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UPDF Responds to Alleged Kony Peace Talks Resumption Reports

The Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) has responded to reports that the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel leader Joseph Kony wrote to government seeking the resumption of peace talks.

Last week, documents indicating that Kony had written to President Museveni asking to resume peace talks and that he wants a team including the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah sent for negotiations, made rounds on social media, raising concern from members of the public.

Speaking to the press on Monday at Uganda Media Centre, the Deputy Army Spokesperson, Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki said there has not been any communication to them on that matter.

“As UPDF, we have not got any communication in that line. We can therefore not deny nor accept it,” he said.

Akiiki further explained that in any case, it would be government to communicate to members of the public about any intentions to resume the peace talks with the LRA rebel leader.

“When the right time comes, government will inform you but as UPDF, we have not seen such a thing,” he added.

In 1995, Joseph Kony waged war against the Ugandan government that saw thousands of locals from Northern Uganda killed, maimed, displaced from their homes and relegated to staying in IDP camps.

On several occasions, there have been efforts to hold peace talks with the rebels but not much has been achieved from the same.

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Meanwhile, Akiiki revealed that one of the escapees from Moroto prison has been re-arrested by UPDF.

“We managed to arrest Abura Samuel from Katanga village in Karamoja who is one of the escapees and he was handed over to prisons,” he said.

 

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