U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon has warned that an African Union and U.S.-backed military force hunting fugitive warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord''s Resistance Army lacks resources needed to be effective.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon has warned that an African Union and U.S.-backed military force hunting fugitive warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army lacks resources needed to be effective.
The force is short of equipment, training, food and transportation, the U.N. secretary-general said in a report issued on Thursday, in which he urged U.N. member states to provide the resources needed.
Kony, accused of terrorizing northern Uganda for 20 years, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. His Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is accused of abducting children to use as fighters and sex slaves and of hacking off living victims' limbs as a method of intimidation and revenge.
"The political will notwithstanding, the national authorities highlighted implementation challenges, including the need for additional resources, equipment, training, transportation and food rations to enable troops to mount effective operations against LRA," Ban said in the report.
"Other challenges remain, including the need to ensure that the armies and governments of the affected countries are fully prepared to work jointly to counter the LRA threat, both at the political and operational levels," he said.
An African Union force began hunting Kony and the LRA in March. The force, which will have a full strength of 5,000 troops, aims to coordinate units already hunting for Kony from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Uganda with U.S. logistical and intelligence help.
"The initiative itself lacks adequate and predictable funding for its operations," Ban's report said. "Without the necessary resources, the African Union will be unable to execute this important task fully." Reuters
UN chief warns of lack of resources in Kony hunt