Uganda: Rebels, Rebels, Everywhere


April 18, 2007: The AU (African Union) is sending eight observers to the Ri-Kwangba LRA assembly area in south Sudan. The observers will stay there indefinitely. The AU has agreed to provide the observers in response to LRA rebel claims that LRA fighters are threatened by the Ugandan military. The observers come from Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, and Kenya.

April 17, 2007: Ugandan police broke up a large political protest. The police action included tear gas and shooting. The protest was sparked by the arrest of two Ugandan members of Parliament who were accused of inciting attacks on ethnic Indians in Uganda.

April 15, 2007: The military said that its offensive against the Allied Democratic Force (ADF) in western Uganda will continue. The army has now either killed or captured 65 ADF rebels since the offensive began in late March. Most of the fighting has occurred in Bundibugyo District. The offensive has consisted of a series of cordon and search operations. The army reported that it has received excellent local intelligence during the offensive (meaning civilians have supplied the army units with information on the ADF's whereabouts).

April 14, 2007: The LRA and the Ugandan government agreed to extend their ceasefire.

April 13, 2007: A former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, met with LRA leader Joseph Kony. Chissano urged the LRA to continue to pursue peace negotiations with Uganda. Chissano is currently serving as a UN representative and observer for the peace talks.

April 12, 2007: A riot broke out in Kampala, with three people killed. One of the dead was an ethnic Indian Ugandan who was reportedly stoned to death. The rioters were objecting to an Indian-owned company's plan to build a sugar plantation in a forest reserve. Ethnic Indians in East Africa are often resented for their success in business.


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