National
Captured LRA rebel commander hails UPDF
Publish Date: May 14, 2012
Captured LRA rebel commander hails UPDF
Ceasar Acellam Otto
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Henry Mukasa and Raymond Baguma

Ceasar Acellam Otto, one of the influential Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commanders captured over the weekend has hailed the army for treating him well since the capture.

Otto a member of the rebel's high command was captured by the UPDF.  Acellam, a trained former UNLA soldier, was captured in an ambush along the banks of the River Mbou in Central Africa Republic (CAR) on Saturday.

The apprehension of Acellam who was heading military intelligence in LRA, has been touted as a blow to the rebels' command, and could precipitate the dismantling the group that has been fighting a bloody war for over two decades.

"The arrest of Major General Caesar Acellam is big progress because he is a big fish," UPDF spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye remarked. "His capture is definitely going to cause an opinion shift within LRA," Kulayigye, who is also the ministry of defense publicist, added.

Acellam, in his 60s, was captured with his wife, his young daughter and a helper. He was nabbed armed with just an AK-47 rifle and eight rounds of ammunition. The UPDF yesterday flew local and international journalists to Central African Republic (CAR) where Acellam was paraded.

The capture comes after a visit to CAR, by Abou Moussa the UN special representative for Central Africa. Moussa said that Kony moves nearly every day as hunters close in on him. He said defectors have revealed that the LRA leader, Joseph Kony has become increasingly unstable.

"People who have defected have provided information on his state of mind. Kony is no longer "very, very stable," said Moussa, head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, who is helping to coordinate the international hunt and get more governments to try to trap Kony.

A multi-national force, led by Uganda and helped by 100 US Special Forces, has been chasing Kony in Uganda, CAR, South Sudan and DR Congo. The LRA have committed various atrocities that include; rape, mutilation and murder of civilians, as well as forcibly recruiting children to serve as soldiers and sex slaves.

Five LRA commanders including Kony, former deputy Vincent Otti, Odhaimbo, Ongwen and Raska Lukwiya and Charles Tabuley were indicted by the world court, ICC, for crimes against humanity in 2005. However, ever since then Tabuley and Lukwiya were killed by the UPDF while Otti was killed by Kony.

WHO IS ACELLAM
- Top LRA commander but no on ICC arrest warrant list.
- Reported to have become Kony's deputy after Vincent Otti was executed in 2007
- Led LRA fighters from North in November 2006 to Owiny-kibul assembly point
- Replaced Odong Latek in 1989 as chief LRA fighters' trainer
- He is believed to have been the current LRA No. 3 after Kony and Okot Odhiambo
- Defectors claim he was link between LRA and Khartoum
- Fell out with Kony in 2007 on suspicion that he wanted to defect using the Juba peace talks
-Survived execution along with Otti and mended fences with Kony

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Pastor Bugembe hosts and prays for top Ugandan celebreties
Pastor Wilson Bugembe today hosted and prayed for several celebreties at his church. They include Juliana Kanyomozi, Haji Ssebagala, Desire Luzinda and Kusasira....
Youth urged to avoid gambling
A number of illegal companies like Big Bet, Soccer Bet, Bet4, Alpha Bet and World Sports Bet, have been closed, while those operating illegally have willingly applied to formalize operations...
Luweero accident claims family of 10
Ten members of the same family Saturday afternoon died in a road accident at Busula-Kibisi Village along the Luweero - Gulu Highway...
Nigerian troops fight Boko Haram in Maiduguri
NIGERIAN troops have engaged Boko Haram fighters in a fierce battle in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri...
Museveni to grace prayers for new NRM team
President Yoweri Museveni is Sunday afternoon expected to grace special thanksgiving prayers for the newly appointed National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party leaders...
Church says Pope yet to confirm visit
The Catholic Church has said Ugandans could have celebrated the news of the Pope’s coming prematurely. According to the Pope’s representative in Uganda, chances that the Pope will not come are high...
Related Stories
Should local leaders arrest parents who oppose UPE?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter