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LRA fighters, captives surrender to regional armies

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By  TABU BUTAGIRA

Posted  Friday, December 13  2013 at  02:00

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According to Lt. Col. Ankunda, the defectors are undergoing psycho-social rehabilitation, and those in bad health are receiving first line of treatment.

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KAMPALA- Nineteen fighters of the Joseph Kony - led Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group have surrendered to regional armies pursuing them, the African Union has announced.

In a statement issued early this week, the African Union said the rebels who surrendered were under the charge of LRA commander, ‘Lt Col’ Obur Nyeko alias Okuti.

Registering progress
“The Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army continues to register progress in the fight against the group, notably in the Central African Republic,” the continental bloc said. “The defectors surrendered with weapons and ammunitions.”

In Kampala, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesman, said the group of 19, among them six women and children; turned themselves in at Zemio near Obbo in Central African Republic.

“The defections mean Kony has lost control over his troops,” said Lt Col Ankunda, “If we keep up the momentum, we shall get more defections and Kony’s end will be in sight.”

Regional troops require armoured vehicles and force multipliers such as helicopters to obliterate the elusive insurgent group, and Mr Ankunda yesterday asked the AU to do more in mobilising logistics for the regional task force.

tbutagira@ug.nationmedia.com