Oryem: Kony Not Eligible For Amnesty

Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda's State Minister For Foreign Affairs
Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda’s State Minister For Foreign Affairs

Uganda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Henry Okello Oryem has said fugitive leader of the rebel movement Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Joseph Kony does not qualify for amnesty.

Last week, the government of Central African Republic (CAR) said it was in talks with Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony with the aim of his surrender.

“Kony does not qualify for Amnesty anymore.” Oryem revealed.

However, Oryem said on Monday morning that the Ugandan government is trying to verify whether it is Kony or some body else impersonating the fugitive rebel leader.

“Our intelligence is in touch with CAR to ascertain whether it’s Kony or some masquerader pretending to be Kony” Oryem said.

He however reiterated Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni’s position on the matter saying “The position of the president that is that if Kony is apprehended, his case should be tried here in Uganda”

According to the Rome statute, the host country is allowed to try the case locally.

Kony founded the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda more than 20 years ago, and his fighters are notorious for abducting children to serve as sex slaves and child soldiers.

Last Wednesday, a CAR government spokesman told international media that Kony was in the country but wanted his security to be guaranteed before giving himself up.

A 5,000-strong African Union Regional Task Force, supported by about 100 U.S. Special Forces, has been hunting Kony and his fighters. Most of them are thought to be hiding in jungles straddling the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

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