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Sudan denies harboring Uganda’s LRA’s fugitive leader

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April 27, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese army strongly denied allegations that it is providing shelter to the fugitive Ugandan leader of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony.

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Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Major General Joseph Kony, is seen at peace negotiations in Ri-Kwangba, South Sudan on November 30, 2008 (Reuters)

The US-based group Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative said in a new report this week that the notorious leader recently directed killings from an enclave protected by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF).

Until early this year, according to the report, Kony and some of his commanders were operating in Kafia Kingi, a disputed area along the Sudan-South Sudan border where African Union troops tasked with catching Kony don’t have access.

But SAF spokesperson Colonel al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad told Sudan official news agency (SUNA) that the the report is "baseless and rejected”.

“SAF has no renegade leaders. It is a united army and has no place for individual acts. SAF has no interest in adopting or sheltering rebels from other countries" he added.

During the two-decades Sudanese civil war, which ended in 2005 with a peace deal granting South Sudan the right to seceded in 2011, Uganda sided with the SPLM rebels who now form the government in Juba.

In response, Khartoum was 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 Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).

The LRA was founded by 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.

(ST)

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  • 28 April 2013 08:32, by South South

    NCP and fake Arabs who run it are devils, they have all the dirty things in the world.

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    • 28 April 2013 18:34, by Oppressor

      Scholars make complex matters simple, while the layman makes simple matters complex " this exactly the difference btw you insect & us you are "layman"

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      • 28 April 2013 22:43, by Joseph Canada

        Opressor, This is not South Sudanese who are saying this. these are the international community which;s the body of the UN. For the "Scholars" to respond to something that’s written clearly and make it irrelevant like you is not only shame but it tells your Cramming of Koran to kill and to manipulate for the sake of Allah is right. I hope am not causing Jihad war here.

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