Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels are describing today’s meeting between President’s Yoweri Museveni, Joseph Kabila and United States secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to discuss the LRA as extremely provocative. The meeting takes place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The rebel’s say under Museveni is flouting the cessations of hostilities agreement they recently signed between the government and the rebels, which stipulated that none of the party’s should discuss the other in any other conditions. The rebels add that the meeting could potentially undermine the adjourned peace talks, but the government has dismissed the rebel’s allegation.
David Matsanga is the technical advisor for the rebels on International Criminal Court (ICC) matters. From Kenya’s capital, Nairobi he tells reporter Peter Clottey that the rebels are disappointed in President Museveni.
“I want to say that the meeting between President Museveni, Kabila and Condoleezza Rice comes in a situation when we already have a peace process that is already going on in Juba. Today, the meeting is going to cause a lot of suspicion. President Museveni knows that we are on the table, and there is no need for President Museveni going to have a meeting again to talk about an issue that is already being mediated in Sudan,” Matsanga noted.
He described the meeting as an unfortunate mistake on President Museveni’s part.
“President Museveni has made an error, and he has always made errors for 21 years. There is a peace process going on, you don’t need to discuss LRA in a meeting with Condoleezza Rice and Kabila. We have signed cessation of hostilities agreement, which says no side is going to talk about the other anywhere,” he said.
Matsanga said the rebels suspects President Museveni have an agenda to undermine the peace process.
“Its looks like he has got some other agenda. And he is trying to play and agenda against the peace process in Juba. We know very well, and we have known for 21 years that when it reaches the problem of northern Uganda he (Museveni) always plays double standards,” Matsanga pointed out.
He said although the rebels peace and stability in the DRC, they are not responsible for the instability in some parts of the country.
“Congo should be stabilized, but there are no negative forces coming from the LRA. The negative forces are the ones that Museveni armed, supplied, equipped, which are in Congo. Museveni has not equipped the LRA. Did Museveni equip the LRA to fight in Congo? Museveni gave arms to the Tutsi people in Congo,” he charged.
Matsanga urged the United States secretary of state to question President Museveni over DRC renegade general Laurent Nkunda.
“In fact Condoleezza Rice should look at why is Nkunda still fighting? Because Museveni still supports this rebel. So it is not the LRA issue, for us we are concentrating on the peace process in Juba. I want to categorically tell you without any reservation that there is nobody in LRA looking for a fight. If Museveni wants to fight, let him fight the air because people are looking for discussion on Juba to finish the problem that has killed the people of northern Uganda for 21 years,” Matsanga noted.