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Over 40 LRA Commanders Killed In Teso

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st December 2003 03:00 AM

OVER 40 senior Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commanders and 462 ordinary rebels have been killed in the joint UPDF/Arrow Group operations in Teso.

OVER 40 senior Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commanders and 462 ordinary rebels have been killed in the joint UPDF/Arrow Group operations in Teso.

By Albert Ayiga
OVER 40 senior Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commanders and 462 ordinary rebels have been killed in the joint UPDF/Arrow Group operations in Teso.
The minister of State for health, Captain Mike Mukula, said this in Kitgum on Friday while distributing medicine and other items for the over 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in 18 camps in the district.
Mukula urged the Acholi to unite and support the UPDF to crush the rebels and restore peace.
“We should have a common front as people of Acholi, Lango and Teso so as to bring peace and tranquillity. So we should fight soul to soul, shoulder to shoulder to achieve that goal,” the minister said.
He said if Joseph Kony does not come out of the bush under the amnesty which expires on January 17, 2004, the army would either capture or kill him.
Mukula, who visited Mucwini and Labuje IDP camps, 14 miles north of Kitgum town, was accompanied by the director general of the Internal Security Organisation, Col. Elly Kayanja and the district chairman Norman Ojwee.
Mukula, dressed in military fatigue and a bulletproof jacket, was escorted by armoured personnel carriers.
He warned of a serious HIV/AIDS epidemic in the IDP camps due to the unprotected sex.
“We are going to face a serious problem in the camps because most people are idle and keep themselves busy with rampant sexual activities. People should not run into camps and die there because of irresponsible behaviour,” he said.
He appealed to the district leaders to mobilise and sensitise people in the camps, especially the youth, about the dangers of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sex-related diseases.
Mukula said the insurgency caused by Joseph Kony’s LRA rebels in the northern and eastern regions, especially Acholi, Lango and Teso, would come to an end because the army had acquired enough military hardware to fight the rebels.
The state minister for education, Henry Oryem, said Kitgum was a place of trauma where the living standards were low due to lack of productivity.
He urged other ministers to visit the area to assess the people’s needs.
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Over 40 LRA Commanders Killed In Teso

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