UPDF Captures LRA Commander


LRA's fugitive leader Joseph Kony.
LRA’s fugitive leader Joseph Kony.

The UPDF Contingent of the African Union Regional Task Force (AURTF) in Central African Republic, captured an LRA Commander yesterday, one Lt Charles Okello.

According to a statement issued by the army spokesman, Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda, the battle took place 20km West of Bakuma which is about 500km West of Obo, UPDF’s tactical base. The force was also able to rescue ten abductees including seven children.

Three guns, one Walkie Talkie radio and dozens of loose ammunition were recovered. Earlier in the week, another LRA Commander 2Lt James Onen surrendered to a UPDF detach at Zombo in Arua. Onen also confessed that 3 of his colleagues with their guns defected and went straight to their homes in Arua.

The AURTF Force Commander Brig Sam Kavuma said “…..rescuing abducted children is the Easter Gift we give to their parents. We will not relent until Kony is captured and all children rescued”.

The AURTF is mandated by the African Union to restore peace and stability in the Central African Republic. Uganda, together with DRC and Central African Republic constitute the Regional Task Force.

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