The sons and former “wife” to fugitive
Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel leader, Joseph Kony are seeking to meet with President
Yoweri Museveni for the second time over their ‘poor’ living conditions. This comes less than three months
after the President met Kony’s son Ali Saloongo Kony, and his former “wife”
Cecilia Akullu at State House Entebbe shortly after their return from captivity.
Saloongo Kony, a former commander
in the LRA rank defected from his father’s rebellion campaign at the rank of
Brigadier in 2022. He returned home with his mother, wife, and three children in July this year. During their first meeting with
President Museveni on August 25 at State House Entebbe, the head of state
promised to help Kony’s family acquire land to carry out agriculture collectively
and join the money economy.
The meeting was also attended by
the Pageya clan chief Rwot Yusuf Okwonga Adek and Bosco Odoch Olak, the
Presidential Coordinator for Northern Uganda. However, while addressing the media
in Gulu City on Monday, Kony’s family alleged that while the President had
promised to meet them for the second time in September this year, people assigned
to coordinate the meeting have remained silent.
Ali Saloongo told journalists
that the President had personally promised to rebuild his career in the army
and help support his elderly brother in finding a job after a second
meeting. Saloongo says ever since September, his efforts to get in touch with
the coordinators of the meeting have been futile adding that some haven’t answered
his repeated phone calls.
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Saloongo says they are currently
living a deplorable life with limited opportunities in life since they are new
to the region and life outside captivity.
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Kony’s former wife Cecilia Akullu
notes that the family is already struggling to provide food for the young
children and pay for their school fees and yet the president had made promises
to address their challenges. Akullu who spoke with tears
rolling her eyes says the President has to grant them another chance to meet so
that they present to him their life challenges. She notes that with their current
dilemma out of captivity, it would be a wrong signal for others who are still
returning or intending to defect from the LRA.
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Moses Komakech, Kony’s eldest son
says whereas he had been granted a scholarship by the head of state and graduated
with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Ndeje University, he hasn’t had a
stable job. He says the President had equally promised to understand more about
his status in the second meeting in September but notes that the family’s
efforts to secure the meeting ha as failed after being blocked.
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The Pageya Clan Chief Rwot Yusuf Okwonga
Adek who led Kony’s family to meet with the President in August this year however
says he has withdrawn his support from Kony’s sons and former “wife” over their
disrespect towards him. Rwot Okwong notes that while the head of state had temporarily
advised Kony’s son and his mother to stay at his palace pending resettlement,
they disobeyed the directives and started engaging with other state actors.
“There are people who would come
and pick them up from my home without my knowledge and if I question, they tell
me they are government agents. I believe people started getting interested in
them because the President had promised to buy for them 30 hectares of land for
resettlement,” Rwot Okwonga told Uganda Radio Network Tuesday. He also notes that he had to part
ways with Kony’s family for his own safety.
Bosco Odoch Olak, the Presidential
Coordinator for Northern Uganda, says the September meeting with the President couldn’t
take place because the family delayed coming up with resolutions on exactly what
they needed. He says while the resolutions were to be submitted before September,
the family delivered to him the documents a month later adding that he has nonetheless
submitted the resolutions to the President and only waiting for feedback.