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ICC Tracking Kony

The International Criminal Court ICC has taken over the monitoring and tracking down of the movement of Ugandas most wanted warlord Joseph Kony in the Central African Republic CAR.
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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has taken over the monitoring and tracking down of the movement of Uganda's most wanted warlord Joseph Kony in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The move comes a few months after a contingent of battle-ready troops of Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) pulled out of pursuit of the fugitive rebel leader and his men in the war-torn country. 

The ICC International Cooperation Adviser Dahirou Sant-Anna says the court is cooperating with multiple organisations and countries in tracking down the movement of Kony, the leader of the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Dahirou says he is being tracked for possible arrest to face justice for crimes war crimes he allegedly committed while commanding LRA in northern Uganda.

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Dahirou says under the search mechanism, several dedicated ICC staff are filtering fake leads from a spectrum of vital useful information being generated about the location and movement of Joseph Kony. He says it is now well known that Kony is currently hiding in Central African Republic with just 120 people around him; including fighters, abducted women and children.

The notorious rebel leader has been mobile in between thick jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central Africa Republic and the South Sudan since fleeing UPDF firepower from Uganda in 2009.

Around May this year, Kony was reported to be hiding in Kafia Kingi, somewhere near the border of Central African Republic with South Sudan. In October, a fake report circulated on social media for several days that he had been captured in the Central African Republic. 

Failures to apprehend Kony, on whose head hangs a five-Million-dollar bounty, has largely been blamed on the dense thick terrain of the Central African Republic which hinder swift movement of troops and equipment.

In 2005, the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted Joseph Kony and four other top commanders namely Raska Lukwiya, Okot Odhiambo, Dominic Ongwen and his deputy Vincent Otti for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

They are alleged to have committed the crimes during the course of the brutal war in Northern Uganda between 1986 and 2009. The conflict caused the disappearance of an estimated 60,000 children as well as killing thousands of people and displacing an estimated 1.8 million people into internal camps. 

Raska Lukwiya and Okot Odhiambo were eliminated in battles with UPDF troops while Otti is believed to have been killed by his boss, Kony. Meanwhile, Dominic Ongwen is currently standing trial for 70 counts of sexual and gender based crimes, war crimes and crimes against humanity at The Hague based court in the Netherlands.