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Sudan is backing Joseph Kony’s LRA, says Uganda

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April 30, 2012 (LONDON) - The Sudanese government is providing support to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) an insurgency that originated in northern Uganda but now operates in South Sudan, Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Ugandan military.

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An armed fighter of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) stands guard in 2006 in Ri-Kwamba, southern Sudan. (file/AFP)

Sudan has denied the allegation, which is the latest in a string of statements from South Sudan’s neighbour against the Sudanese government in Khartoum.

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni, a frequent critic of Khartoum, told an event in Ethiopia April 16 that Sudan’s attitude to ethnicity, culture and religion was the prime example of how not to manage diversity in Africa.

On April 20, South Sudan welcomed the announcement made by the chief of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), Aronda Nyakairima, that Uganda would intervene if the current border conflict between Juba and Khartoum escalates into a full-scale war.

Khartoum responded on April 21 by accusing Kampala of issuing passports to senior officials from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), an armed group who have been fighting the government in the Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile since last year. Kampala denied the allegation.

During the two-decade Sudanese civil war, which ended in 2005 with a peace deal granting South Sudan the right to seceded last year, Uganda sided with the SPLM rebels who now form the government in Juba.

In response, Khartoum is widely accused of backing the LRA, which began operating in South Sudan and elsewhere in Central Africa having been forced out of northern Uganda by the UPDF.

The LRA was founded by Joseph Kony in his Acholi community amid repression from the UPDF. Its stated aim is to overthrow the government in Kampala and install the Bible’s Ten Commandments.

Across Uganda, CAR, DRC and South Sudan the LRA is accused of massive human rights abuses including rape, mutilation, murder and the recruitment of child soldiers.

However, the group is believed to only have a few hundred soldier’s left due to desertions and combined regional attempts - recently backed by United States army advisors and African Union troops - to end the conflict militarily.

Uganda’s accusations come as tensions between Sudan and South Sudan remain extremely high, with the conflict along their disputed oil-rich border passing the one month mark.

Sudan’s president has said that the SPLM government must be overthrown, describing them as "insects" that must be crushed.

Such rhetoric may simply be playing to his right-wing support-base but are symptomatic of the depths to which relations have fallen less than 10 months after South Sudan’s independence.

Juba already accuses the Sudan Armed Forces of supporting and fighting alongside Southern "mercenaries" along the border and supporting rebellions in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states. Khartoum denies this and maintains that the SPLM in Juba has not severed its ties with the SPLM-N north of the border.

During the six year period of Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the SPLM and Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP), allegations of Khartoum’s backing of the LRA decreased out but have reemerged now hostilities have resumed.

Ugandan army spokesman Col Felix Kulayigye told the BBC Monday that its intelligence indicated that the LRA was now moving into Sudan’s Darfur region from the Central African Republic (CAR), including areas controlled by pro-government militia the Janjaweed.

"Kony knows we can’t enter that region, so when the pressure is high in Central Africa he crosses into the Sudanese border [areas]," Kulayigye said.

The Ugandan army colonel told the BBC that the UPDF had captured a LRA soldier wearing a uniform from the Sudan Armed Forces. He also alleged that his weapons and ammunition were the same as those carried by SAF personnel.

Sudan’s ambassador to the UK, Abdullahi al-Azreg, told the BBC that Uganda’s accusations were a "big lie".

"We are not helping and we will not help [Joseph Kony]. He’s a criminal," he said.

The LRA has split into small groups that rarely use electronic communications and operate across a huge area of Central Africa, often in dense bush and forests that make them hard to track.

To survive the LRA raids villages for supplies and abduct young men to become fighters and young girls to become sex slaves.

The African Union announced in March that it was setting up a 5,000-strong force to hunt Kony and what remains of his group. The regional armies pursuing the elusive rebel leader are also being assisted by 100 US special forces working from four bases across Central Africa.

Since peace talks held in Juba broke down in 2008 - due to LRA fears that Kony and the group’s leadership could not be granted immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court - the international community has opted to adopt a military rather than negotiated resolution for the two-decade long conflict that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Some analysts interpret the Juba peace talks as just a means to buy time on the part of the LRA to regroup and that Kony was never serious about signing a deal.

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  • 1 May 2012 08:18, by omoni jr.

    Khartoum should Not deny the truth,one of LRA fighters had been captured with North sudan military uniform? And the man narrated all the stories and the links between SAF and LRA armies.Do not deny the truth,you harbored AL qaeda chief in 90s,but you still denied untill U.S pressured you idiots,and you said "yes Master"with CIA still working with NISS to make sure you dont support terrorists anymo

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    • 1 May 2012 08:25, by Northern Sudanese

      omoni jr.

      when did we deny that bin laden was living in sudan? bin laden was always on tv...........you call that deny?

      and about the LRA........ of course its uganda what would you expect? its poor uganda which always claimed that sudan supported the LRA...........

      Uganda, dont you realise that your even weaker than south sudan? its better for you not to mention Khartoum with the LRA........

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      • 1 May 2012 08:41, by Kurnyel

        LRA has been supported by the SPLA in 198os the LRA are still in SPLA pocket not sudan

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        • 1 May 2012 08:52, by omoni jr.

          Kurnyel or black Arab,
          you are beating the bush son,when was the SPLA power form?
          In islam, there is NO God but Allah???

          hahahaha.there is No God but devil called Allah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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          • 1 May 2012 17:55, by Northern Sudanese

            omoni jr.

            watch your mouth cockroach and stop eating poo.........tell yo cockroach mama to stay out of our country otherwise we will crush her like how we crushed yo cockroach dad in Abyei......

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      • 1 May 2012 08:54, by Makuei

        Jalaby,

        See yourself here Ya dirty pig inta

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Z8...

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      • 1 May 2012 09:24, by zulu

        Stupid NCP. How Sudanese have dual citizenship today. I as as South Sudanese have 3 passports and it is not illegal to have them. To deny that you donnot support LRA, that must be funny that you cow being accused of things you cannot certainly deny. Riak Marchar will testify against you soon,

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    • 1 May 2012 10:10, by Ayom Dor

      With this careless Gov’t of Khartoum, Surely, the days of NCP are numbered..hw can they export their warmongering to neighbours like Uganda..the world will fail this regime and the future of their leaders and the children will be worthless....

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  • 1 May 2012 08:55, by Konan

    This is complete stupidity, nonsense and baseless accusations by incompetent Ugandan regime. LAR is operating in the border area between South Sudan and Uganda, which is at least 1500 km. far from Sudan border with South Sudan and a quick look at the new map of Sudan will prove that, unless the Govt. of South Sudan is involved too !!!

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    • 1 May 2012 09:10, by Konan

      Of course I mean LRA. There is strong rumor here in Khartoum that Kirr is assassinated by rival Machar.

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      • 1 May 2012 14:56, by SeekingTruth

        KoNan,
        Will your stupidity ever realize that in South Sudan there is nothing like change the current history we have today and we would like to pursue no matter how ur dirty wishful thinking take u? Just bear in mind, Deng Nhial was gone and Garang had replaced him, Garang himself was gone which resulted to the worst nightmare all Arabs are crying all over. The same way, if anything happen to our

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        • 1 May 2012 15:03, by SeekingTruth

          ...cont current leadership which I strongly doubted, whether be it President Kiir, vice Riak, or whoever still, it’s going to be worse than now. Just pray that the current leadership remain becos the new generation will a big pain in all Arabs ass!
          Remember too, just becos of your dirty behaviours, we hate Arabs in Sudan. If they pretend to love us, we still hate them and That’s a fact!

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  • 1 May 2012 09:18, by wad balad

    Uganda has failed to capture Kony for so long, so now they have to find someone to point the finger to. What does it benifit khartoum to support the LRA? Khartoum stand to gain nothing from the cause of the LRA.

    Its because uganda has always supported opposition fighting khartoum that they think Kony is in darfur as a tit for tat.

    Weak Museveni actions against khartoum will come to haunt him

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  • 1 May 2012 09:19, by peace seeker

    Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni is abig big liar.We donot have boarders any more with Uganda.You know who met Joseph Kony and payed him 20,000 US $s?.It is your VP.

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  • 1 May 2012 09:51, by Chok Deng

    Criminals do help themselves,Bashir is the one helping Joseph Kony because they automatically know their final destiny is Hague,no way out for them.Bashir and Kony must be brought to book.

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  • 1 May 2012 10:55, by wang

    Kampala and Juba should do the same to Sudan’s Rebels and stop accusing Khartoum.

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  • 1 May 2012 17:57, by Northern Sudanese

    it seems like that we met another insect nation which is even weaker than the original insect nation :D

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  • 1 May 2012 19:45, by Smith

    Jalaby and Mohamed Ali, can you tell me who is the insect realistically between those who kicked your ass in heglig and those who were found burying their heads into soil when SPLA mighty weaponry rained on heglig? I was watching a video from Heglig and was dismayed by the greatest fear in SAF soldiers...we are proud of Mighty SPLA officers and Men professionally taken care of you in battlefields.

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    • 1 May 2012 22:29, by Northern Sudanese

      Smith
      the real insects are south sudanese :)....man, the insects came in a number of more than 4,000......what would you do if 4,000 insects were coming towards you? of course you would go back home, get some anti insect spray and spray the insects with anti insect spray........it took us 10 days to clean the place from insects because the insects were too many....we managed to kill 1,200 insects!

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  • 2 May 2012 05:54, by BlackNationGreatNation

    Northern Sudanese,

    YOUR FULL OF SHIT, BRAINWASHED BY BULSHIT NCP POLICIES AND HATE TOWARDS SOUTH SUDANESE... INCLUDING THEM JULABY, MOHAMED ALI, AND THE NEW COMERS ALL ARE THE SAME WITH THE SAME LANGUAGE... BUT MOST SOUTHERNERS DON’T HATE NOTHERNERS AS MUCH. THEIR ISSUES ARE ONLY AGAINST NCP. .. WHAT A SHMAE ON YOU MAN... BE KIND FOR ONCW IN UR LIFE AND BE POSITIVE FOR PEACE NOT WAR.

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