The largest group sighted was of 15-men who reportedly spoke Acholi, Pazande, and Lingala. They looted properties from several travellers’ 40-kilometres west of Sanangu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another group ambushed and looted civilians near Bulumasi in DRC, killed one person and abducted 12 civilians, including two boys and three women On February 9.
In June alone, up to 19 incidences involving looting, raids and abduction of 36 civilians in Anduala, Samongo, Mangasaba, Sambia and Sirigi among others by the LRA were registered. In all incidences, the rebels were targeting money, foodstuffs and gadgets like phones and radios.
Amnesty Commission spokesperson Moses Draku says that the two men, believed to Ugandan nationals, were brought in from Beni by The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo MONUSCO.
Celebrated Congolese musician Antoine Koffi Olomide is expected in Uganda to grace North Tourism Fashion event scheduled for December 15 and 16 in Gulu district this year. Olomides invitation is however generating mixed reactions owing to the controversies the renowned rumba star gotten into.
Nathan Twinomugisha, a principle legal officer with Amnesty Commission says the return of many combatants from the ADF is as a result of the arrest of their leader Jamil Mukulu, disintegration in the rebel groups, military action against them and peace messages sent by different bodies.
The United States is increasing its troop presence on the African Union Regional Task Force hunting for the Lordâ€™s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony. An extra 150 marines will join the 100 others that have been at Entebbe air base since 2011.
Parts of Teso are in a state of alarm after a letter allegedly sent by the Lordâ€™s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels threatening to strike the region this month. The letter is reported to have been dropped to Obalanga trading centre in Obalanga sub-region Amuria district, the place LRA first attacked on 15th June 2003.
There is still uncertainty over whether the Lordâ€™s Resistance Armyâ€”LRA fighters in the Central African Republicâ€”CAR are defecting. Chinese news agency, Xinhua, on Sunday quoted a statement from the United Nations indicating that over 1200 fighters in CAR had contacted the UN with a plan to disarm and defect from Bria, near the border with Sudan.
The Regional Civil Society Taskforce has called for a change in strategy for the force that is hunting down the Lord\'s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony and other rebel commanders. Martin Ojara Mapinduzi, Gulu chairperson, says the experience they have with LRA indicates that they usually brutalize civilians whenever they are attacked by the army.