By John Nzinjah and Wilson Asiimwe
OVER 2,040 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels and collaborators have surrendered to the Uganda Amnesty Commission and re-integrated into society since 2000.
The UAC commissioner in charge of western Uganda, the Rev. Fr. Thomas Kisembo, said this during a dialogue held at Kasese Travellers Guest House in Kasese town on Thursday.
“Since 2000 over 2,040 rebel combatants and collaborators have surrendered and were granted amnesty and received certificates. They stay peacefully in Kasese district,” he said.
He added: “Any Ugandan who has been involved in rebel activities and decides to surrender and hands himself to the Amnesty Commission is welcome and will be helped to re-integrate into society and join other Ugandans to develop the country.”
The one-day dialogue was attended by former rebel combatants and various stakeholders and aimed at reconciliation and rehabilitation of former fighters and collaborators.
During the dialogue, the Kasese resident district commissioner, Milton Odongo, appealed to the ADF and the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebels still hiding in camps in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to surrender and hand themselves to the Amnesty Commission.
He said the Government was aware that there were people who are lured into rebellion on promises of money.
“The Government also welcomes back home even the diehard rebels because they are useful,” Odongo stressed.