Uganda: Arrest Warrants


October 16, 2005: The International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants for Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, and four of his top commanders specify the charges against the rebels. Kony faces 33 specific accusations, including 12 counts of crimes against humanity for rape and sexual enslavement. LRA may have abducted over 30,000 children during the last 19 years, forcing over a million civilians to flee their homes in terror. The remnants of the LRA are operating along the Sudanese and Congolese borders.

October 11, 2005: Sudan has agreed to allow Ugandan troops to wander all over southern Sudan in pursuit of LRA rebels. There are apparently fewer than a thousand armed LRA members left.

October 10, 2005: Former Ugandan president Milton Obote died. Obote -- considered by some to be a dictator, by others a great leader-- was in exile in Zambia. Obote was a major figure in the Ugandan independence movement of the early 1960s. Obote is the president the definitely notorious Idi Amin overthrew in 1971. Obote returned to power in 1980 but was replaced by current president Yoweri Museveni in 1985. Obote remains a divisive figure in Uganda, but will be buried in northern Uganda (in Obote's Langi home tribal area). Obote had been the political favorite of many northern Ugandans but Museveni supporters and some human rights groups have accused Obote of involvement in the infamous Luwero (also Luweero) Triangle atrocities in 1983. At the time the Ugandan military (under Obotoe) had many Acholi and Langu tribesmen (both tribes are from northern Uganda). The Luwero District, north of the capital of Kampala (but located in southern Uganda), was a major area of support for Museveni's National Resistance Army (NRA).


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