UPDF Captures Notorious LRA Leader Acellam Captured
LRA leader Joseph Kony’s top military commander Caesar Acellam has been arrested in Central African Republic (CAR), Chimpreports.com exclusively reveals.
Impeccable military sources have confirmed Acellam was captured on Saturday morning in a deadly ambush along the banks of River Mbou in the CAR.
“A UPDF intelliegnce squad managed to seize Acellam as he trotted in the jungles with three women. There was not fighting. He just surrendered after realising that he had been cornered by our forces,” said a knowledgeable source.
Several journalists have today been picked from Kampala by the UPDF to CAR where Acellam will be paraded.
Sources said this is a major blow to LRA and Kony.
“Militarily speaking, Kony and his bandits’ will to fight has been tottally shattered. They are just criminals on the rampage,” said a top army chief.
However, Acellam is not among the LRA leaders indicted by the International Criminal Court.
On October 4 2009, Acellam led a contigent of LRA fighters to Darfur region where they met Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) representatives for logistical supplies.
The SAF team was led by a one Col. Hamdou and several intelligence officials in Khartoum.
Acellam has since acted as the main link between Sudan and LRA and the rebel group's field commander.
Asked whether Sudan’s decision to support the LRA would jeopardise national security, the source said this would be a good opportunity for UPDF to capture the notrious murderer.
“That would be good news because Kony would be tempted to fight the UPDF again. This would give us a golden chance to capture him.”
The source further said hunting down Kony and his henchmen is not an easy task considering that they hide in densely forested areas – where infrastructure is almost nonexistent.
Dangerous air raids by Special Forces’ war planes and lethal infantry assault on LRA bases in the Garamba region in December 2008 sent Kony’s bandits into disarray.
They fled to CAR where they are being pursued by Special Forces military intelligence teams.
This news-breaking website could not confirm when Acellam would be airlifted to Kampala for prosecution of war crimes.
The rebel is currently being held in CAR.
Efforts to reach UPDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye have been fruitless as his known mobile cell phone was switched off.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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