track down Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony whom the US president
described last week as a “madman.”
Department officials expressed support for a proposal in the US Congress to
expand a cash rewards programme to include hunted fugitives such as Kony.
the World War II holocaust that US military advisors will continue assisting
African forces in pursuit of the LRA.
justice and to save lives” are part of a US strategy to “end the scourge that
is the LRA and help realise a future where no African child is stolen from
their family, no girl is raped, and no boy is turned into a child soldier.”
Army Special Forces teams — were dispatched earlier this year to Uganda, South
Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central Africa Republic.
units from those countries that are searching for Kony and his estimated 250
the advisors are providing $35 million worth of logistical support, supplies
and services to the Kony hunters operating in the four African countries.
Reward Programme would enable Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to determine
the amount of money to be given for information leading to Kony’s capture or
that Kony may have died somewhere in the bush. An AP reporter accompanying
Ugandan units hunting for Kony in the Central African Republic cited scepticism
and boredom on the part of rank-and-file soldiers.
insist, however, that he is still alive. “Col. Joseph Balikuddembe, the top
Ugandan commander of the anti-Kony mission, said the war on the LRA cannot be
rushed,” according to the AP account.
Ugandan troops must live like the rebels, on scant provisions, to catch them in
such as attacks by elephants and crocodiles.
Source: The East African