Source: NewEurope online
The EU has offered to finance the construction of a new base for the Uganda People’s Defence Force to give impetus to the hunt for the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in East and Central Africa.
The $1.2 million, more than €900,000, base will act as the co-ordination centre for ongoing joint operations by a coalition of forces from Uganda, DR Congo, South Sudan and the US, which has deployed its special forces to the organised hunt.
Uganda’s Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga said in an interview to The East-African: “We have now been joined by the EU and they offered us $1.2m to help us ensure a quick and successful ending to this operation.”
The EU’s entry into the game has created an expected jubilant environment in the Ugandan camp. Some top military officials came to the consensus that this provided a major boost to international public opinion, that was necessary for the elimination of the rebel group that has killed, maimed, and displaced thousands of people, and has done irreparable emotional damage to the of the people of Uganda.