Home | News    Saturday 29 March 2008

LRA’s Kony to sign peace deal in bush - South Sudan


March 28, 2008 (JUBA) — Uganda’s fugitive rebel chief Joseph Kony will sign a final peace deal with the government on the South Sudan-Congo border two days before an official ceremony, South Sudanese officials said on Friday.

JPEG - 10.3 kb
LRA Joseph Kony is shaking hand with southern Sudan’s vice president Riek Machar. (Reuters).

South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar has been chairing long-running negotiations between the two sides in Juba.

Kony, leader of the shadowy Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), has never attended the talks in person, fearing arrest and extradition to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"There will be two signatures ... Kony in his headquarters in Ri-Kwangba on April 3 and the Ugandan president will come to sign here in Juba on April 5," South Sudan’s Information Minister Gabriel Changson Chang told Reuters.

Ri-Kwangba lies on the remote frontier between South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Kony’s refusal to leave camps in Congo will frustrate Ugandan government negotiators, who say they expect him to emerge from hiding to sign.

"The parties agreed that the signing of the Final Peace Agreement be April 5 in Juba, Southern Sudan," Kampala said in a statement late on Thursday. "The Government of Uganda expects Kony to come to Juba and sign the final Peace Agreement."

No outsiders have seen elusive rebel commander in months.

Rebel representatives in Juba say they will leave for Ri-Kwangba with the document on Tuesday. The deal calls for LRA fighters to disarm within a month after it is signed.

Kony and two of his top deputies are wanted for multiple war crimes by ICC prosecutors in The Hague. During a two-decade insurgency, their fighters became notorious for mutilating their victims and abducting thousands of children.

Fearing prosecution, the rebels have repeatedly insisted any final peace deal be contingent on the ICC scrapping its arrest warrants first, while the government says it will only ask for that after an agreement has been signed.

The war has been one of Africa’s longest conflicts, killing tens of thousands of people and uprooting 2 million more.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Khartoum dialogue process aborted sustainable peace in Sudan 2016-10-26 21:56:53 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The October 10 2016 extravaganza of the Wathba Works Final Conference Ceremony brought nothing to the Sudanese people but Bashir remaining further on the Helm. He tried (...)

Funding our Universities to Deliver on their Mandate: The Case of University of Juba 2016-10-25 21:41:52 *By John A. Akec UNIVERSITIES AND NATION-BUILDING “Before going to war, Haifa must speak”, Israeli politicians are apt to telling their audience. This is specially so, when showcasing the (...)

52nd Anniversary of the glorious October 21, 1964 Sudanese revolution 2016-10-21 12:43:46 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Friday the 21st October 2016 will mark the 52nd Anniversary of the Glorious Sudanese October 21, 1964 Revolution. On that date, my memories go far back to the unique (...)


Latest Press Releases

Amnesty urges to investigate chemical weapons Sudan’s Jebel Marra 2016-10-12 12:52:01 Sudan: International chemical weapons investigation urgently needed into horrific Jebel Marra attacksAMNESTY INTERNATIONAL NEWSFLASH 11 October 2016 Sudan: International chemical weapons (...)

UNAMID JSR’s statement read to the media on peace in Darfur 2016-10-10 20:57:56 African Union United Nations Mission in Darfur Though the region of Darfur is relatively peaceful at this time, a small portion of Jebel Marra within Darfur continues to be intermittently (...)

Sudan: No justice for protester killings 2016-09-23 08:03:30 (Nairobi, September 22, 2016) – Sudanese authorities have yet to provide justice to victims of a violent crackdown on anti-austerity protesters in Khartoum in September 2013, the African Centre (...)


Copyright © 2003-2016 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.