Four centers in the northern Uganda have been identified by the Amnesty Commission as camps for returning members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
The Amnesty Commission is charged with overseeing the demobilization and resettling of the LRA fighters once a final peace agreement between the Government of Uganda and the rebel force has been signed. The demobilization is in line with the terms of a Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration agreement signed last year that spells out mechanisms for the LRA's transition into either civilian life or the Uganda People's Defence Forces.
Ganyana Miiro, a Commissioner at the Amnesty Commission, demobilization centers have been identified in the Acholi, Lango, West Nile and Teso regions. He says accommodation, health and sanitary facilities will be built at these centers.
The LRA fighters are expected to assemble in Ri-Kwangba at the Sudan-DRC border after signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement after which they will be relocated to the Ugandan camps.
Miiro says the Amnesty Commission expects to receive about 3,000 fighters. He says it will open an office in the South Sudan capital, Juba, to coordinate the demobilization process.
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Ganyana Miiro says the commission will embark on sensitizing the communities where the fighters are to be resettled. They will be engaged in a series of public meetings to be educated on the importance of peace and reconciliation.
The process will cost an estimated 12.8 billion shillings. Miiro says the Amnesty Commission is in talks with donor organizations to raise the funds.
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