The security personnel in Nebbi district have received
a deserter of a rebel group, the Uganda Homeland Liberation
Forces-UHLF, a movement based in the DR Congo, who has abandoned rebellion and
handed himself over to authorities in Nebbi district.
Patrick Oryema, 65-years old resident of Ndew Sub County
in Nebbi district, claimed he was lured by traditional charms to join the rebel group
in DR Congo. He later deserted and found himself in Hoima district from where he was later transferred to Nebbi district.
Oryema was received by Nebbi RDC and reunited
with his wife Lucy Akello and son Ronald Piracel. Robert Abak, the RDC Nebbi while handing over Oryema after parading him before the public in Nebbi, cautioned the Public against rebel activity,
saying they will never win the war against government.
// Cue in; I appeal to these people.…Cue out; misleading our youths.…. //
Speaking in the local Alur dialect, Oryema confessed
and regretted having joined the rebel activity, blaming it on traditional
charms which he said confused him. “Let’s
join hands with the government since its stronger than the rebels, I never wanted
to join but do not know what compelled me, I think the charms and herbs they
mix with water confused me that we did not know what we were doing," said Oryema."Later I realized
I was in the wrong place and rejected their orders until I found a way of
escaping from the group. They had already started talking bad about me. I
appeal to my people in the bush to come out because I was well received back
home and I okay.”
Meanwhile Lucy Akello, the wife of Oryema could not
hide her excitement. Speaking in Alur, Akello thanked God for bringing home her
husband alive, who she said disappeared on April 16 2021 and she didn’t know
Akello who also disclosed that she was beaten and her
chest broken by security personnel in search of her husband whose whereabouts
were not known said, “I didn’t notice any
strange behaviors with him. Life was hard without my husband, I’m happy that
government has brought him bac.”
Bosco Okwai, the LC 3 chairperson Ndew Sub County urged people from Ndew who have joined the rebel groups in DR Congo to abandon rebellion
and come back home.
// Cue in; I want to appeal to.…Cue out; these people to the families.…. //
According to security
report, most of the rebels of Uganda Homeland Liberation Forces come from Ndew
Sub County and that Patrick Oryema is the third person to abandon rebellion
from the group.