Old rebel wars still cost money. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are
currently in disarray, occasionally mounting small forays into western Uganda.
However, the ADF was once a force with influence and the ability to challenge
the government. That was back in the early 1990s. Now Ugandans who had
relatives killed during the ADF rebellion want the Ugandan government to
"compensate" them for losses. The ADF was particularly active in Uganda's
Kibaale district. The government hasn't got that much money. The Ugandan
peacekeepers in Somalia are costing more than the government can afford, and
money is being sought from the UN to keep the force going.
2008: The government and the LRA claim they are about to sign a final peace
deal, but many Ugandans remain skeptical. The talks have been going on in some
form or another since 2006. The LRA has yet to fully demobilize. The critics,
of course, have good reason to be suspicious. LRA senior commander Joseph Kony
has never appeared at the peace talks, which leaves him with some "wiggle room"
in any peace agreement. Kony says he can't show up as long as he remains under
indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Uganda is also catching
flak from NGO organizations. Uganda has agreed to try Kony in a Ugandan court.
NGOs like Amnesty International say this internal agreement "circumvents
international law." Ironically, in this case the ICC indictment hinders peace
negotiations and reconciliation efforts if you happen to believe Kony wants
2008: The government and the LRA reached a series of agreements that mediators
claim will "frame" a final peace agreement.
27, 2008: The LRA once again condemned the International Criminal Court arrest
warrants for several senior LRA leaders. The LRA has asked the government (its
enemy) to demand that the ICC drop the warrants. An LRA spokesman said the
warrants had to be dropped if there was going to be a final peace agreement.