The UPDF has started pulling out of the Central African Republic (CAR) where they have been fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) led by Joseph Kony.
The first batch of 31 UPDF soldiers from CAR landed at Gulu Airfield in Gulu District on Wednesday in the on-going military withdraws. The LRA, were notorious for terrorising the population of northern Uganda in the 1990s and early 2000’s.
The LRA, were forced from Uganda into South Sudan before they found a new home the Central African Republic. The UPDF says that the LRA’s “capacity and means of making war against Uganda have been degraded”.
The BBC quotes military official saying Joseph Kony is left with with less than 100 armed fighters is now weak and ineffective. He no longer poses any significant threat to Uganda’s security.
Uganda government send the UPDF in CAR in 2009 after it was reported that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels were causing instability in the densely forested western town of Obo. In 2010, the US government sent 100 of its Special Forces soldiers to support the UPDF in intelligence gathering on LRA activities in CAR.