21 September 2012

Uganda: 'We'll Catch Joseph Kony Within Two Months'

Ugandan soldiers tracking down Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), claim they're going to capture him within two months.

"As soon as we catch him," says a Ugandan army commander, "we'll deliver him alive to the International Criminal Court in The Hague."

The Ugandan troops were speaking to a Belgian documentary-maker who spent a week with them on patrol in the rain forests of Central Africa. The journalist, Chris Michel, seems to have been embedded and had little or no contact with local villagers. Not everyone in the region supports the manhunt for Joseph Kony.

Over the past three years, the Ugandans, with assistance from US special forces, claim to have killed or captured 500 LRA rebels. The Americans are setting up antennas in villages along the border between the DR Congo and the Central African Republic so people can contact them when the rebels enter their area. The US forces are also carrying out constant reconnaissance flights in the region.

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