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South Sudan’s Machar confirms death of Uganda LRA deputy commander

January 23, 2008 (JUBA, Sudan) — Vincent Otti, the deputy commander of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, is dead, the vice president of south Sudan said on Wednesday.

Vincent_Otti.jpg“I was officially informed by Joseph Kony that Vincent Otti is dead,” south Sudan Vice President Riek Machar told reporters in Juba, south Sudan’s capital. Machar is mediating talks in Juba between the rebels and the Ugandan government.

Numerous LRA deserters have said that Kony, whose 20-year rebellion killed tens of thousands of people and uprooted 2 million before a ceasefire last year, shot dead his number two, accusing him of spying.

No official source had so far commented on his fate.

Otti, regarded as the brains behind the group in contrast to the volatile Kony, was a prime mover behind the LRA joining peace talks that began last year in Juba.

LRA spokesman Godfrey Ayoo said he would make a statement shortly.

(Reuters)