Wednesday April 23 2014

UPDF captures another Kony commander in Central Africa


Kampala- The UPDF Contingent of the African Union Regional Task Force in Central African Republic has captured a Lord’s Resistance army rebel commander in a battle in the North West of the Capital Bangui.
The army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, said Lt Charles Okello was captured on Monday in Bakuma, about 500km west of Obo, the UPDF’s tactical base.

“He was under the command of Dominic Ongwen and he has been commanding operations to loot food and medicine for the rebels,” Col Ankunda said.

Ongwen and Joseph Kony are the only surviving LRA commanders out of five indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Vincent Otti, Raski Lukwiya and Okot Odhiambo have since died.

The earlier statement issued by the office of army spokesperson yesterday said UPDF was also able to rescue 10 abductees including seven children.

Three guns, one Walkie Talkie radio and dozens of loose ammunition were also recovered.

Earlier in the week, another LRA Commander 2Lt James Onen surrendered to a UPDF detach at Zombo in Arua District. He confessed that three of his colleagues had also defected.