By Kezia Agaba and Agencies
Barack Obama’s administration is sending Special Operations troops plus military aircraft to help Uganda in the search for Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony.
In the first deployment of U.S. military aircraft to Uganda to help locate Kony, at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft will arrive in the country by midweek, together with refuelling planes and Special Operations forces airmen to fly and maintain them, the Pentagon said over the weekend.
The deployments started on Sunday night after the administration began to notify Congress. The decision was first reported by The Washington Post, and later confirmed by the Defence Department.
A 5,000-strong AU Regional Task Force, supported by about 100 U.S. Special Forces, has been hunting Kony and his fighters. Most of them are thought to be hiding in jungles straddling the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kony’s rebellion against the Ugandan government started in the late 1980s in northern Uganda.Cases laid against him by the ICC include;chopping off limbs as a form of punishment, as well as raping young girls and abducting them for use as sex slaves.