Word on the Street: LRA and Kony - Peace Talks or Peace Jokes
David Nalyanya - The rebel leader is fighting for his tribesmen the Acholis who are marginalized by the government.

Word on the Street: LRA and Kony - Peace Talks or Peace Jokes


The prospects of a peaceful end to the war in northern Uganda - Views on the streets.

By Solomon Akugizibwe
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First published: June 9, 2008


Nahabwe James Special Police Constable from Rukungiri district - Western Uganda:



Nahabwe James

The current peace talks will not materialize because Kony is using them to buy time, even the president is aware.

Although Kony says he is ready to sign if the ICC indictments are withdrawn, for now he doesn't look serious with peace returning to Uganda and the warrants of arrest by the international court should not be withdrawn.

Dennis Miiro a student of administration from Kampala Central region:

Dennis Miiro

Kony won't sign the agreement because he fears being arrested by the ICC. The government should stop wasting tax payers' money to fight Kony because he is no longer a military threat to take over power and destabilize the peace in Northern Uganda since he is now holed far away in Garamba forest.

Lwingale Paul from Tororo district in Eastern Uganda:

Lwingale Paul

Kony will never appear to sign the agreement because he knows that the government will arrest him after convincing him to appear for the signing ceremony.

Kony should be forgiven because President Museveni was never tried for committing the same crimes against humanity when he was a rebel between 1981 to 1986 when he was fighting the government of Milton Obote.

Oketcho Joshua a security officer from Northern Uganda:
Kony won't sign the agreement because he thinks the crimes he has committed during his over 20 year war are unforgivable. The peace talk is a trick by Kony to re-organize himself like rearming, food restocking and medicine.

Uganda should withdraw its troops on foreign missions like Somalia so that Kony is attacked with a very strong force which will eventually defeat him.

David Nalyanya a Kenyan student in Uganda:

David Nalyanya

Kony is fighting for a certain human rights which is very justifiable. The rebel leader is fighting for his tribesmen the Acholis who are marginalized by the government. Dialogue should prevail in Northern Uganda to bring peace and avoid more loss of lives, destruction of property and displacements as a result of the conflict.

The bottlenecks to the signing of the peace deal like the ICC indictments should be removed. Uganda should emulate Kenya where a power sharing agreement between President Mwai Kibaki and the opposition leader Raila Odinga led to peace in Kenya.

Namanda Diana a graphic designer from central Uganda:

Namanda Diana

Kony is not a fool to sign the agreement when he is still facing the ICC indictments. The leader of the LRA's Juba peace team is not serious because he would have refused to sign any agreement before the ICC indictments are lifted.

Magezi Anthony a development worker from western Uganda:

Magezi Anthony

For now Kony can't sign the agreement when the ICC indictments are still on. The government should keep trying peace as long as there is hope because war will not solve the problem. Kony should be given all the offers like financial and personal security so that he can sign the agreement.

By Solomon Akugizibwe
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First published: June 9, 2008
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