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States Should Arrest Joseph Kony-ICC Boss

Joseph Kony

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) says it has little do to if the state parties to the Rome Statute do not use their power to have Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) warlord Joseph Kony arrested.

The ICC Registrar, Osvaldo Zavala Giler, currently on a visit to Uganda, said he does not have the police nor the army to arrest Joseph Kony. The ICC issues an arrest warrant against Joseph Kony on 8 July 2005.

According to the Prosecution’s submission of the Document containing the charges, Joseph Kony is suspected of 36 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed between at least 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005 in northern Uganda.

Osvaldo noted that the ICC is working hand in hand with the Ugandan government to ensure the elusive rebel leader is brought to justice.

In 2021, the US Government announced a US Dollars 5 million Bounty for any information leading to the arrest of Kony, a notorious LRA rebel leader who waged a two-decade rebellion against President Museveni.

Attempts by both the Ugandan and US Government armies to apprehend Kony over the years failed with the US and Uganda People’s Defense Forces -UPDF withdrawing in 2017 citing he wasn’t a threat anymore.   

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