Uganda Suspends Its Hunt for Warlord | The Wall Street Journal
By Nicholas Bariyo and Alexis Flynn
Ugandan troops suspended their search for fugitive warlord Joseph Kony in the jungles of the Central African Republic, the Ugandan military said Wednesday, fueling fears that the country could descend into deeper disorder following the rebel overthrow of its government last month.
Uganda’s military ordered army units hunting for Mr. Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, to return to their main bases in the eastern part of the Central African Republic. That decision follows a directive issued last week by their host’s self-proclaimed president, Michel Djotodia, that called on foreign troops to leave the country.
Later Wednesday, the U.S. added Mr. Kony’s name to a list of wanted war criminals, offering up a bounty of $5 million for information leading to his capture.
The Ugandan pulback deals a blow to a U.S.-supported mission of African troops to hunt down Mr. Kony. More broadly, it feeds into gathering worries that the mineral-rich but poor country is at risk of becoming ungovernable and vulnerable to drug traffickers, criminal groups or terrorist organizations that could threaten security well beyond its borders—a fate similar to one that has befallen Somalia and Mali.
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