April 2, 2010 (KAMPALA) – Joseph Kony, leader of the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has left western Sudan and crossed back into the Central African Republic (CAR) due to food shortages, Uganda’s army said on Friday.
“Kony and his men crossed early this week from Darfur back to CAR. He failed to find food in Darfur and was faced with starvation,” Uganda’s military spokesman Felix Kulayigye said.
“They also failed to find any forest cover in Darfur and they were exposed to danger,” he further added.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni confirmed last month a report published by the US based Enough Project saying Kony had moved into Sudan’s restive region of Darfur.
Ugandan troops operating in Central African Republic “have told me that the group comprising Kony has fled into Darfur,” Museveni said on March 12. The Presidential remarks came several days after a report released by Enough saying Kony had taken refuge in areas of South Darfur controlled by the Government of Sudan.
The Sudanese army denied harboring the Ugandan rebel leader who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.
The fugitive LRA leader has been on the run since December 2008 when regional states launched a hunt to nab him after he refused to sign a peace deal with Kampala.
Since the operation, remnant LRA fighters have been moving in the jungles of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, south Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR).