Military Offensive Not Best Recipe for Kony says Archbishop Odama

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Ugandan Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu says that using the military to pursue rebel leader Joseph Kony after he failed to sign a peace agreement with the Ugandan government is not a good solution. Kony, leader of the feared Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which has engaged the Ugandan government in war in northern Uganda since 1986, was supposed to sign the peace agreement late last month in southern Sudan but failed to appear. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni had warned earlier that Kony's failure to sign the agreement would result in him being hunted by Ugandan, Sudanese and Congolese forces. But Archbishop Odama said that Kony needs another chance. He argues that the road to violence in engaging rebel Kony in war will lead to more loss of lives of innocent people living in Sudan and others in Kony's vicinity. The archbishop, who was among the few religious, cultural and political leaders who recently met with Kony at his forest hide-out in southern Sudan, said he spoke with the rebel leader for two hours. Archbishop Odama says he has sent an appeal to the International Criminal Court to withdraw charges against Kony and to look for a solution before Kony can sign a peace agreement with the Ugandan government. The LRA has been accused of numerous human rights violations including murder, abduction, mutilation, sexual enslavement of women and children, and forcing children to participate in hostilities. It is believed to have killed more than a million Ugandans and abducted more than three million children.


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