Man of Peace (or Man of Pieces)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Man of Peace (or Man of Pieces)

Eugene has written about Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army and "public enemy number one" at the International Criminal Court, where he (Kony, not Eugene) has been indicted. Kony is now asking for a cease-fire and peace talks with the Ugandan government in exchange for an amnesty from ICC charges (the government is inclined to grant the amnesty, but the international community, including the U.S. and the ICC prosecutor, aren't going along).

The peace talks aren't going exactly smoothly, amnesty or no amnesty. Here's the latest:

The Government yesterday rejected a demand by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) for an immediate ceasefire as it was also revealed that a member of the LRA peace team in Juba led a group of rebels that chopped and cooked people during the infamous Patongo massacre in October 2002....

Sources later told The New Vision that the LRA commander implicated in the Patongo massacre was Sunday Ochaya alias Otto.

Ochaya retorted that he should not be accused since he was in Juba in search of peace.

I hope the revelation didn't hurt Otto's feelings too much.

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