Uganda's fugitive guerrilla Joseph Kony will meet mediators on Saturday on the Sudan-Democratic Republic of Congo border and may even sign a final peace deal, a rebel negotiator said on Wednesday. But the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) still wants more details on how Uganda's government plans to use traditional reconciliation rituals to help him avoid prosecution.
Donors funding a multimillion-dollar peace process in Uganda have urged the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to show commitment to ending a two-decade conflict after its leader failed to sign a deal last week. Hopes of ending one of Africa's longest conflicts were dashed when LRA leader Joseph Kony failed to appear at a signing ceremony.
Ugandan government officials quit peace talks on Friday after fugitive rebel leader Joseph Kony delayed signing a final deal, casting doubt over the fate of nearly two years of tortuous negotiations. The draft deal with Kony's Lord's Resistance Army had been due to be signed on Thursday.
Elders from northern Uganda tried to meet fugitive rebel leader Joseph Kony on Friday to salvage long-running peace talks after he delayed signing a deal to end one of Africa's longest wars. The draft agreement between Kony's Lord's Resistance Army and the government appeared to be near collapse.
Uganda on Monday accused Lord's Resistance Army rebels of breaking a truce by attacking civilians in the Central African Republic, threatening apparent progress at talks to end one of the continent's longest wars. Representatives of the guerrilla group denied the allegation.
Fuel and basic commodity shortages in landlocked countries neighbouring Kenya, which is wracked by political unrest, have eased but traders are hoarding supplies and prices have risen steeply. Kenya is the gateway to several other eastern African nations such as Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Southern Sudan.
Ministers from Africa's Great Lakes region made little headway in two days of talks on security overshadowed by growing violence and mutual mistrust. Foreign and defence ministers from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appealed for United Nations peacekeepers to intensify efforts to stamp out militias plaguing eastern DRC.
Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army rebels reiterated a threat on Monday to keep fighting one of Africa's longest insurgencies unless international arrest warrants for their top commanders are scrapped. The government and rebels signed a long-awaited truce in August, supposed to give both sides breathing space while peace talks aimed at ending their 20-year rebellion continue.