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Ugandan rebels deny last year massacre in Congo

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March 29, 2010 (NAIROBI) – The Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) denied claims published in a report released over the weekend that its fighters killed last year hundreds of civilians in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ina report put out on Sunday, human Rights Wash said the LRA rebels killed at least 321 villagers and abducted some 250 other in the Makombo area of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in December 2009.

The report was backed by the United Nations.

"These claims of massacres coming almost four months late are yet another fabrication by NGOs, which are advocating war," Justine Labeja, LRA’s Nairobi-based spokesman, told Reuters.

"Yes, we are in Congo but we have no problem with the Congolese people or its government and we continue to call for a ceasefire to end this war," he further said.

The rebel official also slammed the United Nations saying they want to use their group to justify their return into Congo. "The U.N. are being kicked out of Congo against their will but they now want to use us as an excuse to stay there," he said.

The Ugandan rebels are accused of atrocities and kidnapping children to recruit them as soldiers as well as turning girls into sex slaves. After two decades of war in northern Uganda they crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo where they carried out attacks.

Two weeks ago, Enough project said Joseph Kony the leader of the rebel group has reached the troubled South Darfur state.

In Kampala, the spokesperson of the Ugandan army Lieutenant Colonel Felix Kulayigye on Monday showed skepticism over the figure of 321 victims cited in the report.

He said that given the weakness of the LRA’s remaining fighting force, the Ugandan rebels could not have carried out such a large-scale attack and then escaped unharmed.

"In view of the population patterns (in that region) and the number of fighters they have, I doubt they have time to kill 300 people and abduct another 250," Kulayigye said.

"They are remaining only with 200 fighters and those are scattered around northern DRC and Central African Republic," he said

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  • 30 March 2010 13:40, by Gatluak Latjor

    The LRA did not listern to Southern sudan instead it Killed southern sudanese citizens. well, after the south finishes with the Arabs in 2011 these rebels will not be in DRC Congo ; the SPLA will chase them to the Libyian desert.

    • 31 March 2010 04:42, by NYDG

      My friend Gatluak. Why would southern Sudan army go inside Congo? Please stop making nonsen comment on this website. I think southern Sudan should wait until when L.R. A start its activity in southern Sudan territory. I think we should only deal with L.R.A from inside southern Sudan and not go to other countries to look for them since they are fighting our war. They have their own political issue with Uganda goverment. That should be left to he government of Uganda. Stop making nonsense comments.

      • 31 March 2010 11:23, by Gatluak Latjor

        Well, my friend NYDG you are of the category that have the problem of not knowing that it has a problem. What I pointed out is what should be done to an international terrorist by Southern Sudan . know that there is no so much difference between Osama Bin Ladin and Joseph Kony of LRA. Take this advice. If you are wise never allow a terrorist bring a fight into your OWN boundaries. THINKING like that is not nonsence Mr.NYDG. It is your incabability to think like that that is the real nonsense. By the way, did we southern sudanese fuck the LRA mothers that they are to kill our peacefull brothers and sisters of Western Equatoria State? To hell with the LRA.

        Thanks.

    • 31 March 2010 21:47, by kuminyandi

      Breaking news!

      SPLM withdrew its presidential candidate Yassir Arman from election.



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