The United States has said that it will assist Uganda to eliminate the militant group, Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) following reports that Uganda may soon stop its search efforts for the LRA leader Joseph Kony.
Ugandan People’s Defence Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda, said that the Ugandan government notified the African Union that it plans to withdraw about 2,500 troops, from a joint anti-LRA battalion in the Central African Republic.
He added that the LRA had been defeated and they no longer have the means to fight.
“International support has not been enough,” he said.
However, an official from the US State Department speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the US is working closely with Uganda and other countries to ensure the successful completion of the mission.
LRA, which originated from nothern Uganda, terrorised citizens in the region, but were driven out a decade ago.
They moved to the CAR, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and continued to unleash atrocities in these countries.
The rebels were blamed for the recent kidnap of nearly 100 people in northeast DRC.