A spokesman for the Lord’s Resistance
Army (LRA) rebels is denying Ugandan government announcement that it has
captured a top LRA commander in a joint operations with the Democratic Republic
of Congo and South Sudan.
A Ugandan army spokesman says troops captured Thomas
Kwoyelo, who is believed to be fourth-in-command of the rebel group Tuesday in
the remote forests in northeastern Congo.
David Nyekorach Matsanga, LRA
Chief Peace Negotiator, told VOA
the news of Kwoyelo’s capture could be a hoax.
of the time when the Ugandan government talks about capturing commanders or
people surrendering it becomes a hoax. If they have said they have Kwoyelo with
them, they should always bring Kwoyelo. We know who he is, we know what he looks
like, and most people have doubted the picture they have put on TV is Kwoyelo’s
picture,” he said.
caption of a picture on a Ugandan government website shows a man the caption
said was Kwoyelo being assisted by Ugandan army officers as he disembarks a
plane on arrival at Entebbe military airbase.
Matsanga said the picture is part of Ugandan government propaganda to prove to
the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the joint military
operation in eastern Congo is working.
is not the Thomas that everybody knows, and therefore we don’t think it is
proper because this is a story that was brought they wanted to justify their stay
in Congo by saying the operation is going on very well. Yet this operation is
going on very badly,” Matsanga said.
said military operations against the LRA will not bring peace to northern
Uganda. In fact Matsanga said it would only worsen the situation.
is why I went to Tanzania to deliver a petition to the Secretary General of the
United Nations and to all the people concerned in this conflict, Riek Machar of
Sudan and Salva Kiir of Sudan that there is need for a ceasefire followed by a
discussion on the ICC arrest warrant (against LRA leader Joseph Kony),” he
said ICC arrest warrants against Kony and some of top commanders should be
suspended to allow the LRA leader and his fighters to assembly in the Congolese
border town of Rikwamba to sign the final peace agreement.