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Victims of LRA attacks want Kony arrested

06 November 2014, 23:00 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Victims of LRA rebels' atrocities in Uganda have requested authorities in Sudan to capture LRA rebel leader, Joseph Kony and send him either to ICC in the Hague or Uganda for trial.

This comes after reports appearing in some local Ugandan newspapers Thursday saying that Kony has sought haven in an enclave controlled by Sudan.

Kony, and five of his commanders were accused of crimes against humanity and have for decades evaded  arrest warrant issued by the ICC in October 2005.He was charged by ICC with war crimes and crimes against humanity, rape, mutilation, murder and kidnapping boys to serve as child soldiers and girls as sex slaves.

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After being flushed from Uganda, Kony and his fighters fled to south Sudan.When a joint force of Ugandans and south Sudanese attacked them ,they fled to Central African republic through Democratic republic of Congo.

Ugandan troops ,together with some US military advisers have been hunting for Kony in Central African republic for over two years without getting him but now it is said he is in Sudan which has angered the rebels' victims and are seeking for his arrest.

''We are going to write to Sudan authority requesting for the arrest of Joseph Kony.We want him to be tried by either ICC court in Hague or high court in Uganda for atrocities he committed. '' said Apollo Okot leader of ''rebels' victims association'' in Lira..

Okot said their association has over 500 members who suffered at the hands of the rebels.Some had parts of their bodies mutilated while others narrowly survived death after fleeing from the rebels.

 US-based campaign groups The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative and Invisible Children said in their report, released this week  want international policymakers to step up efforts to capture Kony and US Congress to fund surveillance activities that would locate Kony and enable his capture. Local newspapers in Uganda said that LRA defectors, corroborated by satellite imagery and civilian testimony, provide strong evidence that Kony has frequently camped in Kafia Kingi on the border of Sudan and South Sudan and in neighboring areas of Central African Republic since 2010, the report said. They added on that Sudanese troops based in Kafia Kingi, which is controlled by Sudan but claimed by South Sudan, have reportedly provided LRA groups with limited amounts of supplies and munitions and allowed the rebels to access local markets, it added. "There can be no doubt anymore that Kony frequently uses Kafia Kingi as a safe haven,"  Paul Ronan, director of The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative was quoted by the newspapers.

''Sudan should not give Joseph Kony a hiding place.He must be arrested so that he faces justice,'' said Maria Akello whose four children were abducted by the rebels and forced to join them as fighters.

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