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Kony Requests Museveni for Fresh Peace Talks

Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) warlord Joseph Kony, is asking for fresh peace talks between his rebels and the Ugandan government of President Yoweri Museveni.

Joseph Kony in a white shirt, leader of the rebel group the Lord?s Resistance Army that has been fighting a war against the Ugandan government for the past twenty years.

The last time Kony and Ugandan government engaged in peace talks was in December 2008 in the South Sudan capital Juba.

The talks unfortunately collapsed.

LRA Special Peace envoy Brigadier Okello Mission, told news reporters in Kenya Sunday that Kony wants to see his grievances with government solved.

“I am calling for the immediate re-opening of unconditional peace talks between LRA and the government of Uganda as a means of resolving the conflict between the two sides,” Kony is quoted as saying.

The rebel leader said the only true way forward for Uganda is the peaceful resolution of these conflicts and the acceptance and full participation of all its citizens in the national affairs of the country.

Brig Okello who was accompanied by LRA spokesman Obonyo Olweny said Kony wants Tanzania to host the peace talks and Kenya to mediate the process.

He asked the East Africa Legislative Assembly, US government, the United Nations and African Union to intervene as well as countries that took part in the Juba peace talks [Kenya, South Sudan, South Africa, Congo and Mozambique].

On the list, Kony added Central African Republic where his rebels operate and Ethiopia that has helped solve the South Sudan conflict.

To expedite the process leading to the re-opening of the talks, Kony has asked for a confidence-building and consultative meeting at an undisclosed location with among others; the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Daniel F. Kidega, Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly and Rev. John Baptist Odama, Archbishop of Gulu Catholic Diocese.

Others include; His Highness Onen David Achana II, Paramount Chief of the Acholi, Mr. Kidega Quinto, newly appointed Chairman of LRA Peace Team, a representative of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, a representative of the Government of the Republic of Sudan, a representative of the United Nations, Members of the LRA Peace Team, led by Brig. Okello Mission, the LRA Special Peace Envoy.

Kony also urged the people of Uganda and the international community to support this process for the ultimate benefit of Uganda and the countries of the Great Lakes region of Africa.

In 2013, US placed a Sh5bn bounty on Kony and his commanders Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen.

Ongwen surrendered is currently facing 70 charges at the International Criminal Court.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda last week urged the rebels to surrender without fear of prosecution except their leader Kony who is Interpol’s most wanted list.

By Robert Muriisa.

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