order http://cooperativenet.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/mediarss/class.mediarss_controller.php geneva;”>Gen Katumba Wamala said the discontinuation of the international community-backed mission was a result of lack of cooperation from the Seleka administration in Bangui, CAR.
“The operations have been halted since we haven’t got the stand of the Seleka administration. While this is an operation sanctioned by African Union, we need cooperation of a government where it is taking place,” added Katumba.
The UPDF General was speaking to reporters at a press conference at Ministry of Defence Headquarters at Mbuya Hill, Kampala, on Monday.
“If the AU and Seleka administration says we leave, we are ready to leave,” said Katumba.
In April, Invisible Children and other organizations formed to bring to comprehensive end the LRA conflict in Africa, launched a campaign aimed at asking the AU, the US and Uganda to find a way to continue the counter- LRA mission in CAR.
They urged these governments to remain committed in their efforts to end the threat to civilians posed by LRA in Central and East Africa.
The groups said the people of CAR especially those from South East area called Mbomou are living in great fear following reports of UPDF’s possible suspension of the LRA track operations in the country.
Operations against Kony hit a snag after the Seleka combatants overthrew the CAR government and took control of most of the most parts of the country early this year.
It was thought that some elements in the Seleka government were being supported by Sudan leader Omar Bashir who intended to use the new Bangui government to channel weapons and other logistics to the defeated LRA to destabilize Uganda.
In the past three years the Ugandan-led, US- support operations helped reduce the LRA’s killings of civilians by more than 90 percent and enabled dozens of LRA fighters and abductees to safely defect from the group.
Recently, 28 women and children were released from LRA captivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo of which 5 are Ugandans and are believed to have reported to Uganda today.
Activists say with no credible alternatives in place, a full withdraw of the forces would put a permanent end to the crisis out of reach and create a security vacuum in LRA- affected areas of CAR and South Sudan, where Ugandan and US forces are currently deployed.
However, Katumba told journalists that Kony is no longer a national security threat.
“It is just a group of bandits. Five or two people come and abduct people or rape women. Kony cannot wage war from CAR. Kony is very weak and in disarray,” said Katumba.
The insurgency has left thousands dead in Northern Uganda, DRC and CAR.