Change Strategy To Capture Kony, Group Urges

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In short
The Regional Civil Society Taskforce has called for a change in strategy for the force that is hunting down the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony and other rebel commanders. Martin Ojara Mapinduzi, Gulu chairperson, says the experience they have with LRA indicates that they usually brutalize civilians whenever they are attacked by the army.

The Regional Civil Society Taskforce has called for a change in strategy for the force that is hunting down the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony and other rebel commanders.

The call is contained in a resolution that civic, religious and cultural leaders from Uganda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR) came up with at the end of a three-day meeting in the CAR capital Bangui.

The leaders, who met at JM Residence Hotel in Bangui over the weekend, urged the regional forces that are supported by the United States Special Forces not to launch any further offensive against the LRA unless strategies have been laid down to protect civilians who are caught up in the conflict.

Martin Ojara Mapinduzi, one of the lead participants and the Gulu chairperson, says the experience they have with LRA indicates that they usually brutalize civilians whenever they are attacked by the army.
 
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Other resolutions include regional governments and the international community to fund the constructions of psycho- social centres for the returnees to undergo rehabilitation and the extension of amnesty to rebels who denounce rebellion.

Ojara says that they learnt at the meeting that the communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo are very bitter and as a result have been attacking children who escape from LRA captivity.

He says the people in the two countries wonder what political agenda the LRA have to justify their presence there.
 
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The Bangui meeting attracted civic society organizations, high ranking government officials, and ambassadors, cultural and religious leaders from the concerned countries.

The Regional Civil Society Task Force is a network of cultural and religious leaders and representatives of peace-building NGOs, brought together by Conciliation Resources, who meet to discuss regional and local responses to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict.

 

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