The Lords Resistance Army (LRA) has been linked to a new rebel group in South Sudan that allegedly has an Islamist extremist agenda.
According to South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth, the LRA that is led by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony is also collaborating with a pro-government Islamic Sudan group known as the Janjaweed, which has wracked havoc in the Darfur region since 2003.
By press time it was not possible to get comment from the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, about the LRA’s involvement in rebellion in Uganda’s northern neighbour.
However, available information indicates that the LRA, which previously received support from the Sudan before 2005, is now operating in the jungles of the Central Africa Republic (CAR), from where its fighters make incursions into the neighbouring countries in search of food and also to carry out forced recruitment, mostly of children.
Meanwhile, Lueth said the new South Sudan rebel group is led by ‘veteran’ politician Ali Tamim Fartak, and that it is behind the recent attacks in Wau, in which dozens of people have been killed.
Talk about the emergence of a new rebel group in South Sudan comes a few months after President Salva Kiir and his nemesis-cum-First Vice President Riek Machar formed a unity government, after their forces fought a bitter two-year civil war that left thousands dead and over a million people displaced.