1200 LRA Rebels Defect

September 24, 2013 4:15 pm0 comments by:

Kampala- the United Nations has announced its sending a delegation to Central African Republic, to investigate reports of massive defection among the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.
The UN issued a statement, saying it’s investigating a possible large defection and disarmament of a group within the Lord’s Resistance Army.
“We are impressed by the actions of over 1,200 LRA fighters who have defected,” according to a UN statement issued on Sunday.
The UN mission that is investigating the report comprises a brigade from the UN Integrated Bureau for Peace Consolidation in the Central AfricanRepublic (BINUCA) led by Senegalese general Babacar Gueye.
The mission will head to Nzako locality, where LRA fighters have started handing over theirweapons to the authorities.
According to the LRA Crisis Tracker, (http://www.lracrisistracker.com/), the LRA has been active in the region since January 2010. It is unclear how many people are in this particular group or the timeline for their surrender.
Michael Mubangizi the Regional Public Relations and Advocacy Officer of Invisible Children told the Continent Observer that their field staff on the ground is also pursuing the development with the view of verifying the information.
Mubangizi says if confirmed, it would be an incredible step forward in dismantling the Lord’s Resistance Army, and a huge victory for the families affected by the 27 years of violence.
He says they will continue to work with their partners on the ground to do everything possible in central African to help facilitate the safe surrender and rehabilitation of as many LRA combatants, women, and children as possible.
Meanwhile latest information from Democratic Republic of Congo indicates that a group of seven armed suspected LRA men on Saturday looted multiple households during a night raid in Kpaika village.
They reportedly looted food and clothing before fleeing. Security forces and locals pursued the assailants and during an exchange of fire, a 28-year-old man was wounded.

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