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Notorious Kony 'asks for forgiveness'

28 January 2014, 13:45

Cape Town – Ugandan militia boss Joseph Kony has reportedly sent a letter a letter to the government asking for forgiveness and calling for talks.

But, according to a BBC report, Uganda has indicated it doubts the rebel leader is serious about peace after a telephone conversation arranged with him failed to Materialise.

The report said Kony wrote in the letter that his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group was committed to “end this war”.

LRA is known for abducting civilians after looting their villages and killing off any resistance, using them as porters and sex slaves.

Kony, who has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, waged a brutal guerrilla war against Ugandan government in the north of the country for nearly two decades, before fleeing with his fighters into the jungles of central Africa around 2005.

A 5 000-strong African Union Regional Task Force, supported by about 100 US Special Forces, has been hunting Kony and his fighters. Most of them are thought to be hiding in jungles straddling the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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