CAR: More LRA Rebels To Defect


adiposity geneva;”>The order sans-serif; line-height: 200%; font-size: small;”>10 religious, cultural and opinion leaders from northern Uganda last week travelled to areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) with a view of encouraging more LRA defections and also to receive any other LRA members who might wish to surrender peacefully.

Michael Mubangizi, Regional Public Relations and Advocacy Officer Invisible Children, has revealed that all that travelled to CAR including among others the Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao were well received in Obo by the local leaders.

Mubangizi said the group came back to Uganda on Friday after days of disseminating and broadcasting ‘come home’ messages within the region which we hope will yield results.

“You know this exercise isn’t like pay as you go business where you send out information today and rebels defect there and then but this is process that requires rebels to first receive the sent message and thereafter make a decision to defect which might take some time but we are sure more rebels will have to defect,” he said.

He further noted that preliminary interviews with key members of the former defectors indicate that ‘Come Home’ messaging, through defection fliers and radio, may have played a significant role in influencing their decisions to defect.

The visit was also used to demystify such false beliefs and reassure the affected communities that the LRA wasn’t sent to their countries by Ugandans.

This follows the poor perception by some communities currently targeted by the LRA violence in neighbouring countries that Ugandan society is indifferent to their suffering.

As a result, they have associated Ugandans at large with the LRA as co-perpetrators of the heinous atrocities inflicted upon their communities.

Earlier on, around 19 LRA rebels deserted from their Commander Joseph Kony and many more are expected to follow their example.


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