today's Pick
UN welcomes AU force to hunt down Kony
Publish Date: Sep 19, 2012
.
  • mail
  • img

By Henry Mukasa

The United Nations has welcomed the deployment of forces with the African Union mandate to hunt down LRA rebels led by Joseph Kony who have meted out terror in region during their two decades atrocious war.

A total of 2,000 Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers and 500 from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) were on Tuesday handed over to the Regional Task Force (RTF) of the African Union (AU) in Yambio, Western Equatoria State of South Sudan.

According to a statement issued by the UN office in Kampala, the Special Representative the UN Secretary-General to LRA affected areas, Abou Moussa, welcomed this decisive step, thanking the “troop contributing countries for their efforts and commitment despite other pressing national priorities.”

"This important moment is the culmination of our collective efforts to put an end to the activities of the LRA, a renegade rebel movement that has become infamous over the years for the untold sufferings wrought upon the local populations of the affected countries," Moussa, who also heads the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), commented.

The ceremony in Yambio follows an earlier one in Obo (Central African Republic) where 360 soldiers of the Forces Armées Centrafricaines (FACA) were handed over to the AU on 12 September. The Democratic Republic of the Congo will in the near future give its contribution at Dungu. UPDF’s Col. Dick Olum will command the 5000-strong force and will be deputized by Col. Gabriel Ayok Akuok of SPLA.

Moussa indicated that he UN will continue to support the AU and other partners, in the implementation of the regional strategy against the LRA adopted by the UN Security Council on June 29, 2012.

He commended the outstanding work that the various UN missions on the ground have been doing over the years to address the LRA threat. He mentioned in particular the UN Mission for Stabilization in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which provide support to  national authorities in the two countries in their  responses to the  LRA.

“The UN Peacekeepers have been offering military escorts and patrols in and around villages and towns where the LRA  has been seen, thereby maintaining a level of security that has saved lives,” he noted.

Moussa called for efficient and effective coordination between all stakeholders including the UN Missions and offices, with a view to combating the LRA and providing security to innocent civilians.  "Together we will succeed," he said.

The AU Special Envoy for the LRA issue, Francisco Madeira, expressed his gratitude to the United Nations, the European Union, the USA and all other partners for their support.

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
Uganda hosts African police chiefs’ meet
Police chiefs from 54 African countries are expected to attend the international meeting to be held today in Kampala to fast track the formation of a continental police....
Rugunda sworn-in, sets out priorities
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of Uganda....
Polygamy: Kyabazinga warns on big families
The Kyabazinga of Busoga, William Nadiope Gabula IV, has asked his subjects to avoid big, unplanned families, saying they have a negative impact on the region’s development....
WHILE nations like Ivory Coast, Kenya and South Africa have well-equipped hospitals with specialist units and high-tech labs, vast expanses of the continent remain health care deserts...
Scores die in DR Congo camp due to
Scores of people including 57 children have died of hunger or disease in a camp for demobilised rebels in the DR Congo, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, accusing the government of "criminal negligence"...
We need to be organised- Women activist
Women activists have been asked to form an organized front to advocate for their causes other than having several voices speaking differently....
Will police's move to increase the number of investigators help deal with fraud?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter