Retired Ugandan cardinal approves action to root out Kony in Congo
Published: February 2, 2009
KAMPALA, Uganda (CNS) -- Ugandan Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala endorsed the Ugandan government's pursuit of rebel leader Joseph Kony, who is hiding in the jungles of neighboring Congo. "Personally I think the government is right to fight Kony because he has several times failed to respect peace deals with (the) Uganda government," Cardinal Wamala, the retired archbishop of Kampala, told Catholic News Service Jan. 26. In mid-December, forces from Uganda, Congo and Sudan began aerial attacks on Kony's base and rebel hideouts in Congo's Garamba jungle. The cardinal said that religious leaders and politicians have worked together to see a successful cease-fire implemented since Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army started their fight against the Ugandan government in the mid-1980s. "We have advocated for dialogue between Kony and (the) Uganda government for long but in vain. We cannot stand to watch Kony killing innocent people for two decades," he said.
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