7

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  • 3 May 2012 09:47, by Kuulu Semme

    die for your own.

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  • 3 May 2012 10:40, by E. Defense Forces
    • 3 May 2012 15:12, by godless

      For God’s Sake, Museveni can’t even defeat a single man- Joseph Kony without getting help from his white masters US,EU and the pathetic and most useless SPLA. Yet he is threatening a another country. This man is a complete joke !

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  • 3 May 2012 15:37, by Samzil-Messiah 2

    Just Another Clever Strategy Used By The West To Invade Sudan In The Near Future After All Talks And Agreements Are Sign,Cealed And Secured,,,With South Sudan...This Will Lead To Invasion Of Sudan By The Us Forces Through The Kony Propaganda,Y’all Don’t Have To Study Rocket Science To Get The Concept...Death To Sudanese NCP Arabs.

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    • 3 May 2012 16:17, by proud sudanese

      you idiot you want your white coward masters to invade Sudan!!! they have just fled out of Iraq and will soon be out of Afghanistan. let them come and you with them. you will see the hell.

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  • 3 May 2012 16:05, by wadelsudan

    Museveni has been a poisonous cobra in the horn of africa for the longest and there are allegations that he was involved in the genocide in ruwanda and the assassination of Dr Grang, african should bring this snake to justice.

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  • 3 May 2012 18:04, by Beneben Bai

    khartoum regieme supporters, why are you crying here? if you are strong enough to defeat Museveni, then wait for him or call him and meet him where and when necessary. the hero does not talk of his strenght

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  • 3 May 2012 23:59, by panom lualbil

    TO PRESIDENT MUSEVENI
    KHARTOUM has adapted system of protecting themselves by using brother fight brother, which made it difficult for SPLA to liberate SUDAN, sir. Still this same system by KHARTOUM is what helping LRA and one day could caused big impact on africa’s ppl if we dont care. There should be no such a surgency in africa if nowhere for assistance like KHARTOUM.

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