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Former LRA Rebel Leader Wants Teaching Job :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Former LRA Rebel Leader Wants Teaching Job

State Minister for Defense, Oleru Huda Abason, who was the chief guest, promised Olango that she would pursue his request by consulting with the Ministry of Public Service to determine if his age would allow him to be reenrolled.
Acholi parliamentary leaders pose for a group photo with the returnees.
Former rebel leader Faustino Olango, one of the sixteen returnees repatriated from the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday, has expressed his desire to rejoin the teaching service. Speaking at a reception hosted by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) at Pennile Beach Hotel in Entebbe on Tuesday, Olango stated that he was abducted into rebellion in 1998 when he was a teacher. He expressed his willingness to contribute to the country's development and rebuild his life if given the opportunity.

State Minister for Defense, Oleru Huda Abason, who was the chief guest, promised Olango that she would pursue his request by consulting with the Ministry of Public Service to determine if his age would allow him to be reenrolled. Public service regulations stipulate that a public servant retires at the age of sixty, which might pose a challenge for Olango to rejoin the service due to his advanced age. Olango also shared that even during his time in the jungle, he engaged in teaching activities for the captive youth. 

The reception was attended by the state minister for Northern Uganda, Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, members of the Acholi Parliamentary Group, Dutch diplomats accredited to Uganda, and several senior army officers. The event aimed to build confidence and send a message to those remaining in rebellion that the region is peaceful and safe. The sixteen returnees arrived in Uganda from CAR on Monday, following another group repatriated on July 22, 2023.

Ministers and MPs expressed gratitude to President Yoweri Museveni for offering amnesty to those who fought the government for years. They praised his decision to provide a second chance and expressed admiration for his commitment to peace. The MPs called for the extension of the amnesty for two more years to facilitate the return of other remnants who may still be in hiding. They commended the UPDF for its discipline and emphasized its role in demonstrating that human life is not meant for destruction.

Olango, who led the latest group of returnees, requested that pictures from the reception be sent to CAR to assure their colleagues of their safety in Uganda. The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, evolved from the Holy Spirit Movement of Alice Lakwena, which rebelled against the NRM government in 1986.

The LRA waged a ruthless war using abductions for recruitment and was ultimately forced into various countries by the UPDF's firepower. Over time, many LRA members have surrendered and received amnesty, rehabilitation, and resettlement support through international and Ugandan government efforts.

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