Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly
said he is willing to talk with Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel leader
Joseph Kony by phone.
LRA chief peace negotiator David Matsanga said President
Museveni made the offer this week after meeting in Kampala with South Sudan
Vice President Riek Machar and chief mediator of the Juba peace talks and an
Matsanga told VOA President Museveni also agreed not
to take Kony to the International Criminal Court once Kony has signed the final
Kony instructed us as a delegation to find out as a way of resolving the ICC
(International Criminal Court) matters that included us to go to Kampala to
meet with President Museveni directly, which we did. And that included going to
Congo to meet with President Joseph Kabila to tell him to avoid any military
attacks against the LRA as we were resolving the issue of the ICC with the
government of the Republic of Uganda,” he said.
that President Museveni has conditioned his alleged pledge to seek the removal
of ICC Indictments against Kony on Kony signing the final peace agreement.
“It is not
conditional at all. That is a misinterpretation. It is very clear that
President Museveni, in our three-hour meeting in Kampala agreed because I put
out demands which General Kony told me to put A, B, C, D, six points which
President Museveni answered back one by one,” Matsanga said.
He said the LRA
delegation delivered a six-point demand from Kony to President Museveni on the
way forward in the peace process.
“One was ICC,
two was the propaganda against General Kony, three was the inclusion in
government by the LRA leadership, four was the support that they had to give to
the mediation, five was the question of DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization,
Reintegration) and the packages which are supposed to be told to the LRA combatants,
and the six was the general welfare of General Joseph Kony,” he said.
President Museveni agreed unconditionally to have a telephone conversation with
Kony on the way forward in the peace process.
He said Kony
will return to Ugandan to face the face the local reconciliation process known
as mato put which requires an apology from the offender.
Kony will sign the final peace agreement once they have concluded the
confidence building process and President Museveni and Kony have talked by
He said he saw
nothing wrong with the Ugandan government offering to provide food to Kony and
“We’ve got a
concession, a very good concession. The government of Uganda has now said it
will provide food because General Kony and all the combatants are all Ugandans
as long as they are in assembly area in Ri-kwangba, which is gazetted by the
agreement. You have got to know that Kony is a Ugandan. He has not told you
that he’s from America. He is a Ugandan. Therefore if he is to receive food it
is part of the taxpayer’s money. And what President Museveni said is that he
will pay and give the same donors the money so that they can buy food quickly,”