One of Africa’s longest lasting wars which has resulted in the death of thousands and the use of children to conduct some of the most brutal fighing on the planet is apparently no longer closeer to a resolution than before. Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance ArmyILRA) failed to show up at an agreed spot near R-Kwanga, on the remote and thickly wooded Sudan-Congo border. Ugandan religious and cultural leaders ventured into the forest in an attempt to find him. Internal Affairs Minister Ruhakana Ruganda said “the devleopment yesterday and today are a challenge to the peace process… nevertheless the peace process continues.” Kony’s 22- year rebellion aganst the Ugandan gvernment has killed tens of thosuands of people and uprooted 2 million in northern Uganda.
Kony is wanted for numerous war crimes by the international criminal court)|(ICC) in the Hague. Even if the rebels sign a peace agreement Kony has vowed not to surrender his arms until charges are dropped against him. The Uganda government wants to handle the matter internally in order to end fighting and restore peace. It prefers drawing upon traditional African reconciliation procedures in hope of peace.
Although the world would enjoy the prospect of placing on trial a brutal dictator who has abused innocent children in his mad wars, the most important consideration must be restoring peace to Uganda.