Sunday May 18 2014

Sudan denies UN findings on Kony

By Risdel Kasasira


Sudan has protested the UN report that accuses Khartoum of giving a safe haven to Joseph Kony and other top Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commanders in the Sudan controlled territory of Kafia King.

Sudan Foreign Affairs ministry issued a protest statement on Thursday, saying it was not aware that Kony and his commanders were operating in Sudan.
“Sudan expresses its surprise of what has been mentioned in the UN Secretary General’s report on the existence of LRA’s leader, Joseph Kony in Kafia King. The report does not explain the source of this information or how it has been verified……” the statement reads in part.

The UN report released on Monday will be discussed by the UN Security Council on a yet to be named date.

Reward for Kony arrest
The US State Department has placed a $5 million (about Shs12.5 billion) reward for information leading to Kony’s arrest, transfer and prosecution. His five other top commanders have also been indicted for trial on war crimes and crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

“Sudan joins the International Community in the total condemnation of the atrocities committed by the LRA against the civilians, children and women….. Sudan does not have any relation with his terrorist organisation and, has no interest in allowing it (LRA) to exist in the Sudanese territory,” Khartoum said in the statement.