Kony's days of freedom 'are numbered'
19 April 2012, 12:52
Washington - Wanted Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony's days as a free man are
"numbered," a US lawmaker said on Wednesday, adding that the "noose is
tightening" on the leader of the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
is accused by the International Criminal Court of the rape, mutilation
and murder of civilians, as well as forcibly recruiting child soldiers
for his years-long campaign of terror in central Africa.
His exact whereabouts are unknown but he is believed to be in the Central African Republic.
for his arrest grew louder last month after the US group Invisible
Children posted a video online that drew attention to his alleged
crimes, and quickly went viral.
"Joseph Kony is alive," Johnny Isakson, a Republican senator from Georgia, told a Senate subcommittee focused on Africa.
"His days are numbered in terms of being missing," he added, noting that his arrest will be a "good day for Africa".
Speaking to AFP after the hearing, Isakson added: "The noose is tightening... we're making every effort we can to help."
assistant US secretary of state for African affairs, Johnnie Carson,
noted the administration of President Barack Obama was "totally
committed" to doing just that to bring Kony and his cronies to justice.
October, Obama authorised the deployment of 100 combat troops to
central Africa to help and advise forces battling LRA rebels.
the US forces are combat-equipped, they will only be providing
information, advice and assistance to partner nation forces," Obama said
at the time, adding the forces would only engage LRA forces for
Kony, a semi-literate former altar boy, took charge
in 1988 of a rebellion among northern Uganda's ethnic Acholi minority,
to fight the Kampala government it wanted to replace with a regime based
on the bible's Ten Commandments.
LRA rebels are accused of
terrorising, murdering, raping and kidnapping thousands of people in the
region, and tens of thousands of people died in their 20-year war with
security forces in northern Uganda.
Carson said Washington was
working with and advising forces in the Central African Republic and had
deployed "intelligence assets in the region".
"We have clearly helped to degrade the LRA to disperse it, but we have not finished the mission," he said.